Six national champions crowned on Amateur Tour

By Erik PetersonOctober 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ' The individual portion of the 2008 Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championships wrapped up this weekend in Orlando, Fla., where six national champions were crowned. The championships were held over the course of four days, and culminated at Disneys Magnolia Golf Course, annual host of the PGA Tour Childrens Miracle Network Classic.
Snead Flight (20+ handicap)
Subodh Dhiman, of Atlanta, Ga., overcame a slow start, and then hung on for a three-stroke victory over Terry Russell. The first hole was really tough for me, Dhiman said. After such a bad start, I knew I had to relax. It ended up helping me on the back nine. Dhiman, originally from India and now an IBM technician, has been on a roll of late. Leading up to the National Championships, he won the Atlanta tours final two local events, and then captured the Southeast Regional Championship at Hilton Head, S.C. He credited his recent success to a healthy dose of practice. Lately, Ive been working on my game for two to three hours per day, he said.
Sarazen Flight (12-15.9)
Jeff Garland, of Ocean Springs, Miss., outlasted playing partner Jeff Zemencsik for a one-stroke victory. Two down with three to play, Garland rallied to a tie through 17 holes. When Zemencsik found trouble on 18, Garland took advantage. In addition to his impressive finish, Garland was also proud of his first round. Shooting 75 the first day made my tournament, Garland said. I have to admit, when I did that, I was nervous the rest of the week. Its a lot more enjoyable to not be in contention, because Im able to relax and enjoy myself. Its worth it though, when youre able to win. Garland entered this summers Regional Championship needing to finish the highest among non-automatic qualifiers, in order to move on to Nationals. He ended up winning his flight outright.
Jones Flight (16.0-19.9)
James Berg, of Palatine, Ill., survived a three-way sudden death playoff with Douglas Morgan and Michael Miranda to capture the championship. I was surprised to be in the playoff at all, Berg confessed. I shot my highest round of the week today. The three men halved the first playoff hole with pars. After watching his fellow competitors hit their tee shots into the hazard on the next hole, Berg played it safe with a 4-iron. He played his approach shot safely as well, and Morgan and Miranda couldnt recover.
Hogan Flight (8-11.9)
Andrew Wilson, of Lake Villa, Ill., made a roaring comeback to nip playing partner Cole Phillips by one shot to capture the championship. With birdies on 16 and 17, Wilson took the lead, and he didnt look back. The 4-iron I hit into 17 was the best shot I hit all day, he said. It was nice to come through like that, because I knew it was close. Wilson, a freshman at College of Lake County near Chicago, hopes to play professionally one day. The collegiate season is over, but Ive got to keep playing in order to get better. This is nice for my confidence, he said.
Palmer Flight (4.0-7.9)
Troy Boswell, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, capitalized on a steady putter to save an otherwise shaky round to win the championship. I had no feel with my mid- and long-irons, he said. It caused me to really feel the pressure out there. I just kept making pars, and made it home. Boswell, who works in the golf retail industry, has been a member of the Golf Channel Amateur Tour since 1995. Its always my goal to make it here each year. My attitude is the same: Just enjoy the golf. John Ridnour finished in second place, three shots back.
Championship Flight (<3.9)
Clay Fullick, of Stillwater, Okla., played consistently all week, carding scores of 72-74-70-74. His four-shot victory was the largest of any flight in this years National Championships. I was a little shaky today, but made a couple of birdies and then just went into par mode, he said. The second hole was an eye-opener for Fullick, an accomplished amateur player. I actually made a good bogey on 2, which I thought was good damage control. It helped me the rest of the way. Having played in two U.S. Amateurs and two British Amateurs, Fullick credited his experience in these types of situations to his success. He also credited his friends back home in Stillwater who always do a good job of making me feel good about my game.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 9:20 am

    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (