Strong Field Set for Cleveland Golf Invite

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 3, 2004, 5:00 pm
College CentralAUGUSTA, Ga. -- The 26th annual Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational will boast one of the top fields in the tournaments rich history.

The 54-hole, two-day event, set for April 3-4 at Forest Hills Golf Club, will feature 10 of the nations top 25 teams, including seven of the top 18. In fact, of the 18 teams scheduled to compete, all are ranked among the top 84 in the nation, according to the latest rankings released by Golfweek magazine. The teams will begin preparations for the tournament with a practice round on Friday, April 2.

Augusta State will again serve as the official host for the tournament. The Jaguars are coming off a seventh-place showing on Tuesday in the Atlanta Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga.

Augusta State captured the 2003 Cleveland Golf/ASU Invitational title in record-setting fashion, firing a tournament-record 44-under 820. ASU three-time All-America Oliver Wilson claimed medalist honors and set a new tournament standard as well with a three-round total of 17-under 199.

Its the best golf in Augusta anybody can see for free, Cleveland Golf/ASU Invitational Tournament Director Grady Smith said. The next time you see a lot of these guys, youll have to pay to watch them -- thats how good a lot of them are. We are extremely excited to once again have one of the top fields in the history of this tournament. Hopefully, well have some great weather and great crowds. Our attendance has picked up each year and I dont think this year will be any different.

Forest Hills Golf Club plays to a par 72 and features a newly-renovated 7,231-yard layout originally designed by famed golf course architect Donald Ross. Built in 1926, Forest Hills served as the home for the Southeastern Open, which was won by Bobby Jones in 1930, the year he went on to complete the Grand Slam.
Alabama (No. 60)
Augusta State (No. 17)
Clemson (No. 2)
Duke (No. 25)
East Tennessee State (No. 79)
Georgia (No. 3)
Georgia Southern (No. 35)
Minnesota (No. 13)
North Carolina (No. 23)
North Carolina State (No. 51)
North Florida (No. 70)
Notre Dame (No. 84)
South Carolina (No. 11)
Texas (No. 7)
Toledo (No. 36)
UCLA (No. 4)
Virginia Tech (No. 72)
Wake Forest (No. 21)

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: