Bruins Take Slim Lead in NCAA Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 19, 2004, 4:00 pm
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College CentralMidway through the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Opelika, AL, the second-ranked UCLA women's golf team holds a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Duke.
The Bruins blistered the Auburn National Golf Course with a 5-under-par team score of 283 and lead the Blue Devils by one stroke after 36 holes. UCLA owns a two-round total of 572, 4-under-par, followed by Duke at 573. Several other teams, including first-round leader Oklahoma State, which began the day at even par, were still on the course and have yet to finish their second round. Fourth-ranked Vanderbilt, playing with just four competitors, is fourth at 6-over-par 582.
'We're hoping to be playing with the leaders at the end,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'We play very differently from Vandy and Duke. It is a good lesson for the players to compete with the best.'
Individually, sophomore Susie Mathews owns the overall lead at 4-under-par 140 following her second round score of 69. Although Mathews began the day with a bogey on her first hole (the 10th), she played the rest of her round in 4-under-par, including a 2-under par score of 34 on her front nine.
'It is excellent to have Susie play well today and show her confidence,' Forsyth continued. 'We look forward to playing tomorrow.'
Mayorkas, who carded an uncharacteristic 2-over 74 on Tuesday, found her putting stroke for three back nine birdies and a 3-under-par 69. She played the last six holes in 3-under, leading a UCLA charge that played the final six holes in 6-under-par.
Senior Gina Umeck remains at 1-under 143 after finishing with a birdie on her 18th hole. She posted an even par score of 72, despite a double bogey five on the par-3 third (her 12th hole).
Freshman Hannah Jun leveled off after Monday's 76, and posted a 73. She survived consecutive bogeys at her 11th and 12th holes after rallying to even par at the 10th. She stands at 5-over 149.
Senior Krystal Shearer could only manage one birdie in her second round score of 75. One over par after 10 holes, she double-bogeyed the par-4 second (her 12th) before playing the final seven holes in even par.
The Bruins' 13th hole proved to be a turning point in their second round. Unlike Tuesday, when they played the 13th hole in 3-over-par, Wednesday they played the fourth hole (their 13th) in 3-under to ignite their momentum. At even par for the tournament after the third hole (UCLA's 12th), the Bruins collected birdies on the par-5, 445-yard 4th from Umeck, Mayorkas and Mathews.
UCLA then played the next five holes in 3-under, while Duke played the same stretch in even par.
'You always want the team to do really well,' said Mathews. 'To be in contention, you have to play consistently. We're ready to play a good round of golf tomorrow and the next day.'
Day Two Team Leaderboard
1 UCLA -4 0 - 0 E 289 283 - 572
2 Duke -3 0 - 0 E 289 284 - 573
T3 Oklahoma State +6 0 - 0 E 288 - - 288
T3 Vanderbilt +6 0 - 0 E 298 284 - 582
5 Ohio State +10 0 - 0 E 296 - - 296
6 Wake Forest +11 0 - 0 E 298 289 - 587
7 California +15 0 - 0 E 309 282 - 591
8 Southern California +17 0 - 0 E 307 286 - 593
9 Texas +19 0 - 0 E 302 - - 302
T10 New Mexico +20 0 - 0 E 304 292 - 596
T10 Furman University +20 0 - 0 E 302 - - 302
12 Purdue +22 0 - 0 E 307 - - 307
T13 Georgia +23 0 - 0 E 302 297 - 599
T13 Stanford +23 0 - 0 E 303 296 - 599
15 Tennessee +24 0 - 0 E 303 297 - 600
16 Arizona State +25 0 - 0 E 310 291 - 601
T17 Arizona +26 0 - 0 E 302 300 - 602
T17 Florida State Univ. +26 0 - 0 E 301 301 - 602
19 Washington +27 0 - 0 E 305 298 - 603
20 North Carolina, U of +28 0 - 0 E 304 300 - 604
21 Texas A&M University +29 0 - 0 E 306 - - 306
T22 Baylor +31 0 - 0 E 299 308 - 607
T22 UNLV +31 0 - 0 E 308 299 - 607
24 Michigan State +36 0 - 0 E 302 310 - 612

Day Two Individual Leaderboard
1 1 Susie Mathews (10) UCLA -4 02:00 E 71 69 - 140
T2 T2 Sarah Jacobs (10) Vanderbilt -3 01:10 E 72 69 - 141
T2 T2 Allison Hanna (10) Ohio State -3 01:10 E 69 - - 69
T4 T4 Allison Fouch Michigan State -2 08:40 E 70 72 - 142
T4 T4 Sarah Huarte California -2 02:00 E 73 69 - 142
T4 T4 Brittany Lang (10) Duke -2 02:00 E 72 70 - 142
T4 T4 Beth Hermes (10) Purdue -2 09:40 E 71 - - 71

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

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.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

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.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

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.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

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.

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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.