Lincicome back at Hamilton Farm

By Associated PressMay 20, 2010, 12:25 am

LPGA Tour _newGLADSTONE, New Jersey – Brittany Lincicome is finally back at Hamilton Farm, four years after winning the LPGA’s match-play event on the hilly course.

“It’s a hidden gem,” Lincicome said Wednesday after her morning pro-am round in the Sybase Match Play Championship. “If you weren’t looking for it, you would never find it. It’s so amazing. It’s always in good shape.”

In 2006 at Hamilton Farm, the long-hitting Lincicome beat Michelle Wie, Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster in the final three matches for the first of her three LPGA victories. Coming off a playoff loss to Se Ri Pak on Sunday in Mobile, Alabama, Lincicome will open against Beatriz Recari on Thursday.

“I played great last week,” said Lincicome, seeded 16th in the 64-player field. “I drove it well and putted amazingly. I had only 25 putts one of the days, which is really low for me. If I can keep it under 30, normally, I’m doing pretty well. If I keep driving it well and make some putts, we’ll see what happens this week.”

Wie, seeded eighth, will face Stacy Prammanasudh in the first round. Wie won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico in November for her first LPGA title and has two top-six finishes in six events this year.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Wie said. “She’s a very good competitor. I’ve played with her a lot the last couple of years.”

The top 32 seeds selected their opponents in a blind draw Tuesday.

Top-ranked Jiyai Shin drew South Korean compatriot Kyeong Bae. Shin took over the top spot when Ochoa retired three weeks ago after the Tres Marias Championship.

“Match play is fun, but if you lose, you go home,” Shin said Tuesday.

Second-seeded Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star who has won three of the first six events of the year, will open against Jeong Jang. In 2007 at Wykagyl Country Club in the LPGA’s last match-play tournament, Miyazato lost to Seon Hwa Lee in the final.

“I love match play,” Miyazato said. “I’m really happy that I have played so well so far. I’m just trying to do my best this week to keep it going.”

Third-seeded Suzann Pettersen, also part of the playoff Sunday in Alabama, drew Hall of Famer Inkster for the first round.

“You’re going to have to beat them sometime, so you might as well start off with a tough one,” the 50-year-old Inkster said. “She’s a hell of a player, so I’m going to have to play great and not make any mistakes.”

After two seasons without an individual match-play event, Natalie Gulbis is excited the tournament is back on the schedule – and back at Hamilton Farm.

“It was really sad when we left here,” said Gulbis, set to open against Candie Kung. “It’s a fun match-play golf course. I love match play. It’s my favorite format in golf.”

Yani Tseng and Hee Kyung Seo also have won events this year, leaving U.S. players winless in seven tournaments since Wie’s November victory in Mexico.

“We need to play better. They’re just beating us,” said Morgan Pressel, a winner two weeks ago on the Japanese tour.

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

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.