Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to Professional Golfer Rosie Jones

Rosie Jones was born today, November 13, in 1959. She is an American professional golfer, with 13 LPGA Tour career victories and 13th in LGPA career earnings with more than $8 million.

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.

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. She also played for the United States in the Solheim Cup seven times. In addition to her 13 LPGA tour wins, she placed second in a major tournament four times, 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;" she is also that tournament's all-time money leader "by a wide margin."

Jones has competed on the Legends Tour, winning five tournaments. She has also worked as a commentator for the Golf Channel.

In 2004, Jones came out publicly as lesbian.  Among people who knew her, she had been out since the late 1970s.

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