There has been a lot of talk about Sam Snead's 82 victories which were considered PGA Tour wins. Decades ago there was controversy about what was an official PGA Tour victory, as some events were regional and didn't have specific fields as there are today.
The 82 wins Snead had were in addition to the scores of other victories, such as West Virginia Opens where he dominated for years. Those are in the "also won" category.
So you know, Snead was also an LPGA trailblazer. He actually won an LPGA event, the 1961 Royal Poinciana Invitational. Seriously.
The event, over 72 holes at the Palm Beach, Fl., Golf Club, was an official LPGA contest. Snead entered and claimed the championship by five shots over future Hall of Fame member Mickey Wright.
"It was a fun event, and I played well," said Snead with a sneaky smile at the PGA Merchandise Show a little more than two decades ago. "It was no big deal at the time. But a win is a win!"
Snead's 82 victories on the PGA Tour is the latest goal of Tiger Woods, who has 80 trophies, the latest being the 2018 Tour Championship.
Brittany Benvenuto is fighting the fight on ladies professional golf, playing on the Symetra Tour after a short season on the LPGA Tour.
The Symetra Tour - the top developmental circuit for the LPGA - offers outstanding competition and a place to hone one's game. Last year, playing on a medical exemption, made a couple cuts while getting into a few LPGA events. This season she's working hard on her game on the Symetra Tour, which visits Montgomery County May 31-June 2 at the Raven's Claw Golf Club in Pottstown.
Benvenuto, a native of Langhorne where she attended Neshaminy High School, has been consistent this year in three Symetra Tour events, making the cut in each.
She was 31st in the Skyigolf Championship (77-69-67--286), 37th at the IOA Championship (71-76-77--224) and 48th at the Florida Natural Charity Classic (71-72-73--216). She stands 40th on the money list.
A year ago at Seaview playing in the Shop-Rite LPGA Championship, Benvenuto spoke about the highs and lows of her career. "I've built my game so that I'm giving myself a shot, but there is a whole lot of work to be done," said Benvenuto, who was 38th in the season ending Symetra Tour Championship. "The injuries have set me back, but I'm optimistic."
She played in nine LPGA events and loved the taste of play at the highest level of women's golf. And she's hoping her game continues to improve in 2019 to get back to the LPGA next season.
There are some things that make no sense, no matter how you slice and dice the information.
I was thinking about that statement the other day. A simple nonsensical fact.
Dame Laura Davies is not in the LPGA Hall of Fame.
What a disgrace.
Laura Davies is one of the finest women golfers ever, one who bedazzled LPGA fans for decades.
Since arriving on US soil in 1987, when she captured the Women's United States Open at Plainfield Country Club, she's been a fan favorite. Thirty one years later on the Bay Course at Seaview, Davies drew a large number of fans.
Over the years she has accumulated 20 LPGA victories including four major championship, all while supporting the Ladies European Tour where she's claimed 45 championships. With 85 career professional wins, her credentials are impecable.
This has been a fine year for Davies, who still competes a limited LPGA schedule. Included was a second place finish at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
She also claimed two Senior Major CHampionships, the Senior Women's Open and the Senior LPGA Championship. Not to shabby.
Okay, the LPGA uses a point system to earn a Hall of Fame berth, and Davies is shy of the 27 points required for entry. But the Senior Championships don't county, nor 65 of her 85 career victories.
The time is now to right this wrong. Laura Davies has outstanding credentials and should be in the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Neshaminy grad Brittany Benvenuto is a step closer to regaining her LPGA Tour playing privileges.
Benvenuto, who played on the LPGA Tour this season on a medical exemption, making just one cut, also played on the Symetra Tour. She played in 12 Symetra Tour events, earning a shade more than $22,000.
This week she tied for 34th in Stage II qualifying in Florida on rounds of 71-73-72-72--288. That earns her a berth in the next round of qualifying and a shot at one of 45 Tour Cards up for grabs.