Notes Sabbatini Helping Troops Through Pets

By Associated PressJanuary 3, 2007, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Rory Sabbatini is expanding his support of U.S. troops by giving new meaning to dog tags.

Sabbatini, a South African native who is married to an American, has been involved the last two years in a program called 'Birdies for the Brave,' donating money for every birdie he makes on the PGA TOUR.

Now, he has hooked up with Banfield, The Pet Hospital, to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports U.S. soldiers and their families who have been affected by military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

People can buy pet tags for $2 at Banfield hospitals and TPC courses around the country, with all proceeds going to the fund.

'Everybody gets attached to their pets,' Sabbatini said. 'We thought a feel-good issue with pets, try to raise some money and awareness, and expand it further for the families of the Intrepid Heroes Fund.'

Given the minimal cost and affection for their pets, Banfield executive vice president John Payne expects to be able to raise about $500,000 for the troops. Banfield is a privately owned veterinary practice that has more than 600 locations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico. He said 70,000 people come through their clinics each week.

Sabbatini also will have a logo of the 'dog tags' program on his golf bag.

He has two miniature Dachshunds, Chloe and Zoe, and thinks so highly of them that Sabbatini had their names stitched onto his head covers a few years ago, with his son's name (Hartley) on the other.

'My daughter didn't even make it into there,' he said. 'They're part of our family. It's really a great way to expand on trying to get people involved in supporting the troops. Two dollars for most people ... they go into a pet hospital and see this, and it's kind of like the Lance Armstrong bracelet for cancer.'

Geoff Ogilvy's father was at a golfer tournament where Judy Rankin was working as a reporter when he introduced himself. Little did he know that his son would join Rankin's family in a roundabout way.

Ogilvy's wife is Juli, whose sister's husband is Rankin's son.

'Judy's son is my brother-in-law,' Ogilvy said. 'If there is such a thing, she's my aunt-in-law.' Their relationship is close enough that Rankin, a Hall of Famer who later joined ABC Sports, came to the Ogilvy's house for Christmas dinner. He doesn't know much about her career, such as becoming the first women to earn more than $100,000 in a season, but he knows she was a great player.

And she can offer some great advice.

Going into the final round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, he was at 3 over par and one shot out of the lead. Rankin left a message with Ogilvy's wife about what to expect on Sunday.

'It was very prophetic in the end,' Ogilvy said. 'She said, 'Everyone always opens the paper on Monday morning and is always very surprised at the score that wins the tournament.''

The winning score was 5-over 285. Ogilvy won after double bogeys on the 18th hole by Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie.


Adam Scott brings his golf clubs, clothes and surf board to Mercedes-Benz Championship. He said the waves have been relatively small this year, which is probably a good thing.

'I've surfed the last two days, and the waves have not been good, and I'm not good,' Scott said.

The Aussie grew up on the beach near Queensland and surfed as a kid, but gave it up when he was 13 to concentrate on golf, then resumed about three years ago when 'I needed something else to do.'

Asked for a handicap in surfing, Scott called himself a 10.

Once the PGA Tour leaves Hawaii, the Champions Tour moves in.

Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd, Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins have accepted sponsor invitations to the season-opening MasterCard Championship on Jan. 19-21 at Hualalai Golf Course on the Big Island.

It will be the first time in six years that Wadkins, a former PGA champion, could concentrate solely on golf. He had been CBS' golf analyst until leaving late last year when Faldo replaced him in the tower.

Swing coach Butch Harmon is wearing the initials 'D.H.' on the back of his cap in honor of his brother, Dick Harmon, who died last year. Dick Harmon's clients included Lanny Wadkins, Lucas Glover and Fred Couples. ... Rich Beem came to Hawaii early, filling in at the pro-am Wednesday for Tiger Woods. He also played in the pro-am at Woods' Target World Challenge three weeks ago. Also spotted at Kapalua was Dudley Hart, in Maui on vacation before next week's tournament in Honolulu.

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    Watch: Na punctuates caddie tiff with hole-out

    Microphones captured a fascinating and testy exchange between Kevin Na and his caddie, Kenny Harms, on Na's final hole, No. 9.

    Na was in the right rough, 185 yards from the green, which was guarded by water. He vacillated between a hybrid and an iron, but with either club he would have to hit "a 40-yard cut," as Harms termed it.

    "Over the green's dead," Harms warned.

    "It's not gonna go over the green, Kenny," Na replied.

    Na finally settled on an iron and said to Harms, "As long as you're OK with this club."

    "I'm not," harms replied. "I'm not OK with either one of them."

    "I'm going with this," Na ended the discussion.

    He missed the green with his approach shot, but avoided the water. After taking a free drop away from some TV cables, he had 92 feet 3 inches to the cup and of course, holed the pitch shot for a birdie-3, a 62 and a one-shot lead at the end of the first round.

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    Na (62) leads Hoffman by one at Colonial

    By Nick MentaMay 24, 2018, 10:38 pm

    Kevin Na leads the Fort Worth Invitational by one over Charley Hoffman following a first-round 8-under 62. Here's where things stand through 18 holes at Colonial.

    Leaderboard: Na (-8), Hoffman (-7), Emiliano Grillo (-6), Jhonattan Vegas (-6), Andrew Putnam (-6), Beau Hossler (-6)

    What it means: The veteran Na is in search of just his second PGA Tour victory in 367 events played. The 34-year-old's lone victory came at the 2011 Shriners to go along with nine runner-ups, the most recent of which was a tie for second at this year's Genesis Open. Na missed three straight cuts in April but has rallied back with a weekend stay at The Players and a T-6 at last week's Byron Nelson. Ranked 75th in the world, he is not currently qualified for the U.S. Open or the Open Championship. 

    Round of the day: Na turned in a clean card Thursday with six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 first, his 10th hole of the day. He closed with a chip-in birdie at No. 9 following a friendly disagreement with his caddie (more on that below). 

    Best of the rest: Hoffman was likewise bogey-free, drawing seven circles. The four-time Tour winner and typically steady performer has yet to register a top-10 finish this season.

    Biggest disappointment: Not that a round of 1 under is tragically disappointing, but Jordan Spieth has a pretty solid history of going low at this event and contending for the title. He's seven back through Round 1.

    Shot of the day: Satoshi Kodaira recorded the second albatross in tournament history when he holed a 3-iron from 234 yards at the first.

    Honorable mention: Na got into a pretty good back-and-forth with his caddie about whether to lay up or try to clear the water from the right rough at No. 9. Na went for it, avoided hazard, and holed this chip for birdie. 

    Quote of the day: "I told you." - Na, after his chip-in

    Golf Channel's NCAA Golf Coverage Continues Mon-Wed., May 28-30 With the NCAA Men's Golf Championships

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 24, 2018, 10:24 pm

    Two National Championships to be Decided Over a Three-Day Span – Individual (Mon., May 28) and Team (Wed., May 30)

     Eight of the Top-10 Ranked Programs in the Country Set to Compete; Reigning NCAA Men’s National Champions Oklahoma and Current Top-Ranked Oklahoma State Paired Together Starting Friday

     Buick and Stifel Co-Presenting Sponsors of Golf Channel’s Coverage of the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships

    ORLANDO, Fla., May 24, 2018 – Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s dramatic championship match where Arizona defeated Alabama in a playoff to claim their third women’s golf team national championship, Golf Channel returns to Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. next week for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships. Taking place Monday-Wednesday, May 28-30, Golf Channel’s coverage will feature nearly 30 hours of live tournament and on-site wraparound news coverage, showcasing the top men’s college golf programs in the country.

    NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage: Coverage begins on Monday, May 28 to crown the individual national champion and to track the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match play championship. Golf Channel’s coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29-30 will include all three rounds of the team match play, ultimately crowning a team national champion.

    In addition, Golf Central will surround live tournament action with pre-and post-event news coverage produced on-site at Karsten Creek Golf Club, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online via Golf Channel Digital. News and tournament coverage also will be live streamed on Golf Channel Digital. College Central, Golf Channel’s online home for college golf, will provide comprehensive editorial coverage throughout the championships.

    Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

    Monday, May   28

    Individual   National Championship

    4-8 p.m.   (Live)

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    Quarterfinals,   Team Match Play

    11   a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

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    Stifel and Buick Sign on as Co-Presenting Sponsors for Golf Channel’s NCAA Golf Championships Tournament Coverage: New for 2018, Stifel Financial Corp. and Buick have signed on as co-presenting sponsors for Golf Channel’s tournament coverage of the 2018 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships. In addition, Stifel has extended its partnership with the Fred Haskins Commission, Golf Channel and Golfweek as presenting sponsor of the Fred Haskins Award, given annually to nation’s outstanding male collegiate golfer.Golf Channel will announce the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, on a live edition of Golf Central, Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will include profiles on the top candidates for the award and a live interview with the winner, who also will receive an exemption to compete in the 2018 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR. The Haskins Award honors the nation’s most outstanding male Division I collegiate golfer as selected by his peers, coaches and the golf media.

    Semifinal Teams in Match Play to Receive Invitations to Compete in East Lake Cup: The East Lake Cup, taking place in late October at historic East Lake Golf Club, will feature the top-performing teams from the 2018 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships. Invitations for the field have been extended to Arizona, Alabama, Southern California and Stanford – semifinalists in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, and also will be extended to the semifinalists in the Men’s Championships. Modeled after the NCAA Golf Championships, the format for the East Lake Cup consists of an opening round of stroke play to crown an individual male and female champion and determine seeding for the following two days of match play competition. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the East Lake Cup Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31.

    College Central – Golf Channel Digital Coverage: Golf Channel will provide comprehensive coverage via College Central,Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, and Ryan Lavner, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

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    Country singer Owen shoots 86 in debut

    By Will GrayMay 24, 2018, 7:51 pm

    Country music star Jake Owen struggled in his Tour debut, shooting a 14-over 86 in the opening round of the Nashville Golf Open.

    Owen, who played as a 1 handicap earlier this year while teaming with Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, put three balls out of bounds over his first nine holes, including two en route to a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 18th hole. After making the turn in 46, Owen came home in 40 without making a single birdie.

    Owen is playing as an amateur on an unrestricted sponsor exemption, the same type used by NBA superstar Steph Curry on the Tour last year and by former NFL quarterback Tony Romo this year on the PGA Tour. Curry missed the cut after rounds of 74-74 at the Ellie Mae Classic, while Romo shot 77-82 at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship.

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    Owen tallied nine pars, six bogeys, two doubles and a quad in his opener and was the only player from the morning wave who failed to break 80. The closest player to him in the standings was two-time major champ Angel Cabrera, who opened with a 79.

    While Owen struggled against a field full of professionals, he took the setback in stride and even took to Twitter in the middle of his round to fire back at some of his online critics: