ONE of the most popular players in the history of golf, Rosie Jones captured 13 LPGA tournament titles and is one of the top-10 money winners in the history of the women's tour. The 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University played fulltime on the LPGA for 25 years and, in a true testament of both her ability and her passion for the game, she won tournaments a remarkable 17 years apart, taking her first title in 1987 and her most-recent in 2003. Few players maximized their talent as fully as Rosie. Never one of the long hitters on tour, Rosie compensated for her lack of length off the tee with a heart the size of her native California and a putting stroke as smooth as the fuzz on a peach from Georgia, the state where she now resides.
Rosie was a firey leader of seven U.S. Solheim Cup teams, racking up a sparkling 11-9-2 record in the biennial competition against a team from Europe and bringing home 12 points for the American side. When not on the golf course, Rosie loves to dance, fish, work in the garden and play with her dog. At the 2006 U.S. Women's Open, Rosie marked her retirement from fulltime competition by taking off her golf shoes and golf glove and leaving them beside the 18th at Newport Country Club. To show the kind of person she is, Rosie was back at Newport the next day to cheer on her Solheim Cup teammate Pat Hurst in her 18-hole playoff against Annika Sorenstam.
Rosie now works as a commentator for The Golf Channel and is extremely excited about RosieJones Golf Getaways, a venture she hopes will enable her to share her love of golf and her passion for the game with other women who feel the same way. Rest assured that every detail of your golf vacation will be attended to with the same intensity Rosie brought to tournament golf. Rosie Jones. Golf. And you. It's a winning combination.
- Ron Sirak
Artist drawing of Rosie Jones by Frank Duval
Stats:Born: 11/13/59 Santa Ana, Calif.
Rookie year: July 1982/1983
Career victories (last): 13 (2003)
Career-low round: 62
Career earnings (rank): $8,306,013 (6)
LPGA career holes-in-one: 5
Playoff record: 5-4
International victories: 2
Education: The Ohio State University
Honors:1996 Inducted to:
The Ohio State University Sports Hall of Fame
2000 Inducted to:
Albuquerque, New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame
2006 Inducted to:
Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
Jones was a 1981 AIAW All-American in her fourth year of varsity golf at The Ohio State University. Also in 1981, she was the third-lowest amateur at the U.S. Women's Open and a semifinalist at both the U.S. Women's Amateur and the Trans-National. Earlier in her amateur career, Jones won the New Mexico Junior Championship three consecutive years, 1974-76, and claimed the 1979 New Mexico State Championship title.
5'6", brown hair, brown eyes...Started playing golf at the age of 11...Credits Rick Jensen, Tom Nielsen, Elmer Prieskorn, Mike Adams and Jeff Peltz as the individuals most influencing her career...Served as the honorary chair of the 2004 Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) Member-Get-A-Member campaign...Enjoys fishing, dancing, woodworking, working outside in the yard, planting flowers and any arts and crafts projects... Travels with her dog, Rosko...Was a member of the LPGA Tour Player Executive Committee from 2000-03, serving as co-vice president in 2003...Represents Olivia, Titleist and Yes Putter
Retired from the LPGA Competition in 2006
LPGA Victories (13): 1987 Rail Charity Golf Classic. 1988 USX Golf Classic, Nestle World Championship, Santa Barbara Open. 1991 Rochester International. 1995 Pinewild Women's Championship. 1996 LPGA Corning Classic. 1997 LPGA Corning Classic. 1998 Wegmans Rochester International. 1999 Firstar LPGA Classic. 2001 Kathy Ireland Championship Honoring Harvey Penick, Sybase Big Apple Classic Presented by GOLF MAGAZINE. 2003 Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage.
8 Solheim Cup Teams: 1990, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005,*2011
*Captain of U.S. Team at Killeen Castle, County Meath, Ireland
Legend Tour Victories (4) 2007 Wendy's Charity Challenge, 2007 Legends Tour Open Championship, 2009 Kinoshita Pearl Classic, 2010 Legends Tour Open Championship
|5, 7, AND 9 WOOD||Callaway Bertha Steelhead III|
|RESCUE MID||Taylor Made 25|
|6 – wedge irons||Taylor Made|
|56° SAND IRON||Callaway|
|60° LOB WEDGE||Cleveland|
|PUTTER||YES C GROOVE DIANNA|