Kelli Kuehne Uses Golf to Combat Diabetes

By Lpga Tour MediaNovember 18, 2002, 5:00 pm
She is only 24 years old. But in the world of juvenile diabetes, Kelli Kuehne is a grizzled expert.
The fifth-year LPGA Tour professional is an amazing example of how a keen education and proper health care can be a springboard not only for a successful golf career, but can also serve as a platform to help children deal with the illness.
My biggest goal in life is to help diabetic children understand that because they have the disease, they need to take care of themselves, see a doctor and get plenty of knowledge about the illness, Kuehne said. Being diabetic has had a huge role in who I am.
Kuehne was diagnosed diabetic at age 10. She learned to inject herself with insulin and thereby stabilize her blood sugar in the early days. Today, she relies on a computerized pump these days to maintain normal levels.
When it was explained to me, it was pretty cut and dry, Kuehne said. They told me that if I checked my blood and took my insulin, I could live a long, healthy life. I understood it was a life change. Instead of wondering, Why me? I just accepted it.
Kuehne said because of good information and health care, her diabetes has largely been under control. She works with University of Texas trainer Tina Bonci to keep her diet within the proper guidelines and also an endocrinologist to monitor her blood levels. But she knows children struggle with the ups and downs of diabetes and hopes she can lend moral and financial support now and in the future.
She knows, too, that for diabetic children, treats like cookies, cakes and ice creams can be difficult to deal with. Fluctuating sugar levels is like riding a roller coaster.
Kuehnes stature as an athlete helps in her talks with kids.
I do feel like Im a role model in the golf world and in certain industries on a smaller scale, she said. I feel a responsibility. I get letters and know it is a struggle for a lot of young kids.
Kuehne, who has one career victory and a slew of top-10 finishes, is doing her part to increase research funds.
She hosts a yearly pro-am, which benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Its held in McKinney, Texas, in late April or early May at Stonebridge Country Club. LPGA and PGA Tour players lend a hand, too. Since 1998, Kuehnes pro-am has raised more than $1 million, but she is already aiming for bigger things.
Id love for it to go nationwide, Kuehne said, hoping similar same-day events could be held around the United States in the future. I hope to raise $1 million in a day.
Ultimately, Kuehne said, that will make her focus on her golf career. She hopes to make a memorable one for herself and some day turn her attention full-time to juvenile diabetes.
Yes, there will be many more years on the LPGA Tour, health willing, said Kuehne, but there is also a bigger goal in sight.
I would like to be able to make enough money in my career to walk away from it (the LPGA) and to solely raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, she said.
That means more hard work, but dont count her out.
I have had success in my pro career, but Ive not been as successful as Id like, she said. My goal is to be No. 1, and Im not there yet.
If Kuehne does ultimately achieve her goal, you can bet that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be along for the ride.
She wouldnt have it any other way.
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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.