Juniors selected to play Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 5, 2017, 1:51 pm

The First Tee announced Wednesday the names of the 81 junior players competing in this year’s Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach, Sept. 22-24.

The PGA Tour Champions event, which impacts The First Tee program, groups one senior player with one junior First Tee participant (age 15-18) and two fellow amateurs. This will mark the 14th edition of the tournament, which is contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Paul Broadhurst is the defending champion.


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Here's a list of the juniors selected to compete:

First Name

Last Name

Chapter

State

Evan

Griffith

The First Tee of Fort Smith

AR

Brinkley

Beever

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

AR

Kaitlynn

Criswell

The First Tee of Phoenix

AZ

Dalton

Marsh

The First Tee of Phoenix

AZ

Edward

Anaya

The First Tee of Contra Costa

CA

Jackielou

Caniete

The First Tee of Contra Costa

CA

Genevieve "Skye"

Mingming

The First Tee of Contra Costa

CA

Caitlin

Figura

The First Tee of Fresno

CA

Claire

Oetinger

The First Tee of Fresno

CA

Lauren

Parayno

The First Tee of Fresno

CA

Adrian

Chiu

The First Tee of Greater Pasadena

CA

Katelyn

Harris

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Sienna

Lyford

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Ryan

Parry

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Hailey

Rietz

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Emma

Sand

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Jose

Calderon

The First Tee of Monterey County

CA

Anitra

Khoth

The First Tee of San Joaquin

CA

Dana

Condon

The First Tee of the Coachella Valley

CA

Madison

Rincon

The First Tee of the Coachella Valley

CA

Kevin

Thai

The First Tee of the East Bay

CA

Annika

Borrelli

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

CA

Catherine

Phillips

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

CA

Michael

Shaw

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

CA

Cole

Drew

The First Tee of Denver

CO

Mateo

Manzanares

The First Tee of Denver

CO

Andrew

Maslar

The First Tee of Connecticut

CT

Matthew

Ariza

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

FL

Sam

Nunner

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

FL

Tyler

Aulger

The First Tee of Northwest Florida

FL

Nicholas

Dimitroff

The First Tee of Northwest Florida

FL

Meredith

Kiernan

The First Tee of St. Petersburg

FL

Carter

Harwell

The First Tee of Augusta

GA

Kambron

Taylor

The First Tee of Augusta

GA

Abdel

Raoul

The First Tee of Greater Chicago

IL

Jake

Huffaker

The First Tee of Salina

KS

Hallie

Boles

The First Tee of Pine Mountain

KY

Braxton

Caldwell

The First Tee of Pine Mountain

KY

Jared

Winiarz

The First Tee of Massachusetts

MA

Charles

Blount

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore

MD

Lauren

Artis

The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C.

MD

Mason

Dirlam

The First Tee of Benton Harbor

MI

Logan

Essig

The First Tee of Benton Harbor

MI

Cailey

Rooker

The First Tee of Benton Harbor

MI

Spencer

Faircloth

The First Tee of Brunswick County

NC

Jayla

Rogers

The First Tee of Brunswick County

NC

Gavin

Gwaltney

The First Tee of Greater Charlotte

NC

Mara

Hirtle

The First Tee of the Sandhills

NC

Blake

Brantley

The First Tee of the Triad

NC

Josh

Lendach

The First Tee of the Triangle

NC

Trey

Diehl

The First Tee of San Juan County, NM

NM

Tyler

Diehl

The First Tee of San Juan County, NM

NM

Tyler

Kim

The First Tee of Metropolitan New York

NY

Jake

Roach

The First Tee of Western New York

NY

Trace

Thomas

The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley

OH

Colby

Chrismon

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Hayden

Meiser

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Matthew

Popielec

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Mikaela

Rindermann

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Alyssa

Wilson

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Justin

Potwora

The First Tee of Greater Portland

OR

Shelby

Shumaker

The First Tee of Pittsburgh

PA

Andrew

Greene

The First Tee of Aiken

SC

Charlton

Hill

The First Tee of Aiken

SC

Lincoln

Haymaker

The First Tee of Middle Tennessee

TN

Kyle

Engelbert

The First Tee of Fort Worth

TX

Brendan

O'Connell

The First Tee of Fort Worth

TX

Zachary

Slayton

The First Tee of Greater Austin

TX

Taylor

Lewallen

The First Tee of Greater Dallas

TX

Matthew

Lewallen

The First Tee of Greater Dallas

TX

Eunice

Bao

The First Tee of Greater Houston

TX

James

LaRue

The First Tee of Greater Tyler

TX

Annaka

Watts

The First Tee of Greater Tyler

TX

Connor

Howard

The First Tee of The Piney Woods

TX

Dalton

Northcutt

The First Tee of The Piney Woods

TX

Alisa

Caraballo

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

VA

John Hatcher

Ferguson

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

VA

Grace

Huffman

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

VA

Haley

Wong

The First Tee of Greater Seattle

WA

Bradley

Wong

The First Tee of Greater Seattle

WA

Drew

Halili

The First Tee of South Puget Sound

WA

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.

Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.

Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."

But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.


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With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.

Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.

The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.

"I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."

Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 2:05 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

“I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.


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“I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

“We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

How does she feel?

“I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

Kaufman made eight birdies in her bogey-free round.

New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:32 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

“I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday after playing herself into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a 6-under-par 66, she is in contention to win her fifth LPGA title, her first since winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago.


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Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.

Before the surgery, Wie enjoyed getting back into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.

Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.

“Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

Wie is looking to continue to build on her resurgence.

“I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”