Defending champ An ousted Uihlein moves to US Amateur finals

By Associated PressAugust 29, 2010, 12:26 am

2010 U.S. AmateurUNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – First David Chung ousted the NCAA individual champion. Then he sent the defending U.S. Amateur champion packing.

Next on Chung’s agenda: 36 holes with the top amateur player in the world.

The Stanford junior survived an early run of birdies and eagles from 2009 amateur champ Byeong-Hun An, rallying on the back nine for a 1 up victory over An on Saturday in the semifinals of the 110th championship.

His reward for reaching Sunday’s 36-hole final – other than a trip to next year’s U.S. Open and an invitation to the Masters – is a match with Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein, the top ranked amateur in the world.

Uihlein beat 18-year-old Patrick Cantlay 4 and 3.

“Peter and I have played since we were 10 years old,” Chung recalled. “I expect him to play well and got preparation from (An) on seeing stellar golf. So I think I’m pretty prepared for anything.”

While Uihlein might be the top ranked amateur, according to the latest rankings from the Royal & Ancient, their might not be a hotter amateur player than Chung. In the last month, Chung captured the Porter Cup and the Western Amateur, two of the more prestigious amateur events in the United States. Now he gets a chance at the capper before heading back to school.

An was attempting to become the first back-to-back champion since Tiger Woods won three straight titles between 1994 and 1996. An was already the first defending champ to reach the semifinals since Woods.

Still, the 18-year-old who a year ago became the youngest champion in history, couldn’t hide his disappointment after his putt on the 18th came up short. An dropped his putter, then flung his ball skipping across the green.

“On the back nine I couldn’t get anything going straight or in the hole and he took the chances when he needed,” An said. “We had a great match. We both played very well. It’s very disappointing right now.”

Chung was lucky to still be in his match with An after the first few holes. To par, An was 6 under through his first six holes, including an eagle on the par 4 fifth that was using a second, short green Saturday that made the hole drivable.

But Chung found himself just 3 down, a deficit he carried to the back nine after An won the ninth hole.

“I don’t think anybody could have beaten him in the first six holes today,” Chung said. “But I knew I would have my chances and I’d have to take advantage of them going into the back nine.”

Chung’s rally began with victories at the 10th and 12th holes, both times capitalizing when An’s tee shots found the long fescue surrounding the fairways at Chambers Bay. Chung then stayed in the match with saves at Nos. 13 and 14 to halve the hole.

On the 13th, Chung rolled in a 15 footer, then flopped a wedge to 2 feet for a par on the 14th. Chung went ahead with a birdie at the 16th, but gave back the lead when his tee shot on No. 17 found a bunker.

On the final hole, Chung reached the green on the 485-yard par 4 in two, while An flared his second shot into a greenside bunker and found his ball tucked against a grass mound. He blasted out to 40 feet but three-putted.

“If he goes 2 up with five holes to go that is pretty tough to come back from,” Chung said of his putt on the 13th. “So that was really key … probably the turning point in the match.”

Uihlein had a much more relaxed time against Cantlay than a day earlier when he was taken to the final hole by Oklahoma State teammate Morgan Hoffmann.

Uihlein never trailed against Cantlay and won three of the final five holes, finishing the match with a par at the 246-yard par 3 15th.

“I was filling up the cup early. I literally just made a couple more putts than him to start off and I think that was the difference,” Uihlein said.

Uihlein will get a chance at a little revenge against Chung in the final. They’ve known each other since they were young junior players, meeting in the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur and again at this year’s NCAA championships. Both times, Chung came out ahead.

“I have a good relationship with David. I like David a lot,” Uihlein said. “I think tomorrow will be a lot of fun.”

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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.

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.