Hurst leads again in Tennessee

By Sports NetworkMay 10, 2001, 4:00 pm
Defending champion Pat Hurst grabbed the lead with a flawless round of eight-under-par 64 in Thursday's first round of the Electrolux USA Championship. Hurst's opening score tied for the lowest round of her career and left her one shot clear of Sherri Turner.
Scotland's Catriona Matthew and Mhairi McKay shot six-under 66s for a share of third place with Jill McGill. The American quintet of Caroline Blaylock, Tracy Hanson, Denise Killeen, Karen Weiss and Kellee Booth are next at minus-five.
Hurst posted four birdies on the front nine of the Ironhorse Course at The Legends Club of Tennessee, including a 18-footer at the sixth. After making the turn with a 10-foot birdie putt at the ninth, Hurst parred holes 10 through 13 before making her way in with birdies over four of the last five holes.
Hurst won last year's tournament with her husband and 11-month-old son in tow, making the final round, which fell on Mother's Day, one to remember. She has suffered some rough moments this season, however, so returning to the scene of her third career victory was just the medicine she needed.
'I just feel comfortable, and that is what is important,' said Hurst. 'I didnt have any negative thoughts, and the more positive thoughts I have, the better I play.'
Hurst can't be blamed for talk of negative thinking. The 31-year-old has put herself in position to win several times this season but fell from contention in the later rounds. She held the second-round lead at the Nabisco Championship -- the first LPGA major of the season -- but carded a pair of 74s over the weekend to drop back into a tie for ninth. Three weeks later, Hurst squandered a six-shot lead with 10 holes to play at The Office Depot.
Turner, who also has three titles to her name but hasn't hoisted a trophy since 1989, birdied six of the first 10 holes Thursday but missed a short par putt at the 15th to drop to five-under par. She rolled in back-to-back birdie putts from nine feet to cap her round of 65.
'I have been working so hard on my putting and it is now starting to pay off,' said Turner, who notched her first win at the 1988 LPGA Championship. 'You know you work hard and dont get a pay off, but then today I did.'
'I think its funny that I shot low today because I just changed caddies this week,' she added. 'Becky Iverson and I changed caddies. We switched for the week. We just have wanted to try it and in todays round I think I made every was a good solid putting day for me, and the only mistake today came with that one bogey I made.'
World No. 1 Karrie Webb, who successfully defended her title at the Nichirei Cup in Japan last weekend, turned in a four-under 68 for a share of 11th place with Iverson and four others. Although she has finished in the top-10 six times in seven starts on the LPGA Tour this season, Webb is still in search of her first victory.
The red-hot Annika Sorenstam, who has come out on top in five of her last six events, is among 12 players tied at minus-three.
Full-field scores from the Electrolux USA Championship
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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.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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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.