Gators Roll to SEC Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 28, 2003, 4:00 pm
College CentralST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Behind Brett Stegmaier's final-round 64, Florida came from eight shots back to capture the team title at the 2003 Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championships at the Seaside Course of the Sea Island Golf Club. The Gators shot a final round 271 to finish the three rounds at 856.
Stegmaier, a freshman from Madison, Conn., also took individual medalist honors, shooting a 54-hole SEC Tournament record 203, seven shots under par. He finished one stroke ahead of first and second round leader Kevin Kisner of Georgia, who shot a 68 on Sunday for a three-day total of 204. Auburn's Will Claxton finished third at 210, shooting a 68 in the final round.
'This is probably my best round ever,' said Stegmaier, who's 64 is
his best 18-hole score ever. 'On top of that, every one of our guys played
a great round today and that made it more awesome.'
The Gators outlasted second place Auburn, which shot a 278 on Sunday for a final round 862. Georgia and Tennessee, which were tied for first
after two rounds, placed third and fourth respectively. The Bulldogs
tallied 289 on Sunday for a three-day total of 866 while the Vols shot a 293
in the final round for a total of 870.
South Carolina carded a 292 on Sunday and finished fifth at 875
while Alabama was sixth at 879 (final round 294). Arkansas finished
seventh at 881, shooting a final round 291, Ole Miss was eighth at 890
(final round 296), Kentucky ninth at 899 (final round 289), Vanderbilt 10th
at 902 (final round 290), Mississippi State 11th at 914 (final round 298)
and LSU 12th at 917 (final round 293).
Stegmaier, whose best finish this season was a seventh-place at the
Mercedes Benz Collegiate at Ponte Vedra, Fla., is the second straight Gator
to win the individual SEC championship. Last year, Camilo Benedetti won the
individual title, shooting a three-day score of 210 at Sea Island.
All five Gator golfers tallied par or better on Sunday. The Gators
had sub-par final round finishes from Matt Every, who shot a 68 on Sunday
for a three-day score of 218 while Camilo Villegas shot a 69 in the final
round for a 218 total. Gator teammates Jordan Code and James Vargas shot
70s in the final round and finished at 217 and 221, respectively.
Coach Buddy Alexander's Gators won their first SEC team title since
1999, giving him nine SEC titles, seven while serving as head coach of the
Gators (two at LSU).
'We had not put everything together so far this year. Coming into
this tournament, I thought we were a sleeping giant,' said Alexander. 'We
were lucky to be eight shots back going into th final round. It was an
incredible round by our guys today.'

2003 Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championships
Sea Island Golf Club - Seaside Course - St. Simons Island, Ga.
Par 70 - 6,885 Yards
April 27, 2003

