Hendrix Day Share BC Open Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 BC OpenENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Matt Hendrix and Glen Day each fired rounds of 9-under-par 63 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the B.C. Open at En-Joie Golf Club.
 
Brendan Pappas posted an 8-under-par 64. He was joined in third place by Jason Bohn, Mike Springer and Ben Crane.
 
Hendrix, making his first PGA Tour start of the season, stumbled out of the gate with a double bogey on the first. He bounced right back with a birdie at two.
 
The Clemson All-American got back into red figures with a chip-in eagle at the third. Hendrix kept rolling with a 9-foot birdie putt on the fourth to move to minus-2. He came back with a birdie at No. 7.
 
'I made double on the No. 1, but came right back with birdie-eagle-birdie. I wanted to stop the bleeding,' said Hendrix. 'I would never have thought I'd shoot 63 after that double.'
 
Hendrix jumped to minus-5 with another eagle at the eighth. He then dropped in back-to-back birdies from nine. After a bogey on the 13th, Hendrix drained consecutive birdies from the 15th to get to minus-8.
 
He closed with a birdie at the par-4 closing hole to post his best professional score.
 
'Things started to click and I started making some birdies,' Hendrix said. 'I had ideal scoring conditions too. I never had a 63 in a competitive round before this.'
 
Day started on the back nine and opened with a birdie on the 10th. He dropped a shot at the next, but responded with a birdie on the 12th.
 
The 39-year-old birdied 15, then capped his opening nine with an eagle at the par-4 18th as he holed a pitching-wedge from 117 yards out. Around the turn, Day climbed to 6 under with birdies on one and three.
 
Day dropped a shot at the fourth when he found the water off the tee, but closed with four birdies over his final five holes to share the lead.
 
'I played pretty good today,' Day said. 'There are going to be a ton of birdies made between now and Sunday. I just need to keep making birdies myself.'
 
David Edwards, Harrison Frazar and Hank Kuehne, who tied for second last week at the John Deere Classic, share 12th place at 6-under-par 66.
 
Defending champion Jonathan Byrd is in a large group tied for 54th at 2-under-par 70.
 
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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.


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    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.


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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.