Hoosiers Capture FossumTaylorMade Invite

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 3, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of iuhoosiers.com
College CentralEAST LANSING, Mich. - Jeff Overton carded a 5-under-par 67 earning medalist honors and leading the Indiana men's golf team to the championship at the Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational. The Hoosiers grinded through cold and windy conditions to defeat the 14-team field (nine Big Ten teams) with a three-round total of 880 (288-295-297).
'This was a gutty performance from this team under very tough conditions,' said Indiana head coach Mike Mayer. 'We were determined to win this tournament. Even though we struggled early, we held it together and got the job done. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective.'
IU held off Illinois by four shots for its fourth title this season. Indiana's four victories are the second most victories in a season in the program's history and the most titles in a season since the 1974-75 team captured four championships.
Overton's individual title is his fifth of the season and his career and his first this spring. Entering the final round two shots out of the lead, the junior fired the lowest round of any golfer in the field to give him a 54-hole, 6-under-par total of 210 (73-70-67).
'Jeff just continues to show he is the dominant player in the Big Ten and one of the premier players in the country,' said Mayer. 'Shooting a 67 in these conditions is unbelievable. Jeff's round was the difference for our team.'
The winner of the last three Big Ten Golfer of the Week awards, Overton scored his second-best three-round total and matched his low 18-hole score (second time) of the spring. He has scored in the 60s 15 times this season and has a 70.06 scoring average.
Heath Peters finished in the top 10 for the third straight week and the fourth time in his last five tournaments after an eighth-place showing. The junior from Garrett, Ind., fired a final round 75 to finish at 4-over-par 220.
With his finish, Peters now has six top 10 finishes this season and 14 top 10's in his career.
In his best showing of the season, freshman David Butwell tied for 15th with 224 (72-74-78). The Southampton, England, native provided the Hoosiers with a lift in the third position en route to netting his second lowest total of the season (220-Hoosier Invitational, Sept. 27-28). Butwell's finish is his second top 20 finish of the season (19th at Hoosier Invitational).
'David is maturing and getting better and better. His performance really helped this team. To finish 15th in this field is just outstanding,' said Mayer.
Joining the top three Hoosiers, sophomore Scott Seibert tied for 31st with 228 (72-78-78) and junior Mike Birkenfeld tied for 49th at 232 (72-83-77).
In addition to its four titles, IU has recorded nine top 5 finishes and seven top 3 finishes on the season. The Hoosiers look to add to those totals when they head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday-Sunday, May 8-9 at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.
Indiana finished second at the Northern Intercollegiate, which is referred to as the Big Ten preview, in its first tournament of the season at the U-M Golf Course on Sept. 20-21.
1) INDIANA 880 (288-295-297)
2) Illinois 884 (293-295-296)
3) Minnesota 887 (289-300-298)
4) Toledo 890 (291-295-304)
5) Michigan State 893 (293-301-299)
6) Iowa 896 (302-301-293)
7) Ohio State 901 (309-293-299)
8) Eastern Kentucky 904 (300-303-301)
9) Wisconsin 906 (307-301-298)
10) Northwestern 911 (307-300-304)
11) Michigan 913 (305-304-304)
12) Louisville 922 (306-310-306)
13) Eastern Michigan 927 (311-310-306)
14) Notre Dame 945 (319-321-305)

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: