Sipula Retains Lead at PGA Tourney

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 22, 2003, 5:00 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Tom Sipula of River Vale, N.J., retained his lead at the halfway point Tuesday in the 50th annual PGA Stroke Play Championship after firing a second round 69 on the North course at the PGA Golf Club.
At 8-under-par 136, Sipula takes a three-stroke lead into the third round Wednesday. An assistant professional at Edgewood Country Club, Sipula, 32, made four birdies and a bogey.
'I wasn't hitting the ball too well the first seven holes,' Sipula said, 'but I kept the ball in play and my putter saved me a few times.'
He sank 15-foot birdie putts at the 12th and 18th holes, his third and ninth, and made two-putt birdies on the two par-5 holes on the front, 4 and 6. He missed the green at the par-3 seventh enroute to his only bogey.
After one round each on the North and South courses, the 36-hole cut to 130 and ties fell at 10-over-par 154 with three of the six women in the 280-player starting field advancing to the last two rounds on the North.
Holly Anderson of Chevy Chase, Md., and C.J. Reeves of Purchase, N.Y., were low with 153 on second round scores of 74 and 75 on the South and North, respectively. The women are playing the two courses at about 85 percent of the men's distances, or about a thousand yards shorter.
Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Conn., came back with par-72 on the North to just make it through at 154.
'I hit the ball well again today but I just hit it closer than I did yesterday,' when she opened with 82 on the South, she said. 'I made more four footers today, but I missed a few, too.'
Whaley, 36, the head professional at Blue Fox Golf Club in Avon, Conn., hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation but had 36 putts. She made three birdies and as many bogeys, sinking putts of 15 and 4 feet at the fifth and 17th holes and reaching the par-5 13th in two. Her bogeys were the result of a three-putt at the 11th hole and missing greens at 12 and 16.
Whaley has been in the media spotlight since winning the Connecticut PGA Section Championship last September. This was worth an exemption into the Greater Hartford Open July 24-27, the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event.
In the men's division, Ed Sabo of Jupiter was second with 71-139 on three birdies and two bogies, followed by Ron Faria of Hempstead, N.Y., at 69-140. Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, had the day's low round, a 67 with six birdies, and is tied for fourth at 141.
The winner Thursday will earn $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
South course, 6,895 yards (men), 5,796 yards (women); par 72
136 - Tom Sipula, River Vale, N.J., 67-69.
139 - Ed Sabo, Tequesta, 68-71.
140 - Ron Faria, Hempstead, N.Y., 71-69.
141 - Frank Bensel, Purchase, N.Y., 71-70. Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah, 74-67.
142 - Rob Labritz, Fairfield, Conn., 74-68.
143 - Paul Parajeckas, Woburn, Mass., 74-69.
144 - Bill Anderson, Wilmington, N.C., 71-73. Tony DeMaria, Port Chester, N.Y., 71-73. Paul Hollenbaugh, Westerville, Ohio, 74-70. Jerry Impellittiere, New Windsor, N.Y., 72-72. Steve Mulcahy, Lima, Ohio, 73-71. Lonnie Nielsen, East Aurora, N.Y., 69-75. Pete Oakley, Lewes, Del., 71-73. Todd Peterson, Atlanta, Ga., 73-71. Brendon Post, Herndon, Va., 76-68. Bob Ralston, Little Rock, Ark., 74-70. Rick Vershure, Armonk, N.Y., 72-72.
145 - Kirk Hanefeld, Westford, Mass., 74-71. John Hickson, West Brook, Maine, 74-71. Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, 76-69. Kevin Syring, Park Ridge, N.J., 73-72. Jerry Tucker, Stuart, 72-73. Mike Zinni, Mankato, Minn., 75-70.

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

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: