Bruins Bust Out at Western Intercollegiate

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 11, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of Bruins.com
 
College CentralThe 10th ranked UCLA men's golf team won its fourth tournament title of the season and junior Steve Conway won his second individual title in a month at the 57th Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Course near Santa Cruz.
 
'The Western Intercollegiate is the oldest golf tournament on the West Coast. It has a long list of prestigious team and individual champions, and we are proud to be a part of its championship history,' said Coach O.D. Vincent. 'Pasatiempo is an unbelievable golf course. Our players were very patient and they fought all day to win this tournament.'
 
In the final round, the Bruins posted a team score of 292, 12-over par, for a 54-hole score of 855, seven shots in front of second place UC Irvine. Texas-El Paso placed third at 868, followed by Oregon at 869 and Pacific at 870.
 
Conway, who won the Cleveland Classic in March, captured his second career tournament title by one shot over Pacific's Matt Hanson. The Newport Beach native played the final 36 holes in four-under par and finished with a two-under par total of 208. He recorded three birdies and two bogeys for a final round score of 69.
 
'The course was really challenging,' said Conway. 'I've played [Alister] MacKenzie courses before, and this was a very good layout. The key was being able to putt well on the undulating greens.
 
'I shot a good score yesterday [67 in the second round] and was able to keep it going today,' he continued.
 
The Bruins' John Merrick finished 13th at 216 after a final round 76 and junior Roy Moon tied for 14th at 217 after an even par round of 70 on Wednesday. Travis Johnson tied for 20th at 219 and freshman John Poucher tied for 44th at 225.
 
UTEP's Dan Swanson placed third at even par 210, followed by three players in a tie for fourth at 211.
 
The Bruins next event will be the ASU/Thunderbird Invitational this weekend in Tempe, AZ.
 
FINAL TEAM RESULTS
56th Annual Western Intercoll.
Pasatiempo G.C. Santa Cruz, CA
Par: 70 Yardage: 6445
 
Fin. School Scores
1 UCLA 283 280 292 855 +15
2 UC-Irvine 289 287 286 862 +22
3 Texas El Paso, U. of 289 288 291 868 +28
4 Oregon, U. of 291 287 291 869 +29
5 Pacific, U. of the 292 286 292 870 +30
6 Washington, U. of 298 286 293 877 +37
7 California, U. of 303 293 289 885 +45
CSU-Stanislaus 288 294 303 885 +45
9 Long Beach State 295 293 298 886 +46
10 San Jose State Univ. 296 292 299 887 +47
11 UC-Santa Barbara 289 304 295 888 +48
12 Stanford University 290 291 308 889 +49
13 Nevada, Univ. of 300 303 289 892 +52
14 Kansas, U. of 300 296 297 893 +53
15 UC - Riverside 294 295 306 895 +55
16 Oregon State U. 300 304 307 911 +71
17 Santa Clara Univ. 309 305 301 915 +75
18 Hawaii, Univ. of 320 317 318 955 +115
 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey six on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

"It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."