NeSmith, Jutanugarn named AJGA Players of Year

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 22, 2012, 8:00 pm

Matthew NeSmith and Ariya Jutanugarn have been named the 2012 AJGA Rolex Players of the Year.

NeSmith, of North Augusta, S.C., won four of the five junior tournaments he played in this season and spent the final nine weeks of his junior career ranked No. 1 in the country. The 19-year-old is currently a freshman at the University of South Carolina.

Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, became only the fifth girl to win consecutive Player of the Year awards. The 16-year-old won three times in seven junior starts this season. She is expected to turn pro later this year.

“It is the biggest honor I have ever earned in my life,” Jutanugarn said in a statement, “and it is such an honor to have my name appear two times since the AJGA is a very large and well-known institution.”

The players will be recognized Nov. 18 during the Rolex Junior All-American Awards Banquet at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The rest of the teams:

BOYS:

First team:

Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.

Brad Dalke, McKinney, Texas

Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Tae Wan Lee, (South Korea) Orlando, Fla.

Thomas Lim, Moorpark, Calif.

Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y.

Lee McCoy, Clarkesville, Ga.

Matthew NeSmith, North Augusta, S.C.

Andy Shim, (South Korea) Duluth, Ga. 

Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind.

James Yoon, Bradenton, Fla.

Second team:

Connor Black, Houston, Texas

Derek Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif.

Branson Davis, McKinney, Texas

Zecheng Dou, Beijing, China

Max Greyserman, Short Hills, N.J.

Jacob Joiner, Albany, Ga.

Peter Kim, Metuchen, N.J.

Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.

Brandon Pierce, Covington, La.

Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas

Davis Womble, High Point, N.C.

Honorable mention:

Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La.

Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.

James Clark, III, Columbus, Ga.

Sean Crocker, Westlake Village, Calif.

Daniel De La Garza, (Mexico) Austin, Texas

Parker Derby, Columbus, Ga.

Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.

Rigel Fernandes, (India) Bradenton, Fla.

Nicolo Galletti, Pleasanton, Calif.

Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas

Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif.

Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla.

Joo-Young Lee, Hilliard, Ohio

Clayton Madey, West Linn, Ore.

Cole Madey, West Linn, Ore.

Luis Medina, Zapopan, Mexico

Chad Merzbacher, Dublin, Ohio

Fred Allen Meyer, Nicholasville, Ky.

Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Ga.

Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif.

Jimmy Stanger, Tampa, Fla.

Danny Walker, Bradenton, Fla.

Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla.

GIRLS:

First team:

Shannon Aubert, (France) Reunion, Fla.

Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J.

Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis.

Ariya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif.

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Esther Lee, Los Alamitos, Calif.

Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y.

Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga.

Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas

Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla.

Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Second team:

Karen Arimoto, (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif.

Simin Feng, (China) Orlando, Fla.

Cheyenne Knight, The Woodlands, Texas

Amy Lee, Brea, Calif.

Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Marijosse Navarro, (Mexico) San Antonio, Texas

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.

Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark.

Maria Torres, San Juan, P.R.

Jessica Vasilic, (Sweden) Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif.

Honorable mention:

Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla.

Sarah Cho, San Diego, Calif.

Hee Wook Choi, (South Korea) San Diego, Calif.

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii

Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga.

Dree Fausnaugh, Maitland, Fla.

Anne Freman, Las Vegas, Nev.

Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J.

Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas, Nev.

Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif.

Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif.

Christine Lin, Austin, Texas

Yu Liu, (China) Aventura, Fla.

Brooke McDougald, The Woodlands, Texas

Anna Newell, Tampa, Fla.

Hannah O'Sullivan, Phoenix, Ariz.

Jessica Porvasnik, Hinckley, Ohio

Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Laura Sojo, (Colombia) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C.

Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J.

Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif.

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.