Bruins Holding Onto Advantage

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 14, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of GatorZone.com
 
NCAAWAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- The UCLA men's golf team holds a one-shot lead entering the final round at the TaylorMade Big Island Classic, hosted by Hawaii-Hilo University at the Waikoloa Resort.
 
The Bruins posted a round of 271, 9-under par on the Beach Course, and boast a 36-hole total of 554, 14-under par. TCU is second at 555 and Arkansas is third at 558. Houston, Oklahoma and Texas are tied for fourth place at 562. USC is eighth at 566.
 
Individually, junior Roy Moon posted a career-best score of 62, 8-under par on the Beach Course. He is tied for 11th place at 139, 3-under par. Junior Steve Conway is tied for eighth place at 138, 4-under par. Conway fired his second straight round of 69 on Thursday. Junior John Merrick posted his second consecutive round of 70 and is tied for 14th at 2-under par 140. Junior Travis Johnson posted an even par 70 in the second round and is tied for 42nd at 143.
 
Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate
Waikoloa: Kings (par-72, 7,074 yards)/Beach (par 70, 6,566 yards)
 
Team Results
Fin. School Scores
1 UCLA 283 271 554 -14
2 TCU 276 279 555 -13
3 Arkansas 291 267 558 -10
4 Houston 288 274 562 -6
Oklahoma 281 281 562 -6
Lamar 283 279 562 -6
Texas Tech 284 278 562 -6
8 Southern California 293 273 566 -2
9 Washington 295 272 567 -1
10 Pepperdine 293 275 568 E
Georgia Tech 288 280 568 E
12 Fresno State 293 281 574 +6
Arizona State 290 284 574 +6
Texas A&M 299 275 574 +6
15 Kansas 297 278 575 +7
Baylor 289 286 575 +7
17 Oregon State 301 277 578 +10
Hawaii 295 283 578 +10
19 Oregon 288 291 579 +11
20 Nevada 291 291 582 +14
Mississippi 296 286 582 +14
22 Stanford 301 285 586 +18
23 Hawaii-Hilo 291 296 587 +19
24 Rhode Island 303 294 597 +29
25 Nagoya U of Commerce 314 297 611 +43
26 Air Force 304 319 623 +55
 
