2018 Results

2018 IH&WGC Results – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic ... PRESS RELEASE: 3/6/18

The thirty-fourth anniversary INTERNATIONAL HUSBAND & WIFE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP was celebrated in style and splendor at the magnificent PUNTACANA Resort & Club on the La Cana, Punta Espada and Corales golf courses during the week of February 26 – March 4, 2018.

The PUNTACANA Resort & Club presented an ocean-front, tropical vacation experience highlighted by friendly golf competition on three spectacular golf courses. The La Cana, Punta Espada and Corales courses challenged our golf games but the ocean vistas presented remained “unchallenged” as the most beautiful collection of courses in the Caribbean.  Over the thirty-four Championship years, golfing couples from thirty-two states, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have competed for the Gross and Net Championships.    

The Net Championship started as a run-away with defending Champions, Donna & Jim Sweet, Fernandina Beach, FL, playing a “career round” to open a six-shot lead. The lead dwindled to only 2 strokes during the final round as Sandy & Brad Woley, Wichita, KS, and Patti & Joe Corbett, Palm Harbor, FL, presented some tremendous golf of their own coming down the stretch. The Sweets successfully defended their title with scores of 58-67-66 (191). The Woleys finished second scoring 68-65-63 (196) and the Corbetts finished third, one more stroke back with 67-67-63 (197). Phyllis & Al Watson, Amelia Island, FL won the Diamond Flight.  Semone & Tom Burleson, Jonesborough, TN, won the Emerald Flight. Jennifer & Luis Villa, Coral Gables, FL, won the Ruby Flight. Carole & Howard Haims, Amelia Island, FL, won the Sapphire Flight. Sandy & Ralph Barletta, Las Vegas, NV, won the Pearl Flight.  Betsy & Mark Jackson, Fargo, ND, won the Topaz Flight. Donna & Gary Young, Marietta, GA, won the Aquamarine Flight. Sandy & Mike Clower, Amelia Island, FL, won the Opal Flight.    

The Gross Championship was hotly contested with five-time champions, Lisa & Mike Justice, Johns Creek, GA, holding a first round lead of 1 shot over four-time and defending Champions, Barbara & John Wellard, North Bay, Ont., Canada, and new-comers, Teresa & Jeff Harper, Coolsville, OH and only 2 shots over Nicole & Tom Perry, Basking Ridge, NJ. The spectacular Punta Espada course took its toll with the Harpers as the only team to break 80. The top three teams finished strong on Corales all shooting 74’s. The Harper’s won the 2018 Gross Championship with scores of 76-77-74 (227). The Justice’s finished second shooting 75-83-74 (232) and the Perry’s finished third shooting 77-83-74 (234). Judy & Bill Goodson, Winston Salem, NC, won the Silver Gross Flight “Charles Cup” with scores of 79-77-76 (232).

Kathy & Gerry Dreiling, Marietta, GA, were presented with the “Smyth” Anniversary Award.  Howard Haims, Amelia Island, FL, won the “Cleverotty” Award.  Sandy & Mike Clower, Amelia Island, Elise & James John, Blue Bell, PA, and Ada Ellen & David Allen Smith, Gastonia, NC were co-awarded the “Walker” Cup. Jenny & Chris Colapietro, Yardley, PA, earned the coveted “Yarrington” Trophy. 

For information on the thirty-fifth anniversary, 2019 International Husband & Wife Golf Championship, at a site to be announced soon, please check our web site or contact tournament directors Kathie and Bill Johnstone:


4072 Columns Drive SE 

Marietta, GA 30067 

phone/fax: 770-933-1918 

E-mail: ihwgc@comcast.net 


2018 Field of Competitors

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