LSU's Peterson, Georgia Tech lead NCAA championship

By Associated PressJune 2, 2011, 1:25 am

STILLWATER, Okla. - LSU’s John Peterson shot a 7-under 65 on Wednesday to break the competitive course record and take the individual lead in the NCAA Golf Championships, while Georgia Tech topped the team standings at difficult Karsten Creek.

Peterson was 5 under overall with one round left in the individual competition. Georgia Tech’s James White was a stroke back after a 73, and UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (69), Georgia’s Harris English (71) and Illinois’ Luke Guthrie (69) were 3 under.

Georgia Tech had a 3-under 573 total. UCLA was a stroke back, followed by Illinois (2 over), Georgia (3 over), Alabama (4 over), top-ranked Oklahoma State (9 over), Augusta State (12 over) and Texas A&M and Ohio State (14 over). The top eight teams after the third round Thursday will advance to match play.

Peterson eagled the par-5 14th and had six birdies and a bogey to break the competitive course record of 66 shared by former Oklahoma State star Hunter Mahan , Illinois’ Patrick Nagle and Kansas’ Andy Stewart. The lowest round ever shot at Karsten Creek is a 63 by Jeff Mcmillian.

“I played good out there today,” said Peterson, who finished third in the 2009 Central Regional at Karsten Creek. “I had control of my ball all day. When you have control of your ball, you can hit at flags you normally wouldn’t. I got it to where I knew where the ball was going to fly and how far it would release.

“When you feel like you know everything, you can take it right at the hole, or you can take it right at a spot where you think you can put it in. It all came together today and it really hadn’t all come together for me in college for one round, but it did today and feels pretty good to have it at this course.”

Georgia Tech and UCLA took advantage of their Oklahoma connections, while the host Cowboys struggled.

Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler was an assistant at Oklahoma State when the difficult Karsten Creek was constructed, and UCLA coached Derek Freeman is an Oklahoma native. Heppler, in his 16th year at Georgia Tech, said he gave his teams a plan, but “every plan is good until you get hit.”

“I know a few things I’ve been able to share with them,” Heppler said. “But the most important thing is we have a team that drives the ball straight and that’s such a huge factor here.”

Freeman had the Bruins, seeking their third national title, fly to Edmond for three days of practice at Oak Tree National, one of the few courses in the area as difficult as Karsten Creek.

In addition to Cantlay, the Bruins’ Gregor Main (72-70) was tied for sixth at 2 under in a group that included Oklahoma State star Peter Uihlein (69) - the U.S. Amateur champion last year and Ben Hogan Award winner this season as the top college player.

The biggest buzz at the course centered around Oklahoma State’s slow start.

Uihlein was the only Cowboy to break par in the first two rounds. Oklahoma State won the stroke play portion of the NCAA tournament handily the past two years only to fall in match play. To not make the eight-team match-play field would be unthinkable to the program seeking its 11th national championship.

“We’ve just got to get back to thinking winning golf,” Cowboys coach Mike McGraw said. “Sometimes picking up ground is just making a good par. Par is always good out here. I think when you see that leaderboard, you won’t see many teams under par at the end of this tournament. Do all the things you know and forget about the bad things.”

Freeman, a former University of Oklahoma star who began his coaching career at Oklahoma City University before guiding UCLA to the national title in his first full season in 2008, said it was easy for Oklahoma State to get tripped up by the lofty expectations.

“What people forget is that all these teams have played on great courses against great competition all over the country,” Freeman said.

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Women's NCAA finals: Arizona vs. Alabama

By Jay CoffinMay 22, 2018, 11:49 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – It’s the SEC vs. the Pac 12 for the women’s NCAA Championship; Alabama vs. Arizona, to be more specific.

Both the Crimson Tide and Wildcats cruised in their respective semifinal matches Tuesday at Karsten Creek. Alabama easily beat USC, 3-1-1; Arizona defeated match-play juggernaut Stanford, 4-1.

Alabama’s top three players, Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight were unstoppable forces in both matches on the marathon day. Stacked in the top three positions in the semifinals all three won their matches on the 17th hole, making the last two matches inconsequential.

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Arizona, the eighth seed, won as decisively as second-seeded Alabama, but needed a miracle to be in this position in the first place.

Junior Bianca Pagdanganan drained a 30-footer for eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday to get the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor, which they won on the second hole. Then on Tuesday, presumably running on fumes, they downed top-seeded UCLA in the morning, then crushed Pac-12 foe Stanford in the afternoon.

Pagdanganan, Gigi Stoll and Hayley Moore each won both matches for Arizona on the hot, draining day.

“I don’t want to let them down so I do my best to rise to the occasion,” Pagdanganan said.

Said Arizona coach Laura Ianello: “How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it,” Ianello said about Pagdanganan. “This kid can.”

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

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:30 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 advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals were contested 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 finals action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

4-8PM: Match-play finals (Click here to watch live)

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Fort Worth Invitational: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 10:30 pm

The PGA Tour makes the short drive from Dallas to Fort Worth and Colonial Country Club. Here are the key stats and information for this week. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream:

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream:

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Purse: $7.1 million

Course: Colonial Country Club (par 70, 7,209 yards)

Defending champion: Kevin Kisner. Last year he defeated Jordan Spieth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm by one stroke

Notables in the field

Jordan Spieth

• Finished T-2, 1st and T-2 in last three starts in this tournament

• 52 under par at Colonial last five years (best of anyone by 27 strokes in that span)

• 100 birdies/eagles made here last five years (most of anyone in that span)

Rickie Fowler

• First start since missed cut at The Players

• More missed cuts (3) than top-10 finishes (2) in 2018

Jon Rahm at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.

Jon Rahm

• Finished T-2 in this tournament last year (66 in final round)

• 17 top-5 finishes in 46 official worldwide individual starts as professional

Webb Simpson

• First start since Players victory (fifth PGA Tour win)

• Fifth on Tour in strokes gained: putting this season (177th two seasons ago)

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Maguire's storied Duke career comes to an end

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 8:39 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – After losing in the quarterfinals here at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Duke coach Dan Brooks gathered his team and walked back toward the 18th hole. He wanted to get away and deliver a parting speech to senior Leona Maguire, one of the most important players in program history.

“I feel like I didn’t say enough, and I feel like I didn’t say it right,” he said afterward. “I guess that’s inevitable when dealing with a player who has meant so much.”

Maguire’s heralded Duke career came to an end Tuesday when she and her teammates dropped their quarterfinal match to Southern Cal, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Maguire did her part, winning, 1 up, against USC’s Jennifer Chang, but it still wasn’t enough.

Maguire will go down as one of the best players not just in Duke’s storied history, but all time in college golf. She’s a two-time Player of the Year. She finished with the best scoring average (70.93) in Division I women’s golf history. She had a record 32 competitive rounds in the 60s. She spent 135 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, another record.

The 23-year-old from Ireland is the rare collegian who turned down guaranteed LPGA status to return to school to earn her degree and try to win a NCAA title with twin sister Lisa, the team’s No. 5 player. Ultimately, they never reached the championship match.

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said softly outside the clubhouse. “The experiences, the memories, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Maguire said that she’s turning pro soon and has a full schedule upcoming. She’ll play the ShopRite LPGA Classic and then try to capitalize on her full status on the developmental Symetra circuit.

Asked about her potential at the next level, Brooks said that Maguire can be a future Hall of Famer.

“She’s the hardest worker and the smartest player I’ve ever coached,” he said. “I’m really going to miss her.”