1.Florida 292 293271856 (+16)
2.Auburn291 293278862 (+22)
3.Georgia 288 289289866 (+26)
4.Tennessee 289 288293870 (+30)
5.South Carolina 298 285 292 875 (+35)
6.Alabama 293 292294879 (+39)
7.Arkansas 299 291291881 (+41)
8.Ole Miss 304 290296890 (+50)
9.Kentucky 303 307289899 (+59)
10.Vanderbilt 302 310290902 (+62)
11.Mississippi State 313 303298914 (+74)
12.Louisiana State 315 309293917 (+77)
1.Brett Stegmaier, Florida 67 7264203 (-7)
2.Kevin Kisner, Georgia676968204 (-6)
3.Will Claxton, Auburn687468210 (E)
4.Andrew Pratt, Tennessee 72 6970211 (+1)
5.Andrew Dahl, Arkansas71 7073214 (+4)
David Denham, Georgia 69 7273214 (+4)
John Humphries, LSU717469214 (+4)
8.West Streib, South Carolina766872216 (+6)
Clint Provost, Alabama 72 7371216 (+6)
10.Lee Williams, Auburn 70 7374217 (+7)
Richard Scott, Georgia727372217 (+7)
Eirik Johansen, So. Carolina 70 7374217 (+7)
Ross McGowan, Tennessee727273217 (+7)
Codie Mudd, Miss. State757270217 (+7)
Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt747370217 (+7)
John-Scott Rattan, Tennessee727273217 (+7)
Jordan Code, Florida 73 7470217 (+7)
Tyler McKeever, Auburn787267217 (+7)
19.Jordan Dempsey, Ole Miss766874218 (+8)
Camilo Villegas, Florida767369218 (+8)
Matt Every, Florida767468 218 (+8)
22.Lars Brovold, Alabama747273219 (+9)
Adam Wing, Arkansas757965 219 (+9)
24.Joe Deraney, Miss. State767669221 (+11)
James Vargas, Florida767570221 (+11)
Tucker Ervin, LSU807269221 (+11)
27.Alex Hamilton, So. Carolina787074222 (+12)
28.Mark Blakefield, Kentucky757473222 (+12)
29.Stuart Moore, Auburn 79 7470223 (+13)
Jay Mundy, Auburn 75 7573223 (+13)
Austin Hynson, Alabama767374223 (+13)
Lucas Boyd, Ole Miss777076223 (+13)
John Holmes, Kentucky797668223 (+13)
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Nash Elliott, South Carolina 74 7476224 (+14)
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Pope Spruiell, Ole Miss757872225 (+15)
Mac Butler, Alabama 71 7678225 (+15)
39.David Skinns, Tennessee737578226 (+16)
40.Mark Donnell, Vanderbilt708275227 (+17)
Jarrod Gardner, Ole Miss767477227 (+17)
Lance Goodson, Vanderbilt807473227 (+17)
43.Brandon Waldrop, Kentucky727977228 (+18)
Martin Rominger, So. Carolina807672228 (+18)
45.Wesley Pate, Alabama797476229 (+19)
46.Matt Kohn, Kentucky778271230 (+20)
Ian Parnaby, Tennessee 75 7877230 (+20)
48.Darren Holder, Arkansas757680231 (+21)
Ryan Hybl, Georgia807576231 (+21)
50.Seth Murphy, Arkansas787678232 (+22)
Jonathan Lenz, Ole Miss788074232 (+22)
52.Ken Lewis, Vanderbilt788175234 (+24)
Craig Dunlap, Vanderbilt808272234 (+24)
Christo Greyling, Georgia 80 7579234 (+24)
55.Jay Giannetto, Miss. State827878238 (+28)
Kellen Maurer, Miss. State807781238 (+28)
Ryan Coyne, Kentucky807881239 (+29)
58.Craig Horrocks, Miss. State838286251 (+41)
59.David Aitchison, LSU868884258 (+48)
60.Aaron Smith, LSU859091266 (+56)
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Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Sweet 16

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 24, 2018, 5:40 pm

Here is how things played out in the Round of 16 on Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The week began with 64 players taking on Austin Country Club,but the field is dwindling. Click here for Day 3 match results:

Match 97: Bubba Watson (35) def. Brian Harman (18), 2 and 1. Watson was 1 down going to the eighth hole, but he won four of the next five holes to turn around this battle of lefties. A 12-foot putt for eagle at the 12th dropped, giving him a 3 up lead coming home. It was Watson’s second eagle of the day. He looks as if he’s still riding the confidence from that Genesis Open victory last month. Watson will advance to play Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the quarterfinals.

Match 98: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) def. Charles Howell III (59), 1 up. Aphibarnrat won in a late comeback, winning the final two holes. He holed a 9-foot putt for birdie at the 17th to square the match and won with an 8-foot birdie at the last. He had not led all day, not until that last birdie putt dropped. The 28-year-old Thai improved to 4-0 on this world stage after sweeping his group in the round-robin play. A four-time European Tour winner, Aphibarnrat is looking for his first PGA Tour victory. He will meet Bubba Watson in the quarterfinals.

Match 99: Kyle Stanley (45) def. Sergio Garcia (7), 3 and 1. Stanley birdied the eighth, ninth and 10th holes to go 3 up, and then he held off Garcia’s run at him, eliminating the world No. 10 with birdies at the 16th and 17th holes. With the victory, Stanley has a chance at a nice Texas two-step, a chance to eliminate the two highest ranked players left in the field, the only players left among the top 10 in the world ranking. But, there’s hard work to do in the quarterfinals, where Stanley will meet world No. 2 Justin Thomas.

