MONDAY  | NOVEMBER 20, 2017
by Adam Schupak

On Tuesday night, there's a party scheduled at Jonesboro Country Club in Arkansas. Adam Carney, the club's head professional, said he was expecting roughly 200 attendees. They've been planning it for two months. The guest of honor? None other than PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook. The party was supposed to be a celebration of his achievement of earning a PGA Tour card.

On Sunday, Cook won the RSM Classic by four strokes over J.J. Spaun, Cook’s first Tour title in his fourth start since earning his card.

 



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Number of victories this season for Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. Jutanugarn, a Thai who will turn 22 on Thursday, birdied her final two holes to shoot 5-under 67 for a 15-under 273 total and one-stroke victory at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. American Lexi Thompson missed a 2-foot par putt on the final hole to shoot 67 and share second place with compatriot Jessica Korda (67) at 14-under 274. Thompson emerged as the season points leader for a $1 million bonus. Jutanugarn owns seven career titles on the LPGA, dating to a breakthrough three-victory month in May 2016.

 



Honored: By the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, Emily Nash, with an award for “outstanding sportsmanship.” Nash, competing for the Lunenburg High School boys team, won the Central Massachusetts Division 3 tournament but was denied the trophy. Under MIAA rules, girls are allowed to compete only as part of the team score but not for individual honors. The snub prompted widespread criticism of the MIAA policy, which remains unchanged.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Youth on Course generated $115,485 last week during its annual online auction to support its national program for subsidized golf. The non-profit provides young golfers with rounds at $5 or less, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships. The auction proceeds were up more than $20,000 from last year.

 

The PGA Value Guide, a national price guide for used golf clubs, launched its second annual holiday trade-in-promotion. Golfers will receive up to 30 percent extra when they trade their clubs at valueguide.pga.com.

 

CALENDAR
November 20-23
Juniors: AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions
PGA National Resort (Champion and Fazio), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
November 23-26
European Tour: UBS Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong
November 28 - December 1
Champions Tour: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
TPC Scottsdale (Champions), Scottsdale, Ariz.
November 29 - December 3
LPGA: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.
November 30 - December 3
European Tour: Australian PGA Championship
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
European Tour: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
PGA Tour: Hero World Challenge (unofficial event)
Albany Golf Club, New Providence, Bahamas

      
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