Individual Results
 

Name School Scores
1 Adam Meyer TCU 67 68 135 -7
2 John Kidwell Oklahoma 69 68 137 -5
Andrew Dahl Arkansas 69 68 137 -5
Nick Watney Fresno St. 68 69 137 -5
Adam Rubinson TCU 67 70 137 -5
Ryan Baca Baylor 66 71 137 -5
Mark Hull Texas Tech 67 70 137 -5
8 Michael Putnam Pepperdine 72 66 138 -4
Chris Marshall Kansas 71 67 138 -4
Steve Conway UCLA 69 69 138 -4
11 Roy Moon UCLA 77 62 139 -3
Brooks Kelly Texas Tech 73 66 139 -3
Nico Bollini USC 72 67 139 -3
14 Brock Mackenzie Washington 74 66 140 -2
Chris Stroud Lamar 69 71 140 -2
Paul Bradshaw Arkansas 73 67 140 -2
Ben Flam Arizona St 70 70 140 -2
Parker Briley Texas A&M 73 67 140 -2
John Wine Houston 70 70 140 -2
John Merrick UCLA 70 70 140 -2
21 Zach Mowbray Houston 70 71 141 -1
Nicholas Thompson Ga. Tech 74 67 141 -1
Chris Carnahan Oregon 71 70 141 -1
Blake Martin Oklahoma 72 69 141 -1
Mark Van Hoose Lamar 72 69 141 -1
Kevin Newman Houston 74 67 141 -1
Conner Robbins Washington 75 66 141 -1
28 Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 73 69 142 E
Chez Reavie Arizona St 72 70 142 E
Jim Seki Stanford 71 71 142 E
Adam Wing Arkansas 73 69 142 E
Dan Potter Washington 73 69 142 E
Stephen Reed Texas A&M 72 70 142 E
Will Doughtie Baylor 70 72 142 E
Lucas Boyd Ole Miss 73 69 142 E
Eric Chang Hawaii 73 69 142 E
Andrew Dresser Texas Tech 72 70 142 E
Michael Jurgensen Oregon St. 72 70 142 E
28 Stephen Polanski TCU 75 67 142 E
Doug Manor Oklahoma 71 71 142 E
Casey Watabu Nevada 70 72 142 E
42 David Tasker Texas A&M 76 67 143 +1
Matthew Kodama Hawaii 72 71 143 +1
Tyler Hall Kansas 73 70 143 +1
Travis Johnson UCLA 73 70 143 +1
Randy Creighton Pepperdine 71 72 143 +1
Chan Wongluekiet Ga. Tech 70 73 143 +1
48 Chris Botsford USC 77 67 144 +2
Nick Mason Haw.-Hilo 73 71 144 +2
Trevar Matheson Baylor 76 68 144 +2
Brett Callas Houston 74 70 144 +2
Corey Prugh Washington 73 71 144 +2
Shawn Stefani Lamar 77 67 144 +2
Jonathan Lenz Ole Miss 74 70 144 +2
David Oh USC 74 70 144 +2
Tyler Ley USC 75 69 144 +2
Ryan Rainer Kansas 73 71 144 +2
Clint Deibert Texas Tech 72 72 144 +2
Chance Holmes Oregon St. 71 73 144 +2
60 Daren Grieg Oregon St. 78 67 145 +3
Simon Robinson Houston 78 67 145 +3
Brady Stockton Arizona St 75 70 145 +3
Matt Larson Lamar 73 72 145 +3
Jarrod Gardner Ole Miss 72 73 145 +3
Gregg LaVoie Oregon 73 72 145 +3
Brian O'Flaherty Pepperdine 72 73 145 +3
Darren Holder Arkansas 82 63 145 +3
Jim Renner Oklahoma 69 76 145 +3
Chris Davis Lamar 69 76 145 +3
70 David Schultz TCU 72 74 146 +4
Ryan McDonald Fresno St. 74 72 146 +4
Colby Beckstrom TCU 70 76 146 +4
Jeremy Moreno Fresno St. 77 69 146 +4
Kevin Blue Stanford 74 72 146 +4
Kellen-Floyd Asao Hawaii 78 68 146 +4
Brandon White Pepperdine 78 68 146 +4
Kevin Shimomura Haw.-Hilo 72 74 146 +4
Mike Sica Oregon 70 76 146 +4
79 Sprague Kolp Nevada 75 72 147 +5
Chad Spencer Fresno St. 74 73 147 +5
Michael Kim Haw.-Hilo 72 75 147 +5
Thomas Jordan Ga. Tech 71 76 147 +5
Chad Spencer Rhode Isl. 75 72 147 +5
84 John Ellis Oregon 74 74 148 +6
Martin Flores Oklahoma 75 73 148 +6
George Downing Stanford 78 70 148 +6
Ben Hayes USC 72 76 148 +6
88 Ian Hagen Nevada 72 77 149 +7
Shaun Helmle Texas A&M 78 71 149 +7
Kenny Coakley Oregon St. 81 68 149 +7
Jesse Mueller Arizona St 73 76 149 +7
Mark Modglin Fresno St. 78 71 149 +7
93 Jaime Matsumura Hawaii 75 75 150 +8
Colin Gilliam Haw.-Hilo 74 76 150 +8
95 Ron Won Stanford 79 72 151 +9
Takeshi Kashima Nagoya 77 74 151 +9
Andrew Price Kansas 81 70 151 +9
Josh Green Nevada 81 70 151 +9
James Clarke Rhode Isl. 75 76 151 +9
Kellan Anderson Haw.-Hilo 75 76 151 +9
Kevin Ward Kansas 80 71 151 +9
102 Jordan Dempsey Ole Miss 78 74 152 +10
Chris Elliott Pepperdine 83 69 152 +10
Sean Deacon Oregon St. 80 72 152 +10
Kenneth Fahey Rhode Isl. 78 74 152 +10
Jason Lockwood Rhode Isl. 80 72 152 +10
Mike Derminio Arizona St 78 74 152 +10
Will McDonald Baylor 77 75 152 +10
Daniel Timmons Nevada 74 78 152 +10
110 Adam Wasinger Air Force 76 77 153 +11
Kunihiro Kamii Nagoya 80 73 153 +11
Jon Antunes Baylor 78 75 153 +11
Koji Ikeda Nagoya 78 75 153 +11
114 Hidekatsu Kawahira Nagoya 79 75 154 +12
Pat Phillips Stanford 78 76 154 +12
116 Andrew Parr Texas A&M 78 77 155 +13
Adam Cranford Ga. Tech 84 71 155 +13
Kala'e Leong Air Force 79 76 155 +13
119 Michael Carbone Rhode Isl. 75 83 158 +16
Jarett Hamamoto Air Force 77 81 158 +16
Jimmy White Oregon 83 75 158 +16
122 Brandon Daum Air Force 74 85 159 +17
Brian Swope Ole Miss 77 82 159 +17
124 Chikara Nakatake Nagoya 80 80 160 +18
125 Landon Chang Air Force 77 86 163 +21
DQ Spencer Levin UCLA 71 DQ
DQ Justin Kim Hawaii 75 DQ
DQ Nick Beach Arkansas 76 DQ
DQ Derek Berg Washington 76 DQ
DQ Brad Jacobson Texas Tech 77 DQ
 

Open Qualifying Series kicks off with Aussie Open

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 4:24 pm

The 147th Open is nearly eight months away, but there are still major championship berths on the line this week in Australia.

