DePaulo, Jones Capture Inaugural Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2022
David Bataller, Director of Communications
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MESA – Lisa DePaulo and Rosie Jones won the inaugural Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open’s Senior Division Wednesday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, playing outstanding golf to the tune of a final-round -10 (62) in a Four-Ball format for a five-shot win. DePaulo and Jones will split the winning $10,000 first prize, the biggest team payout in the event’s $30,000 total purse.
“To be able to play golf at this age and for people to be interested and take the effort to make a tournament like this, we just had so much fun,” said DePaulo, of Lakeway, Tex., who shot -9 (63) on her own ball in the final round. “Gosh, getting a chance to play with a Solheim Cup Captain and Champion (Jones), it was just like a dream come true.”
DePaulo and Jones’ Four-Ball score of 60 was four shots better than their first-round Scramble score. The duo caught fire from the seventh hole on, with nine birdies and an eagle to finish the last 12 holes in -11. Five of the birdies and the eagle came from DePaulo’s white-hot putter.
“Lisa started really hot right out of the box with birdies on 1 and 2, and we just kept it going,” said Jones, a Santa Ana, Calif., native with 25 professional wins on her résumé. “And then Lisa just lit up the back 9.”
Pat Hurst and Wendy Ward finished in second place, shooting a final-round -5 (67) to finish -15 overall. The duo birdied holes 8 and 9 to go out in 34, and birdies on 14, 15 and 16 accounted for the final tally on a clean scorecard, and the $8,000 second place prize.
“We had a great time – yesterday we definitely ham and egged it a lot more than today and I think we did a great job,” said Hurst, the 2021 Team USA Solheim Cup Captain.
World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley and partner Barb Moxness carded a final-round -3 (69), but were unable to keep up the momentum that saw them hold the first-round lead at -11. Their -14 overall was good for solo third place, and $6,000 in prize money. Clarissa Childs and Lee Ann Walker posted the second-best round of the day at -7 (65) in the Four-Ball format for -12 overall, and earned $4,000 for fourth place. Christa Johnson and Kris Hanson tied for fifth overall at -8 with Ellie Gibson and Lisa Grimes, with each team earning $2,000.
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About Longbow Golf Club
Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use development, being developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, that incorporates office, light industrial, retail, hotel and residential uses surrounded by desert vegetation, a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Troon managed Longbow Golf Club was originally designed by Ken Kavanaugh in 1997. In 2003, Daedalus commissioned Kavanaugh to execute a complete redesign of the golf course creating a complete refresh layout. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit longbowgolf.com or call (480) 807-5400.
About Arizona Golf Association
The Arizona Golf Association has been serving amateur golfers in Arizona since 1923 when it held the first State Amateur Championship. Today, it is licensed by the United States Golf Association to provide handicapping and course rating services to member clubs, to provide tournament and rules expertise and to oversee the application of amateur status.