By BRUCE MEADOWS

   

 

 

FEBRUARY 2024

Some records last . . . maybe forever

  As the old saying goes, “records are made to be broken.”

   But some records may never be broken, for all sorts of reasons.  And many of those marks that seem difficult to match have been recorded in the game of golf.

  Essential Golf has put together a list of those records that seem may never be tied or broken. Here is what they found:

 “Golf’s rich history and tradition contain many incredible records set by players who have risen to immense fame and fortune. Even though the golf industry is dynamic and constantly changing, certain records appear so unique that they could stand the test of time for future generations. In this article, we at Essential Golf thoroughly examine the top 10 golf records that might never get broken in this lifetime.”

TOP 10 LONG-STANDING GOLF RECORDS TO DATE

 

Phil Mickelson – 26 Years Inside the World’s Top 50

Phil Mickelson made his first appearance in the world’s top 50 when he became runner-up at the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour in November 1993, and he remained there for 1,353 weeks in a row! The run ended in November 2019, when the California-born golfer tied for 28th place at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China.

Tiger Woods – 683 Weeks at World No.1

The astounding feat of Tiger Woods holding the top spot in the world rankings for a record 683 weeks is proof of his unmatched domination in the game. Woods upheld the number one ranking with an iron grip from August 1999 to September 2004 and again from June 2005 to October 2010, exhibiting a degree of consistency and brilliance rarely witnessed in golf. Woods’ ability to blend power, accuracy, and mental toughness set a standard that inspired a generation of golfers.

Lydia Ko – 10 LPGA Tour Victories Before Turning 19

Lydia Ko’s rapid ascent in golfing circles shone through her incredible feat of collecting 10 LPGA Tour victories before 19. That achievement demonstrated her enormous talent and remarkable poise on the course. Ko made her professional debut in the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open at 15, becoming the LPGA’s youngest champion ever. 

Jack Nicklaus – 24 Years Between First & Last Major Win

The Golden Bear scooped his first major title at the 1962 U.S. Open and his last one some 24 years later at the 1986 Masters. That incredible feat of winning major tournaments for over two decades perfectly encapsulates Jack Nicklaus’ unparalleled golf career. His remarkable longevity and consistent success are a testament to his lasting skill, mental toughness, and flexibility in the ever-changing professional golf scene.

Byron Nelson – 11 Consecutive Wins in 1945

Among the most significant accomplishments in the annals of professional golf is Byron Nelson’s historic record of 11 straight wins on the PGA TOUR in 1945. Nelson’s incredible winning run, known as the “11 in a row,” demonstrated a level of domination that is still unmatched today. Nelson’s winning run cemented his place among golf’s all-time greats and is a monument to the quality of his playing during that momentous season.


Patty Berg – Most Women’s Majors

Patty Berg’s remarkable career had an everlasting effect on the history of women’s golf. Berg is well-known for outstanding success in major tournaments, having won 15 titles. Her accomplishments occurred during a watershed moment in women’s golf, and she was instrumental in the sport’s growth and prominence.

Jack Nicklaus – 18 Major Titles

Jack Nicklaus’ legacy in golf shines through his incredible success of winning 18 major titles, a record that remains the pinnacle of performance in the sport. Nicklaus’ major championship triumphs lasted over two decades, demonstrating an unrivaled consistency and competitiveness. Nicklaus’ ability to compete and win on several courses and various situations demonstrates his adaptability and enduring excellence.

Tiger Woods – 142 Straight Cuts

Tiger Woods’ astounding record of making 142 straight PGA TOUR cuts demonstrates his exceptional consistency. This run, which lasted from 1998 to 2005, demonstrates Woods’ ability to consistently perform at an exceptionally high level, regardless of the course conditions or event competitiveness. Making the cut in professional golf is a difficult task, and doing so for so long demonstrates not only Woods’ remarkable skill but also his mental tenacity and strategic intelligence.

