Teams Announced for Inaugural East Lake Cup Collegiate Match Play Championship

By Golf Channel Public RelationsSeptember 16, 2015, 3:00 pm

Women: Stanford, Baylor, Duke and USC

2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships Semifinalists Confirmed to Compete, Airing Live on Golf Channel Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Historic East Lake Golf Club

Free General Admission and Public Parking for Inaugural East Lake Cup

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Golf Channel announced today that each of the semifinalist teams from the 2015 Division I NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships have committed to compete in the inaugural East Lake Cup match play championship, airing live on the network Nov. 2-3 at historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.

The men’s division of the East Lake Cup will feature a rematch of the National Championship semifinals. The four participating teams include: reigning National Champions Louisiana State University (LSU); the University of Southern California (USC), who lost to LSU in the championship match; University of Georgia (UGA), two-time National Champions (1999 and 2005); and the University of Illinois, which is coming off a school-record eight tournament-win season.

“Golf Channel's coverage of the NCAA golf championships has been tremendous and brought the excitement of college golf to a broader audience,” said LSU men’s golf coach Chuck Winstead. “We look forward to competing at East Lake Golf Club, one of golf's storied venues.”

The 2015 National Championship winning Stanford University will headline a women’s division comprised of all four teams from the 2015 National Championship semifinals. That field also includes: 2015 championship runner-up Baylor University; Duke University, six-time National Champions, including 2014; and the University of Southern California (USC), which earned the No. 1 seed for both stroke and match play portions of the 2015 championships.

“We are very excited to partake in the first ever East Lake Cup,” said Stanford women’s golf coach Anne Walker. “Golf Channel has invested a lot of time and energy into college golf; we feel very fortunate to be able to benefit from its commitment. The four participating women's teams are all very experienced, and the competition will no doubt make for great viewing.” 

Teams for the East Lake Cup will compete on the championship golf course at East Lake Golf Club, home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the season-ending event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The East Lake Cup will benefit the East Lake Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach to community revitalization incorporating mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness.

The East Lake Cup also will feature the Tom Cousins Award, a new annual recognition presented to an outstanding male and female golfer who exemplify the values of the East Lake Foundation: excels in academics, engaged in his or her community and has overcome adversity. This award is named for Tom Cousins, founder of the East Lake Foundation, which transformed a community in despair into a thriving neighborhood, now a national model for community redevelopment through Purpose Built Communities.

Two match-play tournaments will be hosted simultaneously at East Lake Golf Club for the women’s and men’s divisions. Monday, Nov. 2 will feature the semifinals and Tuesday, Nov. 3 the finals and consolation matches. Within both the semifinals and finals, the competing teams will pair five players in singles matches.

2015 EAST LAKE CUP SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all times Eastern)

Monday, Nov. 2:

10 a.m.            Semifinal Matches Begin

2-5 p.m.           Golf Channel Live coverage

Tuesday, Nov. 3:

10 a.m.            Consolation Matches begin

11:45 a.m.       Championship Matches begin

2-5 p.m.           Golf Channel Live Coverage

General admission to the inaugural East Lake Cup is free on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3. Limited complimentary parking is available at East Lake Golf Club on a first come, first serve basis.

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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,” 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. Kang 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).

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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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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.

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“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.”