Jacksonville Sports Day

GOLF: JAGA News and Notes; Cook Wins First Tour Title

AUSTIN COOK

JAGA’s nominating committee has recommended the following as 2018 officers and the election will be at the Dec. 13 meeting at Deerwood. President: Don Gilmore, Golf Club of Amelia; VP/Tournaments: Jeff Adams, TPC Sawgrass; VP/Administration: Randy Nader, Sawgrass Country Club; Secretary: Larry Stark, Jacksonville Beach Golf Club and Treasurer: Kevin Glynn, PGA.

2018 Tournaments

JAGA’s schedule is nearing completion and the first event will be the First Coast Amateur on Jan. 13-15 at Hidden Hills. It’s over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and last year was drew a sizable number of collegians as well as top area players. It’s a scratch event over 54 holes and early entrants include players from Wake Forest, College of Charleston, UAB and Morehead State. Other early events: the Four-Ball will be March 19 at Marsh Landing and the JAGA Senior will be April 16-18 at Eagle Harbor. The entire schedule will be announced soon and all information is at jaxareagolf.org.

First Coast Gets R&A Ranking

The First Coast Amateur has been awarded official status in the World Amateur Golf Ranking which is coordinated by the Royal & Ancient at St. Andrews, Scotland. The worldwide rankings are used by numerous associations in selecting players for invitational events, and the First Coast Amateur will appear on the calendar which includes the world’s major amateur events. The JAGA Amateur also is part of the rankings.

JAGA Awards

The third 2017 award were anniunced at the Board meeting at Deercreek. It’s the Community Service Award and goes to Sheila Brocki and Tama Caldabaugh, organizers of the First Coast Women’s Championship.
Previously announced were Bob Syroka of Queen’s Harbour as Executive of the Year and Bruce Mohler of Ponte Vedra as Pro of the Year. Still to be announced are the Earl Kelly Long Time Service Award and the JAGA Director of the Year. The awards will be presented at the 6th annual Jacksonville Golf Banquet early next year.

Homes at Baymeadows

The old Baymeadows Country Club may finally be getting home sites. Developer D.R. Horton, who took over the course years ago after it went bankrupt, has been foiled in building homes by current homeowners, but now is being allowed to proceed. The current plans call for 200 town homes, which will be in the area of the old 14th and 17th holes, and 88 single family homes in the area of old No. 1 and the range. The project still faces review by the city.

Notable Holes-in-One

Former JAGA Director from Jacksonville Golf & Country Club, Tom Josephs, pulled off a great feat and a real rarity, Playing at Country Clob of Mt. Dora, Fl. on Nov. 2, 2017, he made back to back aces on holes 12 & 17.

Off the Golf Wire

PGA Tour veteran Davis Love III was undergoing hip replacement surgery and is facing a recovery time of three to four months.  Love, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year, expects to return to the Tour by March. Love has won 21 events on Tour, including the 1997 PGA Championship

Austin Cook captured his first PGA Tour title by coasting to a four-stroke victory at the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga. The PGA Tour rookie closed his 3-under-par 67 on with a pair of birdies and finished 21-under 261 for the tournament at the Sea Island Club’s Seaside Course.  The victory in the final official event of the calendar year gives the 26-year-old Cook exemptions into the Masters, the PGA Championship and the Players Championship next year.

Shanshan Feng maintained her hold on No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings.  The first player from China, male or female, to ascend to the top of the rankings, Feng was No. 1 for the second straight week — ahead of the two players that previously held down the top spot.  Rookie Sung Hyun Park of South Korea, who ended countrywoman So Yeon Ryu’s 19-week run earlier this month, was second and Ryu was at No. 3.

 

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