Jax State Wins Amoco Intercollegiate
GLENCOE, Ala. ' Host Jacksonville State fired a 293 in the final round to post a 54-hole total of 880 on Tuesday to claim the 2003 Amoco Ultimate/Young Oil Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,846-yard Silver Lakes Golf Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in the 18-team field.
Jax State, which placed four players in the Top 15, was led by junior Nick Mackay. Mackay finished with a 73 on Tuesday for a 1-under-par 215 to win medallist honors, his first career tournament victory. It marked the second time the Gamecocks claimed their own tournament, also winning the title in 1997.
Sophomore Matias Anselmo carded the low round of the tournament with a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday to finish with a 218 to tie for third place. Jose Campra turned in a 224 to finish tied for 10th with Chase Deck, who competed as an individual. Angel Monguzzi and Patrico Cozzoli each finished with a 229 and tied for 30th.
Armstrong Atlantic, which entered the day four-shots back, finished second at 885, while South Alabama scored a 894 to finish third. The Jags had taken the lead after the second round with a 288 to hold a one-shot lead over JSU entering the final round, but finished with a 308 on the last 18 holes.
Austin Peay (897) finished fourth, followed by Columbus State (910), UCF (911), Tennessee Tech (913), Samford (916), Florida Atlantic (923) and Middle Tennessee and Birmingham-Southern each tied for 10th at 930. Murray State (932) finished 12th, followed by Troy State (937), New Orleans (941), Morehead State (943), Belmont (945), Tennessee-Martin (953) and Stetson (965).
Jax State returns to action next week at the Belmont Bruin Intercollegiate.
1 Jacksonville St. 292 295 293 880 +16 2 Armstrong Atlantic 296 298 291 885 +21 3 South Alabama, U. of 298 288 308 894 +30 4 Austin Peay State U. 306 301 290 897 +33 5 Columbus State U. 301 305 304 910 +46 6 Central Florida, U. 309 301 301 911 +47 7 Tennessee Tech U. 306 300 307 913 +49 8 Samford University 301 301 314 916 +52 9 Florida Atlantic U. 313 309 301 923 +59 10 Middle Tennessee St. 312 306 312 930 +66 Birmingham Southern 305 317 308 930 +66 12 Murray State Univ. 313 316 303 932 +68 13 Troy State Univ. 303 322 312 937 +73 14 New Orleans, U. of 318 308 315 941 +77 15 Morehead State Univ 311 318 314 943 +79 16 Belmont University 315 313 317 945 +81 17 Tennessee-Martin 312 327 314 953 +89 18 Stetson University 329 318 318 965 +101
Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.
Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.
The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.
Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.
The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.
Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.
The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:
The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.
For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.
But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.
Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":
Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.
Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.
The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.
“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.
In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.
“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”
Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.
“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.