Champions Tour money leader absent from Iowa

By Associated PressMay 31, 2012, 9:00 pm

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The golfers playing this weekend's Principal Charity Classic caught a bit of a break.

Senior PGA Championship winner Roger Chapman and points leader Michael Allen didn't make the trip to Iowa.

Chapman, the Englishman who stunned the field with a two-stroke win at Harbor Shores in Michigan last weekend, will play in Spain this week following his first career Champions Tour win. Allen, the only Champions player with a pair of wins in 2012, is playing in a U.S. Open qualifier in California.

Chapman and Allen are about only big names not in the field for this weekend's tournament at Glen Oaks Country Club, which is sandwiched between a pair of majors as the circuit heads to Birmingham next week.

''It's all about winning and giving yourself those opportunities, and certainly the non-major weeks, you have to play well,'' said John Cook, who is 134 points behind Allen and in second place. ''This would be a good week to catch up with (Allen) a little bit.''

Perhaps the two most intriguing players in the field are the ones directly below Chapman; Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry.

Langer was the leading money winner on the Champions Tour from 2008-10 but struggled through an injury-plagued 2011. He has six top-10 finishes in eight starts and a pair of second-place finishes this year. He finished 11th in his only start at Glen Oaks two years ago.

Perry rallied with a 9-under 62 in his final round last week, matching the lowest round ever in a senior major. Perry has three top-10 finishes in seven starts and won at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla., in February.

''I like how I'm hitting the golf ball right now. I'm still struggling with my putting, that's nothing new. That's been the history of my career,'' Perry said. ''This week will all boil down to how I putt.''

The defending champion at Iowa is Bob Gilder, who along with Jay Haas is the only player to win twice at Glen Oaks.

Gilder's second victory at Iowa was about as improbable as Chapman's last week.

Gilder hadn't won a senior event in five years and trailed leader Mark Brooks by four shots a year ago heading to the 15th hole. But Gilder birdied his next two holes and Brooks salvaged a bogey after hitting his approach into the water on No. 17, a 467-yard par-4 that's considered the toughest hole on the course.

Gilder then sank a 30-foot putt and Brooks three-putted to hand over what had seemed like a sure victory.

Though Gilder has just one top-25 finish in nine events in 2012, he has to be considered among the favorites. Gilder also won at Glen Oaks in 2002 and has earned more money on this course than anyone else.

But Brooks can take solace in knowing that runner-ups Tom Jenkins and Nick Price both won in Iowa a year later, with Price pulling that off two years ago.

Glen Oaks, which typically ranks as one of the easier courses on the Champions Tour, could play different for each round. Rain soaked central Iowa on Wednesday night and lingered through Thursday's pro-am with temperatures barely cracking 60 degrees.

Although it could be somewhat soggy for Friday's opening round, it's expected to be dry and much warmer by Sunday's final round.

''We start getting warm weather, it starts drying out, you'll see the scores going down,'' Perry said. ''You'll see the scores improve a little bit each day because the weather will improve.''

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High school seniors win U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

By Associated PressMay 24, 2018, 1:44 am

TEQUESTA, Fla. - The 18-year-old Hammer, from Houston, is set to play at Texas next fall. Barber, from Stuart, Fla., also is 18. He's headed to LSU.

''Growing up watching U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateurs on TV, I just knew being a USGA champion is something that I desperately wanted,'' said Hammer, who qualified for a U.S. Open three years ago at 15. ''And to finally do it, it feels incredible. It feels as good, if not better, than I thought it would. And especially being able to do it with Garrett. It's really cool to share this moment.''

Hammer and Cole won the par-4 eighth with a birdie to take a 2-up lead. They took the par-4 10th with a par, won the par-5 13th with an eagle - Barber hit a 4-iron from 235 yards to 3 feet - and halved the next two holes to end the match.

''Cole didn't want me to hit 4-iron,'' Barber said. ''He didn't think I could get it there. I was like, 'I got it.' So I hit it hard, hit pretty much a perfect shot. It was a crazy shot.''

The 32-year-old Dull is from Winter Park, Fla., and the 42-year-old Brooke from Altamonte Springs, Fla.

''Cole Hammer is a special player,'' Brooke said. ''Obviously, he's going to Texas (and) I'm not saying he is Jordan Spieth, but there are certain things that he does.''

In the morning semifinals, Hammer and Barber beat Idaho high school teammates Carson Barry and Sam Tidd, 5 and 4, and Brooke and Dull topped former Seattle University teammates Kyle Cornett and Patrick Sato, 4 and 3.

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Watch: Pumped up Beef deadlifts 485 lbs.

