Bears Victorious at Pac-10 Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 27, 2003, 4:00 pm
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College CentralCORVALLIS, Ore. - With senior Vikki Laing leading the way, No. 5 California shot a 301 Saturday to claim its first Pac-10 Championship by five strokes at the Trysting Tree Golf Course. The Golden Bears finished the 54-hole tournament with an 892 to hold off sixth-ranked and three-time defending conference champion Arizona (897) and No. 10 UCLA (902).
Laing captured the Bears' first individual title by shooting an even-par 216.
Cal, which led the tournament after all three rounds, held as much as a seven-stroke lead Saturday. Arizona whittled the lead to two strokes midway through the round, but the Wildcats came up short in their bid to become the first team to win seven Pac-10 titles. The Wildcats and Bears each shot the low team score of the day.
The Pac-10 crown is the Bears' nation's-best sixth tournament title of the 2002-03 season and fourth straight victory at the Trysting Tree Golf Course. Cal has also won the last three Oregon State Invitationals on the same course.
Laing battled USC's Mikaela Parmlid down to the final hole before finishing on top by one shot. Playing in the final group, Laing and Parmlid began the day tied for second at one-under and moved into the lead when second-round leader Blair O'Neal of Arizona State slid down the leader board, where she would finish fourth. Arizona's Erica Blasberg, the highest-ranked player at the tournament at No. 2, was third at 219.
A birdie on the 13th hole gave Laing a short-lived lead, until Parmlid caught her with a birdie on 14. Parmlid then bogeyed 15 to fall one shot back. Laing fell back into a tie with a bogie on 16, but another bogie by Parmlid on 18 opened the door for Laing to win her second collegiate tournament with her par on the final hole.
Cal junior Sarah Huarte tied for fifth with a 221, while senior Ria Quiazon posted a strong 12th-place showing (226).
The NCAA regional selections will be announced on Monday.
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Pac-10 Championships
Trysting Tree Golf Course (par 72, 6160 yards)
1. California 292-299-301-892; 2. Arizona 299-297-301-897; 3. UCLA 298-300-304-902; 4. USC 297-302-304-903; 5. Arizona State 301-304-310-915; 6. Stanford 307-311-302-920; 7. Washington State 312-309-303-924; 8. Washington 300-314-315-929; 9. Oregon State 317-307-314-938; 10. Oregon 316-312-315-943.

1. Vikki Laing, California 71-72-73-216; 2. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 70-73-74-217; 3. Erica Blasberg, Arizona 72-74-73-219; 4. Blair O'Neal, Arizona State 73-69-78-220; 5. Sarah Huarte, California 70-74-77-221; 5. Hana Kim, UCLA 74-74-73-221.
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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010. 

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Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

“That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

So was Woods.

DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

“His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

“He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.

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“The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

“Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

“Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.