Lewis, Miyazoto lead by 2 at ShopRite after Day 1

By Associated PressJune 1, 2012, 9:13 pm

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato are tied for the lead after the opening round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Lewis and Miyazato each shot a 6-under 65 on Friday at the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe are tied for third at 4 under. Maude-Aimee Leblanc is at 3 under, while seven players are another shot back, including Lexi Thompson and Christina Kim.

Yani Tseng shot an even-par 71 while defending champion Brittany Lincicome finished with a 72.

The morning half of the field had the better of the weather, as skies darkened and the winds picked up around mid-day.

Uribe was the only one of the leaders with an afternoon tee time.

Miyazato, who is seeking her first LPGA title, played in the first group and got off to a fast start. She birdied Nos. 3 and 5, then took advantage of the wind to reach the par-5 ninth in two. She drained a 20-foot eagle putt with a left-to-right break to make the turn in 3 under.

''The second shot I think was 220,'' Miyazato said. ''I hit a 7-wood. I thought it was more short than on the green.''

She birdied two par 3s on the back, Nos. 11 and 17.

Lewis, who won her second LPGA title in Mobile in April, was in the middle of her round when the conditions started to change. Playing the back nine first, she made the turn in 2 under before starting her second nine with a birdie, a double bogey and an eagle.

''The first nine holes were pretty nice,'' Lewis said. ''There wasn't much wind. And then, I guess we were making the turn onto one, and the wind just came out of nowhere.

''So it got a little crazy on the back nine but I played really well.''

Lewis reached the green at the par-5 ninth in two but missed a seven-foot eagle putt that would have given her the outright lead. But she said she's been playing with a lot of confidence over the last 14 months since claiming her first career win at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

''And it's all confidence,'' she said. ''If I'm comfortable over a shot and I feel good about it I'm probably going to hit a good shot. And so good shots breed more confidence.''

Creamer, who tied for second in this tournament as an amateur in 2004, reached No. 18 in two and drained her eagle putt.

Creamer started her round just a few minutes ahead of Lewis and also felt the impact of the wind.

''The golf course definitely played hard today,'' she said. ''It was very windy.

''The harder holes on the golf course were even more hard. There were a lot of long clubs into par 4s where we're normally hitting six or seven irons that now we're hitting woods into.''

NOTES: A total of 23 players broke par. ... This tournament was first contested in 1986. It disappeared from the schedule after 2006 before returning last year. ... Morgan Pressel, back in action after her controversial loss to Munoz in the semifinals of the Sybase Match Play Championship, shot a 74.

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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.