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JJ Henry Lights Up TPC Summerlin With Round of 60

Kevin Penner UNLV Shriners Open PGA Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada (October 18, 2013)--J.J. Henry broke the TPC Summerlin course record during round one of Las Vegas' PGA Tour event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He recorded nine birdies and an eagle en route to a 60, a year after Las Vegas Golf Region resident Ryan Moore recorded a 61 on the way to the 2012 Vegas title. It was the first 60 in Vegas since Tommy Armour III--who grew up in the city--fired the score at The Las Vegas Country Club in 1999. It was the 29th round of 60 in PGA Tour history. Read on for more about his magical round and news and notes from the Shriners. --By Brian Hurlburt, Like on Facebook.

Natalie Gulbis Again to Star in Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge at Rio Secco

Las Vegas, Nevada (September 27, 2013)--Natalie Gulbis is a Las Vegas Golf Region resident, and will be making another appearance in the annual Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge event at Rio Secco Golf Club. Gulbis, along with Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis, rep the LPGA Tour. They will take on teams from the PGA Tour and Champions Tour on November 12, 2013. The event is open to the public and visiting and local fans are welcome to attend. --By Brian Hurlburt, Like of Facebook.

Las Vegas Pros Scott, Riegger Do Daily Double on PGA Tour, Champions Tour

john riegger champions pga tour

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 26, 2013)--John Riegger and Adam Scott became the latest pros with strong ties to the Las Vegas Golf Region to earn victories on a major Tour. Riegger, who has lived in Henderson, a Vegas suburb, for many years, won the Champions PGA Tour Boeing Classic while Adam Scott, who played college golf at UNLV, won the first leg of the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Barclays. Earlier this year, Scott became the first male player with ties to Vegas to win a major (Masters), but for Riegger, it was by far the biggest win of his career. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider.

Las Vegas Golfer Inbee Park Goes For 'Grand Slam' at Women's British Open

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 1, 2013)--Inbee Park won two Nevada State High School golf titles while playing at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. She also finished in the top 10 of Las Vegas' LPGA Tour event at the time, the Takefuji Classic, a couple times as a young amateur. Now she looks to re-write the history books at the 2013 Ricoh Women's Birtish Open where she is looking to become the first golfer--male or female--to win four professional majors in a year. After round one, Park was in with a 3-under par 69 and well on her way to what some would consider the Grand Slam, even though the LPGA Tour added a fifth major for this season. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider.

Phil Mickelson Becomes 4th Pro To Win Open With Butch Harmon

Butch Harmon lives in Las Vegas and helped Mickelson win The Open Championship

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 22, 2013)--Butch Harmon called Phil Mickelson's final round of 66 at Muirfield to win The Open Championship the best he's ever seen. And Harmon, who operates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas' Rio Secco Golf Club, should know. He has watched first-hand as Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, and Stewart Cink won the prestigious tournament while they were working with him. Mickelson is the fourth player that Harmon has helped win the Claret Jug. "I think this one tops it," Harmon told the BBC about Phil the Thrill's round being more impressive than Norman's 64 at Royal St. George's in 1993. "It was absolutely brilliant." Read on for video of Harmon's interview. --By Brian Hurlburt, follow @LVGolfInsider

Masters Green Jacket Makes Trip To Open Championship With Adam Scott

Adam Scott 2013 Open Championship Las Vegas UNLV

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 16, 2013)--Anthony Bennett, who played basketball at UNLV as a freshman, was recently the first pick in the NBA draft. If the PGA Tour had a draft, Adam Scott would have probably been the first pick in 1999 after playing for a year at UNLV. Flash forward to this year and Scott, the former Las Vegas golfer, is a mulitple PGA Tour champion and winner of the 2013 Masters. This week he makes the trip to The Open Championship with his famous Green Jacket that he earned with his Masters title. "I still don’t go more than two or three days without wearing it,” said Scott prior to The Open. “I don’t need an excuse to put it on. I have wanted that jacket my whole life, so why not wear it every day? I will definitely have the jacket out this week because my mum is coming up to the Open and she has not seen it yet." --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

Las Vegas Champions Tour Pro Goes Jekyll and Hyde at US Senior Open

John Riegger las vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 13, 2013)--Twitter is a beautiful thing. It allows people a chance to capture the emotions of a particular moment of an athlete, good or bad. Such was the case with a tweet from Las Vegas Champions PGA Tour pro John Riegger after a roller coaster round of 69 during the second round of the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha. "What a day today only can happen at an open championship," tweeted Riegger from his @teamriegger Twitter feed a little while after posting nine-hole scores of 30-39 en route to the 69. The sense of exasperation with a touch humor was evident in the tweet. Entering the weekend, Riegger was in a tie for 19th. LIVE SCORING. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

Inbee Park Does What Woods, Nicklaus, Palmer, Lopez, Hogan Never Did

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 1, 2013)--It's fitting that the hottest golfer on the planet in 2013 laid the roots of her game in one of the hottest places on earth, Las Vegas. While record temps are hitting the city that glitters, Inbee Park has been establishing records of her own en route to winning the first three majors on the LPGA Tour in 2013. That is a feat that was never accomplished by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Ben Hogan, Annika Sorenstam, and many other golfing greats. Park, who played high school golf in the Las Vegas Golf Region, joins Babe Zaharias and Bobby Jones as the only golfers in history to win the first three majors of any season. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

Las Vegas Golf LPGA Tour Super Star Inbee Park On Brink of History

Inbee Park Bishop GormanLas Vegas, Nevada (UPDATED June 30, 2013)--Last year, this writer and a co-writer compiled the history of professional golf dating back about 60 years to the playing of the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas in 1953. City of Champions: The History of Professional Golf in Las Vegas, came out in September of 2012, and ever since, Las Vegas golfers have been racking up majors one after the other. Inbee Park, who won two Nevada State high school golf titles while playing at Bishop Gorman, won the first two LPGA Tour majors of 2013. And Adam Scott, who played at UNLV as a freshman, won the PGA Tour's The Masters. And now, Park stands to be the first LPGA Tour golfer in 60 years to win the first three majors of a season. She led the U.S. Women's Open heading into the final round by four shots. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider.


Former Las Vegas Golf Star Inbee Park Wins 5th LPGA Event of 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 24, 2013)--The wins keep adding up for current and former Las Vegas Golf Region residents. And Inbee Park, a two-time Nevada state high school champion, is at it again. Park won her fifth LPGA Tour event of 2013 over the weekend when she fired rounds of 69-65-67 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. Park has also won the first two majors of 2013 and is the hottest golfer on the planet at the moment.--By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

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