Swede Leads Canadian Q-School

By Marty HenwoodFebruary 7, 2003, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeORLANDO, Fla. -- Anders Hultman of Sweden lit it up on his back nine Thursday to take the lead after four rounds at the Canadian Tours Winter Qualifying School.
 
The 23-year-old Swedish national team member, who began his round on the 10th tee, carded a 5-under 31 over his final nine en route to a 5-under 67. His 72-hole total of 7-under 281 is one shot better than Japans Dai Tanaka, Steve Marino of Fairfax, Va., and Erik Compton of Cleveland, Ohio.
 
Sixty players were 11'over 299 or better after 72 holes and advance to Fridays final round. The Canadian Tour will award 20 exempt and 15 non-exempt cards for the 2003 season after Friday.
 
After making the turn at even-par 36, Hultman, a former NCAA All-American, turned it up a notch on the back side, thanks in part to a double eagle on the par-5 third hole when he holed out from 200 yards with a 5-iron.
 
Its not every day you can do that, so it can make for a good day in a hurry, admitted Hultman, adding he thinks his group was on the right side of the draw Thursday morning. There was no wind early, so we were able to play those tough holes on our front side with no major problems. It made things a whole lot easier.
 
Compton is one of the feel-good stories in the world of professional golf. After undergoing a heart transplant at the age 12, he went on to become an All-American at Georgia, was a member of the United States Walker and Palmer Cup squads and played on the Nationwide (then Buy.com Tour) last year. This week he is attempting to join the ranks of the Canadian Tour, where several of his friends currently play.
 
Its funny, all my life people have told me I cant do something, and every time I try to prove them wrong, said the 23-year-old. Tell me I cant climb a mountain, and I am going to climb it twice.
 
On Friday, Compton admits he will go in with the same approach as he has had all week. Despite his lofty peach on the leaderboard, it has been anything but a routine week for him. Two days before he arrived in Orlando, his older brother, Christian, broke his neck in a skiing accident in Norway, and members of his family have rushed to be at his bedside. He remains in intensive care in a Norwegian hospital, but he has been lucid enough to talk to his brother on the phone.
 
Not that you had to tell me, but what happened to him really keeps things in perspective added Compton. It just shows how fast things can happen, and at that end of the day, it emphasizes that golf is just a game.
 
Scores Thursday after the fourth round of the Canadian Tour's Winter Qualifying School being held at the National and International courses at ChampionsGate ( 60 players were 11-over 299 or better to make the cut and will play the International course Friday. The Canadian Tour will award 20 exempt and 15 non-exempt playing cards for the 2003 season after the play Friday):
 