The Open Qualifying Series kicks off this week, a global stretch of 15 event across 10 different countries that will be responsible for filling 46 spots in next year's field at Carnoustie. The Emirates Australian Open is the first event in the series, and the top three players among the top 10 who are not otherwise exempt will punch their tickets to Scotland.

In addition to tournament qualifying opportunities, the R&A will also conduct four final qualifying events across Great Britain and Ireland on July 3, where three spots will be available at each site.

Here's a look at the full roster of tournaments where Open berths will be awarded:

Emirates Australian Open (Nov. 23-26): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

Joburg Open (Dec. 7-10): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

SMBC Singapore Open (Jan. 18-21): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

Mizuno Open (May 24-27): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

HNA Open de France (June 28-July 1): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

The National (June 28-July 1): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 5-8): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

The Greenbrier Classic (July 5-8): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (July 12-15): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

John Deere Classic (July 12-15): Top player (not otherwise exempt) among top five and ties

Stock Watch: Lexi, Justin rose or fall this week?

By Ryan LavnerNovember 21, 2017, 2:36 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Jon Rahm (+9%): Just imagine how good he’ll be in the next few years, when he isn’t playing all of these courses for the first time. With no weaknesses in his game, he’s poised for an even bigger 2018.

Austin Cook (+7%): From Monday qualifiers to Q-School to close calls on the Web.com, it hasn’t been an easy road to the big leagues. Well, he would have fooled us, because it looked awfully easy as the rookie cruised to a win in just his 14th Tour start.

Ariya (+6%): Her physical tools are as impressive as any on the LPGA, and if she can shore up her mental game – she crumbled upon reaching world No. 1 – then she’ll become the world-beater we always believed she could be.  

Tommy Fleetwood (+4%): He ran out of gas in Dubai, but no one played better on the European Tour this year than Fleetwood, Europe’s new No. 1, who has risen from 99th to 18th in the world.   

Lexi (+1%): She has one million reasons to be pleased with her performance this year … but golf fans are more likely to remember the six runners-up and two careless mistakes (sloppy marking at the ANA and then a yippy 2-footer in the season finale) that cost her a truly spectacular season.


FALLING

J-Rose (-1%): Another high finish in Dubai, but his back-nine 38, after surging into the lead, was shocking. It cost him not just the tournament title, but also the season-long race.  

Hideki (-2%): After getting blown out at the Dunlop Phoenix, he made headlines by saying there’s a “huge gap” between he and winner Brooks Koepka. Maybe something was lost in translation, but Matsuyama being too hard on himself has been a familiar storyline the second half of the year. For his sake, here’s hoping he loosens up.

Golf-ball showdown (-3%): Recent comments by big-name stars and Mike Davis’ latest salvo about the need for a reduced-flight ball could set up a nasty battle between golf’s governing bodies and manufacturers.

DL3 (-4%): Boy, the 53-year-old is getting a little too good at rehab – in recent years, he has overcome a neck fusion, foot injury, broken collarbone and displaced thumb. Up next is hip-replacement surgery.

LPGA Player of the Year (-5%): Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu tied for the LPGA’s biggest prize, with 162 points. How is there not a tiebreaker in place, whether it’s scoring average or best major performance? Talk about a buzzkill.

Titleist's Uihlein fires back at Davis over distance

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 12:59 am

Consider Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein unmoved by Mike Davis' comments about the evolution of the golf ball – and unhappy.

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal, the outlet which first published Davis' comments on Sunday, Uihlein took aim at the idea that golf ball distance gains are hurting the sport by providing an additional financial burden to courses.

"Is there any evidence to support this canard … the trickle-down cost argument?” he wrote (via Golf.com). “Where is the evidence to support the argument that golf course operating costs nationwide are being escalated due to advances in equipment technology?"

Pointing the blame elsewhere, Uihlein criticized the choices and motivations of modern of architects.

"The only people that seem to be grappling with advances in technology and physical fitness are the short-sighted golf course developers and the supporting golf course architectural community who built too many golf courses where the notion of a 'championship golf course' was brought on line primarily to sell real estate," he wrote.

