Stretch Drive on the Nationwide Tour

By Sports NetworkSeptember 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
The Nationwide Tour begins its stretch drive towards the season-ending championship event, as only four tournaments remain prior to the finale.
 
Players will try to jockey for position on the money list. With that in mind,
a stellar field is assembled this week, as 21 of the top-25 money leaders are
scheduled to compete.
 
Last year, hometown favorite Jeff Quinney closed with a course-record, 9-under 63 in the final round to come from behind and win the Oregon Classic. Quinney, who grew up in Eugene, Oregon, completed the event at 13-under-par 275 for the first Nationwide Tour title of his career.
 
Quinney's five-stroke comeback in the final round was the biggest in
tournament history.
 
Barry Cheesman climbed into a tie for second at 10-under-par 278 with a closing 68. He was joined there by David McKenzie, who posted a 3-under 69 in the final round.
 
Quinney will be on hand this week to defend his title. He is struggling this year on the Nationwide Tour, currently in 87th place on the money list. Three past champions are scheduled to play this week - Quinney, Chris Couch and Keoke Cotner. Couch titled here in 2003 while Cotner captured the event in 2000. When Jason Gore won here in 2002, he carded weekend rounds of 65-71 for a three-shot win over five players and in doing so, set a new tournament record of 270.
 
Gore's three-round mark of 199 was also an event record. Shadow Hills Country Club professional Mark Keating recorded the first hole-in-one in tournament history when he aced the 12th hole with a three-iron during the opening round of the 1999 event.

Despite the ace, Keating missed the cut with a two-round total of 152. In
2003, Barry Cheesman made the third hole-in-one in Oregon Classic competition, as he finished the event tied for 16th. The other hole-in-one was made by Andy Dillard in 2002.
 
In the six-year history of the event, there has been only one outright, wire-to-wire winner in Eugene. Kelly Gibson led from start to finish in 1999, taking a three-stroke lead over four players after an opening-day 65.
 
At the time, Gibson became only the 15th player in tour history to win in wire-to-wire fashion. Shadow Hills has hosted this event since its inception in 1998.
 
Last year, the course played to a scoring average of 72.814, making it the seventh toughest course on tour last year. The Nationwide Tour moves to Arizona next week for the Gila River Golf Classic, where Chris Nallen won the 2004 event.
 
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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.


    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


    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


    Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

    Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

    Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


    Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


    Green jacket tour

    Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

    Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

    Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


    Man of the people


    Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

    Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

    Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


    Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


    Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


    Growing family

    Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

    Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


    Departure from TaylorMade


    Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


    Squashed beef with Paddy

    Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

    Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


    Victory at Valderrama


    Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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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.