Junior Golfers Crowned Drive Chip and Putt National Champions

By Golf Channel Public RelationsOctober 24, 2006, 4:00 pm
CELEBRATION, Fla. -- Junior golfer Sahith Theegala, 8, (Chino Hills, Calif.), along with Joe Philaphet, 10, (Riverdale, Ga.), Nate Smith, 12, (Benton, Ark.) and Chris Morgan, 14, (Portland, Ore.) battled through the heat at Celebration Golf Club near Orlando to claim the national championship in their respective age divisions at todays Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip and Putt National Championships presented by The Golf Chanel.
 
The national championships featured 104 junior golfers from throughout North America, including 32 states and Canada. The participants were divided into four age groups (7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14) that competed in three skills events ' driving, chipping and putting ' with the best combined score in each age group crowned 2006 national champions.
 
Theegala, who captured the 2006 Callaway Junior World Champion earlier this year, competed in his second consecutive Drive, Chip and Putt National Championships, where he finished fourth in 2005. Philaphet, the 2006 U.S. Kids Golf Player of the Year, qualified for the national championships for the first time in 2006. Smith is an active member of the Arkansas State Junior Golf Association and qualified for the national championships for the first time in 2006 after four previous attempts. Morgan also qualified for the national championships for the first time in 2006 after advancing to the regional championships the past two years.
 
Alessandra Kutz, 11, of Lake Mary, Fla., attempted to become the first junior golfer to record back-to-back national championships. The defending national champion in the 9-10 age division, Kutz battled to a third place finish at todays event, including the only participant in the field to hole-out at her chip in the chipping competition. Kutz qualified for the national championships via winning the 11-12 age division at Thursdays second chance qualifier at Celebration Golf Club.
 
All participants qualified to compete in the national championships via finishing in the top-three in their respective age groups at one of 100 local championships and by taking first-place at one of 25 regional championships in the summer months.
 
An hour-long national championships highlight show is scheduled to air on Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day) at 12:30 p.m. ET, on The Golf Channel.
 
National Championships weekend kicked-off with the Robert Gamez Foundation Nine Hole Invitational and the Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt Second Chance Competition on Thursday, Oct. 19.
 
The worlds largest junior golf program of its kind, Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt provides a free, fun and friendly opportunity for junior golfers to compete, develop and test their golf skills. With the help of Delta Apparel, Rixstine Recognition, Ping and Service by Air, The Golf Channel has introduced the game of golf to nearly 100,000 junior golfers since the tournaments inception in 1999. For complete information on the Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip and Putt National Championships, please visit www.thegolfchannel.com.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.