This Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

PGA Tour-LogoPGA Tour: Spain’s Jon Rahm, Farmers Insurance Open (San Diego, California), $1,206,000 first place prize money, -13 under par.

Photo: Jon Rahm, @PGATOUR/Twitter
Photo: Jon Rahm, @PGATOUR/Twitter

PGA Tour – Next Event: Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, Arizona (February 2-5)

LPGA.comLPGA Tour: American Brittany Lincicome *playoff, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic (Paradise Island, Bahamas), $210,000 first place prize money, -26 under par.

Photo: Brittany Lincicome,
Photo: Brittany Lincicome,

LPGA – Next Event: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Grange, South Australia (February 16-19)

EuropeanTourEuropean Tour: South Korean Jeunghun Wang *playoff, Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (Doha, Qatar), €389,657 first place prize money, -16 under par.

Photo: Jeunghun Wang,
Photo: Jeunghun Wang,

European Tour – Next Event: Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (February 2-5)

PGA Tour Champions-LogoPGA Tour Champions – Next Event: Allianz Championship (February 10-12)

Featured Image: Jon Rahm, 2017 Farmers Insurance Open Champion,

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2017 Will Be Something Special at Iconic Central Florida Resort

2017 is a milestone year for Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, as its historic El Campeón Golf Course celebrates its 100th birthday. The course—which opened its first nine holes in 1917—is an original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail and was named No. 2 in the U.S. based on Golf Advisor player surveys.

El Campeón—“The Champion”—was built on land formerly planted with citrus groves in central Florida’s rolling hills. Businessman William John “Bill” Howey started buying acreage in Lake County in 1914, built the Bougainvillea Hotel, then hired golf professional and architect George O’Neil of Chicago to design a world-class course to be part of the burgeoning resort.

The resulting Florida Chain-O-Lakes Country Club course was one of the first in Florida with grass greens rather than the oiled-sand greens common in the early 20th century. Such as significant, the Chain-O-Lakes course was one of only two courses in the state built to the regulation length of 6,300 yards. In 1926, the design was enhanced by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland and subsequently renamed the Floridan Country Club.

Years later, in 1964, Illinois businessman Nick Beucher spotted an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal that ultimately led him to purchase the Floridan Country Club. Beucher renovated the golf course and clubhouse in 1969, and created a new resort inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture.

Mission Inn Resort & Club has dramatically expanded since then: It now now features 176 hotel rooms, fresh-water fishing, marina, full-service spa, three restaurants, and 30,000 square feet of group space for meetings, weddings, and special events.  But it remains in the Beucher family, with the second and third generation actively involved in daily operations.

A second course, Las Colinas, opened in 1992. Designed by former PGA Tour Player Gary Koch, Las Colinas —“The Hills”— celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Las Colinas lives up to its name with wide fairways rolling over gentle rises. Its large, undulating greens are surrounded by tropical vegetation, and large water hazards distinguish many holes. Golf Digest named it a “Best New Resort Course” when it opened.

Mission Inn is preparing for numerous other milestones in 2017:

  • 220 PGA club professionals will compete for the annual Pro/Pro Championship, the first of four years that the resort will host this event
  • Men’s NCAA Division III Golf Championship, the 21st consecutive year the resort has hosted a major or regional collegiate golf championship. And in 2018, the Women’s NCAA Division II Championship returns
  • NAIA 2017 Spring Invitational men’s and women’s tournament
  • The Florida High School State Golf Championship (Fall)
  • George Mason University Invitational (April)
  • Mission Inn Junior Classic on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (February)

In honor of the many anniversaries, the “100th Anniversary Golf Getaway Package” the other resort amenities.   The package is available throughout 2017, with the most favorable rates available if booked by February 15, 2017.

Rates for the 100th Anniversary Golf Getaway (two-night minimum stay) range from $171 to $232 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Additional nights may be added to the package.

For additional information and reservations, visit or call 800-874-9053.


Jayne Watson to Receive 2017 Joe Dey Award

usga-logo-microsoft-word-snip“This award means a lot to me and it is very gratifying that the USGA recognizes my efforts in this way,” states Watson.

Honoring her more than three decades of service as a volunteer, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced Jayne Watson, of Town and Country, Mo., as the recipient of the 2017 Joe Dey Award.

The USGA has presented the Joe Dey Award annually since 1996 in recognition of an individual’s meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. It is named for Joseph C. Dey Jr., who served as the USGA’s executive director from 1934 to 1969, before serving as the first commissioner of the PGA Tour.

Watson first became involved with the USGA in 1987 and was an early expert in the USGA Course Rating System™, the USGA Slope Rating System™ and the USGA Handicap System™. Her course rating knowledge earned her a place on the first USGA Course Rating Committee and she has rated hundreds of courses in Missouri and Illinois.

“When I got the call telling me I was chosen for the Joe Dey Award, I thought it was a return call about a Course Rating question from a few days prior. I went on and on before the caller explained why they were calling and it took a minute for me to process it,” said Watson. “I was in shock, and still am. This award means a lot to me and it is very gratifying that the USGA recognizes my efforts in this way.”

A stalwart in the St. Louis amateur golf scene, Watson has rated courses for both the Missouri Women’s Golf Association (MWGA) and Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (MAGA) since the inception of each in 1992. She served two terms as president of the MWGA and is one of only six honorary lifetime members of the association. The MAGA Women’s Amateur Championship trophy is named the Jayne M. Watson Trophy in her honor.

Through her work with the MWGA, MAGA and St. Louis Women’s District Golf Association, she has helped raise money to support college scholarships for female golfers in the area. On a national level, she has served many functions to help conduct USGA championships and USGA championship qualifiers, and currently serves on the USGA Senior Women’s Championship Committee.

“Jayne has devoted an incredible amount of time and energy as an advocate for golf both nationally and in her native St. Louis community,” said Diana M. Murphy, USGA president. “She has inspired everyone who has had the pleasure of working with her in St. Louis and on various USGA committees over three decades of service. Her enthusiasm and determination in furthering the game’s best interests makes her an ideal recipient of the 2017 Joe Dey Award.”

Watson will receive the Joe Dey Award at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4. The Service Awards Dinner honors the people whose selfless dedication and outstanding accomplishments have made an important contribution to the USGA and its mission to serve the game. In addition to the Joe Dey Award, the Ike Grainger Award, the USGA Green Section Award and the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award will be presented at the Service Awards Dinner.