Cal Ready for Big 10Pac-10 Showdown
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The University of California men's golf team will compete in the inaugural Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge this Monday and Tuesday, Oct 25-26, at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort near the Oregon coastal town of Bandon, Ore. It will mark the first time a collegiate tournament has been played at Bandon Dunes, ranked as one of the nation's top public courses.
Seven teams from both the Pac-10 and Big Ten comprise the field, which boasts the defending NCAA champion Golden Bears, 2002 NCAA champ Minnesota and 2004 Pac-10 champion Arizona. Also playing will be 2003 NCAA medalist Alejandro Canizares of Arizona State, as well as 2004 Pac-10 individual champion Henry Liaw of Arizona.
Five of the 14 teams are currently ranked among the top 25 in the most recent Golfweek poll. Representing the Pac-10 will be Arizona, No. 17 Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, No. 19 UCLA, No. 10 USC and Washington. The Big Ten will be represented by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, No. 20 Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and No. 21 Purdue.
Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday on the par-72, 6,980-yard Bandon Dunes course. Pairings will be determined by a blind draw Saturday night, and the groups of three will consist of either two Pac-10 teams and one Big Ten, or two from the Big Ten and one Pac-10. There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Monday. For Tuesday's final round, which will also start at 8 a.m., teams will be assigned tee times according to score off either the first or 10th hole.
In addition to the normal tournament scoring, in which teams play five golfers and count the low four scores, the conference challenge winner will be determined by counting a league's best six team scores from each round.
The Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge was the idea of KemperSports Management of Northbrook, Ill., Northwestern golf coach Pat Goss and Oregon coach Steve Nosler. KemperSports manages the Bandon property and owns the Glen Club, in Glenview, Ill., which is where the 2005 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge will be played.
Cal, ranked 19th in Golf World's College Preseason Coaches' Poll, recently had its best showing of the 2004 fall season, placing third at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, hosted by Cal and played at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., Oct. 11-12. The Bears shot rounds of 281, 288 and 287 to conclude the tournament at 856. Redshirt freshman Kyle Dowden had Cal's top individual finish, tying for fifth with a score of 211 (68, 72, 71). Oregon State captured the third annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational with a score of 848 (282, 283, 283). Purdue was second in the team standings with an 855 (288, 280, 287).
The 2004-05 Cal men's golf team is led by senior Jeff Hood, who placed 10th individually with former Bear teammate Peter Tomasulo at the 2004 NCAA championships. Cal is coached by Steve Desimone, Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year, who is in his 26th season directing the Bears' men's golf program.
In Cal's first competition of the fall, the Bears finished tied for 12th with Pac-10 rivals Arizona and UCLA at the Ping/Golfweek Preview, played at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md Sept. 26-27. Cal shot rounds of 305, 294 and 285 for a total of 884. At the Windon Memorial Classic, played at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. Oct. 4-5, the Bears placed 13th with a team score of 905.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18