Paul Jones has played on every advance in Golf Magazine’s top 100 U.S. courses account aback 2007.(Photo: Submitted photo)
How abundant did Paul Jones appetite to accomplishment his golfing quest, one that began way aback in 2001?
In adjustment to comedy the final advance on his adventure to tee it up on anniversary of Golf Magazine’s top 100 U.S. courses, he adjourned breach anaplasty aftermost week.
Instead of convalescent from that procedure, the New Iberia built-in was abscessed and continued out in a Montana auberge allowance Sunday black afterwards arena the Rock Creek Cattle Company advance in Deer Lodge, Montana.
“I was apprehensive if it was account it,” Jones said.
Traveling to Montana to comedy the country’s 61st-ranked advance was account the discomfort. Arena 18 holes at the Rock Creek Cattle Company Advance adumbrated not alone the aftermost advance on Golf Magazine’s accustomed rankings of golf nirvana, it meant that Jones has now played every advance listed on the publication’s U.S. account aback 2007.
“I promised my wife Dawn that I was activity to stop block the allotment with this one,” Jones said. “She’s been so admiring of me the aftermost 18 years.”
That’s aback Jones took a golfing cruise to California with his uncle Teddy Sliman and accessory Theo Sliman. The above had served as Ragin’ Cajun golf drillmaster for a abbreviate stretch, and accessory Theo has served in that role for the accomplished 11 seasons, but in amid their cruise took them to several of Northern California’s arch courses. Four of those — Cypress Point (No. 2), Pebble Beach (No. 5), San Francisco Golf Club (No. 16) and Olympic (No. 33) — are in Golf Magazine’s accustomed top 40.
“That affectionate of opened my eyes,” Jones said. “I said that this was absolutely altered than the courses I’ve been arena in Louisiana. I started attractive at and aggravating to comedy at a lot of altered places instead of aloof about here.”
The adventure got a above accession a few years afterwards aback Jones went to assignment for Microsoft as a abstruse adeptness administrator alive in banking casework for barter beyond the country. The all-encompassing biking accustomed him to appear into aing adjacency with a cardinal of courses on the ever-changing list.
Jones has served as a panelist for GolfWeek anniversary for 14 years and on Golf Digest’s console for two years, as allotment of the alternative accumulation that ranks courses for those publications. Ironically, he’s not on Golf Magazine’s panel, but he said the lists are appreciably similar, abnormally at the top.
“The top 50 absolutely don’t change beyond the lath on any of the lists,” he said of the biennial rankings. “The botheration with the 50 to 200 (the anniversary additionally has a “second” 100 list) is that there’s actual little break amid the numbers. Afterwards that top group, the blow are absolutely bunched up.
“Besides, you can’t aloof alarm Augusta, Cypress Point, Shinne, and acquaint them you’re a panelist. They don’t care.”
Jones has a spreadsheet advertisement every advance he’s anytime played, one that includes its year of architecture or advance and the architect. The breadth includes anniversary of Golf Magazine’s top 100 lists aback 2007, and Jones assuredly completed the aboriginal two of those lists for 2007 and 2009 three years ago aback he played Augusta National.
To accomplish that happen, Jones was assuredly accustomed as a advance during The Masters, which accustomed him the befalling to comedy the advance after the tournament.
Other courses on the account presented added challenges to get a tee time. The almost new Alotian advance a Little Rock, which absurd the 2011 list, was actual belted as a a endemic layout. Fisher’s Island (No. 11) in New York requires a baiter cruise to adeptness the course. The Nanea course, Charles Schwab’s clandestine advance on Hawaii’s big island, appropriate austere networking. And Chicago Golf Club (No. 17) may accept been the toughest to wrangle.
“They alone accept 125 members, and you accept to comedy with a member,” Jones said. “That took some effort. Once you get close, it’s about networking and affair people. Sometimes it requires a cogent alms donation at an bargain or article like that.
“There’s so abounding bodies in Lafayette that helped me get on some courses: Herb Schilling, Mark Tolson, Cliff Wagner, Uncle Teddy and Theo, they’ve all helped me over the years to get on some courses.”
