Golf Channel to Air Live Announcement of the Winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, Monday, May 25

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 13, 2015, 3:10 pm

In Partnership with 3M, the Fred Haskins Commission and the ANNIKA Foundation, Golf Channel Increases Awareness of One of the Most Prestigious Recognitions in Women’s Collegiate Golf

Established in 2014, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M Recognizes the Most Outstanding Female Collegiate Golfer

2015 ANNIKA Award Winner to Appear Live on Golf Channel During Golf Central’s Coverage of NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

Golf Channel announced today a new partnership with 3M, the Fred Haskins Commission and the ANNIKA Foundation to elevate exposure for one of the most prestigious awards in all of women’s golf, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.

New for 2015, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M winner announcement will take place Monday, May 25 during Golf Channel’s live coverage of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, with the recipient appearing on-set as part of the network’s Golf Central news program.

Named after World Golf Hall-of-Famer and 1991 NCAA Individual Champion Annika Sorenstam, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3Mhonors the nation’s most outstanding female Division I collegiate golfer as selected by her peers, coaches and the golf media. UCLA’s Alison Lee won the inaugural award in 2014 after winning three times, and was named first team All-American, Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She is now competing full time on the LPGA Tour.

The live announcement will take place during Golf Central at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, May 25, with the winner appearing on-set immediately following the conclusion of the individual stroke play at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Taking place at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships will air live on Golf Channel Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, crowning the individual national champion followed by all three rounds of the team match-play tournament.

"We are thrilled about this new partnership with Golf Channel and its increased commitment to showcasing collegiate golf,” said Annika. “This is the next generation of great players and I am honored to have my name on this award with 3M. We look forward to growing this initiative, along with others championed by my foundation."

“3M is delighted to join forces again this year with the ANNIKA Foundation to celebrate the inspirational support that Annika and the foundation provide for young women athletes everywhere,” said Jesse Singh, senior vice president for marketing and sales at 3M. “We hope the 2015 ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M will encourage another young athlete on her path to success, and we look forward to announcing this year’s winner.”

“Annika is undoubtedly the greatest female golfer in history and has done so much to bring women’s golf to the forefront, both on and off the golf course,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of programming for Golf Channel. “We are excited to partner with the ANNIKA Foundation, the Fred Haskins Commission and 3M in growing increased awareness for the ANNIKA Award.”

Players, coaches and members of the golf media can vote at www.AnnikaAward.comthrough Sunday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET. After the votes are collected, the Fred Haskins Commission will verify the votes and determine the winner. Throughout the NCAA golf season, the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings are used to identify the top female collegiate golfers throughout the year. Golfweek is the founding media partner for the ANNIKA Award.

The Fred Haskins Commission, which for the past 44 years has overseen the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel in recognizing the most outstanding male collegiate golfer, also oversees the ANNIKA Award. Winners of the Haskins Award have captured 28 Majors and nearly 300 professional tournaments around the world. For the first time in 2015, the Haskins Award winner will receive his award live on Golf Channel, airing Monday, June 1 on Golf Central following the conclusion of the final round of men’s individual stroke play.

Golf Channel is building upon the success of its 2014 coverage of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships and is expanding in 2015 to include live news and tournament coverage of both the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, contested in back-to-back weeks at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 22-June 3. Coverage of the Women’s Golf Championships will air Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, followed be coverage of the Men’s Golf Championships Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3.

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Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated” while taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor, he made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).

Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

“I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

“No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

“We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.

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Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

“I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

“Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

“We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.

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Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

“We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”