Rosie Jones

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Rosie Jones
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born(1959-11-13) November 13, 1959 (age 54)
Santa Ana, California
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia, USA
PartnerCarrie Sexton[1]
Career
CollegeOhio State University
Turned professional1982
Retired2006[2]
Current tour(s)Legends Tour (joined 2006)
LPGA Tour (joined 1982)
Professional wins21
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour13
Ladies European Tour1
Other7
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship2nd: 2005
LPGA Championship2nd: 1990
U.S. Women's Open2nd: 1984
du Maurier Classic2nd: 2000
Women's British OpenT12: 2001
Achievements and awards
AIAW All-American1981
 
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Rosie Jones
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born(1959-11-13) November 13, 1959 (age 54)
Santa Ana, California
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia, USA
PartnerCarrie Sexton[1]
Career
CollegeOhio State University
Turned professional1982
Retired2006[2]
Current tour(s)Legends Tour (joined 2006)
LPGA Tour (joined 1982)
Professional wins21
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour13
Ladies European Tour1
Other7
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship2nd: 2005
LPGA Championship2nd: 1990
U.S. Women's Open2nd: 1984
du Maurier Classic2nd: 2000
Women's British OpenT12: 2001
Achievements and awards
AIAW All-American1981

Rosie Jones (born November 13, 1959) is an American professional golfer, with 13 LPGA Tour career victories and nearly $8.4 million in tournament earnings.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Jones was born in Santa Ana, California. In her amateur career, she was a three time New Mexico Junior Champion (1974–76) and won the New Mexico State Championship in 1979.

Jones attended Ohio State University where in 1981 she was an AIAW All-American.

Professional career[edit]

Jones qualified for the LPGA Tour by tying for seventh at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in July 1982.

Jones's best position on the LPGA money list was third in 1988, when she was tied as the winning-most player with three victories, including the LPGA World Championship; she won that championship with a one-shot victory over Liselotte Neumann, that year's U.S. Open champion.[4] She completed her career with thirteen LPGA Tour titles. She also played for the United States in the Solheim Cup seven times. She placed second in a major tournament four times (1984 U.S. Open; 1991 LPGA Championship; 2000 du Maurier Classic; 2005 Kraft Nabisco Championship), but never won a major tournament.

Jones achieved back-to-back wins in 1996-97 at the LPGA Corning Classic, earning her the nickname "Queen of Corning";[5] she is also that tournament's all-time money leader "by a wide margin."[2]

I'm proud of my career. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I wish I'd won a major, but I gave it my whole heart on every shot. And I've gotten more from the game than I could ever give back.

—Jones, upon her retirement from the LPGA tour[3]

At the conclusion of the 2006 U.S. Women's Open, in which she finished tied for 57th, she retired from competitive golf;[2] as a symbol of her departure she removed her golf shoes, visor, and glove and placed them on the side of the 18th green.[3]

Since retiring from full-time play, Jones has competed on the Legends Tour, winning two of the five non-team tournaments in 2007. She has also worked as a commentator for the Golf Channel.[6] She came out of retirement in 2008 [2] to play the Corning Classic on a sponsor's exemption. She missed the cut by four strokes.[5]

In 2009 she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open; she missed the cut at the tournament by three strokes.

In February 2010, Jones was named the captain of the U.S. team for the 2011 Solheim Cup.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Jones came out publicly as lesbian, an announcement timed with her acceptance of a sponsorship from Olivia, a travel agency that targets lesbians.[8] Among people who knew her, she had been out since the late 1970s.[9]

Professional wins (21)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (13)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Sep 7, 1987Rail Charity Golf Classic−8 (69-74-67-69=279)1 strokeUnited States Nancy Lopez
2Apr 24, 1988USX Golf Classic−13 (67-69-69-70=275)PlayoffUnited States Kathy Postlewait
3Aug 28, 1988Nestle World Championship−9 (70-69-66-74=279)1 strokeSweden Liselotte Neumann
4Sep 25, 1988Santa Barbara Open−4 (70-70-72=212)3 strokesUnited States Missie McGeorge
5Jun 2, 1991Rochester International−12 (69-69-72-66=276)2 strokesUnited States Danielle Ammaccapane, United States Brandie Burton
6Aug 30, 1995Pinewild Women's Championship−5 (72-70-69=211)PlayoffUnited States Dottie Mochrie
7May 26, 1996LPGA Corning Classic−12 (67-69-71-69=276)2 strokesUnited States Val Skinner
8Jun 25, 1997LPGA Corning Classic−11 (72-69-71-65=277)PlayoffUnited States Tammie Green
9Jun 1, 1998Wegmans Rochester International−9 (74-69-64-72=279)2 strokesUnited States Juli Inkster
10Aug 22, 1999Firstar LPGA Classic−9 (72-67-68=207)PlayoffUnited States Becky Iverson, Australia Jan Stephenson
11Apr 29, 2001Kathy Ireland Championship−12 (66-67-68-67=268)PlayoffSouth Korea Mi-Hyun Kim
12Jul 22, 2001Sybase Big Apple Classic−12 (70-66-66-70=272)1 strokeUnited States Laura Diaz
13May 11, 2003Asahi Ryokuken International Championship−15 (66-68-69-70=273)3 strokesUnited States Wendy Ward

LPGA Tour playoff record (5–4)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11984Rochester InternationalUnited States Kathy WhitworthLost to par on first extra hole
21988USX Golf ClassicUnited States Kathy PostlewaitWon with birdie on first extra hole
31992Crestar ClassicUnited States Juli Inkster, United States Betsy King,
United States Nancy Lopez
Inkster won with eagle on first extra hole
41991Safeco ClassicUnited States Pat BradleyLost to birdie on second extra hole
51995Pinewild Women's ChampionshipUnited States Dottie MochrieWon with birdie on fifth extra hole
61997LPGA Corning ClassicUnited States Tammie GreenWon with birdie on first extra hole
71998Standard Register PINGSweden Liselotte NeumannLost to birdie on third extra hole
81999Firstar LPGA ClassicUnited States Becky Iverson, Australia Jan StephensonWon with par on fourth extra hole
Stephenson eliminated with par on first hole
92001Kathy Ireland ChampionshipSouth Korea Mi-Hyun KimWon with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Legends Tour wins (6)[edit]

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Tournament198119821983198419851986198719881989
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPT19T2443CUT
LPGA ChampionshipDNPDNPT44T46T19T15T3T35T61
U.S. Women's OpenT43DNPT112T28T297T98
du Maurier ClassicDNPDNP4T28T297T98T46
Tournament19901991199219931994199519961997199819992000
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT6T23T32T62DNPT52T10CUTT18T13T8
LPGA Championship2T11T35T17CUTT33T69CUTCUTT5T28
U.S. Women's OpenT16T62T25CUTCUTT5T29T33T19T25T4
du Maurier ClassicT61T6T50T25T16T16T10T7T22T92
Tournament200120022003200420052006200720082009
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT28T3T11T82CUTDNPDNPDNP
LPGA ChampionshipT12CUTT3DNPT31T49DNPDNPDNP
U.S. Women's OpenT39T229T20T19T57DNPDNPCUT
Women's British OpenT12CUTDNPCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary[edit]

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

YearLPGA winsEarnings ($)Money list rankAverage
198202,86912774.5
198364,9552773.57
198481,7931973.27
198566,6653072.87
198671,3993372.72
19871188,0001071.91
19883323,392371.57
19890110,6713272.45
19900353,832671.48
19911281,0891271.87
19920204,0962571.64
19930320,9641171.85
19940123,6834272.22
19951426,9571071.64
19961275,5921871.76
19971381,2361571.77
19981395,2411871.51
19991583,796970.99
20000643,054971.21
20012785,010670.51
20020722,4121070.76
20031808,7851070.29
20040473,6162571.22
20050615,4992071.58

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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