Alexis Thompson and Kramer Hickok lead at Junior PGA

By Associated PressJuly 28, 2009, 4:00 pm
PGA of AmericaMAINEVILLE, Ohio ' Alexis Thompson, the 2007 champion, chipped in for eagle to take a one-stroke lead in the girls division after the first round of the Junior PGA Championship at TPC Rivers Bend on Tuesday.
I was looking to make birdie on the last and get the ball to barely roll over the first hill, but it went in and that was definitely a bonus, said the 14-year-old Thompson, who is competing in her fourth Junior PGA Championship.
Kramer Hickok of Plano, Texas, playing in his first Junior PGA Championship, fired an opening round 67 to lead the boys division by a stroke over T.J. Vogel of Cooper City, Fla., Matthew Ceravolo of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Lexus Keoninh of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Robby Prater of Birmingham, Ala.
Hickok shot a 31 on his front nine, highlighted by five birdies.
I am so confident and I have been playing great the last two weeks, said Hickok, who tied for 19th at the 2009 FootJoy Invitational. I actually set my low score (64) three days before coming here and knew I could come out and shoot a low round and contend.
Thompson opened the day with a bogey on her first hole, but rebounded with four birdies and the closing eagle for a 5-under 67.
I changed my swing in the last two days a lot, Thompson said. I was playing the ball really far back in my stance and now I am putting it far up and putting some tilt on it. I actually know where the ball is going now.
Junior Ryder Cup teammate Sarah Brown of Philipsburg, N.J., and Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla., both shot an opening round 68 and were one stroke behind. Defending champion Danielle Frasier of Encinitas, Calif., shot a 70 and sat in a tie for fifth.
Anthony Paolucci of Dallas, the defending champion in the boys division, carded an opening round 71 and is in 13th place.
Ill take that score today, but it could have been better, he said. I left a lot of shots out there and I still only missed three greens all day.
The 72-hole tournament features a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties, following the third round of play on Thursday.
This years field consists of past winners of the championship, PGA section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweeks top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.
Also at stake is a berth on the 2010 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team. The champion for each division, provided they are a member of the 2011 or later graduating class, will be exempt to the Junior Ryder Cup next year in Scotland.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.