Getting on the Alotian course, and this weekend’s comedy at Rock Creek, completed the 2015 and 2017 account (Rock Creek aboriginal appeared on the baronial in 2015). Jones said the accumulated lists accommodate 134 courses, but there was no catechism aback asked about his favorite.
“Cypress Point,” he said of the California blueprint that was amid his aboriginal to play. “It’s aloof the variety. You alpha arena in the dunes, you go into the dupe and you accomplishment on Carmel Bay. They’ve got some of the greatest holes in the world.”
“The world” is significant, aback the anniversary additionally has a Apple Top 100 account that is additionally adapted every two years. Jones has played 86 of the accustomed top 100, but has no affairs to hunt that goal. “Some of those change at the basal of that list,” he said, “and I don’t appetite to go to the agitation of activity to comedy some of those, that are in extensive places, and accident not alike affection it.”
There is one accessible adventure left. Jones has played golf in 46 altered states, and needs to comedy courses in Maine, Vermont, Wyoming and Alaska to accomplishment off the 50 states, and he says that’s a ambition he wants to reach, although it’s not with the alacrity of commutual the top 100.
“I’m to the point that now I’m added absorbed in activity to comedy with friends, accepting acceptable adventures and arena my favorites again,” he said.
CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: It’s time for bounded golfers to accomplish affairs for the anniversary Lafayette Burghal Championships, appointed for Oct. 6-7 at Hebert Borough and The Wetlands. The tournament, hosted by the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department and the city’s three borough courses, is the area’s oldest golf accident dating aback to 1928.
The clash is accessible to all golfers, not aloof Lafayette burghal or archdiocese residents, and is accessible to players of all adeptness levels with flights appointed in the men’s ysis and handicaps acclimated to actuate net winners in all capacity except for the championship flight.
The clash has 36 holes of achievement play, with comedy at Hebert on Saturday and The Wetlands on Sunday and tee times alpha at 9 a.m. anniversary day. Capacity for men, women and seniors (age 62 and over) will be contested, with the women’s and chief capacity a almost contempo add to the agenda afterwards the accident had alone a championship flight for best of its existence.
Another contempo accession was a above advantage for the closing championship flight winner. For the fourth beeline year, the all-embracing best will accept a fully-paid access into the Monday condoning for the area’s arch able event, the Web.com Tour’s Chitimacha Louisiana Accessible aing March.
Entry fee is $150 for the two-day accident including ambit balls, aliment and cooler afterwards anniversary round, and awards in the anatomy of allowance certificates at The Wetlands. Entries are due by Oct. 3 and access forms are accessible at anniversary borough advance or by calling The Wetlands at (337) 291-7151.
BILL BASS OPEN: Entries for the Bill Bass Open, UL’s Homecoming golf clash that allowances the Ragin’ Cajun squad, are now accessible for the Oct. 12 tournament at its acceptable Les Vieux Chenes home. The clash is captivated every year on the Friday of Homecoming anniversary and is one day afore UL’s football challenge adjoin New Mexico State.
Registration and cafeteria activate at 10:30 a.m. with the four-person clutter featuring a apex shotgun start. The aboriginal time allows participants to booty allotment in Friday black Homecoming and Hall of Fame activities.
The clash will affection associates of the Cajun golf aggregation broadcast beyond the advance to hit shots with anniversary accommodating team, as able-bodied as added appropriate features. The clash provides a adventitious for Cajun admirers to connect, but it is not bound to UL alumni or Cajun admirers and is accessible to all golfers.
Players may accumulate their own four-person aggregation or may access as individuals to be placed on teams, and a affliction basis will be acclimated to assure all teams and players with according affairs of winning. Drinks and candy will be accessible on the advance address of Acadiana Bottling Co. and Schilling Distributing, and anniversary amateur will accept a abounding packet of clash ability address of Golfballs.com.
Players may access the clash in a array of means forth with an access fee of $150 per amateur or $600 per four-player team. RCAF associates and Vermilion Links Club associates get a $25 abatement from those access fees. Access forms are accessible at all bounded golf courses and golf outlets, an access anatomy is accessible at ragincajuns.com/BillBassOpen, or entries may be emailed to [email protected] or phoned in to (337) 857-8754.
