Horned Frogs Win WaterlefeUSF Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of GoFrogs.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - TCU claimed a clean sweep, winning both the team and individual titles at the Waterlefe/USF Invitational on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore D'Rae Ward won the event by one stroke, while the Frogs cruised to a nine-shot victory over the rest of the 14-team field.
TCU, which finished the first round in fifth place, stormed into the lead following a tournament-best 292 (+4) on the second 18 holes. In the final round, the Horned Frogs (898) recorded a 299, one of just four sub-300 rounds of the tourney, to defeat Conference USA foe South Florida (907) by nine strokes. It was TCU's first victory since the team won the 2002 Conference USA Championships last April, and the team's seventh victory under head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin.
Individually, Ward picked up her first collegiate title with a one-over par score of 217. After opening up the event with a four-over 76, she posted under-par rounds of 70 and 71 to win the tournament. Ward netted six birdies in the final round. Her 54-hole score was a career best, and she grabbed her fourth-ever top-10 finish. Ward became the second TCU golfer, joining junior Brooke Tull, to win an individual title this year.
A pair of Frogs, Tull and freshman Stephanie Godare, also helped propel TCU to the title by recording 10th-place individual finishes. Both players posted three-round scores of 225 (+9). It was the fifth top-10 finish of the season for Tull and the first for Godare.
Senior Shannon Barr tied for 29th with a 234 (+18) after posting an 81 on the final day. TCU's final competitor, freshman Traci Robison, had a 78 on the final day, and finished 63rd at the tournament (250).
'Our focus this week wasn't on trying to beat other teams, it was just on playing well,' Ravaioli-Larkin said. 'And we did that. We kind of ham-and-egged it, with different players stepping up to help us each round. D'Rae really played great. It is always an extra bonus when you can get an individual to win a tournament too. I was very proud of the way she and the team played.'
Team Scores:
1. TCU 307-292-299=898 (+34); 2. South Florida 302-311-294=907 (+43); 3. Penn State 304-308-297=912 (+48); 4. Louisville 303-311-304=918 (+54); T-5. Mississippi 309-306-307=922 (+58); T-5. East Carolina 309-309-304=922 (+58); 7. Campbell 306-318-308=932 (+68); 8. Georgia State 326-302-309=937 (+73); T-9. Miami 317-315-307=939 (+75); T-9. Southern Miss 318-321-300=939 (+75); 11. UAB 319-317-304=940 (+76); 12. Central Florida 326-323-307=956 (+92); 13. College of Charleston 326-320-319=965 (+101); 14. Florida International 325-347-333=1005 (+141).
Individual Scores:
1. D'Rae Ward 76-70-71=217 (+1); T-10. Brooke Tull 77-73-75=225 (+9); T-10. Stephanie Godare 76-74-75=225 (+9); T-29. Shannon Barr 78-75-81=234 (+18); 63. Traci Robison 83-89-78=250 (+34).

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:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

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:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.