Gophers Rally to Win Big TenPac 10 Challenge

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of University of Minnesota
College CentralThe 20th-ranked University of Minnesota men's golf rallied from a 13-stroke deficit going into the final round to win the inaugural Big Ten/Pac 10 Challenge at Brandon Dunes Golf Club in Brandon, Ore.
Inclement weather shortened the event to 36 holes and the Gophers took advantage firing a final round 292 to tie USC at 20-over-par 596. Minnesota was declared the winner by virtue of a fifth score tiebreaker. Junior Ryan Paulson's 154 edged out USC's Ben Hayes by four shots for the victory.
Individually, the Gophers were led by All-American Bronson La'Cassie. La'Cassie fired a final round 71 to tie for fourth at 1-over 145. Sophomore Naill Turner carded a second round 73 and moved up into a tie for 14th at 150 (+6).
Junior Josh Persons also made a move on Tuesday firing a 74 and tying for 18th at 7-over 151. Senior Ben Greve also carded a 74 and tied for 22nd at 8-over 152. Paulson tied for 33rd at 10-over 154.
In the conference challenge, the Pac-10 won the inaugural event with a combined score of plus-162 to the Big Tens plus-191. Each conference counted its low six scores of each round to determine the challenge winner.
The 2005 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge will be held at the Glen Club in Glenview, Ill., and the 2006 event will return to Bandon and will be played on the Pacific Dunes course.
The Golden Gophers complete their fall season this weekend at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. Minnesota is the defending champion in the event.
Big Ten/Pac 10 Challenge
Final Results
1 Minnesota, Univ. of 304 292 596 +20
Southern California 298 298 596 +20
3 UCLA 291 307 598 +22
4 Arizona State U. 296 305 601 +25
5 Northwestern 298 304 602 +26
6 Washington, U. of 301 302 603 +27
7 Arizona, U. of 307 298 605 +29
8 Penn State U. 310 297 607 +31
9 Purdue University 310 299 609 +33
10 Indiana University 304 307 611 +35
11 California, U. of 305 311 616 +40
12 Oregon, U. of 310 310 620 +44
13 Michigan, U. of 310 312 622 +46
14 Illinois, U. of 312 316 628 +52
Minnesota Scores
T 4 Bronson LaCassie 74 71 145
T 14 Niall Turner 77 73 150
T 18 Josh Persons 77 74 151
T 22 Ben Greve 78 74 152
T 33 Ryan Paulson 76 78 154

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.