Beisiegel Alone in First in Indiana

By Futures Tour MediaMay 22, 2003, 4:00 pm
Futures TourMERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Every time she opens her yardage book, Isabelle Beisiegel gives herself a not-so-subtle reminder to go for every shot.
Pasted in plain view is the quote: 'Do what you fear and fear disappears.'
If the Canadian, who now lives in Norman, Okla., had any fears during Friday's second round of the Northwest Indiana Futures Golf Classic, it didn't show in her bogey-free round of 68 that included five birdies and 15 greens in regulation. Beisiegel's 6-under-par two-day score of 138 gives her a one-shot lead over Ju Kim of Seoul, Korea, who also fired a 68 to stand in solo second at 139.
'I felt the butterflies today and I know I'll have them again tomorrow, but it's a challenge to beat my fears every day,' said Beisiegel, 24, who is still looking for her first Futures Tour win. 'I'm ready to go out there and win and to be as fearless as I can be.'
Frustration was more of a factor than fear for Jean Zedlitz on the back nine holes of Innsbrook Country Club today. The native of Pleasanton, Calif., who shared the lead with Beisiegel and two others after the first round, lost two shots in three holes on Friday, then rallied with three consecutive birdies to regain a share of the lead with Beisiegel after nine holes. But Zedlitz recorded five bogeys and no birdies on the back nine of the par-72, 6,122-yard parkland course to shoot a 75 and slide into a tie for 14th at 145.
That opened a door for others and the leader board shuffle began. Jennifer Huber of Dallas, Texas, trailed the leaders by one shot after the turn, but finished bogey-bogey for a 2-under 70. Reilley Rankin of Hilton Head Island, S.C., made her move with an eagle on the par-5 15th hole when she placed her 195-yard, 5-wood approach to eight feet and made the putt.
'I'm definitely at a point where I can manage myself better on the golf course,' said Rankin, 24, who posted a 70 to stand in third place at 3-under-par 141. 'I've learned to play my shots instead of just getting through the day.'
Kim, in her third year on the Futures Tour, used 24 putts and four birdies in her bogey-free round to draw within striking distance of her first win this season. The 21-year-old South Korean would only praise her putting.
'My shots were not so good, but my bad shots were not so bad,' she said. 'First round I was left all day. Today, I was a little right. Maybe tomorrow my shots will be straight.'
Kim's compatriot, Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea, recorded a 1-under 71 for the second straight day to tie Huber for fourth place at 142. Moon won the season's first event at the Lakeland Futures Golf Classic.
Several other players posted low rounds to make their moves. Erika Wicoff of Hartford City, Ind., fired the day's low round with a 67 to charge into a tie for sixth with three other players at 143, including Allie Blomquist of Afton, Minn., who carded a 68. Catherine Cartwright of Bonita Springs, Fla., also posted a 68 to move into a tie for 10th at 144.
But Beisiegel, who now embraces the butterflies in her gut, hopes to cap her week with another low round in the final round Saturday at the $65,000 event presented by The Horseshoe Casino. She hopes to improve on her Futures Tour career-best, fourth-place-tie at the Frye Chevrolet Classic in Wichita last month. She hopes to win on the Indiana course that reminds her of the ones she played as an amateur back home in Canada.
'There are great targets out here and you know where you want to go,' she said of the lush, tree-lined course. 'The greens are pure and small and your good shots are really rewarded.'
Seventy-nine players made the 36-hole cut at 152 (+8).
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    Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

    Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

    ''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

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    First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

    ''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

    David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

    The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    ''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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    The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

    I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

    One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

    So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

    You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

    Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

    I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

    This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

    Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

    On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

    The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

    “What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

    Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

    Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

    Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.