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tBBC Making The List: Rosie Jones

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. Making The List: Rosie Jones
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    It’s summer. The Olympics are now upon us. And with all of the wonderful possibilities that we can choose from of former or present Buckeyes whom participated in this world showcase I have concluded we have some time to journey down that path. My urge is to go golf. Thus far I have mentioned Jack Nicklaus and John Cook in Making The List.

    It is time to mention a woman.

    Rosie Jones born November 13, 1959 in Santa Ana, CA was a gifted golfer from the get-go – the seventh of eight children. Competition was the normal pace in the Jones household. Her father, an avid golfer, became her role model. When she was just 8 years old, she came home one day with a broken old golf club she had found, and begged her dad to take her to the golf course with him.

    Thus the legend began!

    Jones rifled through the completion in high school. One of her first major accomplishments came when she was a mere 19 years old in the national tournament – the Chicago Open – taking home the winner’s trophy. She would also claim the New Mexico Junior Championship three times (1974 – ’75 – ’76). These early and many successes of her youth earned her offers from top ranked colleges which included other Big Ten Schools such as Michigan State, Purdue, and Illinois, along with other golfing strongholds such as Texas and Oklahoma. But, our good fortunate would have it – she’d be heading to Columbus.

    While at the Ohio State University (1978-81) she won the New Mexico State Championship in 1979. She was an AIAW All-American in 1981. In 1980 she would take home the Big Ten Individual Champions’ trophy. It was the birth of a tremendously storied professional career.

    As a rookie in the LPGA she competed on the Futures Golf Tour, winning twice on the Ladies European Tour during her 24-year professional career.

    Rosie played on the LPGA Tour from 1982 to 2006, winning 13 times with four runner-up finishes in major championships. She would represent Team USA in seven Solheim Cup competitions from 1990-2005, a stretch in which the American side never lost. Jones also served as the U.S. Solheim Cup Captain in 2011.

    In 1990 she would become the 20th player in LPGA history to cross the One Million dollar threshold in earnings. In 1994 The Ohio State University inducted her into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1998 she was inducted into the NGCA Hall of Fame. And in 2015 she would reach the Legends Hall of Fame.

    Jones would say: “I manage my game really well. … When I make a mistake I speak kindly to myself.” [​IMG]

    Rosie Jones is as deserving as any former great athlete from The Ohio State University. Her talents excelled each year from when she brought home, showing her father, that old broken golf club. In her progression we were truly lucky to have her in Columbus. I am proud to announce this week’s focus of Making The List to be Rosie Jones. I apologize that I did not include her sooner.

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