Team Mizuno Roster

PGA Players
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Hometown:

Hemel Hempstead, Herts

Luke Donald

Career Highlights
  • First player in history to capture the money title on both the PGA Tour and European Tour (2011)
  • 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year
  • 2011 Accenture Match Play Champion, 2011 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Champion (PGA Tour)
  • 2011 BMW Championship Winner, 2011 Barclays Scottish Open Winner (European Tour)
  • Victorious as part of Team Europe in the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup
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Hometown:

Augusta, GA
Birthdate:
06/20/1979

Charles Howell III

Career Highlights
  • Won Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in 2002 and Nissan Open in 2007
  • Finished 3rd in the John Deere Classic in only his third career PGA event
  • Won the individual and team 2000 NCAA Division I Golf Championships with Oklahoma State University
PGA Europe Players
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Hometown:

Bristol, England
Birthdate:
11/26/1987

Chris Wood

After a top-5 finish as an amateur in the 2008 British Open, Chris Wood proved his future is bright by following up with a 3rd-place finish in 2009, putting him on his way to earning the Sir Henry Cotton award as the 2009 European Tour Rookie of the Year.

Career Highlights
  • Kicked off 2011 with 2nd place finish in Africa Open
  • Named European Tour rookie of the year in 2009
  • Low amateur in the 2008 British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale
LPGA Players
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Hometown:

Toledo, OH
Birthdate:
02/16/1985

Stacy Lewis

Career Highlights
  • Current #1 ranked player in the world
  • 2012 Rolex Player of the Year
  • Six time winner of LPGA Tour, including a major title at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship
  • Four time All-American at the University of Arkansas
Team JPX Players
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Hometown:

Denver, CO
Birthdate:
05/13/1976

Jeremy Thee

GOLF vs. LIMITS

As an infant, polio paralyzed Jeremy’s right leg. Growing up, his mother told him he was no different than anyone else. On the golf course, he discovered that she was right.

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Hometown:

Myrtle Beach, SC
Birthdate:
06/13/1982

Tony Taylor

GOLF vs. THE PAST

After two tours of duty in Iraq and one in support of Afghanistan, this former Marine sergeant turned to golf to help him transition back to civilian life. Tony quickly learned there’s no place he’d rather be than on the course, which is why today you can find him in the classroom, studying to become a superintendent.

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Hometown:

Pearl River, LA
Birthdate:
04/14/1966

Jerry Leonard

GOLF vs. KATRINA

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed Salmen High, where Jerry was the head football coach. Faced with the closing of the school, he spearheaded the rebuilding of the team. Without a facility, a field, or even a ball, seventeen kids showed up for that first practice. Jerry’s mentor encouraged him to take up golf as a way to cope with the weight on his shoulders. On the course, he learned to take things day-by-day, focusing on making one thing better today than it was yesterday. He brought this same attitude to practice, inspiring kids with sheetrock dust and mud from floodwaters on their uniforms. Slowly, the team and the school were rebuilt, and the community was galvanized. Ultimately, it was a winless season. Yet it was this coach’s most fulfilling. We are excited to welcome this inspirational force to Team JPX.

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Hometown:

Crown Point, IN
Birthdate:
05/14/1971

Kadin Mahmet

GOLF vs. DUTY

Before a head-on collision with a fleeing suspect ended his career, Kadin loved the challenges, camaraderie and fulfillment that came with being a police officer. Today, he relies on golf to help fill the void. After surgery and extensive rehabilitation on his injured back, his doctor urged him to walk. So Kadin took to the course, walking as far as his back would allow, the pain a small price to pay for peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment. Today, he can sometimes play nine. Other days, he can manage fifteen. But the number of holes he plays isn’t nearly as important as what he gets out of them. We know Kadin will make a strong addition to Team JPX, and we’re lucky to have him.

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Hometown:

Pittsburgh, PA
Birthdate:
10/07/1982

Lee Baughman

Career Highlights
  • Started playing in 2007
  • Has one hole-in-one to his credit
  • His mom used to babysit Rocco Mediate
  • A 16-handicapper
  • The father of two boys under the age of three, his trips to the range coincide with their naps.
  • Hits his seven-iron 175-180 yards
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “When I swing, the ball flies off the face and each strike feels really good.”
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Hometown:

San Jose, CA
Birthdate:
07/19/1972

Steve Gierer

Career Highlights
  • Last name sounds like “gear”
  • Started playing when he was 21
  • Won Closest to the Pin at the Annual Guys Golf Trip in 2001
  • Once shot an 84 twice in the same month
  • Played a round with only a seven-iron and flip flops. It wasn’t his worst
  • Hits his six-iron 185-190 yards
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “My swing felt smooth and it felt great to hit through the ball cleanly”
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Hometown:

