Virginia Tech Gets Record Win

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 24, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of Go Hokies.com
 
College CentralGREENSVILLE, S.C. -- Virginia Tech shot a final round 290 on Sunday and finished at 869 to claim the championship of the Furman Intercollegiate at the 6,800 yard, par-72 Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C. With the victory, the Hokies become the first team in the 34-year history to win the Furman Intercollegiate in three consecutive years.
 
Senior Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) shot a three-day total of 211 and won medalist honors in the event by two strokes. The win is McKeel's first collegiate victory.
 
Senior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for second at 213. De Jonge, the medalist in last season's event, finished in a four-way tie for second place and shot a final round 71.
 
Freshman Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and junior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) tied for 28th at 224. Redshirt sophomore Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) tied for 35th at 225. Redshirt junior Matt Hollerbach (Tulsa, Okla.), who competed as an individual in the event, tied for 40th at 226 and freshman Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.), also competing as an individual, tied for 81st at 235.
 
The Hokies defeated the host Paladins by four strokes. Furman had a three-day total of 873. Purdue finished third at 877 and Virginia finished fourth at 883. Coastal Carolina rounded out the top five at 885.
 
Tech surpasses a group of two-time winners including Wake Forest (twice), Georgia Southern, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson, to win the event three consecutive years. The Hokies next play April 5 and 6 at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga.
 
TEAM RESULTS
 
1 Virginia Tech 290 289 290 869 +5
2 Furman 291 289 293 873 +9
3 Purdue 299 285 293 877 +13
4 Virginia 306 295 282 883 +19
5 Coastal Carolina 293 296 296 885 +21
6 Francis Marion 296 296 294 886 +22
7 Charleston Southern 303 302 285 890 +26
8 UNC Greensboro 302 298 295 895 +31
Wofford 299 295 301 895 +31
10 Memphis 298 306 292 896 +32
11 Old Dominion 304 294 299 897 +33
12 East Carolina 297 306 298 901 +37
13 Winthrop 307 295 302 904 +40
14 Elon 303 301 308 912 +48
15 Marshall 303 305 307 915 +51
16 Davidson 317 295 312 924 +60
17 Chattanooga 313 312 305 930 +66
18 Furman B 317 309 307 933 +69
19 Texas-Pan American 322 310 303 935 +71
20 The Citadel 315 318 303 936 +72
21 Western Carolina 320 323 306 949 +85
22 Appalachian State 319 323 308 950 +86
 

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: