July 9, 2013
Jodi Ewart Shadoff's Career Highs:
As an LPGA pro:
- No. 4 (tie) in 2013 U.S. Open
- Top purse: $127,972 at U.S. Open; $489,864 career earnings
- Two Top Ten Finishes in 2012 and 2013
As a New Mexico Lobo:
- 4-time Mountain West Player of the Year, the only student-athlete in any MW sport to be recognized four times
- Program's first 3-time All-American (2007, '09 and '10)
- 3-time MWC Championships individual medalist
- Holds UNM's top three season scoring averages and is career scoring leader
- A school-record five tournament wins
- 23 Top 10 finishes
- 2nd lowest 72-hole total by a Lobo at the NCAA Championships (289)
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
The dramatic impact that>Jodi Ewart Shadoff has on the University of New Mexico and its women's golf program is not limited to her good and amazing work as a Lobo.
She has gone to another level and given New Mexico another face and personality on the highest shelf of a professional sport.
The four-time Mountain West Conference Women's Golfer of the Year has gone national and the powerful wake she is creating on the LPGA Tour creates ripples of good will and attention for the Lobo program Ewart Shadoff starred on for four seasons.
Her latest LPGA accomplishment? A fourth place finish in the U.S. Open held the last weekend in June in Southampton, N.Y. It was Ewart Shadoff's second Top 10 finish in a Major and clearly stamps her as one of the rising stars on the LPGA Tour.
It also was her first time playing in a U.S. Open and those 72 holes of world-class golf came under challenging conditions.
First, the field was loaded behind champion Inbee Park, who rocked the LPGA Tour by winning her third consecutive Major. Second, the Sebonack Golf Club is a difficult track and was played under windy conditions.
Third, Ewart Shadoff faced an extra mental challenge heading into her first U.S. Open. She had missed the cut in her previous two LPGA starts and finished 28th, 67th and 64th in the three tournaments before that.
Simply put, Ewart Shadoff needed to rebound.
"Coming into this week I wasn't all that mentally (confident) after missing a couple of cuts," she said after the event. "I'm proud of the way I hung in there and the way I finished.
"Mentally, I was a little bit nervous at the start (of the final round). It kind of showed. I'm proud of the way I hung in there because I could have totally let go of the whole round. I held strong and fought hard and finished with a nice birdie on 18."
Ewart Shadoff went into the final round at Sebonack in third place, but quickly fell back after bogeying four of the first five holes. She battled the course even-par the rest of the way and the birdie on the final hole put some extra LPGA money in Ewart Shadoff's pocket.
Her fourth-place finish was worth $127,972 - her biggest pro check by far. A par on No. 18 and Ewart Shadoff would have fallen into fifth place and left with a check for $94,357.
The former Lobo finished in a talented pack of LPGA standouts: Park, I.K. Rim, So Yeon Ryu, Paula Creamer and Angela Stanford. She ended nine shots behind Park.
For Ewart Shadoff, the step up to the LPGA Tour did not come easy, but it also mirrored the path that Ewart Shadoff walked to become a star at New Mexico. At UNM, Ewart Shadoff was known for the long hours she put in on the University of New Mexico Championship Course. Her work ethic - and her talent - is paying off at the pro level.
Ewart Shadoff put in two years on the Symetra Tour-The Road to the LPGA and finally battled through the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn her card for the tail end of the 2011 season and for the full season of 2012. She also has her European Tour card.
"This is what I have been working for my whole life," she said after finishing fourth in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. "I'm so excited I get to live my dream and represent the Lobos on the LPGA Tour."
Ewart Shadoff played in two LPGA events in 2011 and made no money. She did better in 2012, pocketing $217,439. She made 18 cuts in 21 tries and had two top ten finishes in 2012. Her No. 7 finish at the Kia Classic earned her $45,337.
At the U.S. Open, the ex-Lobos' purse of $127,972 pushed her 2013 LPGA earnings to $272,425 which has her in the No. 28th spot on the LPGA money list. Before the season, she stated one of her goals was to be in the Top 30 on that list.
You can tell by looking at Ewart Shadoff's LPGA stats that her hard work on UNM's outstanding practice facility at the Championship Golf Course has paid off at the pro level. The UNM facility includes a world-class short game practice area. Ewart Shadoff is No. 2 in the LPGA in hitting greens in regulation.
For Ewart Shadoff to continue to stay at the top of a leaderboard and maybe grab her first LPGA win, she has to make some small steps in other areas. The obvious key to winning any pro tournament is to avoid bogeys and make birdies.
Ewart Shadoff comes off the tee for an average of 264 yards - good for the No. 11 spot on the Tour. However, she is 57th in driving accuracy, 25th in birdies made and 141st in putting average.
At the LPGA level, a few strokes can make a huge difference. Ewart Shadoff's 141st ranking (31.15) in putting average isn't far behind No. 1 Inbee Park's 28.43 average.
At UNM, Ewart Shadoff's accomplishments from 2006 to 2010 are nearing legendary status. She has won more golf tournaments and more league championships than any other Lobo. She is UNM's career leader in stroke average and is the only Lobo - in any sport - to be named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year all four seasons as a Lobo.
At UNM, Ewart Shadoff was the face of Lobo women's golf for four seasons improved each season as a Lobo. You can't help but think that Ewart Shadoff is only beginning to shine on the LPGA tour.