Mediate maintains lead at Fryscom Open

By Associated PressOctober 17, 2010, 5:22 am
Frys.com OpenSAN MARTIN, Calif. – Rocco Mediate holed out with a pitching wedge from 111 yards on the par-5 15th hole for his third eagle of the week and finished with a 4-under 67 to maintain a three-stroke lead in the Frys.com Open on Saturday.

The 47-year-old Mediate, looking for his first U.S. PGA Tour victory in eight years, became the first player to make three eagles in a tournament since Tiger Woods in the 1998 Sprint International. Mediate had a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole on Thursday and holed out from 160 yards on Friday on the par-4 fourth hole. He had a 17-under 196 total on the CordeValle Golf Club course in the Fall Series event.

Bo Van Pelt was second after a 65, Alex Prugh (66) and Ryuji Imada (69) were five strokes back at 12 under, and U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler (68) was 11 under.

Mediate got into a conversation with a group of people as he approached the tee on the 15th hole. They wanted to follow him, but were more interested in watching the baseball playoffs game between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

“I told them I don’t blame them,” he said. “I would do the same thing if I could.”

Three other players also recorded an eagle, all on the short par-4, 298-yard 17th hole.

Prugh used a 3-wood off the tee to get within 23 inches of the cup for his eagle. That capped a 5-under 66, which included five consecutive birdies and helped ease the pain of a couple of bogeys.

“I hit it perfect right up the left fringe,” Prugh said. “It kind of rolled around the backstop and came back.”

Prugh played the course through his collegiate years at UCLA and felt that helps.

“I love the west coast,” he said. “We usually played here in fall, so it’s similar conditions now.”

Charles Warren used a 27-foot putt shot for his eagle, and Chris DeMarco came within five inches of a hole-in-one.

The start of play was delayed 45 minutes because of fog.

Mediate holds at least a share of the 54-lead for the seventh time, most recently at the 2002 Wyndham Championship, his last PGA Tour win. This is his 193rd start since.

“If I keep doing what I’m doing I have a good chance of getting this done,” Mediate said. “There’s no reason why I can’t keep going.”

Van Pelt drew within a stroke of the lead with birdie on the 12th hole, but bogeyed on 14 and birdied on 15 while Mediate had a birdie and his eagle.

“It was good to shoot a low number to get a little closer,” Van Pelt said. “I wasn’t happy after two holes but then I made a couple of birdies and settled in.”

On the 18th fairway, Van Pelt had a run-in with a bee, which landed on his ball and refused to leave for a few minutes despite the player’s best efforts.

“We were 65 yards away. I had a good chance to make birdie,” Van Pelt said. “I was always good at ‘Operation.’ I have steady hands. I’m glad I took the time and made a good shot.”

Fowler was five strokes back at this event last year before forcing a playoff. He said a good start to his final round helped propel him to the top of the leaderboard.

“I’m going to focus on getting off to a good start,” he said. “Rocco controls the tournament right now though and he’s going to be tough to catch.”

The tournament, the third of five Fall Series events, is in its first year at CordeValle Golf Club after three seasons at Grawhawk in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:50 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 
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals (Click here to watch live)

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.