Note-Worthy Golf Moments of 2016

It’s almost the year’s end and it’s been quite a year indeed. We’ve seen some lackluster performances and promised comebacks and so many other note-worthy events. As we wrap the year up, we’ve tried to pull together some of the standout Golf Moments for the year of 2016.

Vaughn Taylor’s Cinderella Moment

It was at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am that Vaughn Taylor pulled off his first major win in eleven years. This was quite the surprise for everyone considering that Mr. Taylor had not even had a PGA Tour card for some years now. Truly one of the more surprising events of 2016 and we certainly can’t wait to see what Vaughn Taylor will do next.

The Stephen Conrad Tragedy

This one is quite sad and a rather recent event. It was on Christmas day that Stephen Conrad and his mother were involved in a car accident that claimed both their lives. Conrad was 32. Stephen Conrad is one of the few players to ever win the Indiana State Junior, State Amateur, and State Open titles. It was only last year that Stephen Conrad was inducted into the Indiana High School Golf Hall of Fame. Initial reports claim that a young man was drag racing and attempted to pace with another vehicle when he struck the Conrads in a head-on collision in Syracuse, Indiana. The investigation is still ongoing. The loss of such a decorated player is surely a blow for our beautiful sport.

Se Ri Pak Retires

It was at the KEB Hana Bank Championship that a send off for Pak was held. A lot of tears and hugs were shared as fans and other golfers came out to show their appreciation for Pak’s contributions to golf. Pak’s retirement brings to a close her legendary LPGA career which prompted so many other outstanding Korean players to join the fold. She will surely be missed.

Ariya Jutanugarn’s Stellar Year

If there was anyone having a great year, it would be Ariya Jutanugarn. She won her first LPGA title this year and went on to win two more—bringing in a solid three straight streak. Jutanugarn joined the Ricoh Women’s Open this past summer and scored five wins under her belt. Not satisfied with this, she went on and added the One Million Race to the CME Globe crown to her repertoire. It is to be noted that this talented golfer is only 21 years old. So there’s so much more in store for all golf fans out there!

Golf Returns to the Olympics

This one is a personal favorite! It would be a common exclamation for some that they never realized that Golf was once an Olympic sport. It was. One hundred and twelve years ago, to be exact. So it is quite an exciting event that our sport returns to the fold of The Games. Justin Rose was to walk away with the gold medal this year for Men’s golf while Inbee Park claimed the gold for women’s golf.  Now that Golf is once again an Olympic sport, we expect and anticipate a renewed surge in the interest of the public into Golf. We may be seeing the start of a whole new generation of Olympic class players in the next few years. Truly a great point for 2016!

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