Kentucky Wins Central Regional

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 23, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of ukathletics.com
 
College CentralWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Kentucky mens golf program claimed its first NCAA Central Region Championship title in school history with an outstanding performance at Purdue Universitys Kampen Course Saturday afternoon.
 
Led by juniors John Holmes (73-70-71=214), Brandon Waldrop (70-70-77=217) and Matt Wells (76-72-73=221), the Cats posted a round three 299 score to advance to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, defeating No. 8-ranked Oklahoma State by 11 strokes.
 
This was a magical week for the Wildcats, Coach Brian Craig said. Everything came together well and Im unbelievably proud of them. We went toe-to-toe with a great team and outplayed them down the stretch.
 
Three Wildcats finished in the top-10 of the tournament with Holmes leading the way as he claimed top individual honors. Holmes showed why he is considered as one of the best up-and-coming collegiate golfers in the country by putting together three solid rounds of golf on a tough course. The Campbellsville, Ky., product was the only player under par for the tournament with a two-under 214. Will Dodson (72-73-71=216) of SMU finished runner-up as he played even for the tournament.
 
It was great, Holmes said after winning his second individual title of the season. The team played well and everybody came together at the right time. Brandon Waldrop played the best out of the group. He really stepped up, took charge and led this team to victory.
 
Waldrop was in first place in the tournament after two rounds, but was unable to hang onto the lead down the stretch. The junior posted his highest finish of the season as he tied for third-place with Jason Hartwick (69-73-75=217) of Texas. Wells also recorded his highest finish of the season as he tied with three other golfers for eighth-place after beginning the day tied for 19th.
 
I was really impressed with the poise of Brandon Waldrop throughout the tournament, Craig said. I couldnt be happier about the step he took to play some incredible golf. His maturity and confidence was unbelievable. Holmes, Waldrop and Wells played special golf, which was fun to see and well deserving with their effort this year and all the work they have put in.
 
In addition to the Cats top three performers, Mark Blakefield (79-73-78=230) and Tyler Wilson (81-77-79=237) also played solid down the stretch to contribute to UKs regional victory.
 
Mark Blakefield and Tyler Wilson also played some great golf for us and gave us the lift we needed, Craig said. It was a great week and now we need to prepare for The Homestead and get ready to win a national championship. Thats been our goal all year and we will see if we can bring home another title.
 
Kentucky advances to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in school history. The 30-team field will compete The Homestead Cascades Golf Course in Hot Springs, Va., June 1-4.
 
Team Scores
1 Kentucky 298 285 299 882
2 Oklahoma State 287 298 308 893
3 Oklahoma 305 294 297 896
4 Texas A&M 292 303 304 899
T5 Texas 298 296 307 901
T5 TCU 305 297 299 901
7 Purdue 295 302 308 905
8 Wichita State 302 300 306 908
9 SMU 302 299 308 909
10 Kent State 301 305 304 910

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey six on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

"It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."