Wildcats Capture Hall of Fame Invite

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 22, 2004, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of arizonaathletics.ocsn.com
 
College CentralThe University of Arizona men's golf team got sterling efforts from Chris Nallen and Henry Liaw Sunday in leading the team to victory at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Humble, Texas.
 
Arizona's top two players were a combined six shots under par in Sunday's final round, which gave the Wildcats the breathing room it needed in claiming its third team championship of the season. UA carded a 2-under 286 Sunday and finished the 54-hole tournament with an 846 (-18) total to win the event by six strokes. Oklahoma State (852), Texas (853) and Oklahoma (854) rounded out the top four places.
 
'The team played great,' said UA head coach Rick LaRose. 'We were very consistent in our play. Of course, we rode Chris Nallen. He's our horse and when he gets off to a good start it takes a lot of heat off the other guys. I think that it frees them up to do what they can do best. We made a few mistakes but we finished like champs today. All of our counters birdied their last hole today. It made a big swing in the score because it was pretty close up until then. I'm really proud of the way these guys hung in there. I think they learned a little about themselves and we're just real happy that we won here in Houston. It really means a lot to us.'

In claiming its third team championship of the season, it is also the 64th all-time win for the program and the seventh in the last 13 months. That's the most productive period for the Cats since 1992 and 1993 editions of the Wildcats won nine events in a 15-month swing, including the 1992 national championship
 
Arizona also claimed victories Feb. 3 at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate and Feb. 20 at the John Burns Intercollegiate.
 
Nallen claimed individual medalist honors for the third time this season after shooting a two-under 70 in Sunday's final round. He won the event by six shots with a 202 (-14) total over Oklahoma State's Alex Noren. It continues a run of outstanding play for the UA senior from Hackettstown, N.J., as seven of his 12 rounds played this spring have been at par or better.
 
It was the 54th individual win for an Arizona golfer all-time and the fifth of Nallen's career, which ties him for third place on the school's career victories list with Larry Silveira (1984-88) and Ricky Barnes (1999-2003). Nallen is the first UA golfer to win three times in a single season since Silveira claimed three victories during the 1986-87 campaign.
 
Liaw posted his second top-10 finish in his last three outings as he tied for sixth place. The freshman from Rowland Heights, Calif., shot a three-under 69 Sunday en route to a three-round tally of 211 (-5). He has posted under-par tournament totals in all four events this spring.
 
Junior Nathan Lashley and freshman Josh Esler also collected solid finishes Sunday. Lashley shot an even-par 72 and finished tied for 12th place with a 214 (-2) tally. Esler carded a final-round 75 (+3) to finish tied for 28th place at 219 (+3) in the field of 96 players.
 
Teammate Nathan Tyler carded an eight-over 80 and finished tied for 64th place at 227 (+11).
 
The Hall of Fame Invitational was contested at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas, a par 72, 7,352-yard layout.
 
Thirteenth-ranked Arizona will next be in action on March 28-30 as the squad hosts the 2004 National Invitational Tournament at Omni Tucson National Golf Course.

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: