Timeline: U.S. Amateur Public Links

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 11, 2013, 4:26 pm

The U.S. Golf Association announced Monday that the men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links will no longer be contested following the 2014 event.

Here is a timeline of the tournament:

MEN

1922: Inaugural event was won by Eddie Held at Ottawa Park in Toledo, Ohio. There were 140 entries. Held joined a private club soon after his victory and was not eligible to defend his title in 1923

1927: Carl Kauffmann won the first of his three consecutive titles and is the only three-time champion of the event

1988: Ralph Howe III won and received the first invitation to the Masters (in 1989) as champion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links. An invitation to The Masters has been extended every year since

1997: Tim Clark defeated Ryuji Imada, 7 and 6. Trip Kuehne was medalist that year, shooting 134

1998: Trevor Immelman defeated Jason Dufner, 3 and 2, to win the championship

2003: Brandt Snedeker defeated Dayton Rose, 10 and 9, to win the championship

2004: Ryan Moore also defeated Dayton Rose, this time 6 and 5, to win the championship. Moore also won in 2002 

2005: Michelle Wie (then 15 years old) qualified for the championship, making her the first female ever to qualify for a USGA men’s event. She qualified for stroke play and eventually lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Clay Ogden

Notes: The championship has had varying formats. From 1922-47 there was stroke-play qualifying before match play; from 1948-55 the championship was stroke play only; from 1956-66 there was 36-hole stroke play before match play; from 1967-74 it was only stroke play; from 1975 to present the format has been 36-hole stroke play before match play. The introduction of the 8.4 handicap index limit was introduced in 2000


WOMEN

1977: Inaugural event, held on the East Course of Yahara Hills GC in Madison, Wis., was won by Kelly Fuiks. She won again in ’78 before turning pro 

1988: Pearl Sinn became the first women’s player to win both the U.S. Women’s Amateur as well as the Women’s Publinx in the same season. Jennifer Song also won both titles in 2009

2003: Michelle Wie became the youngest winner of an “adult” USGA championship when she won the Women’s Publinx at age 13

2004: Current women’s world No. 1 Yani Tseng defeated Wie, 1 up, to win at Golden Horseshoe GC in Williamsburg, Va.

2008: Tiffany Joh won her second of two WAPL titles with a 2-and-1 victory over Jennifer Song at Erin Hills. Joh also won in ’06

Notes: The final match moved to 36 holes for the first time in 2002. Fuiks, Lori Castillo, Sinn, Jo Jo Robertson and Joh are the only players to win the event multiple times. The handicap index limit of 18.4 was introduced in 2005. The WAPL team championship was held from 1977 to 2008.

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

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Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.