Lady Blue Devils Increase Lead

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 18, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of goduke.com
 
College CentralCLEMMONS, N.C.- In search of its ninth-straight ACC Championship, the top-ranked Duke women's golf team increased its lead to 14 strokes on Day 2 and own a two-day total of 565 at the Par 71, 6,348-yard Salem Glen Country Club in Clemmons, N.C.
 
The Blue Devils lead North Carolina (579), Wake Forest (582), Florida State (593), North Carolina State (596), Virginia (611) and Maryland (614) with one round remaining.
 
Continuing to lead the Blue Devils is freshman Brittany Lang, who is one shot off leader, Meaghan Francella of North Carolina. Lang, a native of McKinney, Texas, carded a 2-under-par total on Saturday and sits at 136, while Francella also posted a 69 on Day 2 and owns a two-day total of 135.
 
Lang collected one of only two eagles over the first two rounds of the championship on Saturday as she had a 40-yard chip-in on the par-5 fourth hole. It marked the second-straight day Lang was 4 under par at one point during the front nine.
 
Blue Devil senior Virada Nirapathpongporn remained in the top-five as the Bangkok, Thailand, product registered a 1-over-par 72 and owns a 142 for the tournament. Nirapathpongporn led Duke with four birdies on the day, but a triple-bogey on the par-4 11th countered her birdies.
 
Leigh Anne Hardin, a senior from Martinsville, Ind., collected a 72 and is seventh (143), while Liz Janangelo posted her second straight round of 73 and is tied for eighth.
 
Freshman Anna Grzebien struggled on Day 2 with a 78 and is tied for 15th (149). Duke will tee off on Sunday with North Carolina and Florida State beginning at 9:10 a.m.
 
'Tomorrow we are going to have good conditions and I hope we will go out there and just play,' said Duke Head Coach Dan Brooks. 'They just need to enjoy themselves, be patient and don't like all the incredible expectations get to them. We should be fine if we do all of those things.'
 
1 Duke 279 286 565 -3
 
2 North Carolina, U of 285 294 579 +11
 
3 Wake Forest 290 292 582 +14
 
4 Florida State Univ. 293 300 593 +25
 
5 North Carolina State 303 293 596 +28
 
6 University of Virginia 307 304 611 +43
 
7 Maryland, U. of 306 308 614 +46

 

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: