Bruins Take Slim Lead in NCAA Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 19, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of uclabruins.com
 
College CentralMidway through the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Opelika, AL, the second-ranked UCLA women's golf team holds a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Duke.
 
The Bruins blistered the Auburn National Golf Course with a 5-under-par team score of 283 and lead the Blue Devils by one stroke after 36 holes. UCLA owns a two-round total of 572, 4-under-par, followed by Duke at 573. Several other teams, including first-round leader Oklahoma State, which began the day at even par, were still on the course and have yet to finish their second round. Fourth-ranked Vanderbilt, playing with just four competitors, is fourth at 6-over-par 582.
 
'We're hoping to be playing with the leaders at the end,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'We play very differently from Vandy and Duke. It is a good lesson for the players to compete with the best.'
 
Individually, sophomore Susie Mathews owns the overall lead at 4-under-par 140 following her second round score of 69. Although Mathews began the day with a bogey on her first hole (the 10th), she played the rest of her round in 4-under-par, including a 2-under par score of 34 on her front nine.
 
'It is excellent to have Susie play well today and show her confidence,' Forsyth continued. 'We look forward to playing tomorrow.'
 
Mayorkas, who carded an uncharacteristic 2-over 74 on Tuesday, found her putting stroke for three back nine birdies and a 3-under-par 69. She played the last six holes in 3-under, leading a UCLA charge that played the final six holes in 6-under-par.
 
Senior Gina Umeck remains at 1-under 143 after finishing with a birdie on her 18th hole. She posted an even par score of 72, despite a double bogey five on the par-3 third (her 12th hole).
 
Freshman Hannah Jun leveled off after Monday's 76, and posted a 73. She survived consecutive bogeys at her 11th and 12th holes after rallying to even par at the 10th. She stands at 5-over 149.
 
Senior Krystal Shearer could only manage one birdie in her second round score of 75. One over par after 10 holes, she double-bogeyed the par-4 second (her 12th) before playing the final seven holes in even par.
 
The Bruins' 13th hole proved to be a turning point in their second round. Unlike Tuesday, when they played the 13th hole in 3-over-par, Wednesday they played the fourth hole (their 13th) in 3-under to ignite their momentum. At even par for the tournament after the third hole (UCLA's 12th), the Bruins collected birdies on the par-5, 445-yard 4th from Umeck, Mayorkas and Mathews.
 
UCLA then played the next five holes in 3-under, while Duke played the same stretch in even par.
 
'You always want the team to do really well,' said Mathews. 'To be in contention, you have to play consistently. We're ready to play a good round of golf tomorrow and the next day.'
 
Day Two Team Leaderboard
1 UCLA -4 0 - 0 E 289 283 - 572
2 Duke -3 0 - 0 E 289 284 - 573
T3 Oklahoma State +6 0 - 0 E 288 - - 288
T3 Vanderbilt +6 0 - 0 E 298 284 - 582
5 Ohio State +10 0 - 0 E 296 - - 296
6 Wake Forest +11 0 - 0 E 298 289 - 587
7 California +15 0 - 0 E 309 282 - 591
8 Southern California +17 0 - 0 E 307 286 - 593
9 Texas +19 0 - 0 E 302 - - 302
T10 New Mexico +20 0 - 0 E 304 292 - 596
T10 Furman University +20 0 - 0 E 302 - - 302
12 Purdue +22 0 - 0 E 307 - - 307
T13 Georgia +23 0 - 0 E 302 297 - 599
T13 Stanford +23 0 - 0 E 303 296 - 599
15 Tennessee +24 0 - 0 E 303 297 - 600
16 Arizona State +25 0 - 0 E 310 291 - 601
T17 Arizona +26 0 - 0 E 302 300 - 602
T17 Florida State Univ. +26 0 - 0 E 301 301 - 602
19 Washington +27 0 - 0 E 305 298 - 603
20 North Carolina, U of +28 0 - 0 E 304 300 - 604
21 Texas A&M University +29 0 - 0 E 306 - - 306
T22 Baylor +31 0 - 0 E 299 308 - 607
T22 UNLV +31 0 - 0 E 308 299 - 607
24 Michigan State +36 0 - 0 E 302 310 - 612

Day Two Individual Leaderboard
1 1 Susie Mathews (10) UCLA -4 02:00 E 71 69 - 140
T2 T2 Sarah Jacobs (10) Vanderbilt -3 01:10 E 72 69 - 141
T2 T2 Allison Hanna (10) Ohio State -3 01:10 E 69 - - 69
T4 T4 Allison Fouch Michigan State -2 08:40 E 70 72 - 142
T4 T4 Sarah Huarte California -2 02:00 E 73 69 - 142
T4 T4 Brittany Lang (10) Duke -2 02:00 E 72 70 - 142
T4 T4 Beth Hermes (10) Purdue -2 09:40 E 71 - - 71

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.