Ochoa Surges into Lead at Rochester LPGA

By Sports NetworkJune 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Lorena Ochoa carded a 3-under 69 Friday to move two strokes clear of the field through two rounds of the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Ochoa completed 36 holes at 8-under-par 136.
Maria Hjorth moved into a share of second place at 6-under-par 138 after a second-round 70. She was joined there by first-round leader Becky Morgan, who struggled to a 2-over 74.
Paula Creamer is alone in fourth place at minus-5 after a 68. Mi Hyun Kim, who shared second place here last year, is one stroke further back at 4-under-par 140.
Ochoa opened with bogey on the first after her second shot came up short of the green. She knocked a wedge to 3 feet to set up birdie at the third.
The Mexican pitched her third to 6 feet for birdie on the par-5 eighth. Ochoa two-putted for birdie from 50 feet out at the par-5 11th to move to seven-under.
Ochoa, a two-time winner in 2004, rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th before closing with a pair of pars at Locust Hill Country Club.
'I'm very pleased with my run today,' said Ochoa. 'I don't know how I shot better yesterday than today, because today I hit my driver better. I'm very happy with my 8 under and looking forward to tomorrow for a sunny day and get a couple of good rounds.'
Hjorth opened with a 4-foot birdie putt on the 10th. She then ran home a 30-foot birdie try on the 13th. The Swede faltered to a bogey on the 16th, but came right back with a birdie on 17 to get to 6 under.
The 31-year-old, who won twice in 1999, drove into the trees on the first and that led to a bogey. Hjorth rebounded with a 6-foot birdie putt on the sixth to get back to minus-6.
'I started off ten and hit a very good second shot into there and made the putt and started off with a birdie,' Hjorth said. 'It's always nice to start off with a birdie, especially when you played well the day before and then I just played really solid. Overall, I'm very pleased with my round and I've got it going together and I had a lot of birdie chances that I didn't make.'
Morgan ran off five straight pars to open her round. She then drained a 25- footer for birdie on the sixth to move to minus-9. The Wales native tripped to a bogey on No. 10.
The 30-year-old erased that error by draining a 20-foot birdie putt on the 11th. She closed with three straight bogeys to tumble out of the lead.
Gloria Park and Se Ri Pak share sixth place at 3-under-oar 141. Laura Davies, the 2001 champion, posted her second straight round of 1-under 71. She stands in a tie for eighth at 2-under-par 142 alongside Jenny Rosales and 2003 U.S. Women's Open champion Hilary Lunke.
Kim Saiki, the defending champion, managed an even-par 72 on Friday. She stands in a tie for 24th at 1-over-par 145.
The cut line fell at 5-over-par 149 with 76 players moving on to the weekend.
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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.