Duke Dances to Victory at Liz Murphey

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 7, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of GoDuke.com
College CentralATHENS, GA. -- The top-ranked Duke women's golf team continued its stellar play as the Blue Devils posted a tournament best round of 288 on Sunday to claim the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic title by 11 strokes over Ohio State. Freshman Liz Janangelo posted her second consecutive 69 on the final day to claim her second tournament title in eight collegiate tournaments.
Janangelo, a native of West Hartford, Conn., turned in round of 72-69-69 to finish with a career-tying best score of 210, which is six-under-par. In 21 rounds of collegiate golf, Janangelo has posted eight rounds of even or under par.
'Liz has been striking the ball very well, but her putts haven't been falling as we have been playing on some pretty rough greens,' said Brooks. 'Finally, the putter started to work and she was able to post some good numbers this weekend.'
On a day where no Blue Devil turned in a score higher than 75, the Blue Devils continued its dominance in the spring. Duke has won three of four tournaments played with the other tournament being a second place finish after the two final rounds were rained out.
Virada Nirapathpongporn (Bangkok, Thailand) and Leigh Anne Hardin (Martinsville, Ind.) each finished eighth and 12th, respectively, in the individual competition. Nirapathpongporn had a 73 to finish with a 200, while Hardin had her eighth even or under par round of the season with a 71. Hardin turned in a three-day total of 222.
Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Kristina Engstrom (Djursholm, Sweden) each posted rounds of 75 on Sunday to finish tied 30th and tied 34th, respectively.
'I am very excited right now,' said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. 'One of the keys to winning and winning big is to be able to play through difficult situations. We had a really tough team this weekend.'
Duke will now be off for a couple of weeks before traveling to Clemmons, N.C. for the ACC Championships at the Salem Glen Country Club.

Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic
U. of Georgia G.C.
Athens, GA
Par: 72
Yardage: 6014
Sunday's Final Round Results
Fin. School Scores
1 Duke University 295 293 288 876 +12
2 Ohio State Univ. 302 292 293 887 +23
3 Florida, U. of 295 293 303 891 +27
Wake Forest Univ. 298 295 298 891 +27
5 Auburn University 298 301 293 892 +28
6 Georgia, U. of 300 293 301 894 +30
7 Vanderbilt Univ. 308 298 297 903 +39
8 Oklahoma State Univ. 300 300 304 904 +40
East Carolina Univ. 298 303 303 904 +40
10 South Carolina, U of 299 305 306 910 +46
11 North Carolina, U of 307 303 304 914 +50
12 Furman University 310 308 314 932 +68
13 Arkansas, U. of 316 305 315 936 +72
Mississippi, U. of 306 307 323 936 +72
15 Alabama, U. of 305 313 319 937 +73
16 Kentucky, U. of 311 312 322 945 +81
17 Coastal Carolina 315 314 319 948 +84

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: