Niagara Gazette


July 14, 2013

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


Niagara Gazette — Only one female has ever accomplished this feat. You guessed it. Annika Sörenstam. The lady genius of the links shot a 13-under 59 in the second round of the 2001 Standard Register and went on to win that event.

Interestingly, of the twelve professional players who have shot a 59, only four of them did not go on to win the event. The worst finish among the ‘59’ shooters was that of Notah Begay III, who wound up placing 6th in the 1998 Dominion Open on the Nike Tour.

During my colorful conversation with Sarkes, he expressed his belief that players who achieve a 59 score on a par-72 course deserve more credit than those who card a 59 on par-70 or par-71 layout. It’s a fair argument, I suppose.

Achieving the score of 59 is so limited and unlikely that the par of the course is often overlooked. Of the twelve players who have scored 59 in a major tour event, only five of them recorded a 59 on a par-72 course. And after all, 13-under par is better than 11-under par.

The 13-under par 59s were posted by Geiberger, Chip Beck, Notah Begay, David Duval, and Sörenstam. Also, there are seven additional below-60 rounds outside the elite twelve that have been recorded in unofficial events or on minor golf tours, including two 58s! Shigeki Maruyama recorded his 58 during a 2000 U.S. Open qualifying round and Jason Bohn carded his 58 in the 2001 Bayer Championship on the Canadian Tour.

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Those served by the agency are respected and, through the agency’s assistance, they can realize their greatest potential. Among the organization’s many service-oriented programs are crisis services, a community kitchen, crisis housing, a food pantry, a clothing closet, a furniture giveaway, transitional residences, and youth counseling.

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