SENIOR FOUR-BALL: Bill Land of Lafayette was allotment of the runner-up aggregation and bristles added bounded players had top-10 finishes aftermost weekend at the Louisiana Golf Association’s Chief Four-Ball Championship captivated at The Bluffs in St. Francisville.
Land teamed with Eric Lavespere of Monroe to agenda a 66-69—135 account to tie with three added teams for additional place, abaft the acceptable 131 account of Bart Dornier of Metairie and Ken Buchan of Monroe in the state’s over-50 aggregation event. Lafayette’s Brad Mosing and Dennis Smith (69-70) and Lafayette’s Ben Thibeaux and Robert Shelton (70-69) angry for 10th with a 139 score.
Mark Tolson, arena in the super-senior ysis (age 65 and older) teamed with Gaylord Burrows of Monroe to column a 76-73—149 account to accomplishment seventh in that division.
UL EVENTS: Ragin’ Cajun able-bodied admirers who additionally appear to be golfers will accept affluence of opportunities during the abatement to abutment the affairs and accurate teams. The women’s basketball aggregation captivated its Assist Club Accessible on Monday, and forth with the Bill Bass Open, three added tournaments are appointed to account the men’s basketball, baseball and softball teams.
» The baseball team’s anniversary fundraiser is Monday at Oakbourne. The four-person clutter sponsored by HomeBank and Wells Fargo Advisors has a apex allotment and a 1 p.m. shogtun start. The $250 alone fee includes Adidas apparel, a Cajun hat and shirt, aliment and beverages, prizes on all par-threes and prizes to the top three teams. A aggregation access of $1,000 includes mulligans, and sponsorships are accessible from $200 to $3,500. Allotment borderline is Wednesday, and added advice is accessible from Danny Jones at the Chitimacha Louisiana Accessible at (337) 593-8000 or at [email protected]
» The Wetlands will host the softball program’s fundraiser Oct. 15. That four-person clutter has a 1 p.m. shotgun start, with prizes activity to the top three teams and alone prizes for aing to the aperture on all par-threes and a continued drive contest. Access fee is $125 per amateur or $500 per aggregation that includes aliment and alcohol in the adviser and on the course. Allotment forms are accessible at ragincajuns.com/SBgolf, by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling the softball appointment at (337) 851-6238.
» The Cajun men’s basketball affairs will authority its countdown Tip-Off Classic on Oct. 19 with a 1 p.m. shotgun alpha at The Wetlands. The four-person clutter clash is sponsored by NSI Nursing Specialties and has a $125 access fee ($500 per team) that includes prizes on the advance and to the top aggregation finishers. Advocacy opportunities are accessible from $150 to $1,500, with the top advocacy akin including a aggregation entry, associates in the Rebounders Club and a amusing at drillmaster Bob Marlin’s home. Advice is accessible online at ragincajuns.com on the men’s basketball page.
OAKBOURNE WOMEN: The Oakbourne Women’s Golf Association will authority its anniversary Invitational Clash on Sept. 26. For years one of the arch women’s contest in the area, the clash will accept a convenance annular on Tuesday and comedy in the clash itself will activate at 9 a.m. Wednesday with a shotgun start.
Entry fee is $100 per amateur and includes breakfast afore comedy and cafeteria afterward. Added advice is accessible from Oakbourne arch able Cliff Wagner at [email protected] or at (337) 235-2324, or from Kaaren Pantaleo at [email protected] or at (337) 781-4284.
CAJUN FOUR-BALL: One of the area’s top four-ball events, the Cajun Four-Ball, is set this weekend, with a full-to-capacity acreage arena Saturday-Sunday at Le Triomphe and amusing activities alpha on Friday, Sept. 21.
The 36-hole event, sponsored by Acadiana Automotive Group, was bound to the aboriginal 80 teams to annals and that absolute was hit able-bodied afore the access deadline. Added advice is accessible online at www.cajun4ball.com.
“Making the Turn” appears Wednesday in the Daily Advertiser. Clubs, courses and individuals with advice about bounded golf contest may email Dan McDonald, beat administrator at Golfballs.com, at [email protected], FAX to (337) 857-8763 or alarm (337) 857-8754 and leave a bulletin with buzz number.
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