Duke Repeats as NCAA Champions

By Associated PressMay 26, 2006, 4:00 pm
NCAAUPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Duke's women's golf team did its best to shove aside all the negative headlines attached to the school with yet another national championship.
 
The Blue Devils won their second consecutive team title on Friday at the NCAA women's golf championships, and Southern California's Dewi-Claire Schreefel had two late birdies in a 3-under-par 69 to capture medalist honors.
 
With a 10-stroke margin, Duke claimed its fourth title -- second only to Arizona State's six. The Blue Devils are the first repeat champs since the Sun Devils won in 1997 and 1998.
 
The victory also helped put Duke in a positive light for a change. The players said the campus has been besieged by reporters and demonstrators since three members of the men's lacrosse team were accused -- and eventually charged -- with raping a stripper hired to perform at a team party.
 
'It's important that we kind of get our name back,' junior Anna Grzebien said. 'They haven't been proven guilty, (and) to put that label on Duke and college athletics isn't fair.'

Freshman Amanda Blumenherst said the victory was for all of the Blue Devils sports teams.
 
'All the athletes at Duke all kind of stick together,' she said. 'To go out and play well kind of helps the whole university and the athletic programs, too.'
 
But coach Dan Brooks said the lacrosse controversy had little or no impact on his propelling his team to the title.
 
'That was not even in our minds. The lacrosse thing didn't even come up,' Brooks said.
 
He conceded that the championship might help restore some luster to the university in some people's minds.
 
'Those of us who have been at Duke for a long, long time know what Duke is and what it stands for,' said Brooks, Duke's coach for the past 22 seasons. 'If some positive press about Duke reminds people of who we are, then that's a good thing. I like to think that what Duke is and what Duke stands for ... hasn't changed.'
 
The Blue Devils overpowered the 24-team field in the third round -- going 13 strokes lower than any other team -- to carry a 13-shot lead into the final round. They needed 291 strokes on Friday for a 72-hole total of 1,167.
 
Freshman Jennie Lee led the way with a 71, and finished second in the individual race at even-par 288. She was followed by defending medalist Grzebien and Jennifer Pandolfi (each with a 73) and Blumenherst with a 74. Liz Janangelo shot a 76.
 
Pepperdine finished third with 1,187 strokes, followed by Arizona State (1,195) and California (1,200).

'Duke is raising everybody up to their level,' Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen said. 'That's what our goal is, to get to their level.'
 
The round was suspended 56 minutes early in the afternoon because of lightning and heavy rain. The players continued through several brief showers and swirling wind late in the day.
 
'We were just really solid,' Brooks said. 'That's as textbook of a tournament as you could hope for.'
 
Schreefel, a sophomore from The Netherlands, started the day three shots back of Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas, who had led after each of the first three rounds.
 
Vargas' hopes faded as she bogeyed four holes in a row to close out the front nine, with Schreefel taking command by making a 20-foot birdie putt at the 14th and then hitting a wedge to 6 feet for another birdie at the 15th.
 
'Playing with Eileen, I knew what she was doing,' Schreefel said. 'I knew when I was even or 1-under that I was doing well, although I didn't know about anyone else. When I made the birdies at 14 and 15, I thought, 'Let's go. Maybe I've got it.''
 
Her 69 followed rounds of 73, 74 and 70 for a total of 2-under 286. She was the only player in the field to break par.
 
UNLV's Da Sol Chung (72) was four shots behind Schreefel, while Vargas closed with a 77 to tie for fourth with Florida's Sandra Gal (74) at 291.
 
'I didn't hit my driver well,' Vargas said. 'The difference was my putter. I didn't make putts like I did the last three days.'
 
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Pepperell among co-leaders early in Qatar

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 5:06 pm

DOHA, Qatar – Eddie PepperellGregory Havret, and Aaron Rai made the most of calm early morning conditions at Doha Golf Club to set the pace in the opening round of the Qatar Masters at 7-under-par 65 on Thursday.

Havret went bogey free, Pepperell made one bogey and eight birdies, while fellow English golfer Rai eagled his last hole to add to five birdies.

One shot behind the leaders were four players, including former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari of Italy and former champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Defending champion Jeunghun Wang of South Korea started with a 68, and Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma of India shot 69 despite a double bogey on the 15th hole.


Full-field scores from the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters


Pepperell, who is fast gaining a reputation on the European Tour for his irreverent tweets and meaningful blogs, showed his clubs can also do an equal amount of talking after missing cuts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Malaysia.

