Texas-Pan American, Bethune-Cookman win national minority college titles

By Associated PressMay 13, 2012, 11:29 pm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Texas-Pan American captain Kevin Kirakossian shot a 1-under 71 and the Broncs rallied for their fifth Men's Division I title Sunday in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, while Bethune-Cookman won the Women's Division for the record ninth time.

Texas-Pan American, five strokes behind Tennessee State entering the day, finished at 40-over 904 at PGA Golf Club to edge Tennessee State by two shots. Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State tied for third at 911.

''My team has worked hard all year and it really paid off today,'' Texas-Pan American director of golf Ofelia Lopez said. ''They came out with fire and determination and looking to win a title. And it happened.

''(Kirakossian) has always been our go-to guy. He plays to win and plays for his team. That's what a leader is all about. That's what being a team captain is all about.''

Savannah State's Cedomir Ilic, from Serbia, closed with a 72 to take medalist honors at 5-over 220.

The Bethune-Cookman women's team finished at 52-over 916 for an eight-stroke victory over South Carolina State. The Wildcats also won the team title last year. Hampton was third at 956.

''We fought all year and it all led to this,'' Bethune-Cookman coach Scooter Clark said. ''We needed to come out and respond to South Carolina State, who played great, and we did. It was no doubt a challenge.''

Alliance's Tiana Jones was the medalist, shooting a 74 to finish at 8-over 224.

''I wanted to play smart but I also wanted to play aggressive,'' Jones said. ''I was dreaming about winning the individual title last night and my heart was in my throat all day. It feels awesome.''

In Division II, Fayetteville State ran away with the title, winning by 36 strokes at 32-under 896.

Fayetteville State's Jake Barge was the medalist, shooting a 70 to finish at 3-under 213.

''It was great for our team to get back in the winner's circle this year,'' Barge said. ''We haven't won since 2009, so this is really satisfying. We got the job done.''

Lincoln University was second.

Central Oklahoma's Justin Watkins won the Men's Independent Division, closing with a 78 to finish at 10-under 226.

''It wasn't exactly the way I wanted to finish but I was still able to close it out with a win,'' Watkins said. ''I am exhausted mentally, but was still able to hold it together. It feels amazing.''

In the Women's Independent Division, Ariel McNair of Xavier shot a 76 to win at 23-over 239.

''I made a couple of birdies on the back nine, which really propelled me to this win,'' Campbell said. ''It was a grind all day, but was satisfying to finish strong like this.''

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.