‘Golf’s 5th Major’ champion is UNLV’s Philip Rowe

By Brian Hurlburt Special to Review- Journal

October 8, 2019 - 9:00 am

‘Golf’s 5th Major’ champion is UNLV’s Philip Rowe | Las Vegas Review-Journal

While many of the world’s top- ranked golfers played the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin last weekend, “Golf’s 5th Major”, the Lakeshore Open, was decided at

Phil Tom’s home in the historic Scotch 80’s neighborhood in the heart of Las Vegas.

Despite the fancy name, “Golf’s 5th Major” (o!cially trademarked, by the way), Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau nor any other PGA Tour players participated. That didn’t stop Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman from proclaiming last Saturday as Michelle and Phil Tom Day. The two were married following the tournament, which raises money for the Make-a- Wish Foundation.

The field included 110 players attempting to tame the di!cult course that winds through the front, back and side yards of Tom’s home. The unique course features all par three holes from 10-41 yards and seemingly pencil-thin fairways. The 18 th hole played to an average of 8.67 strokes and overall conditions proved so di!cult that first-

round leader David Steele withdrew in Round 2 after a 24- over par front nine.

Only one club can be used and the winner walks away with an honorary blue jacket. The charity tournament is all in good fun and no prize money is awarded, but major bragging rights go along with the title.

UNLV men’s assistant golf coach Philip Rowe shot nine over to win and the top rookie performer was former UNLV women’s golfer Liz Prior (+31). Teaching pro Mike O’Donnell was second at 11 over.

Besides winning the Lakeshore, Rowe spent the weekend following the half dozen current and former UNLV golfers at the Shriners. Near the putting green Sunday, Rowe proclaimed through a huge grin, “I’m a major champion!” before heading o" to congratulate junior Jack Trent on his 29th-place Shriners finish.