PGA Tour Wives Classic raises $100K for charity

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Bob Estes was 140 yards from the hole, standing over a pink ball and wearing a sombrero. As if that wasn’t daunting enough, his wife and three other women wearing short white skirts and knee-high Argyle socks were jumping nearby and yelling, “Hole it, hole it, hole it!”

He did not hole it.

Not even close, actually, although that hardly mattered.

Tuesday was Ladies Day at PGA National, site of this week’s Honda Classic. They played the PGA Tour Wives Classic, where 37 spouses and significant others of tour pros played a nine-hole, four-woman scramble, with the husbands wearing pink-trimmed caddie bibs and being drafted to play mulligans.

By day’s end, nearly $100,000 was raised for charity.

“We’re on the road 30 to 35 weeks a year and the road becomes our home,” said Amy Wilson, the wife of 2007 Honda champion Mark Wilson and the president of the PGA Tour Wives Association. “The PGA Tour gives so much back through each tournament through charities, and we get to mirror that and help in our own way too. And through the connections we have through our husbands, we can open doors.” Continue reading “PGA Tour Wives Classic raises $100K for charity”

Wilson holds on for second PGA title

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Mark Wilson came south of the border to work. Although his job took him to a Mexican resort, and he stayed at a hotel near the beach, never once during the Mayakoba Golf Classic did he hear any mariachis play.

Not until the eight guys in sombreros and matching cream-colored suits were playing in his honor.

The co-leader after the second and third rounds, Wilson went ahead for good on the second hole Sunday, then held on through dark clouds and wild winds over the back nine to secure his second career PGA Tour victory.

“Holes that we saw earlier in the week hitting 3-wood and 8-iron into, we were hitting driver and 3-wood into,” said Wilson, who shot a final-round 68 and finished at 267, two stokes ahead of J.J. Henry. “It was definitely a different challenge.”

Wilson opened this tournament with a birdie and remained steady all week. He got to the 13th tee box leading Henry by three strokes, but was up only one by the time he tapped in for bogey on 14. Then he bogeyed 16, too. Continue reading “Wilson holds on for second PGA title”

PGA Tour sues Ginn Resorts

BUNNELL, Fla. — The PGA Tour sued Ginn Development on Friday, citing breach of contract after the resort company dropped sponsorship of the Champions Tour Ginn Championship.

Ginn, which has seen its financial well-being take a serious hit in the worldwide economic downturn, announced on Wednesday it was ending all golf sponsorships immediately, including the Champions Tour event and the LPGA’s Ginn Open.

“We regret having to take this legal action, but feel we have no other recourse than to try to recover what had been guaranteed to our members through existing agreements with Ginn Companies,” PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said in a statement.

Ginn still had three years remaining on its title sponsorship contract with the Champions Tour and had planned a $2.5 million purse for 2009, according to the event’s Web site. Ginn also offered a $2.5 million purse for its LPGA event last year, the third-largest on that tour. Continue reading “PGA Tour sues Ginn Resorts”