Am Tour: One competitive couple

By Brandon TuckerSeptember 6, 2012, 5:10 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A lot of competitors brought their wives and girlfriends this week to the Am Tour Senior National Championships at TPC Sawgrass and Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

But while many of the gals are spending their days on the beach as their man competes on the course, Lynn and Lu Cormier serve as a rare couple where both are in the field. Lu, in the Sr. Sarazen flight, is among a handful of women in the field, while Lynn is competing in the Championship flight.

The two admit they're hooked on competitive golf (the National Championship is their 18th event on Am Tour this year), but when they married, only Lu played the game. 

'I told her she could get rid of her clubs,' said Lynn. 'Because I'd never get on the golf course.' Golf stayed on the back burner as the two raised children. But when the kids left the nest, golf was reintroduced. 

'We visited some friends and they took us on the course and I got hooked,' said Lynn.

Lynn, 59, is an inspiration to anyone who thinks that picking up the game late in life means you can't excel. In six years playing golf, he says a heavy dose of lessons and competition has helped him scale the handicap ladder. His index on tour is now a 4.1. Among his 2012 highlights was winning the Championship Flight at the La Cantera Resort Course, shooting a 78. He also has two 74s this season, one of which won him the crown at River Ridge.

Lu, a 15.8 handicap on tour, won the Western Classic major tournament at Las Vegas Paiute, thanks to a blistering second round 80 after a 98 on the first day. She also won the Teravista Open in Round Rock and the La Cantera Classic.

Originally from Louisiana before moving to Sugarland, the Cormier's 2012 season on Am Tour has also included trips to Las Vegas and numerous trips to the Texas Hill Country. They agree that golf is almost always the focal point of their vacations.

'We went to Puerto Rico for the [Am Tour] major a couple years ago,' she said .'Our friends asked if we did any site-seeing. We didn't. We played golf every day, that's all we do.'

Lu and Lynn won't see much of each other during the day this week as they compete in different flights in a different course rotation. But the two enjoy playing together in regular games at at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugarland.

'I just learned I can't coach her,' admitted Lynn. 'Never coach your wife.'

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Lynn Cormier shown with his hardware at the Kerrville Championship, while Lu won at Teravista Golf Club. 

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.