The Titleist CEO even went as far as to suggest that Tiger Woods' recent comments that "we need to do something about the golf ball" were motivated by the business interersts of Woods' ball sponsor, Bridgestone.

"Given Bridgestone’s very small worldwide market share and paltry presence in professional golf, it would seem logical they would have a commercial motive making the case for a reduced distance golf ball," he added.

Acushnet Holdings, Titleist's parent company, announced in September that Uihlein would be stepping down as the company's CEO at the end of this year but that he will remain on the company's board of directors.

Class of 2011: The groups before The Group

By Mercer BaggsNovember 20, 2017, 9:00 pm

We’ve been grouping things since the beginning, as in The Beginning, when God said this is heaven and this is earth, and you’re fish and you’re fowl.

God probably wasn’t concerned with marketing strategies at the time and how #beastsoftheearth would look with a hashtag, but humans have evolved into such thinking (or not evolved, depending on your thinking).

We now have all manner of items lumped into the cute, the catchy and the kitschy. Anything that will capture our attention before the next thing quickly wrests said attention away.

Modern focus, in a group sense in the golf world, is on the Class of 2011. This isn’t an arbitrary assembly of players based on world ranking or current form. It’s not a Big Pick A Number.

There’s an actual tie that binds as it takes a specific distinction to be part of the club. It’s a group of 20-somethings who graduated from high school in the aforementioned year, many who have a PGA Tour card, a handful of who have PGA Tour wins, and a couple of who have major titles.

It’s a deep and talented collective, one for which our knowledge should continue to expand as resumes grow.

Do any “classes” in golf history compare? Well, it’s not like we’ve long been lumping successful players together based on when they completed their primary education. But there are other notable groups of players, based primarily on birthdate, relative competition and accomplishment.

Here’s a few on both the men’s and women’s side:

BORN IN 1912

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Feb. 4, 1912 Byron Nelson 52 5
May 27, 1912 Sam Snead 82 7
Aug. 13, 1912 Ben Hogan 64 9

Born six months within one another. Only a threesome, but a Hall of Fame trio that combined for 198 PGA Tour wins and 21 majors.


BORN IN 1949

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Sept. 4, 1949 Tom Watson 39 8
Dec. 5, 1949 Lanny Wadkins 21 1
Dec. 9, 1949 Tom Kite 19 1

Only 96 days separate these three Hall of Fame players. Extend the reach into March of 1950 and you'll get two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North.


BORN IN 1955

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Jan. 30, 1955 Curtis Strange 17 2
Jan. 30, 1955 Payne Stewart 11 3
Feb. 10, 1955 Greg Norman 20 2

Another trio of Hall of Fame players. Strange and Stewart were born on the same day with Norman 11 days later. Fellow PGA Tour winners born in 1955: Scott Simpson, Scott Hoch and Loren Roberts.


WITHIN A CALENDAR YEAR, 1956-57

Birthdate Player LPGA wins Major wins
Feb. 22, 1956 Amy Alcott 29 5
Oct. 14, 1956 Beth Daniel 33 1
Oct. 27, 1956 Patty Sheehan 35 6
Jan. 6, 1957 Nancy Lopez 48 3

A little arbitrary here, but go with it. Four Hall of Famers on the women's side, all born within one year of each other. That's an average (!) career of 36 tour wins and nearly four majors.


EUROPE'S BIG 5

Birthdate Player Euro (PGA Tour) wins Major wins
April 9, 1957 Seve Ballesteros 50 (9) 5
July 18, 1957 Nick Faldo 30 (9) 6
Aug. 27, 1957 Bernhard Langer 42 (3) 2
Feb. 9, 1958 Sandy Lyle 18 (6) 2
March 2, 1958 Ian Woosnam 29 (2) 1

The best 'class' of players Europe has to offer. Five born within a year of one another. Five Hall of Fame members. Five who transformed and globalized European golf.


WITHIN A CALENDAR YEAR, 1969-70

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Sept. 12, 1969 Angel Cabrera 3 2
Oct. 17, 1969 Ernie Els 19 4
May 12, 1970 Jim Furyk 17 1
May 12, 1970 Mike Weir 8 1
June 16, 1970 Phil Mickelson 42 5

Not a tight-knit group, but a little more global bonding in accordance to the PGA Tour's increased international reach. Add in worldwide wins – in excess of 200 combined – and this group is even more impressive.


BORN IN 1980

Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
Jan. 9, 1980 Sergio Garcia 10 1
July 16, 1980 Adam Scott 13 1
July 30, 1980 Justin Rose 8 1

Could be three future Hall of Fame members here.

Editor's note: Golf Channel's editorial research unit contributed.