Lady Blue Devils Edge Auburn for Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 31, 2004, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of Duke University
College CentralSANDESTIN, FLA.--The 2004-05 Duke women's golf team has had a very impressive fall campaign and on Sunday at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge, the top-ranked Blue Devils were remarkable. Duke came from 15 strokes back with 18 holes remaining and claimed a one-stroke victory over second-ranked Auburn at the 5,937-Yard, Par 71, The Raven Course in Sandestin, Fla.
After struggling with two straight rounds of 74, junior Liz Janangelo came through when the Blue Devils needing her most with a NCAA-record round of 62 on Sunday. The West Hartford, Conn., product collected nine birdies and no bogeys on her way to finishing tied for second in the individual competition with a three-day total of 210, 3 under par.
Janangelo's record round included birdies on the first two holes, birdies on four of her first six holes, 17 greens hit, 11 fairways hit and 26 putts. The reigning National Player of the Year, Janangelo had a 30 on the first nine followed by 32 on the back.
The new NCAA record breaks the previous record of 63 held by Katherine Hull of Pepperdine, which happened on March 4, 2002. Janangelo broke the Duke record of 64, which was set earlier this season at the NCAA Fall Preview by sophomore Brittany Lang and also notched a new ACC/SEC Challenge 18-hole record, which beat out the 64 that was set on Saturday by Auburn's Diana Ramage. The second place finish for Janangelo marks the third straight year she has finished second or better at the ACC/SEC Challenge.
Duke finished with a three-day total of 856 after posting a 6 under par score of 278 on Sunday. Auburn faltered to a 294 on Sunday and finished with an 857. Rounding out the top-10 was Louisiana State (879), Wake Forest (881), Mississippi State (888), Florida (894), South Carolina (896), North Carolina (905), Florida State (905) and Virginia (908).
Freshman Jennifer Pandolfi wasn't the only Duke golfer to card a career-best round on the day as the native of Navarre, Fla., which is only 30 minutes away from The Raven Course, posted a 2-under-par 69 to finish with a season-best tied for 10th, 218. She finished the day with five birdies and overcame a triple-bogey on hole 13 with two birdies of her own.
Duke senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh had posted rounds of 73 on the first two days and came through with an even-par 71 on Sunday to finish with a 217, which was tied for 10th. Both sophomores, Brittany Lang and Anna Grzebien, struggled on Sunday with rounds of 76 and 77, respectively. Grzebien finished with a three-day total of 221, which was tied for 19th and Lang with a 218, which were tied for 11th.
The comeback for the Blue Devils was the biggest in school history and is better than Duke's 12-stroke comeback after round one, earlier this season at the Mason Rudolph Women's Golf Championship. Prior to today, the best comeback in school history was in 1998 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate as the Blue Devils came from 11 strokes back to win by 13 strokes over Tulsa.
Duke will next travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., to compete in the Hooter's Collegiate Match Play Championship on Nov. 14-16. The Blue Devils are the defending champion of the event.
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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.