Sipula Holds Lead at PGA Stroke Play

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 23, 2003, 5:00 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Tom Sipula of River Vale, N.J., and Ed Sabo of Tequesta, Fla., were nearly stroke-for-stroke Wednesday as they remained one-two after three rounds of the 50th annual PGA Stroke Play Championship at the PGA Golf Club.
 
After Sipula birdied the first hole and Sabo the second, they matched pars on Nos. 3, 4 and 5, both birdied the par-5 sixth hole and then they went par-for-par on the next 11 holes before Sipula birdied the 18th from 10 feet for 69 to Sabo's 70.
 
At the end of the day on the North course, Sipula, 32, an assistant professional at Edgewood Country Club, led Sabo, 53, a teaching professional at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, by four strokes heading into the final round, 205 to 209.
 
'I hit a lot more 2-irons off the tee today than I have been,' Sipula said. 'When it's windy like it was today and the fairways are as hard as they are here, I prefer to keep the ball low and let it run.'
 
'And over the weekend, I got a tip from one of my fellow professionals from New Jersey that has helped my wedge game.' Len Siter, head professional at Mountain Ridge Country Club in Cranford, got Sipula more shallow in the takeaway on his wedge shots.
 
Earlier in the day, Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Conn., moved ahead among the three women who survived the 36-hole cut. The head professional at Blue Fox Run Golf Club in Avon, Conn., shot 74 for 228, making a birdie and two bogeys on each nine.
 
Whaley, 36, is the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event, the Greater Hartford Open July 24-27. She earned the exemption by winning the Connecticut PGA Section Championship in September.
 
Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, moved into third in the men's division with 70-211, followed by Ron Faria of Hempstead, N.Y., at 72-212.
 
The winner Thursday earned $5,185 from the $89,000 purse.
 
PGA Stroke Play Championship
PGA GC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
North course, 6,887 yards (men), 5,799 yards (women); par 72
 
205 - Tom Sipula, River Vale, N.J., 67-69-69.
 
209 - Ed Sabo, Tequesta, 68-71-70.
 
211 - Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah, 74-67-70.
 
212 - Ron Faria, Hempstead, N.Y., 71-69-72.
 
213 - Mike Zinni, Mankato, Minn., 75-70-68. John Hickson, West Brook, Maine, 74-71-68. Bob Ralston, Little Rock, Ark., 74-70-69.
 
215 - Frank Dobbs, Port St. Lucie, 72-74-69. Brian Gaffney, Westfield, N.J., 72-74-69.
 
216 - Terry Hatch, Pottsville, Pa., 75-71-70. Mike Tucker, St. Louis, Mo., 74-71-71. Kirk Hanefeld, Westford, Mass., 74-71-71. Steve Mulcahy, Lima, Ohio, 73-71-72. Lonnie Nielsen, East Aurora, N.Y., 69-75-72. Rob Labritz, Fairfield, Conn., 74-68-74.
 
217 - Bruce Zabriski, Jupiter, 74-75-68. Jim Booros, Allentown, Pa., 74-72-71. Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, 76-69-72. Jerry Tucker, Stuart, 72-73-72. Jerry Impellittiere, New Windsor, N.Y., 72-72-73. Frank Bensel, Purchase, N.Y., 71-70-76.

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: