USC, UCLA, Duke earn No. 1 seeds in NCAA women's regionals

By Jay CoffinApril 28, 2014, 10:35 pm

NCAA Division I women’s regional bids were handed out Monday, and the three best teams all season each earned a No. 1 seed at their respective site.

USC, UCLA and Duke – ranked Nos. 1-3 respectively by Golfstat – are the top seeded teams in the west, central and east regionals that all will be played May 8-10.

The west will be at Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort in Ce Elum, Wash., the central is at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., and the east regional is in Tallahassee, Fla., at SouthWood Golf Club.

The top eight teams from each region and the top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championship May 20-23 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.

The top-ranked Trojans have won three of the past six Pac-12 Conference championships but just tied for second there last week, finishing a shot behind Stanford. Still, the defending NCAA champs are the team to beat this season, having recorded eight victories and three second-place finishes.



“We are looking forward to regionals,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said. “We have some work to do to get ready. We still haven’t seen the best from our players.”

Five-time national champion Duke won its third straight ACC Championship a week ago and received its 22nd consecutive bid into regionals. The Blue Devils won the ACC title by 27 shots to collect its fourth tournament of the year, the most wins in a year for the school since they won five times in 2007-08.

UCLA was fourth at the Pac-12 Championship and is led by freshman Allison Lee, who is the No. 1-ranked individual by Golfstat.

West Regional
Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort, Ce Elum, Wash. (University of Washington)

Teams: 1. USC; 2. Arizona State; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Washington; 5. Clemson; 6. Wake Forest; 7. Northwestern; 8. Michigan State; 9. Iowa State; 10. GRU Augusta; 11. Oregon; 12. Texas A&M; 13. UC Davis; 14. Denver; 15. San Diego State; 16. Wisconsin; 17. Gonzaga; 18. Notre Dame; 19. Tennessee; 20. Chattanooga; 21. New Mexico; 22. New Mexico State; 23. Portland; 24. Detroit.

Individuals: Alison Knowles, Louisiana-Monroe; Regan De Guzman, San Jose State; Clariss Guce, Cal State Northridge; Fabiola Arriaga, Texas-San Antonio; Madchen Ly, Fresno State; Alexandra White, BYU.

East Regional
SouthWood GC, Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State)

Teams: 1. Duke; 2. South Carolina; 3. Stanford; 4. Vanderbilt; 5. Pepperdine; 6. UCF; 7. Virginia; 8. Auburn; 9. North Carolina State; 10. Florida State; 11. Kentucky; 12. Tulane; 13. Louisville; 14. Baylor; 15. East Tennessee; 16. Georgia; 17. Campbell; 18. East Carolina; 19. Texas State; 20. College of Charleston; 21. Troy; 22. Murray State; 23. Seton Hall; 24. Alabama State.

Individuals: Lori Beth Adams, UNC-Wilmington; Ellen Ceresko, Penn State; Lacey Fears, Mercer; Kaew Preamchuen, Kennesaw State; Abby Newton, Mississippi; Christinia Vosters, Penn State.

Central Regional
Karsten Creek, Stillwater, Okla. (Oklahoma State)

Teams: 1. UCLA; 2. Arkansas; 3. Alabama; 4. Arizona; 5. LSU; 6. Oklahoma State; 7. Florida; 8. North Carolina; 9. Ohio State; 10. Miami; 11. Mississippi State; 12. California; 13. Kent State; 14. Kansas; 15. Texas; 16. UNLV; 17. Colorado; 18. SMU; 19. Minnesota; 20. Harvard; 21. Lamar; 22. Wichita State; 23. LIU Brooklyn; 24. Siena College.

Individuals: Aurora Kan, Purdue; Sanna Nuutinen, TCU; Jenna Hague, Ball State; Ember Schuldt, Illinois; Kimmie Hill, Texas Tech; Stephanie Miller, Illinois.

Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

“Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

“I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

LPGA:

We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm