Jones, Redman combine for BJ's Charity Championship win
LPGA veterans Rosie Jones and Michele Redman paired up today to win this year’s BJ’s Charity Championship presented by P&G. The two combined for a score of 12-under 59 at The Ridge Club in Sandwich, Mass., to win by two shots over runners-up Alicia Dibos and Jenny Lidback at 10-under 61.
Redman was a winner at this annual team tournament in 2017 with Patti Rizzo. Her 2019 win marks her fourth Legends Tour victory while Jones earned her eighth Legends Tour title.
“We really complemented each others’ games out there,” said Redman, who won twice on the LPGA Tour and is the current women’s golf coach at the University of Minnesota. “When I hit a good shot, Rosie made the putt and vice versa. Rosie was hot on the front nine and that gave us the momentum we needed.”
Jones and Redman recorded five birdies on the front nine in the better-ball format. Jones chipped in for birdie on the par-4 fifth hole to spark her team.
“I had a lot of magic today, so it was fun,” said Jones, a 13-time LPGA Tour winner and a member of The Legends Hall of Fame. “Michele was really great with her driver and my putter got hot, so you put that together and the birdies started coming easy.”
The two posted seven birdies on the back nine in the scramble format. They sealed their win and winner’s prize check of $22,000 with birdies on the last three holes, highlighted by Jones’ 30-foot sliding birdie putt on No. 16.
Jones and Redman were paired alongside Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst, who made birdies on six consecutive holes on the back nine. But the Californians couldn’t catch Jones and Redman and ultimately tied for fourth before heading to Scotland, where Inkster will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the third time with Hurst serving as an assistant captain.
Dibos and Lidback moved into a share of the lead twice during the round and trailed by one stroke for the final six holes, but the native South Americans were never able to catch Jones and Redman in spite of their own late charge that included six birdies on the back nine holes.
“We both putted really well and I made a 40-foot putt on No. 17,” said Lidback of Arizona. “I hit it where Alicia told me to hit it and it went in.”
“We have been friends since we were 14 or 15 and we go back about 40 years,” said Dibos, now a teaching professional in Connecticut. “That putt on 17 was amazing.”
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The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia.
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