10-Year-Old Golf Prodigy Shoots 88 at Publinx
Ten-year-old Allisen Corpuz of Kapolei, Hawaii, shot a 15-over-par 88 in the second round of the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship on Tuesday.
Her two-day total of 169 was nine strokes over the 160 cut for the 64 golfers advancing to match play, but it was sensational for a girl who stands a mere 5-feet tall and weighs in at 111 pounds.
It was nice, the shy, soft-spoken golfer with the long ponytail said of her debut in national championship golf.
In the first round Monday at the par-73 Erin Hills Golf Course, she became the youngest player to compete in a U.S. Golf Association championship at the age of 10 years, 3 months. She swiped the honor from another golfing phenom from Hawaii, Michelle Wie, who in 2000 was 10 years, 9 months when she played in the same tournament.
Her college-age playing partners for two days also failed to make the cut. Molly Schemm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison had a 166 total and Mallory Fraiche of the University of Arkansas 167.
Katie Kempter of Albuquerque, N.M., and Lizette Salas of Azusa, Calif., tied for the low score after two days at 2-under 144.
Allisen hit mostly straight 200-yard tee shots and consistently long 3-woods to give herself a chance but struggled with her short game. Despite a slew of missed putts and bogeys, however, she never lost her composure.
Asked who taught her to stay calm, she quietly replied, My dad.
Marcos Corpuz followed his daughter both days even though he admitted for him its nerve-racking.
Corpuz let Allisen begin playing when she was 4 because his daughter kept begging him.
She was always saying she wanted to play with me and her brother (George). I finally let her, Corpuz said.
In six brief years Allisen has become the latest in a series of talented female prodigies to wow the golf world. Many of the young stars made their first big splash in the Public Links.
Wie won the tournament in 2003 at age 13 and a year later 15-year-old Yani Tseng of Taiwan beat Wie for the title. Earlier this month, Yani, now 19, became the youngest golfer to win the LPGA Championship. And Mina Harigage of Monterey, Calif., was only 17 when she won the Public Links last year.
Harigage had hoped to become the first golfer since Pearl Sinn in 1988-89 to win back-to-back titles. But she shot an 81 Tuesday to finish at 161, one stroke too many to qualify for match play.
Im disappointed, Harigage said. I just didnt putt well.
It was the first time a defending champion failed to advance to match play the following year.
Catherine Allen of Bellingham, Wash., was the oldest player in a field of 156 competitors whose age averaged 19.38 years. But at age 48, she loved the chance to compete against the youngsters, even golfers not yet in their teens.
I was a middle school teacher so its like having my kids back. I love kids. They are so good and I am having so much fun, said Allen, who had rounds of 81 to miss a spot in match play.
Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome
Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)
The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...
And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.
Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas
He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.
Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.
Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.
In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.
Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.
Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com counted down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below. And click here for the full collection of articles.
Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.
They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.
Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.
Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.
Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.
''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''
The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.
In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''
Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.