Senior Women Advance Into Match Play

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 9, 2001, 4:00 pm
USGAMarianne Towersey shot 70 Sunday at the Allegheny Country Club to finish with medallist honors at 2-under 144 in the USGA Senior Womens Amateur Championship.
Towersey, a golf coach at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif., will now advance into the match play portion of the tournament, which will begin Monday and wrap up with the championship match on Thursday.
So will the rest of the field who finished in the top-64.
Included in that list is Carol Semple Thompson, a Pennsylvanian and amateur golf legend who has won the last two of these championships.
Competing on her home course this week, she is a favorite once again this year.
I think Ive been putting a lot more pressure on myself than Id realized, Semple Thompson said after her second round of 79. I think I was just trying so hard, and I couldnt do too many things right. But I played well enough and I get to play again.
While Towersey was the only woman to shoot under par for the two days, Peggy Woodard was the 64th slot to advance. She ended at 22-over-par 168.
The USGA Senior Womens Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted by the United States Golf Association. Open to non-professional women over 50 years of age, it is in its 40th season.
*The following players advanced into match play at the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, played at the par-73 Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, Penn.:
Marianne Towersey, Newport Beach, Calif., 74-70--144
Barbara Berkmeyer, St Louis, Mo., 75-74--149
Gayle Borthwick, Canada, 76-74--150
Toni Wiesner, Fort Worth, Texas, 80-73--153
Bonnie Tyler, Boca Grande, Fla., 76-77--153
Mary Ann Bierman, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 76-78--154
Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa., 77-79--156
Marylou Henderson, Canada, 79-78--157
Dot Bolling, Salem, Va., 84-73--157
Rachel Hallgarth, Bedford, N.H., 82-76--158
Karen Mabli, Palos Verdes East, Calif., 82-77--159
Cecilia Mourgue-D'Algue, France, 81-78--159
Sandy Woodruff, Santa Cruz, Calif., 76-84--160
Sharon Gonsalves, Tampa, Fla., 79-81--160
Marlene Streit, Canada, 77-83--160
Nettie Morrison, Bend, Ore., 82-79--161
Connie Shorb, York, Pa., 81-80--161
Roberta Bolduc, Springfield, Mass., 80-82--162
Chris Epperly, Newport News, Va., 81-81--162
Helene Gosse, Pittsburgh, Pa., 79-83--162
Cathy Schaefer, Ft Myers, Fla., 82-80--162
Ann Swanson, Woodinville, Wash., 80-84--164
Nancy Harris, Minnetonka, Minn., 86-79--165
Bonnie George, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 84-81--165
Rebecca Uritus, Columbus, Ohio, 80-85--165
Gloria Sinclair, Canada, 81-84--165
Rae Higdon, Newburgh, Ind., 82-84--166
Brigid Shanley Lamb, Mendham, N.J., 85-82--167
Anne Carr, Renton, Wash., 86-81--167
Salley Wessels, Mt Morris, Ill., 81-86--167
Jeanne Beaith, Canada, 82-85--167
Sandra Wood, Orlando, Fla., 79-89--168
Peggy Woodard, Virginia Beach, Va., 84-84--168
*Failed to Advance:
Sandy Szczerbin, Livermore, Calif., 87-81--168
Kate Johnson, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., 80-88--168
Cookie English, Avon, Ind., 83-85--168
Anne Sander, Seattle, Wash., 80-88--168
Regina Drysdale, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 84-85--169
Betty Pfahler, Llano, Calif., 82-88--170
Mary Hill, Winston-Salem, N.C., 83-87--170
Caroline Ramsey, Bridgeport, W.Va., 84-86--170
Laurayne Conway, Land O'Lakes, Wis., 83-88--171
Mary Gale, Worcester, Mass., 85-87--172
Peggy Williams, Crystal Lake, Ill., 87-86--173
Carol Strobel, South Salem, N.Y., 85-88--173
Ellen McGowan, Wicomico, Va., 85-88--173
Karen Price, Vacaville, Calif., 89-85--174
Catharine Sibel, Gwynedd Valley, Pa., 82-92--174
Yoshiko Mizuno, Greenville, S.C., 87-88--175
Melanie Gleason, Colorado Springs, Colo., 84-91--175
Katherine Tensley, Reno, Nev., 88-88--176
Maggie Brady, Washington, D.C., 91-85--176
Marlane Robertson, Canada, 85-91--176
Eleanor Walker, Greensboro, N.C., 90-86--176
Bernice Gallagher, Cincinnati, Ohio, 88-88--176
Janice Albert, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 94-82--176
Ann Moran, Raritan, N.J., 89-88--177
Jane Ward, San Diego, Calif., 86-92--178
Ann Kerwick, Chicago, Ill., 85-94--179
Dottie Farmer, Middletown, Del., 89-91--180
Noreen McKay, Canada, 89-91--180
Ellen O'Hara, Mesa, Ariz., 87-93--180
Kathleen Cox, Englewood, Colo., 89-91--180
Marian Curtis, Vista, Calif., 91-91--182
Debra Matthews, Fallbrook, Calif., 87-96--183
Cynthia Clough, Hunt Valley, Md., 94-96--190
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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:

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Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to to submit your picks for this week's event.

Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

"The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

"You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

"But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."