LSU's Peterson, Georgia Tech lead NCAA championship

By Associated PressJune 2, 2011, 1:25 am

STILLWATER, Okla. - LSU’s John Peterson shot a 7-under 65 on Wednesday to break the competitive course record and take the individual lead in the NCAA Golf Championships, while Georgia Tech topped the team standings at difficult Karsten Creek.

Peterson was 5 under overall with one round left in the individual competition. Georgia Tech’s James White was a stroke back after a 73, and UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (69), Georgia’s Harris English (71) and Illinois’ Luke Guthrie (69) were 3 under.

Georgia Tech had a 3-under 573 total. UCLA was a stroke back, followed by Illinois (2 over), Georgia (3 over), Alabama (4 over), top-ranked Oklahoma State (9 over), Augusta State (12 over) and Texas A&M and Ohio State (14 over). The top eight teams after the third round Thursday will advance to match play.

Peterson eagled the par-5 14th and had six birdies and a bogey to break the competitive course record of 66 shared by former Oklahoma State star Hunter Mahan , Illinois’ Patrick Nagle and Kansas’ Andy Stewart. The lowest round ever shot at Karsten Creek is a 63 by Jeff Mcmillian.

“I played good out there today,” said Peterson, who finished third in the 2009 Central Regional at Karsten Creek. “I had control of my ball all day. When you have control of your ball, you can hit at flags you normally wouldn’t. I got it to where I knew where the ball was going to fly and how far it would release.

“When you feel like you know everything, you can take it right at the hole, or you can take it right at a spot where you think you can put it in. It all came together today and it really hadn’t all come together for me in college for one round, but it did today and feels pretty good to have it at this course.”

Georgia Tech and UCLA took advantage of their Oklahoma connections, while the host Cowboys struggled.

Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler was an assistant at Oklahoma State when the difficult Karsten Creek was constructed, and UCLA coached Derek Freeman is an Oklahoma native. Heppler, in his 16th year at Georgia Tech, said he gave his teams a plan, but “every plan is good until you get hit.”

“I know a few things I’ve been able to share with them,” Heppler said. “But the most important thing is we have a team that drives the ball straight and that’s such a huge factor here.”

Freeman had the Bruins, seeking their third national title, fly to Edmond for three days of practice at Oak Tree National, one of the few courses in the area as difficult as Karsten Creek.

In addition to Cantlay, the Bruins’ Gregor Main (72-70) was tied for sixth at 2 under in a group that included Oklahoma State star Peter Uihlein (69) - the U.S. Amateur champion last year and Ben Hogan Award winner this season as the top college player.

The biggest buzz at the course centered around Oklahoma State’s slow start.

Uihlein was the only Cowboy to break par in the first two rounds. Oklahoma State won the stroke play portion of the NCAA tournament handily the past two years only to fall in match play. To not make the eight-team match-play field would be unthinkable to the program seeking its 11th national championship.

“We’ve just got to get back to thinking winning golf,” Cowboys coach Mike McGraw said. “Sometimes picking up ground is just making a good par. Par is always good out here. I think when you see that leaderboard, you won’t see many teams under par at the end of this tournament. Do all the things you know and forget about the bad things.”

Freeman, a former University of Oklahoma star who began his coaching career at Oklahoma City University before guiding UCLA to the national title in his first full season in 2008, said it was easy for Oklahoma State to get tripped up by the lofty expectations.

“What people forget is that all these teams have played on great courses against great competition all over the country,” Freeman said.

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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.


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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.


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Finances


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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.