Wies Publinx Run Comes to Abrupt Halt

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
LEBANON, Ohio -- One step at a time in Michelle Wie's quest for the Masters.
Her hopes for next year ended Friday when Clay Ogden birdied four of the first five holes and eased to a 5-and-4 victory in their quarterfinal match at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
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Michelle Wie's Publinx run came to an end against Clay Ogden.
The 15-year-old high school junior needed to win the tournament to become the first woman to get an invitation to the Masters.
Instead, she'll have to settle for being the first woman to qualify for a men's USGA event. At least for now.
``Obviously, I'm disappointed, but it's not the end of the world,'' Wie said.
Wie shot rounds of 76 and 72 on Monday and Tuesday to make the 64-player field for match play. She dispatched her opponents in her first three matches before running into Ogden, a junior at Brigham Young University from West Point, Utah.
``I don't feel like I have proved anything,'' she said.
Ogden was 4-up after the first five holes and never let up.
``You've got to keep the gas on and keep it going,'' Ogden said.
The lead swelled to 5-up at the turn when Wie's approach at No. 9 hit a tree and bounced back into a lake. It was one of the few mistakes she made.
``It's hard to beat birdies,'' Wie said. ``It wasn't like I was playing bad. I was losing with a lot of pars. He played really great.''
She won her only hole when Ogden bogeyed No. 10, but Ogden came right back with a birdie to win the 11th and closed out the match three holes later.
On the deciding hole, Ogden missed the green, but his chip from the rough landed softly on the green and rolled to less than a foot from the pin. Wie conceded the putt and the two shook hands.
Asked what she learned from the match, Wie said, ``You have to make lots of birdies and give your opponent no chance.''
Ogden, who lost to eventual champion Ryan Moore 2-and-1 in the quarterfinals a year ago, relied on his experience. His victory over Wie moved him into a semifinal against University of Wisconsin junior Garrett Jones, who defeated Indiana University senior Brad Marek, 4-and-3.
Several hundred people again followed Wie everywhere she went, cheering on every one of her shots and groaning when her putts slid past the hole. There was a smattering of applause when Ogden missed his par putt at No. 10.
Ogden said the crowd didn't make him nervous.
``That's just my demeanor,'' he said. ``I never get too excited over anything.''
Ogden quieted Wie's backers on the first hole. His second shot on the par-5 hole found the rough just left of the green, but he chipped within inches of the pin and Wie conceded the birdie.
Meanwhile, Wie caught a bad break when her second shot not only went into a greenside bunker but ended up caked with wet sand. She blasted out into another greenside bunker, then hit onto the green 20 feet past the pin to lose the hole.
At the second, Ogden made a 5-foot birdie putt.
After the two traded pars, Ogden rolled in a 6-footer at No. 4 and a 10-footer at the signature 5th hole for birdies to go 4-up.
Through those opening five holes, Ogden hit every fairway and every green in regulation. For her part, Wie was seldom in trouble but found herself far behind.
``He played amazing with those four birdies on the first five holes,'' Wie said. ``He played awesome today. There was really no room for error.''
The week at the Public Links was just the latest adventure for Wie. The 6-footer barely missed the cut at two PGA Tour events and was tied for the lead at the U.S. Women's Open earlier this month before faltering in the final round.
Wie travels to France for the Evian before playing in the Women's British Open, then will have some time off before starting her school year.
Will she make a decision soon about turning pro?
``No,'' she said, ``but you are going to find out when I do.''
Related Links:
  • Wie's Round 4 Match Scorecard
  • Full Field Scores - U.S. Amateur Public Links
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    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

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    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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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    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.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.