It's a wrap: GC Am Tour national championships

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 28, 2011, 3:00 am

A record field of 1,029 amateurs competed in the 2011 Golf Channel Am Tour (GCAT) National Championships, Sept. 18-27. The event was contested at four La Quinta, Calif., area courses, headlined by the famed Stadium Course at PGA West. Tournament contestants ranged in age from 12 to 79 and represented 42 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The GCAT National Championships were divided into two events – the Senior National Championship (age 50+), Sept. 18-21, and the Open National Championship, Sept. 24-27. PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, Greg Norman Course and TPC Stadium Course joined La Quinta Resort & Club’s Mountain Course as host golf courses. La Quinta Resort served as the tournament headquarters and host resort for the national championships.

Here is a breakdown from all the action. 

We are the champions: Just amateurs? Sure. But for the six Golf Channel Am Tour national champions, victory is sweet no matter the stage.

Golf's a kid's game: Charlie Reiter has won so much at golf that he's lost count. He's been winning his whole life. Of course, he's only 12.

Low expectations: Mark Mulder knows what it’s like to be a national champion, having been part of the 2006 World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals. Now competing at the Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championships, he says he’s setting the bar low.

Some like it hot: An eclectic group of contestants prepare for this week's Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championships in Palm Springs. Only those who can take the heat will prevail.

The last laugh: How do you conquer Pete Dye's Stadium Course? In the Hogan flight, all you need is a little help from your friends. 

The Conover Dynasty: Clifford Conover is becoming an Am Tour legend, winning his third National Championship crown. 

Champion of Champions: Richard Krogness won the Championship flight at the Norman Course at PGA West. 

Sippy cup: Won your first Am Tour crown? Why not drink from the crystal? That's what winner Dave Verlhust did. 

Kings of the Mountain: Two Am Tour crowns were awarded to those who conquered the La Quinta Resort Mountain Course. 

Desert Duel: For one Am Tour veteran, the coveted three-peat is in sight. In his way? A nationals rookie. 

Hunting for aces: Peter Hunt recorded the week's third ace Tuesday. 

Breaking through the comfort zone: Sandbagging? No way. Two competitors take more satisfaction in making a higher flight than dominating lower brackets. 

Taking on the man: The Am Tour isn't 'men only.' Six women are competing this week in La Quinta, and some are in contention. 

Coming up aces: After a quiet opening round, the aces began to drop in Round 2 at PGA West. 

Escaping Alcatraz: In Round 1, the Sarazen flight took on the infamous par-3 17th hole on the PGA West Stadium Course. 

Golf Channel Am Tour National Championship week kicks offIt's the biggest event Golf Channel has ever held: 12 days and more than 1,000 competitors for the Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships. The 'Morning Drive' team welcomed the senior competitors to kick off tournament week in La Quinta. 

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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm