Curtis Cuppers Highlight Womens Am

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 6, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 U.S. WomenThey played together as a team in winning the Curtis Cup earlier in the summer. Now the elite eight ' minus one - join 149 others in individual play in the U.S. Womens Amateur.
 
Fourteen-year-old Curtis Cupper Michelle Wie will command most of the attention, but she will be joined by other Curtis Cuppers Paula Creamer, Liz Janagelo, Brittany Lang, Jane Park, Sarah Huarte and Annie Thurman. Yet another Curtis Cupper, Erica Blasberg, turned professional recently and thus is ineligible.
 
A record 868 contestants entered this years championship. The previous record was 814, set in 2003.
 
Thirty-nine women are exempt into this years event by virtue of their play in past USGA womens events, including the Curtis Cup, U.S. Girls Junior, U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links and U.S. Womens Open. This year's womens am will be played Aug. 9-15 at the Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa.
 
Representatives of 13 other nations have either qualified or were fully exempt for the U.S. Womens Amateur. The countries represented include Australia; Argentina; Canada; Chinese Taipei; Colombia; Korea; Mexico; Paraguay; the Peoples Republic of China; the Philippines; Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela.
 
The U.S. Womens Amateur is open to female amateurs who have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 5.4. Last years winner, 22-year-old Virada Nirapathpongporn, was one of the foreign-born contingent. The former Duke University student was from Bangkok, Thailand. She defeated 16-year-old Jane Park in the scheduled 36-hole final match, 2 and 1.
 
Nirapathpongporn has turned professional and will not defend her title.
 
Carol Semple Thomson will return again this year, having won this championship 31 years ago in 1973.
 
Several amateurs who were in this year's U.S. Women's Open will compete, including Creamer, Wie, Jennifer Ackerson, Sweden's Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh , Aimee Cochran, Megan Grehan, Jennie Lee, Taylor Leon, Brittany Lincicome, Tina Miller, In-Bee Park, Jane Park, Kim Shin, and Briana Vega.

Other USGA champions, both past and present, who will play include Amber Marsh Elliot, 2003 Womens Mid-Am champion; Paraguay's Julieta Granada, the 2004 Girls Junior champion, Kathy Hartwiger, 2002 Womens Mid-Am champion;
Canada's Marlene Streit , 2003 USGA Senior Womens Amateur champion; Chinese Taipei's Ya-Ni Tseng, 2004 Womens Amateur Public Links champion; Wie, the 2003 Womens Amateur Public Links champion;; and Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff; 2003 Girls Junior champion.
 
Elisa Serramia of Spain, the 2003 Ladies British Amateur champion, is also in the field.

The champion receives an exemption from sectional qualifying for U.S. Womens Amateur Championships for the next 10 years; an exemption from sectional qualifying for 10 years to the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur Championship, an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championships, and an exemption from sectional qualifying for the next two U.S. Womens Open Championships. This assumes she is otherwise eligible at each juncture..

Several Womens Amateur champions have recorded three consecutive wins: Glenna Collett Vare, Beatrix Hoyt, Alexa Stirling, Virginia Van Wie, and Juli Simpson Inkster won the Womens Amateur three times consecutively.
 
Genevieve Hecker, Dorothy Campbell, Margaret Curtis, Betty Jameson, Kay Cockerill and Kelli Kuehne won the championship two times in a row.
 
Vare won the Womens Amateur title a record six times. JoAnne Gunderson Carner won the championship five times and won an impressive total of eight USGA Championships (five Womens Amateur titles, two U.S. Womens Opens, and one U.S. Girls Junior).

Other prominent past champions include Patty Berg; Betty Jameson, Babe Didrickson Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Beth Daniel, Pat Hurst, 1990; Grace Park and Dorothy Delasin.

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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

     

     

    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.