Ex-Lobo Caroline Keggi Inducted into Women Coaches HOF 0

Caroline Keggi

Most Successful Golfer in Lobo Women’s Golf History Honored

Former Lobo women’s golfer Caroline Keggi will be inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in December. The induction will take place on Dec. 8, 2019 at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Keggi, along with Kellee Booth of Arizona State and Liz Janangelo of Duke will become the 76th, 77th and 78th members of the WGCA Players Hall of Fame,

Caroline Keggi, golfer
Caroline Keggi

A two-time All-American Lobo, Caroline Keggi, a native of Middlebury, Conn., transferred to UNM after competing for Ohio State as a freshman where she earned All-Big Ten honors. Once in Albuquerque, Keggi exploded and remains one of the most prolific golfers in the New Mexico women’s golf program’s history.

In her junior season, she finished tied for second at the NCAA Championship before winning the individual NCAA Champion title in 1987 as a senior. Caroline Keggi remains the only National Champion in the program’s history.

She capped her collegiate career by winning the 1987 Honda Award, the most prestigious honor given to a college player. Keggi was runner-up at the Trans-National, as well as a member of the 1998 U.S. Curtis Cup Team.

Her professional career began in 1988 when she was invited to play in the Nabisco Dinah Shore, one of the five major championships on the LPGA tour. Keggi placed fourth at the event, which was the highest finish ever by an amateur in the event at the time. During her rookie year in 1989, she posted six top-20 finishes.

In 1990, Keggi finished 17th on the money list then enjoyed her best money year in 1991 with $208,534 in earnings, good for 18th overall. She stands 325th on the all-time LPGA Tour money list at $719,377.

In 1991, she had five top-10 finishes, her best being a second-place finish at the LPGA Bay State Classic. She added five top-10 finishes in 1992. Carolina Keggi became ill in 1993 and never regained her previous form.

During her pro career, her periodic caddie was Nuey Johnson, the longtime starter at Santa Ana Golf Club and Twin Warriors Golf Club.

In other news:

Royal Oaks Invitational LeaderboardLobo Men: The University of New Mexico men’s golf team finished tied for fifth at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate hosted by Baylor earlier this month. The squad was led by redshirt-junior Ross Sinclair who finished 12th overall to mark a new season-best after posting 6-under in round three.

As a team, the Lobos finished with a three-round score of 851 (-1) to tie for fifth with Charlotte. The squad shot scores of 289 (+5), 280 (-4) and 282 (-1) in each round, respectively and its average of 4.62 (-17) on par-5s ranked first overall. UNM finished fourth in pars (173) and brought in 43 birdies across its three rounds.

SMU took home the team title at the competition

Broadcast Booth Shake-up: CBS Sports has let go Peter Kostis, Gary McCord and Bill Macatee, telling the long-time broadcasters the network wanted a fresh look.

The manner and message behind his termination – that the broadcast team had grown “stale” – isn’t sitting well with McCord, 72.

“Stale did not work for me,” McCord told Sirius XM PGA Tour hosts Drew Stoltz and former PGA Tour pro Colt Knost. “That kind of got me riled up a bit. … I didn’t like that at all.”

“I cannot tell how lucky I am to work for CBS Sports for all these years and watch the best golfer in the business, Tiger Woods, go about his work for all these years,” McCord was quoted as saying by Golf.com.

A few days later, CBS Sports announced that Davis Love III, PGA champion, 21-time PGA Tour winner, two-time Ryder Cup captain and World Golf Hall-of-Famer, will become a full-time golf analyst for CBS golf broadcasts.

Favorite PGA Tour Playing Partners: Golf magazine polled the competitors at the Safeway Open last month to find out who their favorite and least-favorite playing partners are:

Leading in the favorite category were Kevin Kisner, Charles Howell III and Harold Varner III, who tied with “anyone who plays quickly. Least favorite was Bryson DeChambeau who has been criticized for his slow play. Full results of the poll of 52 players who were asked 46 questions will be published in about a week, Golf.com reported.


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Dan Vukelich, former editor of ABQ Free Press and Sun Country Golf magazine, is editor of NewMexicoGolfNews.com. He's a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at dan@newmexicogolfnews.com

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