Hulwick Leads Tulane Women to Title at Home
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore Lindsay Hulwick and freshman Liliana Alvarez both shot 1-under par 71s and the Green Wave fired a tournament-low 288 in the third round to win the women's crown at the Inaugural Tulane Invitational Tuesday afternoon at English Turn Golf & Country Club.
Tulane entered the third round five strokes behind Day 1 leader TCU, but the Green Wave were able to make up the difference with the fifth-best round in program history to win the event over the Horned Frogs by 17 strokes (311-306-288=905). Hulwick took home the individual crown with a 6-over par 222 (77-74-71).
'This is another great win for our program,' coach Sue Bower said. 'I think our players were a little bit too excited during the first day and we shot a little higher than we expected to. But today, you saw what this team can do when it keeps its composure. TCU is a tough team from top to bottom, and we'll see them again in the Conference USA Championship.
'The girls did a good job of keeping themselves focused on our goal of winning this event. They began chipping away during the first nine holes today, and put it away down the stretch. This was a great team win and we're going to enjoy it, but we know there is a lot of season left for us and we've still got to keep working if we expect to make it to the NCAA championships.'
After having won only two tournaments in the history of the program coming into the season, the Green Wave has now won three events during the 2002-03 season. Hulwick's victory was her first career tournament win and marked the second time this year a member of the Tulane squad won the individual crown as Alvarez and Carolin Landmann tied for medalist honors at the USF/Beacon Woods Invitational back in October.
Alvarez's 71 in Round 3 gave her a 224 for the tournament which tied her for fourth overall. Other Tulane scorers were Landmann, who tied for eighth with a 228 (77-77-74) and sophomore Alexis Wooster, who shot an even-par 72 Tuesday to finish tied for 13th (81-78-72=231). Senior Kathy Schafer was next for the Green Wave with a 238 to finish 25th overall with a 238 (84-78-76).
Participating as individuals, freshman Jessica Issler finished 23rd with a 236 (83-79-77), and junior Carrie Farnham had a career outing to finish tied for 15th with a 232 (74-80-78).
On the men's side, Wake Forest took a one-stroke victory over SMU with a 10-over par 874, including a tournament low 289 in the third round. Bill Haas led the Demon Deacon squad with a 6-under 210 (69-68-73) to take home medalist honors and win the event by three strokes over SMU's Nicholas Loar (71-72-68).
The Green Wave squad finished eighth in the competition with a 910, just seven stroke behind seventh-placed Southeastern Louisiana. Sophomore Chris Wheeler shot an even-par 72 to finish tied with teammate Mark Sullivan for the Green Wave lead with an 8-over 224 which tied for 15th overall.
Other scorers for Tulane were Bill Roach, Jr. with a 233 (82-76-75) and Phil Krass with a 236 (80-77-78) to finish tied for 39th. Jeff Osborn was next for the Green Wave with a 238 (78-84-76). Participating as individuals, Cyril Coldefy finished tied for 41st with a 237 (77-82-78) and Michael Rodrigue was 44th with a 239 (82-81-76).
Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ
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An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.
Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
After Turkey call I will be heading over to Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, to play golf (quickly) with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Then back to Mar-a-Lago for talks on bringing even more jobs and companies back to the USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.
Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong
HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.
Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.
''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''
Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.
Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.
''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''
Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).
''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''
Day (68) just one back at Australian Open
Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.
Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)
What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.
Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.
Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.
Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.
Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball
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.’’
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.