Lady Blue Devils Net Comeback Win

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 3, 2004, 4:00 pm
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College CentralFRANKLIN, TENN. -- In one of the most remarkable comebacks in school history, the top-ranked Duke women's golf team came back from 12 strokes down after the first round to win by one stroke on Sunday against defending national champion UCLA at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club on the 7,200-yard, Par 72 Ironhorse Course in Franklin, Tenn.
'This wasn't the biggest comeback we have had since I have been at Duke, but this is the best in terms of the quality of teams that we were playing against,' said Brooks. 'This is exciting in so many ways as everyone contributed to this tournament win--from Jennifer Pandolfi's second round score of 73 to both Liz Janangelo and Brittany Lang coming back from shooting in the 80s. Each of the golfers shined when they needed to.'

Duke fired a round of 289 on Sunday to pick up its second win of the season in as many tournaments played. After a disappointing first round score of 301, the Blue Devils came back on the second day to shoot a tournament-best, 288, and trailed UCLA by seven strokes with 18 holes remaining. On the final day, the five Duke golfers came through when they needed it the most and won their 24th tournament out of the last 29 played.
In the team standings, Duke finished with an 873 with UCLA (874), Georgia (876), Missouri (882), North Carolina State (891), Texas (892), Louisiana State (893), Tulane (897), Florida (897), Wake Forest (900) and Vanderbilt (900) rounding out the top 10.
For the second day in a row, junior Liz Janangelo led the Blue Devils with an under-par round as the West Hartford, Conn., product fired a 71. She finished the weekend tied for 10th with a 218, two-over-par.
'We are really coming together as a team and we are a lot more emotional as a group this year,' said Janangelo. 'We won a lot of tournaments last year by big numbers and you don't learn from those victories as much as you learn from a win like this one. In this tournament, no one person dominated as we did this as a team.'
After carding her worst collegiate round on Saturday with an 80, sophomore Brittany Lang responded with an under-par round of her own with a 71 as she notched five birdies. She finished tied for 20th with a 222, six-over-par. Fellow sophomore Anna Grzebien registered a 74 on day three and finished with a five-over-par score of 221, which was tied for 16th.
'This win feels very good,' said Lang. 'Everyone played well when we needed it and to come back and win like we did gives us a lot of confidence.'
Continuing her consistent play, senior Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh notched her second straight round of 73 on Sunday to finish tied for 20th with a 222, while freshman Jennifer Pandolfi had a 77 on the final day to place tied for 45th, 227.
'It makes this victory feel so much better that we had to fight so hard,' said Aazam-Zanganeh. 'We treated this like a national championship as there were many of the teams that we will have to beat to win in this event. We were not down after the first day, as we knew we could do it. We didn't get sad, as we got mad in a good way. It was good because we always knew that we could come back.'
Duke will next travel down Tobacco Road to play in the Tar Heel Invitational on Oct. 8-10 in Chapel, N.C. This will be the only opportunity for local fans to come out and see the top-ranked Blue Devils in action. The tournament will be played at Finley Golf Course.
'This is a great win as this shows our chemistry is good and that is what means the most,' said Brooks. 'I see the chemistry in them time and time again and it proves itself with this victory.'
1   Duke University          301  283  289    873        +9
2 UCLA 289 288 297 874 +10
3 Georgia, U. of 292 289 295 876 +12
4 Missouri, U. of 300 291 291 882 +18
5 North Carolina State 299 304 288 891 +27
6 Texas, Univ. of 291 298 303 892 +28
7 Louisiana State U. 296 300 297 893 +29
8 Tulane University 301 295 301 897 +33
Florida, U. of 304 298 295 897 +33
10 Wake Forest Univ. 303 293 304 900 +36
Vanderbilt Univ. 303 301 296 900 +36
12 Furman University 298 300 304 902 +38
Arizona, U. of 295 305 302 902 +38
14 Virginia, Univ. of 299 298 308 905 +41
15 Oklahoma, U. of 305 299 305 909 +45
16 Southern Methodist 305 301 304 910 +46
17 South Carolina, U of 312 310 302 924 +60
North Carolina, U of 320 305 299 924 +60
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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.

It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.

Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.

Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.

Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.

After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.

Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.