Lee Rohanna Sweeney advance at Charlotte

By Associated PressAugust 12, 2010, 4:48 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Country Club course was not as friendly for Erynne Lee during the opening round of match play as it had been a day earlier. Still, she found a way to advance.

Lee, of Silverdale, Wash., who had seven birdies in a round of 66 to wrap up stroke play, beat Isabelle Lendl of Goshen, Conn., in 19 holes on Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur championships.

“The tempo wasn’t there, there wasn’t the harmony in my mood,” said Lee, who managed just one birdie on the day.

Lendl, daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl, missed the green on the first extra hole, as she did to open match play.

“I was thinking, ‘OK, she just opened the door for me,”’ Lee said. “I took advantage of it. On the very first hole, I had the same yardage, and I took too much of it. So I grabbed one club down and it was perfect.”

Fellow stroke play co-medalists Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa., and Jaclyn Sweeney of Andover, Mass., clinched their matches in regulation.

Rohanna topped Isabel Han of Harrington, N.J., 1 up, two days after setting an event record with a first-round 65, bailing herself out of rare tee-shot trouble with a superb short game.

“Usually that’s when I come through in the clutch, with my tee shots,” Rohanna said. “I feel like no pressure with them, but today was completely opposite. I was so comfortable on the greens, and just the tee shots, I was a little shaking over.”

Sweeney qualified with dual rounds of 69 in stroke play, then beat Jaclyn Jansen 6 and 5 on a hazy day in which temperatures again reached the mid 90s.

“This is hot for me, because I live in Sarasota (Florida),” Sweeney said. “Anyone else who thinks differently lives on the surface of the sun.”

Brooke Pancake of Chattanooga, Tenn., fourth after stroke play, lost in 20 holes to Corrine Carr of Pinehurst, N.C. NCAA champion Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State, carrying her own bag, advanced with a 19-hole win against Canadian Rebecca Lee-Bentham.

Second- and third-round matches are Thursday, with quarterfinals Friday and semifinals Saturday. The final of this U.S. Golf Association event will be 36 holes on Sunday.

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