USGA LPGA Expand Reach Of National Girls Golf Initiative

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 5, 2002, 5:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The continuing mutual efforts of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the United States Golf Association to develop new audiences and participants for the game of golf have expanded with the recent launch of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a developmental junior golf program for girls ages 7-17 and the only national initiative of its type. Funding for the program comes from the LPGA and USGA Foundations.
The program encourages girls to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a supportive and positive learning environment. Currently, more than 2,400 girls in 98 sites around the country participate in the forerunner to the new program, the LPGA Girls Golf Club. The girls are also enrolled as junior members of the USGA.
The LPGA is confident that the increased commitment and resources of the USGA will serve to grow and expand this program into new markets, said Ty M. Votaw, commissioner of the LPGA.
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a new expanded program modeled after the LPGA Girls Golf Club, which was established in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1989 by LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Division member Sandy LaBauve. The LPGA Girls Golf Club became a national initiative of the LPGA and The LPGA Foundation in 1994.
In 1997, the USGA and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) became partners with the LPGA to support and further develop the LPGA Girls Golf Club. By working together, the LPGA, USGA and GSUSA made golf more accessible to girls and helped to promote a lifelong interest in the game.
Through LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, the USGA and the LPGA are seeking to increase the number of local, regional and national organizations bringing girls to the program, in addition to the Girl Scouts of the USA. Since 1994, the Girl Scouts have played an integral part in the growth of the program and will continue to be a playing partner in LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. Additional playing partners will be sought by working with other youth and girl-oriented organizations.
Our mission is to increase the number of girls participating in the game and to maintain an annual 50 percent rate of retention, said Judy Bell, consulting director of the USGA Foundation. We want a Girls Golf program anywhere in the United States where there is interest ' in rural, suburban and urban communities.
Most LPGA-USGA Girls Golf programs have year-round activities, with monthly meetings during the school year and once a week during the summer months. The teaching components and curriculum for golf are developed and implemented by the LPGA. The USGA has developed the materials for teaching golfs rules and the spirit of the game. The program is based on a progressive learning system on the golf course, starting from the green and moving back to the tee.
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Simpson overtakes DeChambeau in Ryder Cup race

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:09 pm

A T-12 finish at The Open allowed Webb Simpson to move past Bryson DeChambeau into the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race with just three weeks to go.

Simpson finished the week at 3 under, five shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Adding another strong result to his win at TPC Sawgrass and T-10 finish at the U.S. Open, he's now edged in front of DeChambeau by less than 41 points. But with players earning one point per $1,000 each of the next two weeks and 1.5 points per $1,000 at the PGA Championship, the race is far from over.

Jordan Spieth's T-9 finish strengthened his position at No. 6, as the top six players are essentially assured of qualifying automatically. Rickie Fowler held onto his spot at No. 7, while Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner both moved onto the bubble following T-2 finishes at Carnoustie. After a T-6 finish, Tiger Woods jumped from 31st to 20th.

Here's a look at the updated American standings, with the top eight after the PGA qualifying automatically and captain Jim Furyk adding four picks in September:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Bubba Watson

6. Jordan Spieth

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Webb Simpson


9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Xander Schauffele

12. Matt Kuchar

13. Kevin Kisner

14. Tony Finau

15. Brian Harman

On the European side, Molinari was already in position to qualify automatically but is now assured of a spot on Thomas Bjorn's roster this fall. Fellow major champs Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy also solidified their footing with runner-up performances.

Here's a look at how things look for the Europeans, with the top four from each list after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

European Points

1. Francesco Molinari

2. Justin Rose

3. Tyrrell Hatton

4. Tommy Fleetwood


Thorbjorn Olesen

Russell Knox

Eddie Pepperell

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Alex Noren

3. Rory McIlroy

4. Paul Casey


Matthew Fitzpatrick

Sergio Garcia

Ian Poulter

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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.