Navy Sails to Victory at Rehoboth Beach
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -- Three Navy golfers placed in the top 10 to lead the Mids to their second-consecutive team title this spring, winning the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational held Monday at the Kings Creek Country Club. The Mids dominated the field early on, holding an eight-stroke lead over George Washington after the first-18 holes. The Mids shot the fourth-best score over the second 18 holes, however, Navy claimed the tournament win with a seven-stroke lead over the Colonials. Columbia jumped from seventh to third after turning in the best final-round score (309). The Lions edged out Villanova by one stroke (629, +53).
'This was a good day,' said Navy head coach Pat Owen. 'It was a great team win for us and gives us good momentum going into the Patriot League Tournament.'
Villanova's Henry Watson had to come from behind to win the individual title. After shooting a first-round 3-over par 75, Watson came back to turn in a 3-under par for an even 144, beating out Navy's Billy Hurley (Leesburg, Va.) and Brian Crum (Fairfax, Va.). Hurley held the early lead in the tournament as he posted a 3-under par 69 after the first-18 holes, just a one-stroke lead over Crum. Both Hurley and Crum stumbled a bit in the second round, as Hurley produced a 77 and Crum recorded a 76 as the two players tied for second with GW's Brian Carroll with a 2-over par 146.
Joining Crum and Hurley in the top 10 was Navy senior Nick Rogers (Lothian, Md.) who tallied a 9-over par 153. Rounding out the scoring for the Mids were junior Joey Kistler (Savannah, Ga.) and sophomore Rocky Novellino (Bayville, N.J.). The pair finished in a tie for 42nd with each turning in 21-over par marks.
As a team, Navy has finished all six of its tournaments this spring in the top 10, while in the last three, the Mids have claimed two titles (Navy Spring Invitational and Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational) and finished second at another (Drew Upton Tiger Classic). Individually, a Navy player has finished fifth or better in four of the six tournaments and three in the top three.
The Mids will get a much-deserved break this week as they prepare for the Patriot League Championship held April 26-27 at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. Navy will look to reclaim the league title, as it has won the tournament and moved on to the NCAA Regionals in two of the last three years.
Pl. School Scores Pl.
1 Navy 297-312 - 609 +33
2 George Washington 305-311 - 616 +40
3 Columbia 319-309 - 628 +52
4 Villanova 310-319 - 629 +53
5 Drexel 326-310 - 636 +60
6 Iona 321-316 - 637 +61
Long Island 318-319 - 637 +61
8 Bucknell 310-328 - 638 +62
9 Delaware 322-318 - 640 +64
10 Monmouth 317-325 - 642 +66
11 Niagara 324-319 - 643 +67
12 Colgate 321-328 - 649 +73
13 Mount St. Mary's 319-331- 650 +74
14 Hofstra 328-332 - 660 +84
15 St. Peter's 341-333 - 674 +98
Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play
ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.
Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.
As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.
Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.
This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.
The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.
Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain
PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.
She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.
“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.
Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.
“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”
She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.
“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”
Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.
“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.
She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.
“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”
Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.
While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.
“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”
Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead
PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.
In fact, she named her “Mona.”
For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.
While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.
And that has her excited about this year.
Well, that and having a healthy back again.
“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”
Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”
Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.
She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”
Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.
Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders
PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.
Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.
Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.