FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Fairfield’s Ronald "J.J." Henry III!
Ronald "J.J." Henry III, who has owned a home in Fairfield, turns 39 on Wednesday. The professional golfer was born April 2, 1975, in Fairfield.
While attending Texas Christian University, Henry was the individual runner-up at the 1998 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships.
He joined the Nationwide Tour in 1999, and he moved up to the PGA Tour in 2001 after winning the 2000 BUY.COM Knoxville Open.
His first PGA Tour win came in 2006 at the Buick Championship. He became the first Connecticut golfer to win the event.
Henry played on the 2006 Ryder Cup team, halving all three matches in which he was involved.
He came close to winning at the 2012 Byron Nelson Championship, where he had one-shot lead with two holes to play. But a double bogey on the 71st hole put him two strokes behind winner Jason Dufner.
Henry won for the second time on the PGA Tour at the Reno-Tahoe Open and also earned entry into the PGA Championship.
In 2006, he founded the Henry House Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to generate public awareness and to support community-based programs that focus on the healthcare and well-being of children in the community.