RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — If the LPGA and PGA Tour ever resurrect a team event, watch out for the pair from Fulton, Mississippi. Since last week, the town of 3,500 has produced both PGA Tour and LPGA champions in Chad Ramey and Ally Ewing. The two friends grew up together at Fulton Country Club, a hilly nine-hole course that clocks in at 5,700 yards for two loops.
Ramey, a PGA Tour rookie, won last week’s Corales Puntacana Championship in his 16and carrier start. Ewing is a two-time LPGA winner and is currently tied for fifth at the LPGA’s first major tournament of the year, the Chevron Championship. She is three strokes behind leader Hinako Shibuno after a 4-under 68.
Ewing was on the range warming up for a practice round at Mission Hills Country Club on Sunday when she saw Ramey was on the hunt after four straight birdies on numbers 13-16. she arrives on the fairway of the second hole, he had won.
“I texted him immediately,” said a proud Ewing, “and I’m sure he got a billion.”
There is no driving range at Fulton Country Club. The longest putt on the green can be around 45 feet. Ramey was the only child on the course close to Ewing’s age and his father ran the place. He was longer and stronger and had a better short game, and Ewing took every opportunity she could to train alongside him.
The 29-year-old Mississippi State graduates pushed each other and the members never complained when their cross country golf got in the way at times.
“They saw what we were going to be capable of,” Ewing said.
Ramey once shot 27 on the par-35 course with an ace on the last hole. His father would often throw four balls within 100 yards and challenge them to get two of the four up and down.
Many people joined Fulton for the good sized pool. But there was Ewing, winning the club championship while in primary school.
“I remember a guy came up to me and said, ‘I put some money on you in Calcutta,'” Ewing said. “I went back to my parents and said ‘What is a calcutta?’ ”
She chipped in on the last to win the title.
A group of members went to Pebble Beach earlier this year to watch Ramey compete in the AT&T, and they also came to the LPGA to watch Ewing. The two-time Solheim Cup player is currently ranked No. 25 in the world.
Ramey and Ewing both work with the same instructor, VJ Trolio at Old Waverly Golf Club, and if they have a lesson on the same day, they will go out and play nine holes.
“We knew it was just time,” Ewing said of Ramey earning his first PGA Tour victory.
No doubt Ramey will be checking the scores at the Chevron this weekend as his childhood friend seeks to win her first major. Ewing has two top-10 finishes in four starts at this event, finishing tied for seventh place last year.
“I feel like the more disciplined I get around this golf course,” Ewing said, “obviously it takes shots, I have to execute, I have to roll putts, but I’m really disciplined out there. , looking away from the holes that just kind of say, Hey, hit me.
“But I don’t do that. I try to stay really disciplined. My caddy and I really stick to the targets, and that certainly helps roll in the putts.
To that end, she recently began working with Vision 54’s Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott to put on, shorten her routing and try to think less and react more like an athlete. Naturally an analytical person, the less they can release their body on the greens the better.
Channel these two Fulton Country Club kids who grew up to conquer the world.