Kim 14 Reaches Womens Am Final

By Associated PressAugust 12, 2006, 4:00 pm
USGANORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Katharina Schallenberg, a 26-year-old former bank clerk from Germany, will play 14-year-old Kimberly Kim of Hawaii for the U.S. Women's Amateur title.
 
Kim, the youngest player to reach the final match, defeated 15-year-old Lindy Duncan of Plantation, Fla., 1-up in Saturday's semifinals at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
 
Schallenberg faced 21-year old Texan Stacy Lewis and won with a 4-foot putt for par on the 19th hole on the 6,380-yard, par-71 Witch Hollow Course.
 
'I was nervous but I was trying not to show it,' Schallenberg said.
 
The final 36 holes on Sunday will feature two very different players: Kim is a carefree teenager who didn't know going in that the Amateur was a 'big' tournament, while Schallenberg is consistent and steady.
 
'I have to stick to my routine and my strategy,' Schallenberg said. 'But I'm curious to see how she handles everything because I didn't play big tournaments at that age.'
 
Lewis, who has a metal rod in her back after surgery in 2003 to treat scoliosis, ran into trouble on the par-4 No. 8 hole after her second shot went beyond the green and landed in the rough. She wound up losing the hole, and Schallenberg increased her lead to 2-up.
 
But Lewis rebounded on the back nine and tied the match after 18 holes.
 
Schallenberg briefly played at the University of Oregon in 2000 but quit because she had a fear of flying. She returned to Germany, where she apprenticed to be a bank clerk but found it 'too boring,' and is now studying international business.
 
She won the 2005 and 2006 International German Amateur Championships, but has played infrequently in the United States.
 
After her winning putt under cloudless skies on the par-4 No. 13 hole, Schallenberg embraced her coach.
 
Lewis, who will be a junior this fall at Arkansas, didn't watch her opponent's final shot, crouching with her head down. Her caddie -- also her dad -- put his arm around her as she slowly walked away.
 
'I learned I'm a lot better match player than I thought. I struggled with it in the past,' she said, 'but it's pretty fun.'
 
Afterward, Schallenberg called her parents in Germany, where they were watching via the Internet.
 
'It was a tough match,' Schallenberg said. 'We both had holes where we struggled. My irons weren't as good as they were (Friday). My putting was OK. I guess I shouldn't complain.'
 
Duncan, who takes high school classes online so she can devote more time to practice, holed in from the bunker on the par-3 No. 15.
 
But Kim, who has been living in Arizona and says her hobby is sleeping, birdied the par-4 No. 16 to go 1-up. Then she held on for the victory.
 
'I didn't know it was that big of a tournament until last night, when there was a commercial on the Golf Channel, and I thought, `Wow, this is a big deal,'' she said. 'I don't even watch golf, I was just looking for myself.'
 
Duncan was gracious in the loss.
 
'On two holes, I just kind of gave it to her, and you just can't do that against a player like her,' she said. 'She deserved to win. I hope she goes all the way.'
 
Last year's Amateur was won by 17-year-old Morgan Pressel at the Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek course in Roswell, Ga.
 
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club was the site of the U.S. Women's Open in 1997 and 2003. Tiger Woods won the 1996 U.S. Amateur at the club.
 
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.