Christina Kim uses fathers advice to get into contention

By Associated PressAugust 1, 2009, 4:00 pm
Ricoh WomenLYTHAM ST. ANNES, England ' Christina Kim does not regard herself as the most patient of players, saying shes often teed off on the golf course.
 
But the American followed her fathers orders to be patient Saturday, shooting a 1-under 71 to head into the final round of the Womens British Open in second place. She birdied the 18th hole to trail leader Catriona Matthew of Scotland by three shots.
 
He said just to go out and try to be patient, said Kim of their phone call. He said if any birdies come along, take them. But dont be too distraught if you make a few bogeys, and just take it one shot at a time. Id like to think I heeded his advice pretty well today.
 
She finished with two birdies and one bogey.
 
Asked if she ever got in a bad mood on the course, Kim replied: Oh, if you only knew. Absolutely, about every round Ive had coming into this week.
 
Her naturally voluble personality on course owes a lot to Lee Trevino, the master showman of the mens game.
 
Growing up, I watched Lee Trevino play a lot of golf and I thought, Man, that dude is cool, she said. He wears his heart on his sleeve, his emotions run high and sometimes your emotions help push you to a better place in your golf.
 
Ive been known, even when Im having a good day, to talk to myself. Then, Ill sit there and chastise and yell at myself or moan about anything. Moan, whine, anything like that.
 
Kim will play Sunday with Matthew and said the links course at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club suits her rival.
 
I think Catriona is a phenomenal player and shes got a bit of an advantage being Scottish with this kind of golf course, Kim said. Shes an absolute diamond and I adore her, so it will be a wonderful day. Im really thrilled.
 
Kim lives in Florida where her home course, Grand Cypress in Orlando, was designed by Jack Nicklaus with a variety of links-style holes.
 
So, I have a bit of links-style golf in me, Kim said. And Ive been coming over to this event for seven years, so Ive played links golf a little bit. Its such a different type of golf here, carving shots into the wind and playing around the bunkers and using your creativity.
 
Which is why she needed her fathers advice.
 
Patience is a huge factor, she said. Im a big fan of instant gratification, but Im learning.
 
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    Women's NCAA finals: Arizona vs. Alabama

    By Jay CoffinMay 22, 2018, 11:49 pm

    STILLWATER, Okla. – It’s the SEC vs. the Pac 12 for the women’s NCAA Championship; Alabama vs. Arizona, to be more specific.

    Both the Crimson Tide and Wildcats cruised in their respective semifinal matches Tuesday at Karsten Creek. Alabama easily beat USC, 3-1-1; Arizona defeated match-play juggernaut Stanford, 4-1.

    Alabama’s top three players, Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight were unstoppable forces in both matches on the marathon day. Stacked in the top three positions in the semifinals all three won their matches on the 17th hole, making the last two matches inconsequential.


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    Arizona, the eighth seed, won as decisively as second-seeded Alabama, but needed a miracle to be in this position in the first place.

    Junior Bianca Pagdanganan drained a 30-footer for eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday to get the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor, which they won on the second hole. Then on Tuesday, presumably running on fumes, they downed top-seeded UCLA in the morning, then crushed Pac-12 foe Stanford in the afternoon.

    Pagdanganan, Gigi Stoll and Hayley Moore each won both matches for Arizona on the hot, draining day.

    “I don’t want to let them down so I do my best to rise to the occasion,” Pagdanganan said.

    Said Arizona coach Laura Ianello: “How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it,” Ianello said about Pagdanganan. “This kid can.”

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

    By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:30 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 advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals were contested 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 finals action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

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    4-8PM: Match-play finals (Click here to watch live)

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    Fort Worth Invitational: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

    By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 10:30 pm

    The PGA Tour makes the short drive from Dallas to Fort Worth and Colonial Country Club. Here are the key stats and information for this week. Click here for full-field tee times.

    How to watch:

    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


    Purse: $7.1 million

    Course: Colonial Country Club (par 70, 7,209 yards)

    Defending champion: Kevin Kisner. Last year he defeated Jordan Spieth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm by one stroke


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    Jordan Spieth

    • Finished T-2, 1st and T-2 in last three starts in this tournament

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    • 100 birdies/eagles made here last five years (most of anyone in that span)


    Rickie Fowler

    • First start since missed cut at The Players

    • More missed cuts (3) than top-10 finishes (2) in 2018


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    Jon Rahm

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    • First start since Players victory (fifth PGA Tour win)

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    Maguire's storied Duke career comes to an end

    By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 8:39 pm

    STILLWATER, Okla. – After losing in the quarterfinals here at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Duke coach Dan Brooks gathered his team and walked back toward the 18th hole. He wanted to get away and deliver a parting speech to senior Leona Maguire, one of the most important players in program history.

    “I feel like I didn’t say enough, and I feel like I didn’t say it right,” he said afterward. “I guess that’s inevitable when dealing with a player who has meant so much.”

    Maguire’s heralded Duke career came to an end Tuesday when she and her teammates dropped their quarterfinal match to Southern Cal, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Maguire did her part, winning, 1 up, against USC’s Jennifer Chang, but it still wasn’t enough.

    Maguire will go down as one of the best players not just in Duke’s storied history, but all time in college golf. She’s a two-time Player of the Year. She finished with the best scoring average (70.93) in Division I women’s golf history. She had a record 32 competitive rounds in the 60s. She spent 135 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, another record.

    The 23-year-old from Ireland is the rare collegian who turned down guaranteed LPGA status to return to school to earn her degree and try to win a NCAA title with twin sister Lisa, the team’s No. 5 player. Ultimately, they never reached the championship match.

    “I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said softly outside the clubhouse. “The experiences, the memories, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

    Maguire said that she’s turning pro soon and has a full schedule upcoming. She’ll play the ShopRite LPGA Classic and then try to capitalize on her full status on the developmental Symetra circuit.

    Asked about her potential at the next level, Brooks said that Maguire can be a future Hall of Famer.

    “She’s the hardest worker and the smartest player I’ve ever coached,” he said. “I’m really going to miss her.”