The weekend during the golf season always produces interesting tidbits of news items, particularly with Spirit alumni. With a deep group of great alumni from past Spirit Championships, there is always something interesting happening throughout the summer months of golf. And this weekend is no exception.
First, 2009 Spirit Player Ben Martin won is 2nd Web.com tournament, the Mylan Classic, played on the Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, PA. Martin was leading by 4 strokes entering the final round and calmly shot a 4-under 67 in the closing round to win by 5. This victory vaulted him to 2nd on the money list and should likely ensure a place on the PGA Tour next year.
Martin has been preaching to himself about being consistent all year.
“At the start of the year consistency is one of the things I wanted to work on,” Martin said. “My coach used to tell me that great golf is playing consistently good golf. I’ve had some runs before but this is the most consistent I’ve ever played. It’s fun to keep this going.”
2011 Spirit Player Charley Hull also made news over the weekend. She will become the youngest player in Solheim Cup history when she represents Europe next week at the Colorado Golf Club. Hull (who turned 17 on March 20th), received a wild card pick from Captain Lisolette Neumann. It was no surprise that Neumann picked Hull, as she has finished second in each of her first 5 events this year on the LET.
“She’s had a great year,” said Neumann. “She shoots in the 60s 30 percent of the time. She’s energetic, she’s fearless and she’s a great addition to our team.”
Interestingly, Neumann was the Swedish coach during 2011 at the Spirit International and likely had several opportunities to see Hull during the Championship in 2011.
Congratulations to both Ben and Charley, from your friends at the Spirit International.