Ramblin Wreck Wins in Waikoloa

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 14, 2004, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of ramblinwreck.com
 
College CentralPaced by a trio of 69s from Chan Wongluekiet, Mike Barbosa and Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech shot a 10-under-par 278 Friday and captured the championship of the Taylor Made-Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
 
The Yellow Jackets won this event for the fourth time in seven trips to the Big Island, and have finished out of the top five only once in that span.
 
'You have to love this place and I do,' said Heppler after his team closed with a 10-under-par 278 for a 23-under 841 total and a three-shot victory over UCLA. 'This is a great way to start the spring season, but we have to realize there is still a long way to go. We have to keep working hard and keep improving. The thing about this game is you can't play defense. Every time you go out you have to be on the offensive.'

Tech held off a second-round charge by UCLA and UC-Davis and kept both at bay on Friday while Oklahoma and Arkansas rallied from well back on the leaderboard. UCLA shot 279 to finish the tournament at 844, while Arkansas shot 274 to finish third at 845. Arizona State (279) finished fourth at 850, followed by Oklahoma (272-852), Washington (287-853), UC-Davis (292-857), Southern California (283-857) TCU (281-860), Pepperdine (283-862) and Stanford (285-863).
 
Individually, Oklahoma freshman Anthony Kim won medalist honors after closing with a 5-under 67 for an 11-under 205 total. That was two strokes better than Arizona State senior Chez Reavie, the 2001 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, and Hawaii-Hilo junior Nick Mason.
 
Wongluekiet finished tied for fifth place, four shots behind Kim at 7-under-par 209. It was his first top-10 finish of the year in six events. Larsen and Nicholas Thompson, who shot 71 Friday, tied for 14th at 212, and Mike Barbosa tied for 18th at 213. Roberto Castro tied for 42nd after carding a 71 Friday for a tournament total of 217.
 
'I'm proud of the way our guys came back today,' Heppler said. 'The first day we took care of business and the second day we did not. There was a 19-shot difference and pretty much it all came from within 20 yards of the green. But they went out today and kept their focus for the whole round and really played well coming down the stretch.'
 

FINAL TEAM SCORES

Georgia Tech272-291-278 -- 841
UCLA282-283-279 -- 844
Arkansas293-278-274 -- 845
Arizona State283-288-279 -- 850
Oklahoma296-284-272 -- 852
Washington283-283-287 -- 853
UC-Davis284-281-292 -- 857
Southern California 286-288-283 -- 857
TCU285-294-281 -- 860
Pepperdine295-284-283 -- 862
Stanford284-294-285 -- 863
Nagoya (Japan)293-286-286 -- 865
Texas Tech296-285-287 -- 868
Nevada-Reno295-287-290 -- 872
Hawai'i-Hilo289-291-295 -- 875
Oregon294-289-293 -- 876
Tulsa293-296-287 -- 876
Rhode Island294-293-293 -- 880
Hawai'i-Menoa206-298-283 -- 887
Oregon State298-297-299 -- 894
Houston303-301-290 -- 894


 

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."