Oklahoma State Shares Top Spot

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 19, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics
 

 
College CentralKNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Oklahoma States eighth-ranked Cowgirl Golf team is tied for the team lead with the Swedish Junior National team after the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Womens Collegiate Championship here Sunday afternoon at the Fox Den Country Club. OSU and the Swedish Jr. Nationals both carded a 3-over-par 291.
 
The Cowgirls have a pair of golfers tied for second place individually. Junior Jenny Karr and freshman Ashley Knoll each recorded a 1-under 71s on the day. Another Cowgirl, freshman Mallory Underwood, finished at even par during the first round.
 
Karr was 2-over after four holes, but shot even par over the next eight holes before hitting back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14 to return to even. She finished with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.
 
Knoll did the exact opposite, with the same result. After carding birdies on holes four and seven, she entered the back nine at 2-under. However, she bogeyed holes 10 and 15 to balance out at even before birdying the final hole.
 
The tournament will continue on Monday with another round of 18 holes, and conclude on Tuesday with a final round of 18.
 
Mercedes-Benz Womens Collegiate Championship
Fox Den Country Club Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct. 19-21, 2003 par 72 6,201 yards
 

Team Standings
1. OKLAHOMA STATE 291
Swedish Jr. National Team 291
3. Ohio State 296
Tulane 296
5. Georgia 299
6. Tennessee 300
7. LSU 301
Michigan State 301
9. UNLV 303
10. South Carolina 304
11. Arkansas 305
12. Northwestern 307
13. Alabama 310
Purdue 310
15. Kent State 311
16. Penn State 318
17. Virginia 327
 
Individual Standings
1. Pernilla Lindberg, Swedish Jr. 70
2. Jenny Karr, Oklahoma State 71
Ashley Knoll, Oklahoma State 71
Adrienne Gautreaux, South Carolina 71
Mary Ellen Jacobs, Tulane 71
Lisa Tyler, Georgia 71
7. Mallory Underwood, Oklahoma State 72
Dayna Burleigh, Michigan State 72
Courtney Mahon, Arkansas 72
Kelly Robb, Northwestern 72
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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.


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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010. 

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Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

“That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

So was Woods.

DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

“His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

“He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told PGATour.com afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.


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“The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

“Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told ESPN.com, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

“Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.