Lady Racers Race to Title

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 13, 2003, 5:00 pm
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College CentralMurray State freshman Lee-Anne Pace used a final-round 71 to win the individual title by seven strokes and lead her golf team to a 23-shot victory over Tennessee Tech at the Lady Racer Classic at Murray, Ky.
Pace, a South African native playing in her first career collegiate tournament, shot a two-day total of 147, seven shots better than Crystal Anglea of Western Kentucky. Pace entered the final round tied for second place after her first round score of 76, but she used the improved scoring conditions to pull away from the field with five birdies during the round, including two on her final three holes, highlighted by a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 18th hole.
'The weather made it a lot easier to score today and I really hit a lot of solid putts,' said Pace. 'I had been playing well during qualifying, and I really expected to play well this week. Its really great that our team was able win in the first tournament of the spring and were really looking forward to the rest of the season.'
MSU, which fielded two separate teams, won the event with one team having a two-day team total of 647 and MSU Gold, which earned third place in the nine-team field with a 671, just one shot behind Techs 670.
'Obviously, Im very pleased with how we played as a whole, and Im happy with how weve opened the spring,' said 10th-year MSU head coach Velvet Milkman. 'It was a little heartbreaking to not win first and second place because we had set that as our goal, and to come up just one shot away is tough. But I do think we played some pretty good golf this week, and this is a great way to start the season.
'Lee-Anne did a great job this week, and she played really well in her first career college tournament. She brings a lot to our team, not only with the way she plays on the course, but also with her personality and her attitude. She should have a very good career at Murray State.'
Eastern Kentucky finished fourth with a two-day total of 673, followed by Southwest Missouri State in fifth place with a 675. Cincinnati and Western Kentucky tied for sixth with scores of 695 each, while the EKU Maroon squad was eighth at 747 and Tennessee State finished ninth with an 879.
After leading the first round, MSU sophomore April Steenbergen (Russellville, Ky.) closed out the tournament with a very impressive fourth-place finish in the 47-player field with a two-day total of 157. Senior Kelly Wren (South Fulton, Tenn.) finished sixth with a 164, while junior Nikki Orazine (Paducah, Ky.) and sophomore Ashley Kelbough (Victoria, Canada) tied for 10th with two-day totals of 167.
'This was a good early test for our team because we were without Cuyler (Hedley), and we still played very well as a group,' Milkman said. 'We put ourselves in a position to win after the first day, and to pull away the way we did today should really help build a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. It also shows we can win without Cuyler, and that says a lot about this team and our chances this year.'
Hedley, the reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, is recovering from a wrist injury and is expected to miss the Lady Racers next event on March 17-18 at the JSU Chris Bannister Classic hosted by Jacksonville State University in Gadsden, Ala.
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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.