Texas AM Rallies for Border Olympics Win

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 6, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of AggieAthletics.com
College CentralLAREDO, Texas- In perhaps the greatest comeback in Texas A&M golf history, the Aggie men's team rallied from a 16-stroke deficit on Saturday to capture the team title at the 52nd Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club.
The Aggies entered Saturday's final round tied for sixth-place, 16 shots behind tournament-leader Arkansas. But A&M closed with a 10-under-par 278 -- the third best score in school history -- while the Razorbacks carded a six-over-par 294. Both teams stood at 859 after 54 holes before A&M prevailed in a lengthy four-hole playoff that lasted 3 1/2 hours.
The victory was A&M's first since it won the Pepperdine Intercollegiate in the fall of 1999. The win was the Aggies' first under second-year head coach J.T. Higgins, who won the 2001 Border Olympics in his final year at New Mexico. A&M has won four Border Olympics titles, the last coming in 1997.
The only comparable comeback for the Aggies in recent history came in 1987, when A&M rallied from a 10-stroke deficit going into the final round to win the Southwest Conference Championship in Houston.
The playoff victory ended a long but rewarding day for the Aggies, who began the final round at 8 a.m. and finished at 1:15 p.m. The playoff began at 1:30 p.m. and, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s, finally ended at 5 p.m.
All five players from each team were involved in the playoff, which consisted of two threesomes and one foursome. The teams remained tied through three playoff holes before A&M played the final hole in even par and the Razorbacks carded a two-over-par score.
'Obviously, we are thrilled with the victory,' Higgins said. 'This is probably the biggest comeback I've ever been associated with. With postseason on the line, everyone on our team came to play today. I think we just wanted it more.'
A&M junior Stephen Reed carded a final-round of three-under-par 69 and tied for second in the individual standings with a 70-70-69=209 total. Junior David Tasker and senior Shaun Helmle also closed with 69s, while freshman Andrew Parr had a 71 and junior Parker Briley shot 77.
Parr tied for ninth at 71-72-71=214, Helmle finished 27th at 73-76-69=218, Tasker tied for 38th at 74-77-69=220 and Briley tied for 85th at 72-81-77=230.
'The best thing about this win is that everyone contributed,' Higgins said. 'I'm really proud of all of them. Parker struggled in the last round, but came back to lead us in the playoff by shooting even-par for those four holes.'
Arkansas' Andrew Dahl won individual honors with rounds of 65-71-69=205, finishing four shots ahead of Reed and Baylor's Ryan Baca (71-68-70=209).
San Diego State and Baylor tied for third in the team standings with an 861 total, two strokes behind A&M and Arkansas. Kansas State finished fifth at 869, followed by SMU (871), BYU (874), Alabama-Birmingham (875), Colorado State (876), Iowa State (877), Lamar (879), Texas-Arlington (880), Washington State (884), Notre Dame (885), Rice (887), UTSA (887), Texas Tech (888), Southwest Texas State (890), Rhode Island (894) and Louisiana-Lafayette (910).
The victory all but assures the Aggies of a bid to the NCAA Regionals May 15-17.
'This is the way we need to play the rest of the year,' Higgins said. 'I think we should be in regionals now, so we can concentrate on improving our seeding by playing well the rest of the way.'
The Aggies compete at the U.S. Collegiate Championships April 19-20 in Palo Alto, Calif., their final tuneup for the Big 12 Championships April 28-29 in Tulsa, Okla.

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

"It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."