1 Hultman, Anders Sweden 72 70 72 67 281 -7
T2 Tanaka, Dai Japan 70 74 69 69 282 -6
T2 Compton, Erik Cleveland, OH 72 72 70 68 282 -6
T2 Marino, Steve Fairfax, VA 77 69 69 67 282 -6
5 Edmond, Pascal France 72 77 69 65 283 -5
6 Miller, Ryan West Alexandria, OH 73 70 70 71 284 -4
T7 Gibson, Scott Huntington Beach, CA 74 69 70 73 286 -2
T7 Bachman, John Orlando, FL 73 71 72 70 286 -2
T9 Donovan, Matt Pittsfield, MA 71 77 70 69 287 -1
T9 Davey, Nick New Zealand 72 70 73 72 287 -1
T9 Allred, Jason Scottsdale, AZ 70 74 73 70 287 -1
T9 Corbett, Clark Long Beach, CA 74 72 72 69 287 -1
T13 Centers, Derrick Somerset, KY 69 74 76 69 288 0
T13 Damron, Patrick Orlando, FL 73 71 70 74 288 0
T15 Torres, Jesus Mexico 72 71 73 73 289 1
T15 Higton, Jason Fresno, CA 75 71 73 70 289 1
17 Bettencourt, Matt Modesto, CA 71 72 76 71 290 2
T18 Jensen, Clint Palm Beach Gardens, FL 69 75 76 71 291 3
T18 Pigott, Sam Kent, England 72 73 72 74 291 3
T18 Mikkelsen, Kris Dunwoody, GA 71 75 72 73 291 3
T18 Shuert, Steve St. Louis, MO 72 75 74 70 291 3
T22 Goti, Ramiro Buenos Aires, Argentina 71 71 75 75 292 4
T22 Patrick, David Scotland 71 72 77 72 292 4
T24 Coughlan, Richie Ireland 77 72 72 72 293 5
T24 Parra, Chris Tequesta, FL 71 74 76 72 293 5
T24 Horacek, Sandy Los Angeles, CA 75 71 78 69 293 5
T24 Salinetti, Jim West Palm Beach, FL 74 73 76 70 293 5
T24 Habig, Josh Jasper, IN 75 72 71 75 293 5
T24 Wightman, Tele Chicopee, MA 75 73 74 71 293 5
T30 Trevino, Chris Chula Vista, CA 76 76 69 73 294 6
T30 Patterson, John Hilton Head, SC 74 72 74 74 294 6
T30 Argiro, Eduardo Argentina 71 77 76 70 294 6
T33 Lane, Matthew New Zealand 77 75 71 72 295 7
T33 Horowitz, Joe Long Beach, NY 68 82 72 73 295 7
T33 Lower, Johua Englewood, FL 75 74 77 69 295 7
T33 Kim, Christopher Fullerton, CA 68 75 76 76 295 7
T33 Erickson, Tyler Tempe, AZ 73 74 77 71 295 7
T33 Byers, Aaron Albany, OR 80 67 74 74 295 7
T39 Desjardins, Carl Ste. Catherine, QC 78 71 74 73 296 8
T39 Oppenheim, Rob Andover, MA 73 76 74 73 296 8
T39 Snelling, Justin Boise, ID 75 77 75 70 297 9
T39 Carman, Brett Claysville, PA 72 78 74 73 297 9
T39 Watt, James Lodi, CA 76 74 77 70 297 9
T39 Lavoie, Ryan West Palm Beach, FL 72 73 72 80 297 9
T39 Yi, Dong Alameda, CA 73 73 76 75 297 9
T39 Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA 73 74 79 71 297 9
T39 Bradford, George Columbia, MD 72 76 78 71 297 9
T48 Gentry, Brian Tahoe City, CA 77 76 72 73 298 10
T48 Kanesaka, Fumio Japan 72 82 71 73 298 10
T48 Hibler, Jesse Boise, ID 72 78 73 75 298 10
T48 Fribley, Chad Tualatin, OR 77 72 78 71 298 10
T48 Williamson, Lee Crawfordsville, IN 72 77 77 72 298 10
T48 Nelson, Drew Woodstock, GA 73 73 75 77 298 10
T48 Hong, Chang Bethesda, MD 74 74 76 74 298 10
T55 Cuthbertson, Phil Rocklin, CA 76 76 76 71 299 11
T55 Lemon, Jim Madison, WI 74 77 73 75 299 11
T55 Takacs, Brendan Clearwater, FL 71 78 80 70 299 11
T55 Wheatcroft, Steven Tequesta, FL 74 75 77 73 299 11
T55 Hastings, Brad Easton, MD 71 73 79 76 299 11
T55 Harnden, Brandon Portland, OR 74 74 76 75 299 11
 
The following players did not make the cut:
 