By Grill Room TeamMay 24, 2018, 12:19 am

Andrew "Beef" Johnston has been playing some solid golf on the European Tour this season, and he is clearly pumped up for one of the biggest weeks of the year at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Judging from the video below, Beef will have no problems lifting the trophy on Sunday as he reportedly deadlifted 220 kg ... (Googles kilogram to pounds converter, enters numbers) ... that's 485 lbs!

@beefgolf with a new deadlift PB 220kg ! #youcantgowronggettingstrong

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Arizona captures NCAA DI Women's Championship

By Jay CoffinMay 23, 2018, 11:56 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – Turns out this match-play format provides fireworks. Almost always.

In the four years since the women’s NCAA Championship has switched from the stale, 72-hole stroke-play format the championship matches have been pure magic.

This year, for the third time in the past four years, the final outcome came down to the last match and Arizona took home its third title with a 3-2 victory over Alabama on Wednesday when junior Haley Moore defeated senior Lakareber Abe on the 19th hole.

The Wildcats also won NCAA titles in 1996 and 2000, the latter when current Arizona coach Laura Ianello was on the team as a player.

“Arizona is my home, it is where I went to school and [the championship] needs to be back home,” Ianello said. “So I am so proud to be the coach to bring it back.”

Two days ago, Arizona was in the midst of an epic collapse. The Wildcats were safely in the third position after 54 holes of stroke play and needed only to be inside the top eight after 72 holes to advance to the match-play portion of the event.

But they played the worst round of the day and were on the outside looking in with one hole remaining when junior Bianca Pagdanganan made eagle on the par-5 18th hole. That propelled the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor that they ultimately won.

On the first day of match play, Arizona continued to ride the wave of momentum by defeating Pac-12 rivals UCLA, the top seed, and Stanford, a match-play stalwart the past three years.

Next up for Arizona was Alabama, the top-ranked team in the country and the second seed this week after stroke play.

NCAA Women’s DI Championship: Team scoring

NCAA Women’s DI Championship: Individual scoring

“Win or lose tomorrow, this has been a hell of a ride,” Ianello said, attempting to take pressure off her team, which, on paper, looked like an underdog.

But you know the saying, anything can happen in match play, and often does.

Alabama coach Mic Potter put out his three first-team All-Americans in the first three spots hoping to jump out to an early lead. Junior Lauren Stephenson played poorly in the opening match and lost, 4 and 3, to freshman Yu-Sang Hou.

Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight dispatched Wildcats Gigi Stoll and Pagdanganan easily in the second and third matches.

Arizona’s Sandra Nordaas beat Angelica Moresco, 1 up, in the fourth match meaning the fifth and final match, which was all square after 16 holes, was going to decide the NCAA title.

Lakareber lost the 17th hole when her approach shot sailed well short and right of the green in thick, gnarly rough. She attempted to advance the ball but could not and headed to the final hole 1 down.

With seemingly every golf fan in Stillwater on site, including several men’s teams here to participate in next week’s championship, Abe hit a laser second shot into the par-5 18th hole setting up a 12-foot look for eagle. Moore missed her birdie putt and Abe won the hole to set up extra holes to decide the championship.

In the extra frame, Moore was left of the green in two shots and Abe was short in the greenside bunker. Moore chipped to 4 feet and Abe’s bunker shot was 6 feet away. Abe missed, Moore made and Arizona walked away with the hardware.

“It means so much, it’s actually like a dream,” Moore said. “I’m just so happy for my team right now.”

Potter has been a head coach for 35 years – at both Furman and Alabama – and finally was able to collect his first NCAA Championship in 2012. Being so close to a second one will sting for quite a while but he will be able to live with the outcome for one simple reason.

“They fought their hearts out all year,” Potter said. “I just want to congratulate them for the way they battled, not only today, but in match play. Everyone gave their best on every shot - that’s all we can ask.”

Arizona def. Alabama, 3-2

Yu-Sang Hou (AZ) def. Lauren Stephenson (AL), 4 and 3

Kristen Gillman (AL) def. Gigi Stoll (AZ), 4 and 3

Cheyenne Knight (AL) def. Bianca Pagdanganan, 4 and 2

Sandra Nordaas (AZ) def. Angelica Moresco (AL), 1 up

Haley Moore (AZ) def. Lakareber Abe (AL), 19th hole

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Elway to play in U.S. Senior Open qualifier

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 23, 2018, 10:25 pm

Tony Romo is not the only ex-QB teeing it up against the pros.

Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway will try to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open next week, according to the Denver Post.

And why not? The qualifier and the senior major will be held in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor. Elway is scheduled to tee off May 28 at 12:10 p.m. ET. The top two finishers will earn a spot in the U.S. Senior Open, June 27 to July 1.