Framingham, MA
Birthdate:
11/11/1961

Rob Cohen

Career Highlights
  • Answers to “Juicy” on the golf course
  • Best round is an 82
  • Once chipped in twice in the same team play event
  • Has won two match events, including his flight in a member-guest event and a two-man tournament
  • Married twenty years with two daughters
  • Hits his six-iron 165 yards
  • On his JPX-825s irons: “The JPX-825s gave me comfort and confidence at address and impact”
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Hometown:

Antioch, TN
Birthdate:
11/07/1979

Josh Ray

Career Highlights
  • Shot a 92 at Whistling Straits and an 89 at Erin Hills
  • Once took third place in a Club Championship
  • His “fashion sense” has earned him the nickname “Plaid”
  • Went to the same high school as Steve Stricker
  • Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts is his cousin
  • Hits his six-iron 175 yards
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “The ball feels really hot and smooth off the face; it’s like a hot knife through butter. The feel is unbelievable!”
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Hometown:

Wesley Chapel, FL
Birthdate:
04/02/1965

William Cuebas

Career Highlights
  • The “Golf Father” is married with six caddies kids
  • Once hit a 200-yard second shot three inches from the pin for an eagle
  • Won a putter at a tournament for longest putt made (a 35-footer)
  • His best round ever is a 78
  • Retired member of New York State's Boldest
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “I found that my shot dispersion was a lot tighter, even on off-centered shots.”
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Hometown:

Omaha, NE
Birthdate:
05/23/1985

JB Phillips

Career Highlights
  • Won’t say what “JB” stands for
  • Naturally left-handed, switched when his grandfather forgot and bought him a right-handed set
  • Once took second place in a par-three tournament with his father-in-law
  • His best round is an 83
  • Hits his 6-iron 190-195 yards
  • Former starting tight end for the Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “I tried quite a few different clubs and none compared to the feel I got from the JPX-825s. You can feel the ball explode off the face. Right then I was sold.”
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Hometown:

Littleton, CO
Birthdate:
10/27/1967

Michelle French

Career Highlights
  • Was once interviewed by Matt Lauer
  • On her twin daughters’ birthday, she had a hole-in-one
  • She did not have a hole-in-one on her son’s birthday
  • Longest drive winner at the West Metro Firefighters Local 1309 Union Golf Tournament
  • Best round is an 84
  • Hits her 6-iron 135 yards
  • On her JPX-825 irons: “The JPX-825s were very forgiving, especially when missing the sweet spot. I gained at least 10 yards versus my current clubs.”
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Hometown:

Boston, MA
Birthdate:
06/18/1989

Casey Parent

Career Highlights
  • Thinks Boston Common would make a great driving range
  • Once holed a sand shot from a 10-foot deep bunker where he couldn’t see the green or the flag
  • Holds coveted Father/Son Bragging Rights in backyard chipping contests
  • Grew up on a golf course; thinking of moving back home
  • His best round is an 83
  • Hits his six-iron 175
  • On his JPX-825s irons: “Loved the look and the feel of the club, and how hot it came off the clubface. The sound was also outstanding.”
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Hometown:

Atlanta, GA
Birthdate:
02/12/1974

Joel Harrison

Career Highlights
  • His golf buddies call him “Hollywood.” His wife does not
  • Shot his best round (81) during last year’s vernal equinox
  • Looking forward to next year’s vernal equinox
  • Once eagled from 40 yards out during a scramble
  • Married to a psychiatrist
  • Hits his six iron 185-190 yards
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “When I demoed the JPX-825 irons with a friend I immediately hit the ball longer. We both added 20 yards with no changes in our swing. The ball jumped off the club face.”
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Hometown:

Austin, TX

Tim Gaestel

Career Highlights
  • Nickname on the course: Trigger
  • An Iraq War vet and Purple Heart recipient
  • Still looking for his first win in the annual “Gaestel Championship” with his father
  • His best round is a 79. It was also his fourth round of the day
  • Hits his six-iron 170-185
  • His Labradoodle is named James
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “The first thing I noticed is the look at address, and the weight of the club in my hands felt just right. My ball flight was easy to control and my swing felt natural.”
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Hometown:

Reston, VA
Birthdate:
02/20/1964

Lynette Fitzgerald

Career Highlights
  • Once executed a flawless cartwheel after sinking a 40- foot par putt
  • Nickname on the course: Peanut
  • Best round is a 78
  • Her husband is a self-professed “golf widower”
  • High school classmates with Teri Hatcher
  • Hits her six-iron 135 yards
  • On her JPX-825 irons: “When I hit the sweet spot and my swing is on, the resulting little "snick" that I hear is so satisfying and telling...I know it’s a good shot just by the sound.”
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Hometown:

Manalapan, NJ
Birthdate:
07/13/1987

Phil Talamo

Career Highlights
  • They call him Papa T
  • Started playing in 2007
  • Had his second hole in one last April Fool’s Day (or did he?)
  • Plays on a hockey team called the “Hattrick Swayzees”
  • Hits his six iron 175-185 yards
  • His best round is an 85
  • On his JPX-825 irons: “ It feels great when you hit the ball through the sweet spot. And they are very consistent too, helping with some of those (rare) times that you mis-hit.”