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Jones, Rosie (b. 1959)  
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Some in the glbtq community took issue with Jones's statement in her New York Times piece that although she was a proponent of equal rights, she was not an activist. She clarified her position by stating in an interview in The Advocate, "Honestly, I'm not as knowledgeable [about gay issues] as I probably should be." She did not rule out a different role for herself in the future: "It doesn't mean that later I can't be a stronger voice."

Jones continued playing on the LPGA tour through the middle of the 2006 season, when she retired after recurring back and neck problems made it difficult for her to perform at the level she demanded of herself. During her two final years, her partner, Carrie Sexton, was by her side as her caddie.

Jones's last appearance on the LPGA tour was in the 2006 U.S. Women's Open. It was the twenty-fifth time that she had competed in that event. After putting out at the eighteenth hole on the final day, she removed her golf shoes and glove and set them near the side of the green to symbolize her departure.

But Jones was far from done with golf. She joined the LPGA Legends Tour, on which she is enjoying success, including a victory at the Wendy's Charity Challenge in Jackson, Michigan in August 2007, when, characteristically, she made a tricky putt on the last hole to bring home the win.

Jones has expanded her role with Olivia from guest celebrity on cruises to the leader of RosieJones [sic] Golf Getaways, special tours on which Jones takes lesbian golfers "to play all those courses in the world [that she] never got to because [she] was on tour so much."

Jones has also continued her association with golf by becoming a commentator and reporter on events telecast on the Golf Channel network.

While she has yet to define herself as an activist, Jones is doing her part to increase the visibility of the glbtq community. Among her activities was an appearance with basketball star Sheryl Swoopes at the Women's Kickoff Party at the Gay Games in Chicago in 2006.

On that occasion she stated, "Men and women, young and old, everyone has come up to me and said, 'Thanks,' and that I've been such a positive force for the LGBT community, and that really means a lot to me because I really haven't been able to give back a lot to the gay community, but this is a way I can do that."

Jones was honored with induction into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in January 2006.

Jones and Sexton reside in Atlanta, along with their mixed-breed dog, Rosko, whom Jones adopted from a shelter. Jones has described her hobbies as gardening, home improvement, fishing, and woodworking: "You know, regular lesbian stuff. I have the Home Depot credit card."

Linda Rapp

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Forman, Ross. "Rosie Jones and Sheryl Swoopes Make Gay Games Appearance." OutSports (July 17, 2006):

______. "Rosie Jones: Out and Moving On." Windy City Times (August 15, 2007):

Jones, Rosie. "First, a Word About Me and My Sponsor." New York Times (March 21, 2004): 8, 9.

Kort, Michelle. "Everything's Coming Out Rosie." The Advocate 915 (May 25, 2004): 38-40.

"Pre-Tournament Interview with Rosie Jones." (September 7, 2005):

RosieJones Golf Getaways.

Yodice, James. "A Rosie Finish." Albuquerque Journal (June 23, 2005): Rio Rancho Journal, 4.

Young, Dianne. "Everything's Rosie." Southern Living 38.10 (October 2003): 82.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Jones, Rosie  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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