T61 Peltomaki, Jyry Finland 73 79 75 73 300 12
T61 Beyer, Cody Tucson, AZ 74 78 72 76 300 12
T61 Jang, Jae Indio, CA 74 79 74 73 300 12
T61 Slowinski, Matt Glen Ellyn, Il 81 74 72 73 300 12
T61 Harvey, Billy Las Vegas, NV 78 77 74 71 300 12
T61 Goik, Brent Bay City, MI 77 72 75 76 300 12
T61 Wyatt, Charles Tampa, FL 73 75 77 75 300 12
T68 Wright, Justin Livermore, CA 74 78 76 73 301 13
T68 Fonner, Matthew Saratoga, CA 79 72 76 74 301 13
T68 Douglas, Rob Stratford, ON 78 73 79 71 301 13
T68 Kemp, Korky Greensboro, NC 79 72 77 73 301 13
T68 Dailey, John Frisco, TX 74 77 74 76 301 13
T68 Peluso, Todd Palm City, FL 72 78 79 72 301 13
T74 Stewart, Travis Jamestown, NC 85 73 74 70 302 14
T74 Davidson, Graham Langholm, Scotland 74 78 74 76 302 14
T74 Larrea, Santiago Spain 75 78 75 74 302 14
T74 Koch, Shawn Howell, MI 76 77 72 77 302 14
T74 Kitts, Ben Summerfield, FL 79 75 74 74 302 14
T74 Vitali, Peter Tequesta, FL 77 78 74 73 302 14
T74 Rohrbaugh, Doug Carbondale, CO 80 76 75 71 302 14
T74 Knudsen, Erik Orlando, FL 74 73 75 80 302 14
T82 Weatherly, Scott Fort Payne, AL 77 75 78 73 303 15
T82 Williams, Mark New Zealand 76 76 77 74 303 15
T82 Saglio, Matthew Clearwater, FL 78 75 75 75 303 15
T82 Herberth, Erik Avon Lake, OH 77 77 74 75 303 15
T82 Ellis, Ryan Draper, UT 80 75 73 75 303 15
T82 Rodriguez, Miguel Argentina 76 80 73 74 303 15
T82 Bloxham, Jordan West Jordan, UT 75 77 77 74 303 15
T82 Jenkins, Steven Chesterfield, VA 76 76 75 76 303 15
T82 Van Rensburg, Morne South Africa 80 71 76 76 303 15
T82 Link, William Acton, MA 73 78 79 73 303 15
T82 Heffernan, John Humboldt, SK 76 73 78 76 303 15
T82 Tolliver, Billy Joe Shreveport, LA 75 73 84 71 303 15
T94 Karnow, Kyle Elk Grove, CA 76 76 77 75 304 16
T94 Sauger, Mark Cape Coral, FL 77 76 77 74 304 16
T94 Campbell, Chris Surprise, AZ 74 79 73 78 304 16
T94 Ilic, Zoran Lakeland, FL 76 78 73 77 304 16
T94 Sueki, Tsuyoshi Japan 78 77 75 74 304 16
T94 Walters, Barry Yakima, WA 75 76 75 78 304 16
T94 Havens, David Wytheville, VA 77 73 80 74 304 16
T94 Duncan, TJ Carson City, NV 74 75 79 76 304 16
T94 Loving, Matthew Corpus Cristi, TX 74 73 79 78 304 16
T94 Boner, Brett Charlotte, NC 72 76 79 77 304 16
T104 Sine, Josh Springfield, OH 78 79 75 73 305 17
T104 Mortimer, Jamie Waterloo, ON 84 69 77 75 305 17
T104 Flugstad, Brian Seattle, WA 75 77 76 77 305 17
T104 Martin, Trey Phoenix, AZ 74 78 76 77 305 17
T104 McCammon, Jeff Jupiter, FL 74 77 74 80 305 17
T104 Moore, Michael Mississauga, ON 76 75 77 77 305 17
T104 Horodesky, Gregory Las Vegas, NV 73 78 76 78 305 17
T104 Werley, CJ Coshocton, OH 76 72 79 78 305 17
T112 DeLeon, Daniel Mexico 77 83 76 70 306 18
T112 Brost, Matt Austin, TX 74 78 77 77 306 18
T112 Stevens, Kevin Menlo Park, CA 78 77 76 75 306 18
T112 Lacroix, Brandon Roanoke, VA 82 73 75 76 306 18
T112 Fosdick, Joshua Nashville, TN 74 74 80 78 306 18
T117 Corson, Adam Potomac, MD 80 81 69 77 307 19
T117 Edmond, Olivier France 81 81 75 70 307 19
T117 Evangelist, Shane Irving, TX 79 79 77 72 307 19
T117 Laing, Jason New Zealand 75 79 75 78 307 19
T117 Levy, Jon Scottsdale, AZ 77 79 75 76 307 19
122 McAfee, Alan Germantown, TN 78 77 79 74 308 20
123 Ping, David Ypsilanti, MI 78 78 75 78 309 21
T124 Jeong, Tae Korea 75 84 71 80 310 22
T124 Leao, Ivo Brazil 79 79 75 77 310 22
T124 Gatchel, Matt Palm Harbor, FL 76 77 72 85 310 22
T124 Corcoran, Rob South Windsor, CT 78 77 76 79 310 22
T124 Cannon, Brad Phoenix, AZ 73 79 79 79 310 22
T124 Mathews, Stan Monteca, CA 77 71 86 76 310 22
T124 DiMuccio, Joey New Castle, PA 74 74 84 78 310 22
T131 Maki, Peter Franklin, MA 78 79 78 76 311 23
T131 Makino, Yuji Japan 75 82 80 74 311 23
T131 Stone, Jason Brentwood, CA 80 75 75 81 311 23
T131 Hutsell, David Baltimore,MD 74 78 81 78 311 23
T135 Giordano, Davidde Rochester, NY 76 81 72 83 312 24
T135 Okushima, Tomoaki Japan 74 78 77 83 312 24
T135 San Gabriel, Paulo Covina, CA 77 79 73 83 312 24
T138 Licursi, Daniel Chatsworth, CA 79 82 74 78 313 25
T138 Shears, Jared Roy, UT 82 76 78 77 313 25
T138 Rudolph, John La Jolla, CA 77 80 74 82 313 25
141 Heiple, Josh Sturgis, MI 84 79 77 74 314 26