Pepperell birdied Nos. 10, 11, 14, 16 and 18 with a single blemish on 13 after starting on the back nine. He made three more birdies on his back nine.

He was joined on top of the leaderboard by Havret, who made five birdies in six holes from the sixth, and Rai, who eagled the last.

''I surprised myself, really,'' said Pepperell, who finished third in Portugal and Netherlands last year.

''I've made some changes this week with personnel, so I've been working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself out there with how well I managed to trust it.

''I hit some quality tee shots, that's the area I feel that I've been struggling with a bit lately. We had a good time.

''It's definitely a bigger picture for me this week than tomorrow and indeed the weekend. I'm not overly-fussed about my early season form.”

Molinari, a three-time champion on the tour including last year in Morocco, started with eight straight pars, and then made seven birdies in his last 10 holes, including a chip-in for birdie on the last.

''I hit every green apart from the last one. I hit a lot of fairways, I had a lot of chances for birdie,'' said Edoardo, the older brother of Francesco.

''Last week in Oman, I had a decent week, I had a bad first round and then three very good rounds. It's been the case for the last few weeks so my focus this week was to try and get a good start.''

Oliver Fisher of England was the best among the afternoon groups with a 6-under 66, joining Molinari, Quiros and Germany's Marcel Schneider in a tie for fourth.

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 22, 2018, 4:45 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Honda Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2018, 2:15 pm

The PGA Tour heads back east to kick off the Florida Swing at PGA National. Here are the key stats and information for the Honda Classic. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6PM ET

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6PM ET


Purse: $6.6 million ($1,188,000 to the winner)

Course: PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (par-70; 7,140 yards)

Defending champion: Rickie Fowler (-12) won by four, picking off his fourth PGA Tour victory.


Notables in the field:

Tiger Woods

• Making his fourth start at the Honda Classic and his first since withdrawing with back spasms in 2014.

• Shot a Sunday 62 in a T-2 finish in 2012, marking his lowest career final-round score on the PGA Tour.

• Coming off a missed cut at last week's Genesis Open, his 17th in his Tour career.


Rickie Fowler

• The defending champion owns the lowest score to par and has recorded the most birdies and eagles in this event since 2012.

• Fowler's last start was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he failed to close a 54-hole lead. Fowler is 1-for-6 with 54-hole leads in his Tour career, with his only successful close coming at last year's Honda.

• On Tour this year, Fowler is first in scrambling from the fringe, second in total scrambling and third in strokes gained around the green. 


Rory McIlroy

• It's been feast or famine for McIlroy at the Honda. He won in 2012, withdrew with a toothache in 2013, finished T-2 in 2014 and missed the cut in 2015 and 2016.

• McIlroy ascended to world No. 1 with his victory at PGA National in 2012, becoming the second youngest player at 22 years old to top the OWGR, behind only Woods. McIlroy was later edged by a slightly younger 22-year-old Jordan Spieth.

• Since the beginning of 2010, only Dustin Johnson (15) has more PGA Tour victories than McIlroy (13). 

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Lexi, J. Korda part of four-way tie in Thailand

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 1:01 pm

CHONBURI, Thailand – Three-time tour winner Minjee Lee of Australia finished with a superb eagle putt to be among the four leaders after Day 1 of the LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on Thursday.

Lee sank a 45-foot putt on the 18th hole to card a 6-under-par 66 to tie for the lead with 2016 champion Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and local hope Moriya Jutanugarn.

''I just hit the collar. I didn't know if I was going to have enough. Such a big break there. I'm glad it caught the hole,'' Lee said.

''It's a second-shot golf course. Your approaches are really important, and obviously being in the right spots with the undulation. And if you have a hot putter that's going to help.''


Full-field scores from the Honda LPGA Thailand


Lee won the Vic Open near Melbourne this month and opened her 2018 LPGA tour account last week at the Women's Australian Open, finishing fifth.

Thompson, who won this event in 2016 by six shots with a 20-under total and tied for fourth last year, started her latest round in style with an eagle followed by a birdie only to bogey the third hole. She carded four more birdies.

''It definitely helps to get that kind of start, but I was just trying to keep that momentum and not get ahead of myself,'' Thompson said.

Her compatriot Korda had a roller-coaster round which featured eagles on the first and 17th holes, five birdies, a double bogey on the sixth, and two bogeys.

Jutanugarn was the only player among the four to end the day without a bogey.

''I had a good start today, it was better than I expected,'' said Jutanugarn, who was seventh here last year.

She's trying to become the first Thai winner of the tournament.

Two-time champion Amy Yang and world No. 2 Sung Hyun Park were among six players at 5 under.