Eight Teams Competing for More than $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 5, 2015, 6:18 pm

Eight Teams Competing for More than $100,000 in Cash and Prizes in Golf Channel’s New Competition Series, Altered Course Montego Bay, Premiering Monday, June 15

Teams will Compete in Extraordinary Layouts Exceeding 700 Yards, Requiring Daring Golf Shots While Racing Against the Clock

Series Inaugural Season – Altered Course Montego Bay presented by Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva – Filmed on Two Premier Courses in Montego Bay, Jamaica

 Video: Altered Course Series Trailer

Website: Altered Course Montego Bay Website

ORLANDO, Fla., June 4, 2015 – The traditional golf course layout will not apply to the eight teams competing in Altered Course Montego Bay, Golf Channel’s new reality competition series premiering Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET. The series will require teams to navigate re-imagined golf holes in excess of 700 yards all the while traversing natural obstacles they encounter along the way.

Taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and presented by the all-new Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, this tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock as they take on the twists and turns of these extreme golf holes. One Altered Course hole can incorporate upwards of three traditional golf holes, with the teams competing in a variety of formats, including alternate-shot and scramble. Teams will be scored on a combination of strokes and the time it takes them to complete the hole. Weekly eliminations will leave one team ultimately left standing as champion, pocketing a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Altered Course Montego Bay features a talented and diverse cast including professional and former collegiate golfers, siblings, best friends, sergeants in the United States Army and speed golf competitors.

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Kaleb Nichols (26, Fort Carson, Colo. / Memphis, Tenn.) and Derek Williams (29, Fort Carson, Colo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Sergeants in the United States Army and stationed in Fort Carson, Colo., both have served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Golf is their escape and their sanctuary.

 Canadian Ninjas

Kyla Inaba (28, Kelowna, British Columbia) and Eileen Kelly (27, Victoria, British Columbia) –  Teammates at the University of British Columbia (UBC), both are an inspiration to each other and grew to become best friends during college and following graduation. The two are known for their extreme fitness regimens and often joke that they are training to be ninjas.

 Frenemies

Amelia Ek (24, Cypress, Calif.) and Jada Patipaksiri (24, Cypress, Calif.) – Professional golfers on the Symetra Tour and mini-tour circuits, Ek and Patipaksiri have known each other since childhood and admit due to their competitiveness, they always have not been the best of friends. Ek hung up her golf clubs for a corporate job in 2015and is playing for Patipaksiri, who is attempting to achieve her dream of playing on the LPGA Tour.

 Georgia Boys

Shepherd Archie (25, Augusta, Ga.) and Wesley Yates (25, Atlanta, Ga.) - Best friends and college teammates while at Florida A&M University, Archie and Yates have ultimate goals of walking the fairways on the PGA TOUR.  Young and strong, they learned the game through The First Tee (Yates – First Tee of Atlanta; Archie – First Tee of Augusta). 

 Icelandic Duo

Alexander Gylfason (24, Reykjavik, Iceland) and Petur Petursson (24, Reykjavik, Iceland) – Having first met on the golf course while in college, the two have developed a close friendship over the years.  Following graduation, Petursson has focused his energy on competing on the mini tours, and is currently playing in the Nordic Golf League in Sweden – a feeder tour to the European Tour. Gylfason is a professional golfer and founder of Speed Golf Iceland.  In 2014, he became the first Icelandic golfer to compete in the Speed Golf World Championships.

 Serbian Sisters

Ariana Savich (23, Orlando, Fla. / Carmel, Ind.) and Milena Savich (25, Wesley Chapel, Fla., / Carmel, Ind.) – One of the more athletic teams on Altered Course, sisters Ariana and Milena Savich have experience in team competition - Both represented their father’s native country of Serbia in the European and World Amateur Team Championships, and Milena has a goal of representing Serbia in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 Texas Hustlers

Chris Garcia (33, Austin, Texas) and Neal Williams (35, Arlington, Texas) – Best friends who met on the golf course, Garcia and Williams come from two different backgrounds and have overcome incredible odds off the golf course.

 The Twins

Anthony and Nick Capra (23, Advance, N.C.) – Twin brothers and recent graduates from the Professional Golf Management program at North Carolina State University, Anthony and Nick Capra are exactly alike and completely different at the same time. Both took up golf at the same time as kids, and know each other’s games inside and out. 

KRISTEN KENNEY TO HOST: NBC Sports pit reporter for the Red Bull Global RallyCross series, Kristen Kenney will host the inaugural season of Altered Course.

GRAND PRIZE: The teams are playing for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.  The winning team of Altered Course Montego Bay will receive the following:

  • $15,000 in cash from Skechers GO GOLF and Skechers footwear for life.
  • $10,000 in cash from MusclePharm and a trip to MusclePharm’s Sports Science Institute.
  • A five-day, four-night stay at any Hyatt Zilara or Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive resort.
  • Free golf for life from GolfNow
  • $25,000 in cash

SERIES INAUGURAL SEASON AND HOST COURSES: Altered Course’s inaugural season takes place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Filming commenced in February at the all-new Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort, with the competition staged at two of Montego Bay’s premier courses, White Witch and Cinnamon Hill.  Altered Course Montego Bay presented by Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva will air for eight consecutive Mondays, concluding Monday, August 3.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”