Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thompson Wins First Tournament

Lorie Haas (Bill), Briony Harper (Jarod Lyle), Joanna Saleeby (Kyle Stanley) and Rachel Thompson celebrate their win at the PGA Tour Wives Association Classic 
Thompson Wins First Tournament, Rachel Thompson that is
by Randy Roberts

Michael's wife Rachel took part in the PGA Tour Wives Association Classic earlier this week which was held at the Sea Pines Resort Ocean Course.  It was her first time playing golf (Thompson Tide note: really?).  It was a 9 hole scramble with the wives playing and the PGA players working as caddies.  Rachel's team won the event, with Rachel making a birdie putt on 17 and a par putt on 18 to secure the win by one stroke. She gave credit to her team saying it was a "Great team effort in the scramble!"

A collegiate soccer player, Rachel obviously has a gift for sports and she sounded excited to learn something new saying:
"We won the PGA TOUR wives golf classic! My first ever golf tournament and I won!" 
" I think I found my new favorite sport! Thank you to my wonderful husband for caddying for me!!"
"Only at the Tour Wives Classic" (@scottstallings on twitter) 
This marked the first win for Michael as a caddie.  He's now tied with Rachel's caddie win record.  She was Michael's caddie at the Michelob Ultra Classic last year on the Hooters Tour which Michael won.

Rachel Thompson is driven by caddie Michael Thompson

The PGA Tour Wives Association Classic is held every two years and rotates around the country.  Each Classic is done in order to raise money, half of which is given to a local charity at the location where it's being held, and the other half goes into a fund that the Tour Wives Association distribute nationally.  This years local beneficiary was the Hilton Head Heroes, an organization dedicated to bringing families with children between the ages of 4 and 18 suffering from life-threatening illnesses to the island for a no-expenses spared dream vacation.

You can see additional photos at the PGA Tour Wives Association Facebook Page and at Keith Allison's photostream on Flickr

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