Cal Claims Its 5th Win of the Season
TEMPE, Ariz. - With three golfers in the Top 10, No. 9 California claimed its program-record fifth tournament title of the season with a one-stroke victory at the PING/Arizona State Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a 295 Sunday to finish the 16-team tournament at 876, one stroke ahead of No. 4 Texas.
The race for the desert title was competitive as the top four teams finished only three strokes apart. No. 16 UCLA was third at 878, followed by No. 5 USC at 879, while No. 6 Arizona was fifth at 886.
Junior Sarah Huarte led the way for Cal, falling just short of her second individual victory this spring. The Shingle Springs, Calif., product earned tournament runner-up honors with a 54-hole school record of 213. UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas placed first with a seven-under 209.
Cal senior Vikki Laing and freshman Sophia Sheridan tied for ninth at 220. Laing fired a 76 in the final round to record her sixth Top 10 showing of the season. Sheridan posted a team best of 71 today.
The Bears have some time off before competing at the Pac-10 championships in Corvallis, Ore., April 24-26.
Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 6143 yards)
1. California 876 (288-293-295) , 2. Texas 877, 3. UCLA 878, 4. USC 879, 5. Arizona 886, 6. New Mexico 889, 7. Arizona State 904, 8. New Mexico State 905, 9t. Stanford 911, 9t. TCU 911, 11. San Jose State 915, 12. Tulsa 918, 13t. Oregon State 919, 13t. Washington 919, 15. Oregon 934, 16. Northern Arizona 960.
Top Five Individual Results:
1. Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 209, 2. Sarah Huarte 213 (70-70-73), 3. Louise Friberg (Washington) 215, 4. Kailin Downs (New Mexico) 216, 5. Janice Olivencia (Texas) 217.
Bradley, wife welcome baby boy, already rocking Patriots gear
Keegan Bradley and his wife Jillian announced on social media that they welcomed a baby boy, Logan James Bradley, to the world last week.
The Bradleys both posted photos on Instagram over the weekend, introducing their healthy newborn baby, who was (not-surprisingly) already decked out in head-to-toe New England Patriots gear.
Bradley, 31, grew up in New England and is not shy about showing his support for the area's sports teams.
A big congratulations is in order for the new parents.
And all you other adorable kids of PGA Tour golfers, you've officially been put on notice. You've got some new competition.
Country music star Owen to play in Web.com event
Country music star and avid amateur golfer Jake Owen has accepted a sponsor invitation to play in the 2018 Nashville Golf Open on the Web.com Tour.
Owen, 36, has sold millions of albums while becoming one of the top male singers in the country genre. He has also been frequently spotted on the links, teeing it up last week alongside host Davis Love III in the RSM Classic pro-am and participating each of the last three years as the celebrity partner for Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Owen will now try his hand in competition against some of the game's rising stars at the May 24-27 event, held in his hometown and benefitting the charitable foundation of PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker.
"I am truly honored to have this opportunity to play golf with guys whose work ethic I admire so much, like my buddy Brandt Snedeker," Owen said in a release. "I know how hard everyone works to get to play in these (Web.com Tour) tournaments. I'm really grateful, and I can't wait for this week in May 2018 to get here."
Owen will be following in the footsteps of NBA superstar Steph Curry, who played on a sponsor invite earlier this year at the Web.com's Ellie Mae Classic and, while missing the cut, largely exceeded expectations. Curry is currently listed as a 0.8 handicap, while Owen played at Pebble Beach in February as a 3 handicap.
Like Curry, Owen will play via an "unrestricted" sponsor invite and will retain his amateur status.
Jeremy Roenick uses golf clubs to catch rattlesnake
The retired American hockey legend who currently works as an NBC Sports analyst was at it again over the weekend, coming across a rattlesnake in Arizona and just casually using a couple of golf clubs to catch it before grabbing it with his bare hands and showing it off for the camera.
Relaxing Sunday morning! What happens when you live in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/RhRwWTLs8s— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) November 19, 2017
The person recording can be heard calling Roenick "psycho" and "nuts" several times before the snake is thrown off the property.
That person is not wrong.
What's in the bag: RSM Classic winner Cook
PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook earned his first Tour title at the RSM Classic. Take a look inside his bag.
Driver: Ping G400 (8.5 degrees adjusted to 9.2), with Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661X shaft
Fairway wood: Ping G400 (13 degrees), with Fujikura Motore VC 7.0 shaft
Hybrids: Ping G400 (19, 22 degrees), with Matrix Altus Red X shafts
Irons: Ping S55 (5-PW), with KBS Tour S shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50, 56, 60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne
Ball: Titleist Pro V1