Hartwiger Advances at Womens Mid-Amateur

By Sports NetworkSeptember 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
USGAKNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Kathy Hartwiger earned a 5 and 4 win over Julie Massa in the third round of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship on Monday.
Hartwiger, the 2001 winner of this event, had defeated three-time champion Ellen Port earlier in the day to move into the third round. Massa advanced to round three with a 1-up win in 21 holes. Hartwiger will take on Mina Hardin in Tuesday's quarterfinals.
Hardin picked up a narrow 1-up win over Marianne Towersey in the third round after cruising 5 and 4 in round two at Holston Hills Golf Club.
Tobi Probst, the stroke-play medalist, fell 4 and 3 to Sally Krueger in round two. Krueger went on to defeat Pat Milton 1-up in 20 holes in the third round. She moves on to face Monday's most impressive winner, Thuhashini Selvaratnam.
Selvaratnam pounded Brenda Williams 9 and 8 in the second round to tie the largest win event history. Port was the first 9 and 8 winner, that coming over Sue Churchich in 2001.
Selvaratnam then bested two-time winner Carol Semple Thompson, 4 and 2. This was the first match Selvaratnam had been extended beyond the 12th hole. Semple Thompson had advanced with a 3 and 2 win over Marilyn Hardy.
'I just wanted to come out and play the best I could,' said Selvaratnam. 'I wasn't looking to set any records.'
The two big winners in the third round will square off in the quarterfinals. Virginia Grimes, the 1998 champion, handed Julie Carmichael a 7 and 5 defeat, and moves on to face Lisa Desimone, a 5 and 4 winner over Sandy Jocoy.
'Whatever happens from here on out, I can't complain,' said Grimes, who is recovering still from two back surgeries and another to her neck. 'I'm glad to be where I am and to be approaching another match.'
The final match will pit Corey Weworski against Patricia Cornett. Weworski, who outlasted Andrea Kraus 1-up in 20 holes in round three, also went 20 holes in her first match when she beat Joan Garety.
Cornett earned a 3 and 2 decision over Patty Moore to move to the quarterfinals. She had picked up a 2 and 1 win over Claudia Pilot in the second round.
The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played on Tuesday, with the 18- hole final to be contested on Wednesday.
The Women's Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Second Round Results (Round of 32)
Upper Bracket

Pat Milton, Akron, Ohio def. Sherry Herman, Marlboro, N.J. 1 up
Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. def. Marilyn Hardy, Houston, Texas 3 and 2
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka def. Brenda Williams, Minnetrista, Minn. 9 and 8
Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. def. Shannon Ogg, Seattle, Wash. 19 holes
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. def. Joan Garety, Rockford, Mich. 20 holes
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. def. Claudia Pilot, Austin, Minn. 2 and 1
Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. def. Kareen Markle, Boise, Idaho 19 holes
Lower Bracket
Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. def. Ellen Port, St Louis, Mo. 1 up
Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. def. Julie Garner, Winter Park, Fla. 21 holes
Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas def. Debbie Adams, Biltmore Forest, N.C. 5 and 4
Marianne Towersey, Newport Beach, Calif. def. Dawn Woodard, Cartersville, Ga. 2 up
Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. def. Kerry Postillion, Burr Ridge, Ill. 19 holes
Virginia Grimes, Montgomery, Ala. def. Natalie McNicholas, Tulsa, Okla. 3 and 2
Sandy Jocoy, Agoura, Calif. def. Lisa Anderson, Stoneham, Mass. 3 and 2
Lisa DeSimone, Carmel, Calif. def. Jessica Soltes, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 2 and 1

Third Round Results (Round of 16)
Upper Bracket

Sally Krueger, San Francisco, Calif. def. Pat Milton, Akron, Ohio 20 holes
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka def. Carol Semple Thompson, Sewickley, Pa. 4 and 2
Corey Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. def. Andrea Kraus, Baltimore, Md. 20 holes
Patricia Cornett, Mill Valley, Calif. def. Patty Moore, Charlotte, N.C. 3 and 2
Lower Bracket
Kathy Hartwiger, Birmingham, Ala. def. Julie Massa, Holt, Mich. 5 and 4
Mina Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas def. Marianne Towersey, Newport Beach, Calif. 1 up
Virginia Grimes, Montgomery, Ala. def. Julie Carmichael, Indianapolis, Ind. 7 and 5
Lisa DeSimone, Carmel, Calif. def. Sandy Jocoy, Agoura, Calif. 5 and 4

Pairings for the quarterfinal round of match play Tuesday at the 2004 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at the 6,228-yard, par-72 Holston Hills Country Club course:
8:15 a.m. Sally Krueger vs. Thuhashini Selvaratnam
8:30 a.m. Corey Weworski vs. Patricia Cornett
8:45 a.m. Kathy Hartwiger vs. Mina Hardin
9 a.m. Virginia Grimes vs. Lisa DeSimone
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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

Full-field scores from the BMW International Open

Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.