Moodie Grabs Early Advantage in Canada

By Sports NetworkJuly 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 BMO Financial OpenHAMMOND PLAINS, Canada - Janice Moodie posted a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the BMO Canadian Women's Open.
Emily Bastel carded a 5-under-par 67 to take second place and Linda Ishii was one stroke further back at minus-4 at Glen Arbour Golf Course.
Moodie got her round going with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 second and made it two straight with a 5-foot birdie putt on three.
The 32-year-old ran home a 45-footer for birdie at the fourth and made it four in a row when she kicked in a 3-foot birdie try on No. 5.
Moodie, a two-time winner on tour, made the turn at minus-5 thanks to a birdie at the ninth. She reeled off eight straight pars from the 10th and then drained a 15-foot birdie try at the last to close a bogey-free round.
'To be honest with you, I had a couple of good up and downs for par towards the middle part there when the wind got a little bit swirly,' said Moodie. 'So making pars was good. Then the birdie at the last and not making any bogeys was key.'
Bastel stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the first, but erased that mistake with a birdie on the par-4 eighth.
Around the turn, the 24-year-old sank a 25-foot birdie try on the 11th. Bastel then aced the par-3 13th as her 7-iron tee shot rolled into the cup get her to minus-3.
Bastel got up and down for birdie on the 14th and moved within one stroke of the lead with a birdie from 8 feet out on the 15th. She then parred her final three holes to remain there.
'It was a little exciting, definitely,' said Bastel. 'After I hit the poor shot on one, I pretty much kept it in play with a the driver after that. And then after the hole in one, it was just the momentum that helped me make those other birdies.'
Il Mi Chung, Johanna Head, Cathy Johnston-Forbes, Brittany Lang, Mhairi McKay, Angela Stanford and Sherri Turner share fourth place at 3-under-par 69.
Meg Mallon, who last year became the first person to win this crown after also winning the U.S. Women's Open, opened with a round of 2-under-par 70. She stands in a tie for 11th place alongside Beth Bader, Audra Burks, Jen Hanna, Diana D'Alessio, Christina Kim, Shani Waugh, Karen Weiss, Young-A Yang and Naree Song.
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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.