Written by Jeremy Beale

Record-Breaking Comeback Leads Joanna Coe, PGA to 2019 PGA Stroke Play Championship Victory

Everyone loves a great comeback story and PGA Professional Joanna Coe’s performance at the PGA Women’s Stroke play Championship in Port St. Lucie, Flo., is truly deserving of one.

Coe’s story began during her second round of the Stroke Play Championship, 4-over-par and 10 places away from day one leader, Seul-Ki Park (-2).

2019 PGA Winter Series: Women’s Stroke Play from PGA of America on Vimeo.

She fought back up the leaderboard during her second round on the PGA Club – Ryder Course, making four consecutive birdies on the front nine (holes 3-6) and then again on the back nine (Nos. 11-14). Coe finished her second round with a single round record breaking score of 64 (-8).

“I putted a lot better as opposed to [Monday], when I had four 3-putts and just made a bunch of bad errors,” Coe told the PGA of America. “[Tuesday] was my first time playing the Ryder (Course) and I kept it simple. In the fairway, hit my wedges close and I made a bunch of putts.”

However, Coe traveled back to the PGA Club – Wannamaker Course for the final round which proved to be difficult during her first round. During the final round of competition, Coe carded a 2-over-par, 74 on which put her at a tournament total 2-under-par (76-64-74—214).

Coe admitted she didn’t know where she stood coming into the final hole of the tournament. “I just wanted to make a par on the last hole because I know it’s a tough one,” she said.

“It’s uncomfortable the day after shooting a 64, and I’m well aware of that,” Coe told PGA.com. “I wanted to eliminate the big mistakes and I made a couple of key par saves coming in.”

With one last par putt, Coe was able to win the tournament by one-stroke, finishing over runner-up, Brittany Kelly, PGA of the Indiana Section.

In addition to Coe’s win she received $1,800 and a bid to the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Mn., on June 18-23. She will also make an appearance at the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview Hotel & Golf Club on June 3-9.

When asked what this win meant to her by PGA.com, she said:

“I am thrilled. It’s the best way to cap off my trip to Florida. The golf courses were great. I loved being around these girls and [PGA President] Suzy Whaley, which was a really cool feeling. I am super excited to bring this win back to Baltimore Country Club.”

Whaley presented Coe with her award and congratulated her on a well-deserved victory.

The 2019 PGA Stroke Play Championship was a part of the PGA Winter Series presented by Golf Adviser and Prime Sports.

Written by Jeremy Beale

The MAPGA is Proud to announce its 2019 Hall of Fame Class! 

Next year, we will induct two new members to the MAPGA Hall of Fame: Mike Ahrnsbrak, PGA and Wayne DeFrancesco, PGA.


Ahrnsbrak, 62, has been a PGA Member for 37 years.  He was elected Secretary of the MAPGA in 1991, ultimately rising to President in  November 1995. He also served at the National level, elected to the District-10 Director position in 2010. He is well known for being the Head PGA Professional at Shenandoah Valley GC for 15 years (1985-1999).  After a short stint with an internet company (NetGolfShop.com) and consulting, Mike came back to green grass at Musket Ridge GC (four years), Blue Ridge Shadows Resort (nine years), and Lexington Golf & CC for two years.  Mike and his wife Ann just recently moved to Wilmington, NC where Mike is the General Manager at Pine Valley CC.


DeFrancesco, 60, earned his membership in 1993.  He is quite an accomplished player. Wayne won three Section Championships (2000, 2001, 2007), three Maryland Opens (1994, 1995, 2005) and three MAPGA Match Play titles (1996, 2004, 2006). However, perhaps his biggest win was the 2001 National Club Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort, which he won wire-to-wire.  Wayne was a Four-time MAPGA Player of the Year, as well as the 1994 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and 1998 MAPGA Horton Smith Trophy.  Wayne spent 13 years as an instructor at Woodholme CC, then eight years at Woodmont CC and has been at Lakewood CC since 2014.





Written by Ethan Brady

Final Recap: Flippen Wins MAPGA Professional Championship

Jimmy Flippen needed an eagle on the 15th and two pars on the 476 yd., par-4 18th hole to become the 2016 MAPGA Professional Championship at Kingsmill Resort Wednesday.

Flippen, of Ringgold Golf Club, finished the third round with a score of 69 to force a playoff with Josh Speight, of Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, before winning with a second par on 18 to clinch his first MAPGA Professional Championship.

Flippen finished with a three-day total score of 6-under par. He began the tournament at Williamsburg Club with a tournament low-tying 67, then shot a 72 Tuesday at Kingsmill.

“The first day I felt real sharp at Williamsburg Club,” Flippen said. “I managed to get a run of four straight birdies there and I was very excited to hold it together after that.”

Speight had a strong round going, seven birdies and an eagle, before hitting a ball out of bounds on 18. The double-bogey gave Speight a 67 on the day and came just minutes after Flippen hit eagle on 15 to tie him.

“Fifteen was very much a surprise,” Flippen said. “I hit it about six inches, pin-high, before it trickled in. It felt amazing. It gave me butterflies, but relaxed me after it.”

Flippen says he didn’t know his standing in the tournament until walking off the 18th green. His shot to 25 feet in the playoff, led to a two-putt par while Speight bogeyed.

Twelve MAPGA players from this week qualified for the 2017 PGA Professional Championship. The full list of qualified players can be found here.

Those 12 will join the four previously exempt MAPGA professionals of Josh Speight, David Hutsell, Wayne DeFrancesco and Rick Schuller at Sunriver Resort in Oregon, June 2017.

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