Juli Inkster – Oldest Solheim Player

Juli Inkster, then 51, was 18 years older than the next senior player when she represented the U.S. team at Ireland’s Killeen Castle in 2011. The American had worked her way into the squad, marking her tenth appearance as a player and also serving as an assistant. Inkster played in two foursomes matches, both of which she lost, before finishing neatly with a half against Dame Laura Davies.

Kathy Whitworth – Most LPGA Tour Wins

Kathy Whitworth is a renowned personality in women’s golf and holds the record for the most LPGA Tour victories. She won 88 LPGA Tour events during her illustrious career, demonstrating her outstanding talent, consistency, and endurance. Whitworth’s domination spanned many decades of women’s golf, and her efforts left an indelible mark, not just in wins  but in setting the way for subsequent generations of female golfers.

Coming Up . . .

Sonoma County Amateur . . .

  The annual event is May 18 and 19 at Foxtail GC in Rohnert Park.

   Entry fee is $220, which includes green fees, cart fees, range balls, prizes and tee gifts. Player’s Club members pay $200.Limited and South members pay $190 and Unlimited members pay $120.

    RSVP required for a practice round Friday, May 17, with optional skins game from noon until 3 p.m. $30 cash buy-in with cash payout.

    

    Skins game will be gross and net in flights: Black/Blue Flight, White Flight, Gold Flight

   Practice Round on Friday May 17 – $40 includes cart; special rate

RSVP to agallardo@playfoxtail.com.

 Deadline to sign up for skins on Friday will be May 13 by 5 p.m.

Call the pro shop: 707-584-7766

Click here to find out more about our great courses! roosterrun.com/ windsorgolf.com/

At Valley of the Moon . . .

Need a great gift idea for your sweetheart this year? We have you covered.

Join us for our Couples Championship Tournament on Feb. 11th; playing

the Valley of the Moon Course.

Flighted: 9-hole flight & 18-hole flight

Format: 6/6/6 or 3/3/3

(Alternate Shot/ Best Ball/Scramble)

Time: Tee times from 10:30 am onwards

Cost $125 per non-member couple- 18 holes / $90 per non-member couple 9 holes; $50 annual member couple 18 holes / $35 annual couple 9 holes.

Call the golf shop to sign up: 707-539-0415

At Foxtail . . .

Join the Foxtail Junior Golf Club – starting May 11
18 Hole Stroke Play
6 Tournaments
Ages 9-17
1 Entry Fee of $60 includes entry to all events
All players entered to win Player of the Year based on the flight.

Flights may change based on entries
Flights will based on age of as of Oct. 5

This is not a beginner program. Juniors should be able to play 18 holes walking.

Tournament Dates:
5/11/2024, 6/29/2024, 7/20/2024, 8/10/2024, 9/14/2024. 10/5/2024

Call pro shop: 707-584-7766

Big Game Shotgun

At Foxtail GC, unday, Feb.11

   Enjoy a round of golf with friends and family before the big game! The Shotgun will take place on February 11th at 8:30 AM on our North Course.       This is not a tournament, but there will be an optional Scramble which will be an additional $20 per team.

Scramble teams will compete for prizes!

General Entry will be $95 per player, please call or visit the pro shop for membership pricing.

Pro Shop # (707) 584-7766.

At courses around the area . . .

 From Val Verhunce:

   “Our programming for the 2024 season has started at Foxtail and Peacock Gap for 6 weeks and then will repeat going forward with additional sessions being added. 

   “The readers can go to our website at www.firstteenorthcoast.org to learn more about registration etc…!

   “We are in need of volunteers and coaches that would like to become certified to assist with classes at the golf courses and the schools and Boys and Girls clubs.  We can always use financial support where they can go to the website and make a one-time donation or recurring donations.”

Let’s hear from you . . .

 Thanks for your comments, questions and suggestions. I appreciate them and would like to get as many as possible.

 If you have information about anything golf-related, including upcoming clinics, activities, tournaments or sales, let me know.

And if you have questions, complaints or compliments about golf in our area, let me know and I’ll make some inquiries. Email me at bmeadows4sports@aol.com