Rosie Jones, a 13-time LPGA Tour champion with seven wins on The Legends Tour, played her way into the winner’s circle once again with a resounding victory in the senior division at the 2018 South Carolina Women’s Open. The 36-hole event was played August 10-11 on the Seabrook Island Ocean Winds course, a par 72 track designed by William Byrd that plays along tidal marshes and natural sand dunes out to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
“I love the course,” said Jones who fired rounds of 67 and 69 to finish 8 under par, a whopping 17 strokes ahead of the rest of the field age 50 and over. “It’s a very tight course with fast greens. It sets up well for my eye, and I love the large oaks and coastal grass and water.”
Jones played stellar golf with just three bogeys across the two competitive rounds, her first tournament since the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club in July where she finished T8.
At Seabrook, Jones carded 11 birdies in 36 holes – one sealed with a 25-foot putt.
“Even with the big lead, I still felt that nudge if nerves,” said Jones. “I want to remain competitive and challenge myself as much as I can to prepare for Legends Tour events and other big tournaments. For me that means harder work on and off the course and playing competitive events as much as possible.”
Fellow Legends Tour player Anne-Marie Palli finished runner-up in the SC Women’s Open senior division, an event hosted for the first time by the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association.
“Rosie played awesome,” enthused Palli. “The golf course was in great shape and everybody was wonderful and welcoming. I think it was successful and hope the event gets even bigger next year.”
Jones agreed, commending the hard work the WSCGA put into bringing the event to fruition.
“They did a great job setting up the course for both regular and senior divisions,” noted Jones. “It was evident the sponsors and the venue were excited to be involved. I admire the WSCGA’s commitment to growing this event with the goal of becoming the best state open in the U.S. It was a fun week and I was very grateful to have another opportunity to play for title.”
For complete results and event information, please visit https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/4169137987424142907.