ASU Wins StanfordPepsi Intercollegiate
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Arizona State women's golf team won its second consecutive tournament Sunday, capturing a five-stroke victory at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate held Oct. 15-17 at the par 70, 5,853-yard Stanford Golf Course.
It was the second straight tournament win for the Sun Devils who earned a victory at the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M., on Oct. 4-5.
This victory also gives the ASU its first back-to-back tournament victories since the Sun Devils won the 1998 NCAA title and then opened the following season with a victory at the 1998 Japan TOPY Cup. Prior to this year, ASU had not won consecutive tournaments in the same season since the Sun Devils captured the 1997 NCAA West Regional and the 1997 NCAA Championship.
ASU finished with a three-round total of 12-over 852 to top second-place finisher Pepperdine by five strokes (857). Rounding out the top five were Washington (861), defending NCAA champion UCLA (862) and tournament host Stanford (869).
Individually, three Sun Devils finished in the top 10 at Stanford, led by freshman Louise Stahle who tied for second with a three-under total of 207. It marked the third time in three collegiate events that Stahle has garnered runner-up honors.
Sophomore Tiffany Tavee carded a one-under 69 in Sunday's final round to tie for sixth with a total of two-over 212 for her second consecutive top 10 finish, while junior Alissa Kuczka turned in her best finish of the year with a tie for 10th at four-over 214. Senior Erin Tone tied for 20th with a three-round total of 219, while sophomore Charmaine Erasmus finished in a tie for 73rd (234).
Washington State's Anastasia Kostina won individual medalist honors at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate with a three-round total of five-under 205.
The Sun Devils return to action next week at the Kent Youel Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Oct. 25-27.
Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate Final Results - Oct. 15-17, 2004
1 Arizona State 282 282 288 852 +12
2 Pepperdine Univ. 284 291 282 857 +17
3 Washington, U. of 284 294 283 861 +21
4 UCLA 287 289 286 862 +22
5 Stanford University 295 285 289 869 +29
6 Washington State U. 292 290 288 870 +30
7 New Mexico, U. of 295 287 299 881 +41
8 Tulsa, University of 294 292 298 884 +44
9 Arizona, U. of 289 307 291 887 +47
10 Texas, Univ. of 297 299 295 891 +51
11 Southern California 298 293 301 892 +52
12 Oregon, U. of 300 303 299 902 +62
13 San Jose State Univ 299 300 305 904 +64
14 Vanderbilt Univ. 311 296 299 906 +66
15 Texas Tech Univ 293 317 301 911 +71
16 UNLV 302 303 307 912 +72
17 New Mexico State U. 299 307 312 918 +78
18 Oregon State U. 299 312 309 920 +80
McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School
One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.
McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.
It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.
McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).
Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).
Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.
Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award
The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.
The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.
Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.
The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4
Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.
Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.
South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.
Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.
The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout
It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.
Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.
Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.
"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."
Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.
Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.