OSU Claims PingGolfweek Preview Title

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of okstate.com
College CentralOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Oklahoma States mens golf team held on during the final round of the PING/Golfweek Preview on Monday to open the fall season with the schools third title in the 16-year history of the event.
Georgia Tech jumped into the lead during the final round, but the Cowboys came on strong down the stretch, playing the final four holes in 4-under to earn its first title at the event since 1998. OSU also won the inaugural tournament in 1989.
The fifth-ranked Cowboys entered the day with a three-shot lead over TCU and Georgia Tech before carding a 4-over 284 at Caves Valley Golf Club to finish with a 54-hole total of 848, 8-over, and outdistance the Yellow Jackets by four shots.
Freshman Pablo Martin led the way individually, recording birdies on two of his last three holes to wrap up medalist honors in his first collegiate outing. The Malaga, Spain native carded a final-round 71 en route to a 4-under 206 total and a two-stroke victory over Texas Matt Rosenfeld.
The victory by Martin was the first by a Cowboy freshman since Edward Loar won two events (1996 Jerry Pate and 1997 Maxwell) during his first season and was OSUs first medalist since Hunter Mahan won The Maxwell in 2003.
Sophomore Tyler Leon posted his best round of the tournament with a 69 on Monday, giving him a 211 total and a tie for seventh place, while junior Zack Robinson followed up his second-round 68 with a closing 72 for a 5-over total of 215 and a tie for 16th place.
Sophomore Zac Reynolds moved up nine spots with a 72 to finish tied for 36th at 221 and senior Alex Norn rounded out the OSU lineup with a 222, 12-over total.
The Cowboys will resume their fall schedule on Oct. 11 when they attempt to defend their title at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.

Team Scores
1 Oklahoma State 288 276 284 848
2 Georgia Tech284 283 285 852
3 Georgia 290 292 279 861
T4 Texas 284 289 289 862
T4 Florida 296 278 288 862
6 Arizona State 284 293 286 863
7 TCU 286 281 297 864
8 Kentucky296 291 279 866
9 UNLV 290 292 286 868
10 Pepperdine 292 297 288 877
11 Clemson 300 285 297 882
T12 California305 294 285 884
T12 Arizona 296 293 295 884
T12 UCLA 298 293 293 884
15 Loyola College 304 309 304 917
Top Five Individuals and OSU Scores
1Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State 696671206
2Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 707167208
T3Ryan Moore, UNLV 737066209
T3Jesse Mueller, Arizona State 677171209
T5Matt Every, Florida 736869210
T5Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 707169210
T7Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State 717169211
T16Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State756872215
T36Zac Reynolds, Oklahoma State787172221
T43Alex Norn, Oklahoma State737574222

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm