Cowboys Bulldogs share NCAA lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2009, 4:00 pm
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TOLEDO, Ohio ' On a wet, chilly, windy day at Inverness Club, the strong not only survived, they led.
 
Northwesterns Jonathan Bowers, Illinois Scott Langley and North Carolina States Matt Hill shot 2-under-par 69s to lead the individual race, while Oklahoma State and Georgia shared the team lead through Tuesdays opening round at the NCAA Division I mens golf championship.
 
It was very tough out there today, Georgia coach Chris Haack said. With the wind picking up and the severity of the golf course, its just survival. Judging by the scores that you see some of these teams shooting ' which are very good teams ' it just lets you know that at any given time (the course) can up and bite you.
 
Bowers battled showers while shooting his 69 in the morning, while Langley and Hill fought through winds and chilly temperatures in the afternoon at the 7,255-yard layout.
 
On holes six through nine it was coming down pretty good, said Bowers, a left-handed junior who had four birdies and two bogeys. We had our umbrellas and rain gear on. And then it softened. It didnt rain nearly as hard after that.
 
It didnt rain in the afternoon, although the early precipitation made the high, deep rough even harder to extricate an errant shot. Then the wind picked up and the mercury fell.
 
I played great to shoot the score I did, said Langley, a sophomore who offset a double and two bogeys with six birdies. Its a tough course anyway, then with the conditions ' it was kind of cold and windy.
 
Hill, a contender for national player of the year, was pleased that he persevered even though he three-putted the final hole for a bogey.
 
I feel like I put myself in really good position, he said. I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.
 
TCUs Tom Hoge was 4 under through 17 holes, but was short-sided in a greenside bunker and twice had his ball roll back at him after shots. His triple-bogey left him at 70 along with San Diegos Alex Ching, UCLAs Philip Francis, Tennessees David Holmes and Washingtons Nick Taylor. Only eight players in the 156-man field broke par.
 
This is a long golf tournament, so one hole is not going to kill you, Hoge said. Its a little bit frustrating to leave some shots out there on the last hole, but I know we have a lot of work left.
 
Top-seeded Oklahoma State, led by Trent Leons 71, totaled 4-over 288 and was joined there by Georgia, led by 71s from Russell Henley and Brian Harman.
 
The Cowboys didnt count the 74 of Kevin Tway, playing on the same course where his father Bob holed a sand shot on the 72nd hole to stun Greg Norman and win the 1986 PGA Championship.
 
This is the first year the tournament is being played under a combination medal and match play format. All 30 qualifying teams and the six individual players will compete in three days of medal play. Those 54 holes will determine the medalist and will cut the field to a final eight teams for match play. The teams will then play quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Friday, with the championship match set to start for Saturday.
 
Chattanooga was a surprising third with 292 strokes, followed by Washington and San Diego with 293; Arizona State, Ohio State and Tennessee with 294; Michigan with 296; and Arkansas and Duke with 297.
 
At even-par 71 along with Leon, Henley and Harman were UCFs Simon Ward, Chattanoogas Fredrik Qvicker, Corey Nagy of Charlotte and Arkansas Jamie Marshall.
 
Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw watched his team get to 7 under midway through the round only to have a bad series of holes cost the Cowboys. Still, they were able to recover.
 
We had it going backwards, he said. I think we lost about nine shots total on that four- or five-hole stretch. So Im pleased, though, that we survived it.
 
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    PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

    LPGA:

    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.