T142 Banks, Ben England 82 79 73 81 315 27
T142 Coughlin, Peter Punta Gorda, FL 76 84 72 83 315 27
T142 Cohen, Itamar Israel 75 80 83 77 315 27
T142 Ki, Yuji Japan 74 82 79 80 315 27
T146 Smith, Brandon Tucson, AZ 81 77 81 77 316 28
T146 Miller, Scott Royal Palm Beach, FL 79 79 82 76 316 28
T146 Busby Jr., John St. George, UT 79 78 80 79 316 28
T149 Gavlak, Zac Palmer, AK 81 82 79 75 317 29
T149 Sessions, Dean Westminster, CO 78 83 78 78 317 29
T151 Takase, Atsushi Japan 80 85 75 78 318 30
T151 Thornburg, Michael Hendersonville, NC 79 84 84 71 318 30
T151 Paganini, Lou Naples, FL 76 81 81 80 318 30
T151 Slawson, J.D. Austin, TX 77 79 79 83 318 30
T155 Harrison, Jeremy Hollywood, FL 84 81 73 81 319 31
T155 Tassic, Don Northville, MI 85 77 75 82 319 31
T155 McGaha, Benji Easley, SC 81 80 79 79 319 31
T158 Veres, Mike Logan, West VA 81 78 85 77 321 33
T158 Hodgkinson, Richard England 77 80 86 78 321 33
T160 Paul, Thomas Scottsdale, AZ 82 86 74 80 322 34
T160 Nomura, Eric Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 78 80 83 81 322 34
162 Slabbert, Gavin Roseville, CA 82 81 80 80 323 35
T163 Guilder, Tony Irvine, CA 84 83 79 80 326 38
T163 Fuhr, Grant Edmonton, AB 73 86 82 85 326 38
165 Nakatsuka, Kazuta Japan 79 90 79 80 328 40
T166 Hasson, Felipe Brazil 80 86 82 81 329 41
T166 Irie, Norio Gardenia, CA 77 86 84 82 329 41
168 Humerickhouse, Keith Boca Raton, FL 81 83 82 84 330 42
169 Kuliesh, John Lewisburg, W.V. 80 90 76 86 332 44
T170 Newboldt, Tim Kihei, HI 79 90 79 85 333 45
T170 Caldwell, Raymond San Antonio, TX 82 87 81 83 333 45
172 Stevens, Noah Austin, TX 84 83 84 85 336 48
173 Pereira, Jeff Vancouver, BC 92 81 83 88 344 56
174 Chor, Michael Cambodia 88 92 83 82 345 57
175 Smith, Lang Lakeland, TN 89 94 85 89 357 69
176 Vitorino, Tito Sarasota, FL 93 89 89 88 359 71
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Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

“The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.

 

 

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Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 8:31 pm

Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.

She wondered if there would be resentment.

She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”

PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.

Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.

She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.

Fans have been stopping her for autographs.

“It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”

Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.

He waved Lincicome over.

“He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”

Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.

“The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.

Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.

Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.

“I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.

Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.

Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.

Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.

What are Lincicome’s expectations?

She would love to make the cut, but . . .

“Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.

“I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”

Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.

Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.

As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.

“The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”

Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.

The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.

“She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”

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Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

"It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.

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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”


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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”