Hartwiger Advances at Womens Mid-Amateur

By Sports NetworkSeptember 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
USGAKNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Kathy Hartwiger earned a 5 and 4 win over Julie Massa in the third round of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship on Monday.
Hartwiger, the 2001 winner of this event, had defeated three-time champion Ellen Port earlier in the day to move into the third round. Massa advanced to round three with a 1-up win in 21 holes. Hartwiger will take on Mina Hardin in Tuesday's quarterfinals.
Hardin picked up a narrow 1-up win over Marianne Towersey in the third round after cruising 5 and 4 in round two at Holston Hills Golf Club.
Tobi Probst, the stroke-play medalist, fell 4 and 3 to Sally Krueger in round two. Krueger went on to defeat Pat Milton 1-up in 20 holes in the third round. She moves on to face Monday's most impressive winner, Thuhashini Selvaratnam.
Selvaratnam pounded Brenda Williams 9 and 8 in the second round to tie the largest win event history. Port was the first 9 and 8 winner, that coming over Sue Churchich in 2001.
Selvaratnam then bested two-time winner Carol Semple Thompson, 4 and 2. This was the first match Selvaratnam had been extended beyond the 12th hole. Semple Thompson had advanced with a 3 and 2 win over Marilyn Hardy.
'I just wanted to come out and play the best I could,' said Selvaratnam. 'I wasn't looking to set any records.'
The two big winners in the third round will square off in the quarterfinals. Virginia Grimes, the 1998 champion, handed Julie Carmichael a 7 and 5 defeat, and moves on to face Lisa Desimone, a 5 and 4 winner over Sandy Jocoy.
'Whatever happens from here on out, I can't complain,' said Grimes, who is recovering still from two back surgeries and another to her neck. 'I'm glad to be where I am and to be approaching another match.'
The final match will pit Corey Weworski against Patricia Cornett. Weworski, who outlasted Andrea Kraus 1-up in 20 holes in round three, also went 20 holes in her first match when she beat Joan Garety.
Cornett earned a 3 and 2 decision over Patty Moore to move to the quarterfinals. She had picked up a 2 and 1 win over Claudia Pilot in the second round.
The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played on Tuesday, with the 18- hole final to be contested on Wednesday.
The Women's Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Second Round Results (Round of 32)
Upper Bracket

Pat Milton, Akron, Ohio def. Sherry Herman, Marlboro, N.J. 1 up
Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. def. Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas 3 and 2
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka def. Brenda Williams, Minnetrista, Minn. 9 and 8
Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. def. Shannon Ogg, Seattle, Wash. 19 holes
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. def. Joan Garety, Rockford, Mich. 20 holes
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. def. Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. 2 and 1
Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. def. Kareen Markle, Boise, Idaho 19 holes
Lower Bracket
Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. def. Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo. 1 up
Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. def. Julie Garner, Winter Park, Fla. 21 holes
Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas def. Debbie Adams, Biltmore Forest, N.C. 5 and 4
Marianne Towersey, Newport Beach, Calif. def. Dawn Woodard, Cartersville, Ga. 2 up
Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. def. Kerry Postillion, Burr Ridge, Ill. 19 holes
Virginia Grimes, Montgomery, Ala. def. Natalie McNicholas, Tulsa, Okla. 3 and 2
Sandy Jocoy, Agoura, Calif. def. Lisa Anderson, Stoneham, Mass. 3 and 2
Lisa DeSimone, Carmel, Calif. def. Jessica Soltes, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 2 and 1

Third Round Results (Round of 16)
Upper Bracket

Sally Krueger, San Francisco, Calif. def. Pat Milton, Akron, Ohio 20 holes
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka def. Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. 4 and 2
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. def. Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. 20 holes
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. def. Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. 3 and 2
Lower Bracket
Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. def. Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. 5 and 4
Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas def. Marianne Towersey, Newport Beach, Calif. 1 up
Virginia Grimes, Montgomery, Ala. def. Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. 7 and 5
Lisa DeSimone, Carmel, Calif. def. Sandy Jocoy, Agoura, Calif. 5 and 4

Pairings for the quarterfinal round of match play Tuesday at the 2004 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at the 6,228-yard, par-72 Holston Hills Country Club course:
8:15 a.m. Sally Krueger vs. Thuhashini Selvaratnam
8:30 a.m. Corey Weworski vs. Patricia Cornett
8:45 a.m. Kathy Hartwiger vs. Mina Hardin
9 a.m. Virginia Grimes vs. Lisa DeSimone

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

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.