The Fighter: Letters to Jarrod

By Rex HoggardFebruary 21, 2014, 8:29 pm

Date: 9/11/2013

Hey Jarrod,
I have followed your golfing career both from the good times and the not so good times, as a boy born and breed in Finley along with reading the shepp news and various golf magazines it has been a joy to watch your golfing career go from strength to strength. As a father of 2 little ones you are a true inspiration to fathers the world over. Good luck with your comeback next week in Melbourne you will have no issue making the cut and finishing the event on top.

You are already a winner in a lot of ways.

Cheers Tony

 

Date: 08/02/2008

You are an inspiration. We just lost our 14 year old daughter to AML after a 13 month battle. She read your story in the Brisbane paper and was inspired to fight from it. She cut it out and had it on the wall.

Good Luck with the Golf.

 

Date: 9/03/2012

Sorry to hear of your illness. You have fought this battle before. Stay tough and go forward in the knowledge that many of your friends are with you every step of the way. You can beat this just like you did many years ago. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you 24/7. Trust the new addition to the family will be the ultimate medication. Best Regards

 

Date: 9/03/2012

Jarrod,
You can beat this. You have beaten it once and you will beat it again. You and your family will be in my prayers. Best of luck to you and your wife and congratulations on becoming a father! My wife and I are expecting our first in August, so I know how excited you are. Stay strong, stay positive, don't get down....this will just be another speed bump in what promises to be an amazing life for you.

 

Date: 10/03/2012

Hi Jarrod, I just heard the news about your relapse. I'm a first time cancer survivor (only heard the news a week ago), so I have a little bit of an idea what you're going through, but I imagine the second time would be even harder. Good luck with everything, and I really hope it all works out in the end. I hope you stay strong and positive throughout, no matter how hard it might seem.

 

Date: 10/03/2012

Hey Jarrod,
Wanted to drop you a line mate to let you know that Felicity and I are thinking about you and Briony. Wishing her the most amazing birth and sending you the most positive thoughts and encouragement in the road ahead. Can’t imagine how you feel with chemo coming up but do know how it feels when you see your baby for the first time. Hang in there mate. Enjoy every moment. It’s amazing.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

First, I want to congratulate you and your wife on the birth of Lusi Joy. How exciting to have a baby come into your life!

Second, Jarrod, I want to wish you all the best in your fight against leukemia. No one should have to deal with this once, for you to go through this a 2nd time is ridiculous.

I know this is a tough fight, so every time you're down I want you to think of that ace you made in Phoenix, and that amazing reaction from the crowd. I hope to see you back on the tour soon.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

Hi Jarrod,
Firstly, congratulations to both yourself and Briony on the wonderful birth of your beautiful little angel, Lusi. A new and amazing experience for you both. Secondly Jarrod are our hearts and thoughts are with you as you go through this next challenge in your life. We know you'll come through this with courage and strength again. It's just not fair that you should have to.

Love to you, Briony, Lusi and all the family.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

Jarrod,
Congratulations on the safe arrival of Lusi, and best wishes for the coming months.

Our A-Grade pennants team dedicated its win yesterday to you. You have always held a giggle in our hearts since your trot up the 18th at NSW to mark your ball in the Australian Open... :-)

Be strong, mate- be there for Briony and Lusi, no matter how long it takes. When they are looked after, we'll be lining up to have a quick 18 with you.

All the best!

 

Date: 13/03/2012

Jarrod, I was involved with you and your wonderful family as one of your social workers at RCH in '99 when you were first diagnosed with AML. I well remember your great courage last time and know that with the strength of your family, particularly now your wife and baby girl (how exciting!), that you will manage the high demands of your treatment ahead of you. I wish you and your family the very best of success for the coming months that are likely to be very difficult.

 

Date: 13/03/2012

Hi, Jarrod. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your chemotherapy. I also had AML diagnosed in 2009, recurrent in 2010. They were able to get me into a second remission and now I've had a stem cell transplant from a matched unrelated donor (in Jan 2011) and am doing fine!

I know it's a long haul, but I made it and I'm 50! As I'm sure you remember from last time, once you are through everything, it quickly becomes a bad memory and you can get back to enjoying life.

 

Date: 24/03/2012

Hi Jarrod,
I was diagnosed a month after you and I remember seeing you at the Royal Children's Hospital. I have followed your career, What an inspiration you are! Mildura had the relay for life today. I walked in the Survivors Walk for you mate! Good luck and best wishes on fighting that cancer.

 

Date: 25/04/2012

Jarrod,
I was diagnosed with AML in 2008 while I was in the hospital I watched a video that had you and your story in it. I love the game of golf, your story helped me get through a tough time and gave me hope that I to could once again be out there playing. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this tough time you and your family are going through. I wish you all the best. Keep fighting the fight and stay strong.

 

Date: 25/05/2012

You’re a legend big fella! People like you are why I'm proud to call myself Australian. This is one cut you will NOT miss mate. I love the game of golf and all it stands for, patience, dedication, self-belief. All the great qualities I know you possess.

My thoughts and best wishes to you and your family,

 

Date: 16/07/2012

Dear Jarrod,
I'm a 16 year old boy from Melbourne who plays at 13th beach and it deeply saddens me to hear of your current battle. To put it lightly you are my idol. Haha. It would be a great honour to meet you one day because you just seem like a great bloke that simply loves his family and his golf, maybe even play with you one day. You are my absolute motivation to not only make it as a PGA pro and get on tour but also to get as far as possible and live life to the fullest. I’m sure you hear this all before but I know you will get better and best of luck for the future. P.S if you can make a 1 on 16 at the waste management you can beat this! Catch you later mate, all the best for the future and it would be great to meet one day.

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Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88

By Associated PressJune 20, 2018, 1:35 am

MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.

Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.

Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.

The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.

On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.

Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.

He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.

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Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.


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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.