Other local top golf stories

On Sunday in The Desert Sun we ran a list compiled by our staff of the top stories of the 2012 calendar year. And space being what it is, only two of the golf stories we agreed on made it into print. One was the changes and the smooth running of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the other was the crazy ending to the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

I wanted to make sure that the other event we had agreed on and I had written made it out there somehow, so here it is


While fans were enjoying smoothies they could make on stationary bikes and craning their necks to see former President Bill Clinton, on the course a solid performance by Mark Wilson was winning the Humana Challenge in partnership with Bill Clinton.

Mark Wilson at the 2012 Humana Challenge (Desert Sun file photo)

Wilson, who spends time in the desert each winter, blitzed the Palmer Private Course at PGA West for a 62 in the second round, but it might have been the third round when Wilson won the tournament. Playing at La Quinta Country Club, Wilson managed to holes an iron shot for an eagle and stayed under par as violent winds started to tear across the courses. Wilson was 5-under through 15 holes when play was suspended and held the tournament lead. He completed that round Sunday morning, then managed a solid 69 in the final round at the Palmer Course for a 24-under total and a two-shot win over John Wagner, Robert Garrigus and John Mallinger.

For Wilson, it was his fifth career tour victory, and it propelled him to a year that included a third-place finish in the Accenture Match play and appearances in three of the tour’s four FedEx Cup playoff events.

In addition, I had suggested as possible stories, the rise of La Quinta Troy Kelly on the PGA Tour, the Palm Desert High School girls golf team making it to the CIF state tournament for the third year in a row and the comeback year of Palm Desert’s Nicole Castrale on the LPGA. But none of those events made the cut.