Bean hits every green in taking lead

By Associated PressOctober 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
2006 Administaff Small Business ClassicTHE WOODLANDS, Texas ' Andy Bean thinks one of the best things to happen to him lately might have been having his golf clubs stolen.
That seeming misfortune has led to him playing some of his better golf, including shooting a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Administaff Small Business Classic at The Woodlands Country Club.
Bean had a one-stroke lead over Jay Haas and Joey Sindelar.
Sandy Lyle, Lonnie Nielsen, Brad Bryant and Wayne Grady shot 67s in cloudy conditions after rain soaked the course this week. Defending champion Bernhard Langer and David Eger opened with 68s, and Hal Sutton shot a 71 in his Champions Tour debut.
Beans clubs, including TaylorMade irons that were one of only 10 sets of the clubs manufactured, were stolen last month at the Greater Hickory Classic in North Carolina. He turned to a makeshift set that he initially didnt expect to keep long.
I had those clubs for four years and I wouldnt have taken anything for them, Bean said. But to tell you the truth, Ive just played some very good golf the last month.
With the new clubs the next week, Bean tied for the first-round lead and finished third at the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
I have hit so many good shots with these new clubs, I dont think I will go back, Bean said. Youd think about changing back to the old clubs, but I have done really well with these.
The 55-year-old Bean, closing in on $1 million in earnings this year for the first time since 2006, had eight birdies, including five on the back nine. He three-putted the ninth hole for his lone bogey.
I putted well overall today, Bean said. But I misread the speed of the putts at No. 9. I didnt hit the first one hard enough and then I misread the grain of the grass on the second and it just took off.
It was almost easy out there today. I really played a solid round. My iron game was really good. My putting and my driving were both good. If I can continue to play this solid the next two days, I certainly can give myself a shot at winning.
Bean, who won the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, Ala., in May, shot a 31 on the back nine and says he has played especially well with the new set of irons.
Losing those clubs has been kind of funny, he said. I guess in a way, it may have been a blessing.
Haas, the money leader $1.7 million, holed a 19-foot putt on the 18th hole for his sixth birdie in a bogey-free round.
Sindelar also had six birdies in a bogey-free round.
These were ideal scoring conditions, Sindelar said. The course is in beautiful condition. I hit the ball well today. It was a good solid day. Ive been working hard on my putting and when I made that first one (a 12-footer) at No. 11, it was good. I was very happy when I heard we were coming back here and I was even more thrilled when I saw the condition of the golf course.
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.