South African Tour Pledges Tsunami Relief

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 24, 2005, 5:00 pm
In the wake of the devastation caused by the tsunami on Boxing Day, South Africa's major golfing bodies have joined together to pledge support to the relief effort in South East Asia, with the establishment of a SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund on Friday.
The collaborative efforts of South Africa's six most prominent golf organizations promises to raise a significant amount of money to aid development procedures in the 11 seriously afflicted Asian countries.
'We have had several emotional calls from our members who feel immense compassion for the countries dealt such a heart-rending blow by the effect of this Tsunami tragedy,' said Johan Immelman, commissioner for the Southern Africa PGA Tour.
'This prompted us to initiate a SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund and to join with golf organizations in South Africa and around the world to help the devastated region on the long road back to recovery. We were all shocked by the incident and it is heartwarming to witness the immediacy and generosity of the reaction to offer aid.'
On behalf of the members of the PGA of SA we support the relief fund globally,' said Craig Ross, Chairman of the PGA of SA. 'In the face of this disaster the pulling together of various cultures not only in the East but throughout the world showing compassion, sympathy and the willingness to help is the simplicity of all cultures. Through simplicity we break down all barriers and get down to what is needed in the disaster areas.'
'All golfers in South Africa have been moved by the horrendous natural disaster in South East Asia,' said Dr. Neels Steyn, President of the South African Golf Association. 'As hosts to the World Amateur Teams Championships in 2006 we feel closely aligned to our Asian counterparts.
'We proudly associate ourselves with the other golfing bodies in South Africa and appeal to all golfers to support the initiatives for the Tsunami appeals. Golf in South Africa has been the medium of numerous charity appeals over the years - we are needed now more than ever before.'
Wendy Appelbaum, Chairperson of the Ladies Professional Golf Association of South Africa (LPGASA), said: 'We are glad to show solidarity as part of South African golf in this initiative. Our hearts go out to the victims of the Tsunami and we are proud to offer a helping hand.'
Echoing the sentiments of the other golf bodies, Executive Director of the 2004 Women's World Cup of Golf at The Links, Fancourt, Tania Fourie added: 'With the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf on our doorstep, we urge everyone in the golfing community touched by this travesty, to donate generously to the SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund.'
'Having seen the devastation and suffering caused by nature, we are motivated to give what we can to help them rebuild their world,' said Alma Truss, Chairperson for the South African Ladies Golf Union (SALGU).
The SA Golf Tsunami Relief Fund aligns itself with recently established U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund and the European Tour's International Relief Golf Fund.
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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

In fact, she named her “Mona.”

For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

And that has her excited about this year.

Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.

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Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders

By Associated PressMarch 17, 2018, 1:47 am

PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.

Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.

Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.