Final results: NCAA women's regionals

By Ryan LavnerMay 11, 2014, 12:35 am

The NCAA Division I women’s regionals wrapped up Saturday at three sites across the country. The low eight teams from each regional after today’s final round advanced to the 24-team NCAA Championship, which begins May 20 at Tulsa Country Club.

Here are the final results (follow live scoring on here):

East Regional, at Southwood GC in Tallahassee, Fla.:

Team champion: Vanderbilt (-24)

Runner-up: South Carolina (-10)

Medalist: Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt (-9)

Rest of the top 8: N.C. State and Duke (-4); Stanford (+2); Virginia (+5); Tulane (+7); Campbell (+15)

Just missed: Pepperdine (+16); Baylor (+17); Florida State (+18) 

Skinny: The team winner at regionals is rarely the most intriguing part of the day, but Vanderbilt shot a sensational 14-under 274 to win the team title by 14 shots. The 274 was the lowest score in program history. Good timing. … After missing the NCAA Championship by one shot a year ago, N.C. State shot 8-under 280 in the final round to surge up the leaderboard and secure a finals berth. … Campbell held on to the eighth and final spot, its first time advancing through regionals since 1997, but it wasn’t without some drama. Baylor, East Carolina and UCF all had chances to steal that final spot on their back nine, but were able to get the job done. UCF’s fall was particularly nasty – four of the five Knights players shot 39 or worse on their final nine holes. … Pepperdine is the 14th-ranked team in the country. The Waves finished in ninth, one shot back. … Vanderbilt’s Jenny Hahn claimed medalist honors by three shots over teammate Kendall Martindale, her victory sealed with a back-nine 31. 

Central Regional, at Karsten Creek GC in Stillwater, Okla.:

Team champion: UCLA (+11) 

Runner-up: Alabama (+28)

Medalist: Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State (-7)

Rest of the top 8: Mississippi State (+29); California (+30); Ohio State and Kansas (+35); Arizona (+37); Florida (+38)

Just missed: Oklahoma State (+38); Kent State (+39); Minnesota and Arkansas (+40) 

Skinny: Playing head-to-head against a team that was teeing it up on its home course, Florida defeated Oklahoma State in a team playoff to clinch the eighth and final qualifying spot. The Gators were well inside the top 8 bubble heading into the final round, but they shot 22-over 310 Saturday to tumble down the leaderboard. … UCLA, No. 3 in the country and the top seed in the regional, ran away with the team title, shooting 289 Saturday to win by 17 shots. … Kansas advanced through regionals for the first time since 1990. … At one point in the final round, fourth-ranked Arkansas had moved its way inside the top 8 bubble, but the Razorbacks couldn’t sustain the momentum, ultimately finishing two shots out of the playoff. … Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State earned medalist honors, going wire-to-wire to win by five shots. UCLA’s Alison Lee, the top-ranked player in the country, tied for fifth.  

West Regional, at Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash.: 

Team champion: USC (+12)

Runner-up: Washington (+13)

Medalist: Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (-3)

Rest of the top 8: Arizona State (+25); Oklahoma (+31); Michigan State (+39); Iowa State and Texas A&M (+45); Northwestern (+50)

Just missed: Wake Forest and Wisconsin (+57); GRU Augusta (+58)

Skinny: No surprise, top-ranked USC extended its victory total to a school-record nine at regionals. It also was the Trojans’ fifth regional title in a row. … All four of the region’s top four seeds – USC, Washington, Arizona State and Oklahoma – advanced to the NCAA Championship. … No. 13 Clemson had a chance to steal the eighth and final spot, only to stumble on the back nine, shooting 27-over 315 to complete a disappointing regional performance. All three of the Tigers' rounds were 302 or worse. … This was the least dramatic regional of the three – Northwestern, which earned the No. 8 spot, had an eight-shot cushion. … Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez earned medalist honors after a final-round 72, winning by two shots over Washington’s SooBin Kim, who closed with 75. Overnight leader Kyung Kim of USC shot 76 in the final round to tie for fourth. 

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Winning on Kerr's mind this week and beyond

By Randall MellMarch 24, 2018, 2:11 am

Cristie Kerr moved into position Friday to do more than win the 21st LPGA title of her career.

She moved into position to claim an LPGA Hall of Fame point this week.

Yes, winning is foremost on her mind at the Kia Classic, where she took the lead with an 8-under-par 64 in the second round, she’s on a larger quest, too.

After turning 40 last fall, Kerr was asked what her goals are.

“The Hall of Fame is attainable, if I stick with it,” she said.

Kerr is five shots ahead of Lizette Salas (67), In-Kyung Kim (69), Hee Young Park (70) and Caroline Hedwall (70).

It’s a good time for Kerr to get on a hot streak, with the year’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration, next week. She has long been one of the best putters in the women’s game, but her ball-striking is impressive this week. She hit 17 greens in regulation Thursday, and she hit 16 on Friday.

“I like winning,” Kerr said. “I like challenging myself. Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older, with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, `Man, why does my hamstring hurt?’ From working around this hilly golf course.”

Kerr acknowledged Friday that her body is more vulnerable to time’s realities, but her mind isn’t.

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

“The golf ball doesn't know an age,” Kerr said. “I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.”

