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July 14, 2013

RUGGIERO: In search of golf's "perfect round"

Niagara Gazette — I had the wonderful opportunity to participate this past week in the Community Missions Charity Golf Outing at Seneca Hickory Stick. The course was in excellent shape and the greens were running fast and true. My scramble team included Mission Associate Director Joe Sbarbati and former NF Police Chief John Chella. 

A lone bogey on the difficult 192-yard, par-three 4th hole cost us a second place tie. During the after-party, while in conversation with long-time friend and golf associate Angelo Sarkes of Lewiston, he inquired to me about players who have shot 59. Thanks to his query, we’ll begin today by visiting some golf history and the players who were in pursuit of golf’s “perfect round”.

As defined by the experts, a “perfect round” is actually accomplished when a player birdies every hole on the course during a singular round of play. To date, no one has ever accomplished this feat.

LPGA Hall of Fame member Annika Sörenstam has commented on numerous occasions about her desire to shoot the perfect round, saying "How do you shoot a 54? Hit one fairway. Hit one green. Make one putt. Do that 18 times and you have achieved golf perfection." She even has a knitted blue and yellow head cover in her bag with the number 54 on it to remind her of her ultimate goal.

Since no one has ever accomplished the perfect round, the next best thing is considered to be shooting a 59. Only one dozen players in history have ever achieved this feat during an official major tour golfing event.

The first golfer to do it was Al Geiberger, who shot a 13-under par 59 during the second round of the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. He went on to win the event. The last player to achieve this score was Stuart Appleby, who confidently carded an 11-under 59 during the final round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic and won.

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