Match 100: Justin Thomas (2) def. Si Woo Kim (50), 6 and 5. Thomas remains on fire in this format, steamrolling Kim a day after completing a round-robin sweep of his group by blowing away Francesco Molinari, 7 and 5. The Kim match felt like it was over shortly after it started, with Thomas making the turn 5 up. Thomas will advance to play Kyle Stanley in the quarterfinals.

Match 101: Cameron Smith (46) def. Tyrell Hatton (12), 2 and 1. Smith found himself behind early, falling 2 down after Hatton opened with back-to-back birdies, but Smith quickly rallied to win one of the best matches of the day. He birdied four of the next five holes to go 1 up. Hatton lost despite making seven birdies on the round. He lost despite making birdies at the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to the red-hot Smith, who made eight birdies. Smith will meet Alex Noren in the quarterfinals.

Match 102: Alex Noren (13) def. Patrick Reed (19), 5 and 3. In this Fire vs. Ice match, Ice won, with Noren making easy work of Reed. Really, though, Reed never got a flame going, and Noren wasn’t going to help him the way Jordan Spieth did a day before. Reed was 2-over on his card before finally making his first and only birdie of the day at the 13th. Somewhere, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn must have been smiling, watching Noren easily take down the formidable American match-play dynamo. Noren will meet Cameron Smith in the quarterfinals.

Match 103: Ian Poulter (58) def. Louis Oosthuizen (25), 2 and 1. Poulter’s match-play mojo is going strong again, with the Englishman summoning the intensity that has made him so formidable in the Ryder Cup over the years. He was on fire Saturday, making eight birdies over the first 15 holes, if you count the concession he received hitting a wedge to 18 inches at the 13th hole. Poulter put a special putter in the bag this week, using the same flat stick that helped him lead the Euros to their historic comeback victory against the Americans at Medinah in 2012. Though Oosthuizen made four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, he still couldn’t make it close. Poulter will meet Kevin Kisner in the quarterfinals.

Match 104: Kevin Kisner (32) def. Matt Kuchar (16), 1 up. Kuchar applied all kinds of pressure on Kisner on the back nine, but he couldn’t get Kisner to fold in the best match of the day. Kuchar was 2 down with four to go but managed to pull all square going to the last. After missing a 15-footer for birdie at the 18th, Kuchar watched Kisner sink a 12-footer for his birdie to win. Kisner will meet Ian Poulter in the quarterfinals.

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JT advances to quarters, closing in on No. 1 ranking

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 5:40 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Justin Thomas continued his impressive run at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and finds himself another step closer to overtaking Dustin Johnson in the World Golf Ranking.

Thomas rolled past Si Woo Kim, 6 and 5, in the first knockout stage and will face Kyle Stanley in the Elite Eight. He must advance to Sunday’s championship match to overtake Johnson as the new world No. 1.

“It wasn't anything crazy or special. Just played solid golf tee to green. And it was forcing him to make a lot of putts,” said Thomas, who has played 61 holes this week, won 24, lost six and hasn’t trailed in four matches.

Stanley, who needed a playoff victory over Paul Casey on Friday to advance to the weekend, defeated Sergio Garcia, 3 and 1.

Bubba Watson also continued his solid play, rallying from an early deficit to beat Brian Harman, 2 and 1. He will play Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who defeated Charles Howell III, closing with back-to-back birdies for a 1-up victory.

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But as impressive as Thomas has been, Sweden’s Alex Noren has quietly continued to impress, going undefeated in pool play and closing out Patrick Reed on the 15th hole for a 5-and-3 victory.

“He's such a tough competitor,” said Noren, who will face Australian Cameron Smith in the quarterfinals. “I managed to hole a few birdie putts. When we both had good chances, he just missed and I managed to make those.”

Former Match Play champion Ian Poulter also advanced with a 2-and-1 victory over Louis Oosthuizen. He will play Kevin Kisner, who converted a 10-foot putt at the 18th hole to defeat Matt Kuchar, 1 up.

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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.