NGCA Announces Division 1 Award Winners

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2003, 4:00 pm
College CentralCHICAGO, Illinois -- The National Golf Coaches Association recently announced the year-end student-athlete and coaches awards for Division I Womens College Golf. Winners were recognized at the NGCA Awards Banquets held in West Lafayette, Indiana on Friday evening, May 23 immediately following the conclusion of the Division I Championship.
2003 NGCA Division II Player of the Year
Katherine Hull ' Pepperdine University
2003 Golfstat Cup
Erica Blasberg ' University of Arizona
2003 Dinah Shore Trophy Award
Katherine Hull ' Pepperdine University
2003 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award
Alena Sharp ' New Mexico State University
2003 NGCA Division I Softspikes Freshman of the Year
Erica Blasberg ' University of Arizona
2002 NGCA Division II District Coaches of the Year
East Region: Sue Bower, Tulane University
Central Region: Amy Weeks, Oklahoma State University
West Region: Laurie Gibbs, Pepperdine University; Nancy McDaniel, University of California Berkeley (co-recipients)
2002 NGCA Division II National Coach of the Year
Nancy McDaniel ' University of California Berkeley

2003 NGCA Division II All-American Teams
1st Team
Erica Blasberg, University of Arizona
Karen Dennison, Indiana University
Katherine Hull, Pepperdine University
Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke University
Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA
Kristy McPherson, University of South Carolina
Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke University
Mikaela Parmlid, USC
Sarah Sasse, University of Nebraska
Alena Sharp, New Mexico State University
Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine University
2nd Team
Nuria Clau, Wake Forest University
Katie Futcher, Penn State University
Allison Hanna, Ohio State University
Brandi Jackson, Furman University
Vikki Laing, University of California Berkeley
Jessica Reese, University of Texas
Violeta Retamoza, University of Tennessee
Celeste Troche, Auburn University
Kristen White, Ohio State University
Honorable Mention
Aimee Cho, University of Florida
Irene Cho, USC
Danielle Downey, Auburn University
Kailin Downs, University of New Mexico
Leigh Anne Hardin, Duke University
Sarah Huarte, University of California Berkeley
Lindsay Morgan, University of Washington
Sunny Oh, UNLV
Janice Olivencia, University of Texas
Ashley Prange, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State University
Kristin Tamulis, Florida State University
Annie Thurman, Oklahoma State University
Andrea Vander Lende, University of Florida
Kim Welch, Washington State University
Linda Wessberg, Oklahoma State University
Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt University

The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 325 programs throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

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Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.