Armstrong honored with sportsmanship award

By Ajga StaffNovember 23, 2010, 1:03 am
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Ashley Armstrong of Flossmoor, Ill., earned the 2010 Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award and was presented the award Sunday night at the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet.

Since its founding in 1978, the AJGA recognizes juniors for their impressive feats on the course, in the classroom, as well as for exhibiting sportsmanlike behavior. The Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award honors an individual who possesses qualities such as integrity and true-heartedness, and signifies the importance of living true to these virtues.

Armstrong received the honor for her volunteer work with the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, the AJGA’s Leadership Links program, as well as her character on the golf course. Through her work with the Birdies for Charity portion of Leadership Links, Armstrong was able to raise $5,000 for the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois.

Not only does Armstrong work to raise funds for a worthy cause, she also volunteers her time supporting the Kids Golf Foundation. She spends time working with younger golfers, and offered her services as a standard bearer during the 2009 Solheim Cup.

“Having good sportsmanship is about more than if you win or lose,” Armstrong said. “It’s about character and integrity. It’s about how you act when no one is looking.”

A defining moment for Armstrong came when she realized she signed for a lower score following the final round at the 2009 AJGA Notre Dame Junior Open. Armstrong had accepted the champion’s trophy, but it wasn’t until the following morning that she realized her error. Without hesitation, she notified the tournament director and surrendered the title.

“Through that experience, I learned a lot about golf, but also about how making the right decision helps you in life,” Armstrong said. “I think that if I hadn’t disqualified myself, it would still be bothering me today.”

The Notre Dame commit not only excels in her community and on the golf course, but also in academics. She is a two-time HP Scholastic Junior All-American and is ranked fourth in her class of 707 students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

Armstrong was one of many junior golfers recognized Sunday night at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet held at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Others honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet include the Rolex Junior Players of the Year – Anthony Paolucci of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., – the 96 members of the Rolex Junior All-America Teams and the 24 members of the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team.

The Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet precedes the Polo Golf Junior Classic, also taking place at PGA National Resort & Spa during Thanksgiving week. The event runs Monday through Friday and will feature the top players (78 boys and 78 girls) from the United States and around the world.
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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.