North Dakota's Anderson wins Dinah Shore award

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 29, 2012, 3:06 pm

North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson has won the Dinah Shore Trophy, the LPGA announced Tuesday. Administered by the LPGA Foundation, the award was presented to Anderson during the annual National Golf Coaches Association Division I women's collegiate golf banquet last Friday in Nashville, Tenn.

The Dinah Shore Trophy recognizes a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics, while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. The nominees must also demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.

“The Dinah Shore trophy is a very prestigious award that recognizes its recipients for being not only great golfers, but most importantly for being outstanding, unselfish people of high character,” said Matthew Johnson, North Dakota State's coach. “It is a very meaningful award, and I am thrilled that Amy has been chosen for this great honor.”

Anderson, a native of Oxbow, N.D., has balanced a college golf career while maintaining an impeccable community service record. She is a junior at NDSU and will graduate in Accounting with a minor in fraud investigation next year. A solid performer on and off the golf course, Anderson has maintained a 3.96 grade point average, while sustaining a 73.0 scoring average this season.

As part of the award, North Dakota State women's program will receive a $10,000 grant. The award and the grant are funded through the LPGA Foundation's Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund and the Friends of Golf organization.

Anderson holds several records at North Dakota State including most tournament wins in a season at five, running her career total to 15 wins, and has tallied 28 top-10 finishes. Anderson is scheduled to play for the U.S. in the Curtis Cup in Scotland in June.

Off the course, Anderson has assisted with clinics and instruction at the local LPGA-USGA Girls Golf site in Fargo, helping young girls with different aspects of their game, and has visited multiple elementary schools reading books to children and promoting a healthy lifestyle. She is also actively involved in Brookdale Baptist Church ministries, which includes caring for children in the nursery, playing piano and violin for music ministry, serving at church events and recruiting volunteers for the United Blood Service’s blood drive. On campus, Anderson serves as the vice president for Brookdale’s campus ministries, selecting Bible study materials and organizing events. She also serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and assists with organizing community involvement events for NDSU’s athletic programs.

Past winners of the Dinah Shore Trophy include Amanda Blumenherst (2008, 2009) and Stacy Lewis (2007).

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.