Kerr won two weeks after her 40th birthday last fall, boosting her LPGA Hall of Fame point total to 22. She is five points short of eligibility for induction. A player earns one point for an LPGA victory and two points for a major championship title. So there’s a lot of Hall of Fame ground to gain this week and next.

It’s a long-term goal that motivates Kerr to take care of her body.

“I don't think the golf changes,” Kerr said. “I think, physically, it gets harder as you get older. Like I said, I've got tape on my hamstring. I strained it, just a little bit yesterday, walking around this golf course. It's tough as you get older, just being fresh and rested. I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.”

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Big names chasing Kerr into the weekend at Kia Classic

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 1:55 am

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Cristie Kerr shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in the Kia Classic to take a five-stroke lead into the weekend.

The 40-year-old Kerr had eight birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131 at rain-softened Aviara.

''I like winning. I like challenging myself,'' Kerr said. ''Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, 'Man, why does my hamstring hurt?' From working around this hilly golf course. The golf ball doesn't know an age. I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.''

She has 20 LPGA victories, winning at Aviara in 2015. She won twice last year and helped the U.S. beat Europe in her ninth Solheim Cup appearance.

''It's tough as you get older just being fresh and rested,'' Kerr said. ''I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.''

Lizette Salas, In-Kyung Kim, Hee Young Park and Caroline Hedwall were tied for second. Salas shot 67, Kim 69, and Park and Hedwall 70.

''I really like this golf course. I really like the environment,'' said Salas, the former University of Southern California player from Azusa. ''My family gets to come out. So much confidence at the beginning of the week, and definitely showed the first two days.

Jeong Eun Lee was 7 under after a 69, and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu had a 70 to get to 6 under.

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Ariya Jutanugarn (72), Brooke Henderson (70) and 2016 winner Lydia Ko (71) were 5 under. Shanshan Feng (68) was another stroke back, and Singapore winner Michelle Wie (72) was 1 under.

Lexi Thompson was 2 over after a 74, making the cut on the number in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills.

Kerr opened with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-3 11th, added birdies on the par-4 16th, 18th and second, and ran off three in a row on the par-3 sixth, par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.

''I don't think you can fall asleep on one shot,'' Kerr said. ''It's a really good golf course. I think I play better on courses that demand the focus, so I think that's why I've played well here in the past. ... I'm trying not to put limits on myself right now. I've got some good things going on with my swing.''

She has long been one best putters and green-readers in the world.

''I can see the subtleties that a lot of people can't,'' Kerr said. ''It's a gift from God being able to do that. I've always had that, so I'm lucky.''

Laura Davies withdrew after an opening 82. The 54-year-old Davies tied for second last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix, playing through painful left Achilles and calf problems.

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DJ hits 489-yard drive, but it doesn't count for history

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 12:22 am

AUSTIN, Texas – Dustin Johnson is no stranger to big drives, but even for DJ this one was impressive.

Trailing in his Day 3 match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson launched a drive at the par-5 12th hole that traveled 489 yards, but that number comes with an asterisk.

“He got lucky it hit the road,” smiled Kevin Kisner, who was leading the world No. 1, 3 up, at the time. “I thought he would make an eagle for sure, he only had 80 yards [to the hole]. He didn’t hit a very good putt.”

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Johnson’s drive, which was 139 yards past Kisner’s tee shot, is the longest recorded on the PGA Tour in the ShotLink era, surpassing Davis Love III’s drive of 476 yards in 2004 at the Tournament of Champions.

The drive will not go into the record books, however, because the Tour doesn’t count statistics from the Match Play.

It should also be noted, Kisner halved the 12th hole with a birdie and won the match, 4 and 3, to advance to the round of 16.

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Durant leads Champions event in Mississippi

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 12:21 am

BILOXI, Miss. - Joe Durant had three straight birdies in a back-nine burst and a shot 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Durant birdied the par-4 11th and 12th and par-5 13th in the bogey-free round at breezy and rain-softened Fallen Oak. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway.

''It just sets up nice to my eye,'' Durant said. ''It's a beautiful golf course and it's very challenging. The tee shots seem to set up well for me, but the greens are maybe as quick as I've ever seen them here. You really have to put the ball in the right spots. I played very nice today. With the wind swirling like it was, I'm really happy.''

He won the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida, for his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Full-field scores from the Rapiscan Systems Classic

''Done this long enough, Friday's just one day,'' Durant said. ''Especially in a three-day tournament, you've got to go out and shoot three good numbers. Fortunate to put one on the board, but I know I have to back it up with a couple of good days because you can get passed very quickly out here.''

Mark Calcavecchia was a stroke back. He won last month in Boca Raton, Florida

''It's probably my best round I've ever had here and it was a tough day to play,'' Calcavecchia said. ''The greens are just lightning fast. They're pretty slopey greens, so very difficult to putt.''

Steve Stricker was third at 68. He took the Tucson, Arizona, event three weeks ago for his first senior victory.

''Just getting it around and managing my game I think like I always do,'' Stricker said. ''You get in the wrong position here with the greens being so fast and you're going to be in trouble. I did that a couple times today.''

Billy Mayfair, Billy Andrade and David McKenzie shot 69. Jerry Kelly, the winner of the season-opening event in Hawaii, was at 70 with Wes Short Jr., Glen Day, Gene Sauers and Jesper Parnevik.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 71, and two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 72.

Vijay Singh, coming off his first senior victory two weeks ago in Newport Beach, California, had a 73.