San Jose Country Club Historic 60th Ladies Invitational: The San Jose Country Club is making history with its 60th Ladies Invitational, “Diamonds in the Rough.” This event occurs on September 20 and 21 at the famous Donald Ross-designed course. It has been a First Coast golf classic since 1962. Mary Cole won the first title. The event has been a highlight every year, except in 2006, when the course had to be fixed.
Tama Caldabaugh is the defending winner and already has the most titles with seven. Therese Quinn and Susie Fonde are also very successful and have won five championships. Caldabaugh and Quinn have ruled in recent years. From 2008 to 2012, Caldabaugh won five straight races.
This year will be 101 competitors in both the gross and net rounds, which should make for exciting action on the greens.
In other golf news, Beachside High School made waves at the St. Johns County boys golf tournament, which could mean a change in the golf scene in the area. With an even-par score of 288, Beachside beat the eight-time state winner Ponte Vedra. Freshmen Samuel Ha and Jaspreet Kondal led the way with impressive scores of 69 and 72.
At Marsh Landing, the Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association (JWGA) started its season for 2023–24. The JWGA has been around since 1927, and it hosts 23 events in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau Counties. Members of the JWGA can look forward to three tournaments with more than one round, including the final in March and April.
At the Florida State Golf Association Mid-Amateur North Four-Ball event, Paul Tesori and Chad James from St. Augustine got off to a good start on a different track. Even though they shot an impressive 62 in the first round, Brendon Ehlers and Matthew Giovannelli won the tournament with a blistering 59 in the first round and a commanding 25-under-par 119 overall.
Even though Tesori and James had an excellent second round, they tied for third place. It shows how tough the battle is in the world of golf.