Pepperdine Tops UCLA Duke to Win Regional Challenge

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 9, 2005, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of Pepperdine Waves
College Central presented by PINGPlaying in arguably the strongest field outside of the NCAA Championships, the No. 7 Pepperdine women's golf team captured the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge for the second time in the last three years Wednesday afternoon at the par-71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Country Club in Palos Verdes.
Led by senior Rachel Kyono's 3-over par 74, the Waves shot a final round score of 304 to finish the tournament with a 54-hole score 896 and register a two-shot victory over defending national champion and second-ranked UCLA. The Bruins totaled a score 898 while top-ranked Duke placed third, four shots back at 900.
Florida (904) placed fourth while Washington made a late charge shooting the low round of the day with a 294 to place fifth with score of 906.
'This was a great win and a nice way to start the spring schedule,' head coach Laurie Gibbs said. 'It was a total team effort with everyone throughout the line-up contributing and Rachel (Kyono) came up with a big round today under difficult playing conditions.
'Winning a tournament with as strong of a field that we competed against over the last three days gives us a lot of confidence as we continue through the season,' Gibbs added.
Duke's Brittany Lang claimed individual medalist honors with an even-par 213 to post a four-shot victory over UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas. Ohio State's Kristen White (22) placed third and was followed by USC's Irene Cho and Oklahoma State's Annie Thurman-Young who tied for fourth 8-over par scores of 221.
Pepperdine sophomore Eileen Vargas tied UCLA's Melissa Martin and Susie Matthews for sixth place with a nine-over par total of 222.
Junior All-American Carolina Llano tied for 12th while Kyono tied for 15th and junior Courtney Clark was among a group of six players who tied for 30th.
Freshman Stephanie Gelleni placed 60th while playing as an individual.
Pepperdine previously captured the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in 2003 beginning a stretch of five straight tournament victories that catapulted the Waves to a No. 1 national ranking.
The Waves' victory will be reviewd during the Golf Channel's College Central show on Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Pepperdine is next in action when it travels to Tucson, Arizona, to compete in the Arizona Wildcat Invitational beginning February 21 at the Arizona National Golf Club.
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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

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.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

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.

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“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.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

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.

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“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.

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Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders

By Associated PressMarch 17, 2018, 1:47 am

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.

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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.