Clark Storms to Victory at Under Armour Vicky Hurst Championship

By Ajga StaffMay 12, 2010, 5:39 pm

GOLD CANYON, Ariz. – Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo., won the Under Armour® / Vicky Hurst
Championship as he surpassed 18 competitors Sunday with a round of 7-under-par 65. He went on to defeat Devon Purser of Clearfield, Utah, on the first playoff hole. In the Girls Division, Emily Tubert earned her first AJGA victory by shooting a 4-under-par 140 tournament total.

 The Under Armour® / Vicky Hurst Championship was a 36-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club — Prospector Course. The tournament field boasted 51 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states, Canada and Mexico. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,066 yards and the Girls Division played at 6,053 yards.

 A stretch of five birdies in six holes set Clark up for his first AJGA victory. He totaled eight birdies on his card, tallying his lone bogey on his final hole. He quickly bounced back with his ninth birdie of the day on the first playoff hole, securing the victory.

 “I joined the AJGA four years ago and I’ve come close to winning so many times,” said Clark, who is ranked
No. 24 in the Polo Golf Rankings. “Winning has been a big aspiration for me, and it means a lot to finally get there.”

Purser shot 4-under-par 68 to tie Clark at 4-under-par 140 for the tournament. His second-place finish is his highest in the AJGA. Patrick Sanchez of Mazatlan, Mexico, finished third with a 1-under-par 143 tournament total. Neil Evans of Phoenix, Henry Todd of Trophy Club, Texas, Alex McMahon of Tucson, Ariz., and Jacob Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., tied for fourth at even-par 144.

 In the Girls Division, Tubert wasted no time as she birdied three of her first six holes on her way to a 3-under-par 69. Strong irons and wedges propelled her down the stretch, as she hit eight greens on the back nine.

 “My wedges were really good today,” said Tubert, who has signed with the University of Arkansas. “I kept the ball in play, hit a lot of greens and rolled in some putts. It’s great to be able to win this tournament on Mother’s Day.”

 One shot behind Tubert, Lindsey Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz., finished the tournament in second place at
3-under-par 141. First-round leader Kaira Martin finished third at 2-under-par 142.

 Under Armour® is a leading developer, marketer and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear
and accessories. Under Armour®’s moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe. Under Armour®’s additional offices are in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto and China. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.underarmour.com.

 The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth
and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

 Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

 AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have
compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

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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.