Sheehan Receives 2002 Patty Berg Award
Sheehan, a 35-time LPGA champion and LPGA Tour Hall of Famer since 1993, led the U.S. Solheim Cup team to victory in the 2002 Solheim Cup and will also captain the 2003 squad.
I just dont know what to say, said Sheehan. Im completely shocked and cant believe it. This is one of the highest honors you can get in golf. Its really been a special year for me, especially for not having played on Tour that much. Patty (Berg) is such a special person and is the epitome of the LPGA and what the LPGA is all about. To win an award in her name, I am so amazed and am just speechless.
It has been quite a year for Sheehan. In addition to leading the U.S. Team to a 15 - 12 victory at the Solheim Cup, she was one of 7,200 torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame during the Olympic torch run for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in her home city of Reno, Nev. She also won the 2002 Copps Great Lakes Classic on the Womens Senior Golf Tour (WSGT), the official senior tour of the LPGA.
Sheehan has enjoyed an impressive LPGA career, which began in 1980. She was named 1981 Rookie of the Year, Rolex Player of the Year in 1983 and won the 1984 Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. Six of her 35 career victories came in major championships: LPGA Championship (1983-84, 1993); U.S. Womens Open (1992, 1994) and Nabisco Dinah Shore (1996). She was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA s top 50 players and teachers.
Patty is an extremely deserving recipient of this award, said Ty Votaw, commissioner of the LPGA. Just like Patty Berg, Patty Sheehan is a truly special lady, one of the best players in LPGA history and a classy example of success and excellence in the world of golf. Patty is not only a fierce competitor, but is also a loving mother and valued adviser for all of us associated with the LPGA. She embodies everything the Patty Berg Award stands for.
Sheehan won at least one tournament every year from 1981-86 and 1988-96, with a career best five wins coming in 1990. In addition to her 35 LPGA victories, she has also won four professional international events. Along with her six major titles, she also finished as runner up in major championships six times throughout her career. Sheehan, who has earned more than $5.5 million during her career, competed as a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1996.
Im so happy that Patty has won this award, said Berg. Shes just a great and wonderful lady, and Im honored to have my name and my award associated with her. I was at the Solheim Cup this year to see her lead the U.S. team to victory and am confident that her team will win again in Sweden next year. As a fellow LPGA Tour Hall of Famer, I have known Patty for some time and have a lot of respect for her as a player and person.
The 1994 Flo Hyman Award winner, Sheehan was inducted into the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame in 1990 and received the 1988 Charles Bartlett Award from the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) for her unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. She was one of eight athletes featured on Sports Illustrateds annual Sportsman of the Year cover in 1987.
In 1986, she was honored with the Samaritan Award, and was named Female Player of the Year by the GWAA in 1984 and 1993. As an amateur, Sheehan won the 1980 AIAW National Championship title and was an undefeated member of the 1980 U.S. Curtis Cup Team. She also won the 1977 and 1978 California Womens Amateur championships and won the Nevada State Amateur from 1975 78.
A mother of two, Sheehan is also a golf course design consultant for the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp, Calif., Rancharrah in Reno, Nev., and Gold Mountain in Portola, Calif.
A five person selection committee chooses the Patty Berg Award recipient, which is given to an individual who, like Berg, exemplifies diplomacy, sportsmanship, goodwill and contributions to the game of golf. Past recipients of the award are: Marilynn Smith (1979); Betsy Rawls (1980); Ray Volpe (1984); Dinah Shore (1985); David Foster (1986); Kathy Whitworth (1987); John D. Laupheimer (1988); Patty Berg (1990); Karsten Solheim (1991); Judy Dickinson (1992); Kerry Graham (1993); Charles S. Mechem Jr. (1994); Suzanne Jackson (1996); Judy Bell (1997); Judy Rankin (1999); Louise Suggs (2000); and Pat Bradley (2001).
Bradley, wife welcome baby boy, already rocking Patriots gear
Keegan Bradley and his wife Jillian announced on social media that they welcomed a baby boy, Logan James Bradley, to the world last week.
The Bradleys both posted photos on Instagram over the weekend, introducing their healthy newborn baby, who was (not-surprisingly) already decked out in head-to-toe New England Patriots gear.
Bradley, 31, grew up in New England and is not shy about showing his support for the area's sports teams.
A big congratulations is in order for the new parents.
And all you other adorable kids of PGA Tour golfers, you've officially been put on notice. You've got some new competition.
Country music star Owen to play in Web.com event
Country music star and avid amateur golfer Jake Owen has accepted a sponsor invitation to play in the 2018 Nashville Golf Open on the Web.com Tour.
Owen, 36, has sold millions of albums while becoming one of the top male singers in the country genre. He has also been frequently spotted on the links, teeing it up last week alongside host Davis Love III in the RSM Classic pro-am and participating each of the last three years as the celebrity partner for Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Owen will now try his hand in competition against some of the game's rising stars at the May 24-27 event, held in his hometown and benefitting the charitable foundation of PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker.
"I am truly honored to have this opportunity to play golf with guys whose work ethic I admire so much, like my buddy Brandt Snedeker," Owen said in a release. "I know how hard everyone works to get to play in these (Web.com Tour) tournaments. I'm really grateful, and I can't wait for this week in May 2018 to get here."
Owen will be following in the footsteps of NBA superstar Steph Curry, who played on a sponsor invite earlier this year at the Web.com's Ellie Mae Classic and, while missing the cut, largely exceeded expectations. Curry is currently listed as a 0.8 handicap, while Owen played at Pebble Beach in February as a 3 handicap.
Like Curry, Owen will play via an "unrestricted" sponsor invite and will retain his amateur status.
Jeremy Roenick uses golf clubs to catch rattlesnake
The retired American hockey legend who currently works as an NBC Sports analyst was at it again over the weekend, coming across a rattlesnake in Arizona and just casually using a couple of golf clubs to catch it before grabbing it with his bare hands and showing it off for the camera.
Relaxing Sunday morning! What happens when you live in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/RhRwWTLs8s— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) November 19, 2017
The person recording can be heard calling Roenick "psycho" and "nuts" several times before the snake is thrown off the property.
That person is not wrong.
What's in the bag: RSM Classic winner Cook
PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook earned his first Tour title at the RSM Classic. Take a look inside his bag.
Driver: Ping G400 (8.5 degrees adjusted to 9.2), with Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661X shaft
Fairway wood: Ping G400 (13 degrees), with Fujikura Motore VC 7.0 shaft
Hybrids: Ping G400 (19, 22 degrees), with Matrix Altus Red X shafts
Irons: Ping S55 (5-PW), with KBS Tour S shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50, 56, 60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne
Ball: Titleist Pro V1