Defending champ An moves on to quarters at Amateur

By Associated PressAugust 27, 2010, 2:07 am

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – After three rounds of match play, defending U.S. Amateur champ Byeong-Hun An has yet to play either the 17th or 18th holes at Chambers Bay.

And no one seems to be paying attention.

An rolled into the quarterfinals of the 110th Amateur with a pair of impressive victories on Thursday when Chambers Bay became progressively more difficult as the breezes off Puget Sound became howling gales.

An’s day started with a 4 and 3 victory over Alex Shi Yup Kim in the morning. After a brief break and with the winds picking up, An beat Alabama’s Scott Strohmeyer 3 and 2.

“This afternoon, I have no idea what happened there. It was so windy. I just kept playing golf,” An said.

An now gets someone he’ll soon become quite familiar with: California teammate Max Homa. An is an incoming freshman at Cal, while Homa bounced in and out of the Golden Bears lineup last year as a freshman.

But he’s been rolling since arriving at Chambers Bay. Homa routed Carter Newman 7 and 6 on Thursday morning, then reached the quarterfinals with a 4 and 3 win over Harris English.

Homa, who took out local favorite T.J. Bordeaux in the first round of match play, also has yet to see No. 18 in any of his matches.

With winds blowing between 20 and 30 mph and the waters of Puget Sound turning into choppy whitecaps, the round of 16 became a struggle to avoid major mistakes.

An did just that. While far from perfect in making six bogeys during his match with Strohmeyer, An simply didn’t let holes get away. He won three straight holes – Nos. 8, 9 and 10 – then matched Strohmeyer from there.

“I was not playing well before I came here so it was the same thing as last year, I was just trying to make match play,” An said. “… Now I’m kind of feeling as I did last year, starting to get that feeling of confidence.”

Friday’s other quarterfinals are filled with intrigue. David Chung, the winner of the Western Amateur, rallied from 2 down early to beat Brad Benjamin 2 and 1. He’ll get reigning NCAA champ Scott Langley, who finally didn’t need extra holes to advance.

“I didn’t win the match. I just survived a little better than he did,” Chung said.

Langley held off Augusta State’s Patrick Reed in the morning matches, winning in 19 holes, a day after needing an extra hole to beat Tim Jackson. Every hole from the 11th onward was won outright and some in dramatic fashion, including Reed’s chip in from a greenside bunker to win the 16th and pull even. Langley won No. 17 and Reed forced extra holes winning the 18th before Reed’s tee shot on the first extra hole found the long fescue on a large dune along the first fairway.

In the afternoon, Langley rolled past Australian Kyle McCarthy, winning 6 and 4.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve been competitive,” Langley said. “The first two matches I was down early and didn’t give up and kept fighting. I’m happy with the way I performed down the stretch in those matches.”

The bottom half of the bracket features a matchup of Oklahoma State teammates with Morgan Hoffmann and Peter Uihlein meeting. Hoffman had an easy time on Thursday, needing just 30 holes to dispatch of Richard Werenski (6 and 4) and Alex Ching (4 and 2).

Uihlein’s day was more difficult. Ranked by some publications as the top American amateur, Uihlein edged Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo 2 up in the morning, then rallied from 2 down after nine holes to beat John Hahn in 19 holes, finishing up just as the sun started down on the horizon.

“The wind was brutal and I was fortunate to come out on top. John played a good match,” Uihlein said. “… It was grueling. It was not easy.”

Patrick Cantlay, an 18-year-old from Southern California who finished tied for second in stroke play, was 4 up with five holes left against Connor Arendell. Cantlay tried to squander his lead and was forced to the 18th before holding on for a 1 up win.

Cantlay will face Jed Dirksen, who has gone without a caddie and twice walked Chambers Bay Thursday carrying his own bag. Dirksen beat Joseph Bramlett in 19 holes.

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

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:50 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.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

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

Wednesday
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, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.