Harigae Fires 64 To Lead Girls Junior Am

By Sports NetworkJuly 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
USGACHARLOTTE, NC -- Mina Harigae fired an 8-under-par 64 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors after the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur Championship. She finished 36 holes at 6-under-par 138 at Carmel Country Club.
Maria Jose Uribe shot her second consecutive 2-under 70 on Tuesday and is alone in second place at minus-4.
Isabelle Lendl, the daughter of tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl, carded a 5-under 67 in the second round of stroke play and is tied for third place with Lindy Duncan and Mindy Kim, both of whom shot 70s on Tuesday. The trio is knotted at 3-under-par 141.
Harigae flew out of the gate with a 10-foot birdie putt at her first hole, the 10th. She added another birdie at 12, but dropped a shot at 13 when she drove into the rough and knocked her second into the tall grass as well.
Around the turn, Harigae soared up the leaderboard with four consecutive birdies from the 17th. She rolled in a breaking, six-footer for birdie at the fifth to reach 4-under par.
She took advantage of her length at the par-5 eighth which resulted in a tap-in birdie. Harigae got to minus-4 thanks to a six-foot birdie putt from below the hole.
'On some holes I was just thinking par, or 'OK, get out of there with a two- putt,'' said Harigae, who needed only 26 putts on Friday. 'I started getting dialed in.'
Harigae, a semifinalist in 2003, has had a great record in USGA events. She was co-medalist at this year's Women's Amateur Public Links Championship before getting knocked out in the quarterfinals.
The 16-year-old has more incentive to win than her place in the history books.
'If I win,' said Harigae, a four-time California state Women's Amateur champion, 'my mom said I can get a car. If I win the Women's Am, I get my choice.'
Elisa Aoki carded a 2-under 70 and is alone in sixth place at 2-under-par 142. Patty Chawalitmetha shot a 1-over-par 73 and has sole possession of seventh place at even-par 144.
First-round leader Joanne Lee struggled to a 4-over 76 and shares eighth place with Taylore Karle (72), Sally Watson (73) and Kristina Wong (74). That group is knotted at plus-1.
Fourteen-year-old MacKinzie Kline, who was granted the use of a golf cart because of a congenital heart defect, shot a 7-over 79 on Tuesday, but advanced to the match-play round at 7-over-par 151.
Dakoda Dowd, who became the youngest player to compete in an LPGA tournament earlier this year at the age of 13, managed a 3-over 75 and also came in at plus-7. Dowd played in the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open in late April because her mother, Kelly Jo, is battling breast cancer and wanted to see her daughter play on tour.
There was a 10-girl playoff for the final eight spots in the match-play section of the tournament.
Madison Pressel, sister of LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel, and Austin Ernst were knocked out of the tournament.
Ivan Lendl's other daughter, Marika, moved on to the match-play portion of the tournament.
Tuesday marks the end of the first two rounds of stroke-play qualifying. The top 64 scorers will then start match play Wednesday and the event concludes on Saturday with a 36-hole match play final.
Last year, In-Kyung Kim defeated fellow 17-year-old In-Bee Park to win the event, which has proven to be a springboard for success for LPGA talent over the years. Past winners of this championship include Nancy Lopez, Hollis Stacy Amy Alcott and Pat Hurst. Stacy was a three-time champion while Lopez captured this event twice.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

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    Steve Stricker:

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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.