UCLA Wins The Prestige at PGA West

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 2, 2004, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of UCLA
College CentralThe UCLA men's golf team won The Prestige at PGA West Tuesday, successfully defending the title it won last year. UC Davis hosted the event at the Greg Norman Course at the La Quinta Resort.
The Bruins, trailing by one stroke entering the final round, posted a final round team score of 294, the best score of the tournament. The Bruins' 54-hole total of 904 (+40) beat UC Davis by nine strokes. UC Irvine and Texas Tech tied for third at 917 (+53) and Oklahoma finished fifth at 922.
Individually for the Bruins, freshman Daniel Im placed eighth at 224 (+8) after posting a final round score of 73. Senior John Poucher fired a final round 71 and tied for 13th at 229 (+13), freshman Kevin Chappell tied for 19th at 230 (+14) and sophomore Peter Campbell tied for 28th at 232 (+16). Sophomore Chris Heintz tied for 39th at 236 (+20). Sophomore Joakim Renstrom, playing as an individual, tied for 66th at 245 (+29).
Erik Hill of UC Davis won low medalist honors with a three-round total of 217 (+1).
Final Reults:
1 UCLA +40 F +6 302 308 294 904
2 UC Davis +49 F +16 306 303 304 913
T3 UC-Irvine +53 F +17 305 307 305 917
T3 Texas Tech +53 F +7 311 311 295 917
5 Oklahoma, U. of +58 F +11 315 308 299 922
6 Stanford University +60 F +8 313 315 296 924
T7 Kansas, U. of +61 F +19 313 305 307 925
T7 TCU +61 F +16 315 306 304 925
9 Brigham Young Univ. +67 F +14 315 314 302 931
T10 Notre Dame, U. of +70 F +13 311 322 301 934
T10 Oregon, U. of +70 F +20 312 314 308 934
12 Pepperdine +71 F +20 314 313 308 935
13 Colorado +79 F +19 318 318 307 943
14 Pacific +86 F +26 317 319 314 950
15 Northern Colorado +93 F +14 320 335 302 957
16 Yale University +119 F +30 336 329 318 983
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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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Growing family

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm