Uribe Captures Womens Amateur Title

By Associated PressAugust 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
USGACARMEL, Ind. -- Maria Jose Uribe's first victory on a U.S. golf course almost certainly won't be her last.
The 17-year-old Colombian, who will be a freshman at UCLA in the fall, took advantage of a late putting lapse by Amanda Blumenherst and beat the two-time college player of the year 1-up for the U.S. Women's Amateur championship on Sunday.
'I haven't won a tournament in the States, and now I win this one. It's an honor to international players,' she said. 'It's really good to get it done against a great opponent. What a talent!'
Neither player was up by more than one hole the entire 36-hole match-play final round at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Uribe and Blumenherst, a junior at NCAA champion Duke, were even going into the next-to-last hole.
Both tee shots landed on the green, but Blumenherst's first putt from 20 feet was about 6 feet too long. She then missed her par putt to give Uribe an opening. The two-time South American junior and amateur champion missed her first putt to the right but tapped in for a par 3 and the lead going into the final hole.
'She was struggling on the green, but I knew if I made it, nothing else could take it,' Uribe said. 'I thought she was going to make it, though. She didn't make putts today; she deserved one, at least.'
Blumenherst couldn't explain her putting problem, especially on the key 35th hole.
'I definitely got out of my game,' Blumenherst said. 'I had left so many putts today I almost forced it. I just hit it way too hard and missed it coming back.'
On the 412-yard, par-4 final hole, Blumenherst's long putt from the fringe was about 2 feet to the right. Uribe holed her putt from 6 feet for the championship.
'I didn't want it to go to another hole,' Uribe said. 'It was in my hands to finish the tournament.'
Blumenherst, who grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., brought a gallery of about 25 family and friends.
She dominated her past three matches, never having to play past the 15th hole. But she seemed almost normal after playing Uribe to a draw for the first 18 holes Sunday.
'I felt like I was putting great strokes on them but they just didn't go in,' Blumenherst said. 'It was frustrating.'
Blumenherst went 1-up with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 7, the 25th hole of the day. But she lost the advantage two holes later when a drive out of bounds forced her to drop another ball for a penalty and eventually a bogey-6. That was only the second time since the first round she did not make par.
Blumenherst regained the lead on the next hole when her second shot stopped dead a foot from the hole and Uribe conceded the birdie. But she missed makable putts on each of the next three holes, and Uribe went 1-up with a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 31st hole. Blumenherst tied the match for the final time after Uribe drove out of bounds with five holes remaining.
During the first 18 holes Sunday, Blumenherst continued the steady play she had shown all week but never led by more than one hole. She birdied the par-5, 502-yard 11th hole, but Uribe did her one better, hitting a 30-foot putt for an eagle-3 to tie the match again.
Blumenherst sank a curling, 35-foot downhill putt on No. 16, her fifth birdie of the match. But Uribe's 16-foot birdie putt on No. 18 squared the match again going into the final 18 holes.
'She's obviously a great player,' Blumenherst said. 'She beat me.'
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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

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    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

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