Austrias Wiegele wins Saint-Omer Open

By Associated PressJune 21, 2010, 3:41 am

EuropeanTour_smlSAINT-OMER, France – Martin Wiegele of Austria shot a 3-under 68 to win the Saint-Omer Open on Sunday and earn his first title on the European Tour.

Wiegele finished two shots ahead of a group of five players after four birdies and only one bogey for a 7-under 277 total.

“It was just unbelievable to win here,” Wiegele told the European Tour website. “It’s the moment I have ever dreamt of since I was a little boy, since I started playing golf.”

Pelle Edberg of Sweden carded a 67 and was tied for second place with Raphael Jacquelin of France and English players Matt Haines, Robert Dinwiddie and Jamie Elson.

Overnight leader Elson hit one more birdie than Wiegele but hurt his chances with seven bogeys for a 73.

Wiegele started with two birdies to snatch the lead from Elson, who bogeyed the third and the fourth holes.

“I was thinking last night of this round,” Wiegele said. “I thought after finishing so badly yesterday (with a double bogey), it’d be great to have a really good start that (would) bring me back into contention. It just happened.”

Elson recovered by sinking five birdies in six holes to recapture the top spot at 9-under. But he surrendered the lead again with two consecutive bogeys.

Wiegele bogeyed the 18th to leave the door open for Elson, but the Englishman couldn’t rally in the last four holes and even dropped shots on Nos. 15 and 17.

“I was pretty nervous out there toward the end,” Elson told the European Tour website. “Unfortunately I just missed two or three short putts.”

Dinwiddie, who started the day in second place, quickly lost ground as he opened his round with two bogeys and a double-bogey. But he made a strong comeback with three birdies on the back nine to finish joint second.

Mark Haastrup of Denmark took seventh place at 3-under 281. Charles-Edouard Russo of France shared eighth place with Ake Nilsson of Sweden.

The 398th-ranked Wiegele won the Lexus Open in 2007 and the Karnten Golf Open this year on the Challenge Tour.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity,, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.