Trio Share Medalist Honors

By Sports NetworkOctober 24, 2003, 4:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Isabelle Beisiegel and Catherine Cartwright each posted rounds of 5-under 67 Friday in the final round of LPGA Q-School to share medalist honors.
 
Iben Tinning carded a 3-under 69 to finish alongside Beisiegel and Cartwright, a former U.S. PubLinks champion, at 8-under-par 280.
 
Those three ladies lead a group of 28 women who earned their fully exempt playing status for the 2004 LPGA Tour season.
 
Tinning, who earned 1 1/2 points for the victorious 2003 European Solheim Cup squad, earned $14,330 in two events on the LPGA Tour in 2003. She made the cut in both events in which she played.
 
Laurie Rinker stumbled to a 2-over 74 Friday, but came in fourth at 7-under-par 281. Aree Song, who petitioned LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw for the right to enter Q-school, finished in a tie for fifth at 6-under-par 282.
 
Song was joined at minus-6 by Meredith Duncan, Clarissa Childs, Chiharu Yamaguchi, Maggie Will and Diana D'Alessio.
 
Some other big names earning fully-exempt status for next season were Ashley Winn, Nadina Taylor, Karen Pearce, Lee Ann Walker-Cooper and Siew-Ai Lim.
 
Lim and Cooper survived a playoff at 3-under-par 285 along with Riko Higashio, Laura Myerscough, Carmen Hajjar, Pamela Kerrigan and Marlene Hedblom.
 
Hedlom earned her way in by winning a sudden-death playoff after the three-hole playoff settled six of the final seven spots.
 
Another 45 players earned or retained their non-exempt playing status for the 2004 season.

LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, Oct. 21-24, 2003
Final results
PURSE: $50,000PAR: 36-36 YARDS: 6443
LPGA International-Legends Course, Daytona Beach, Fla.

NAME SCORES OFFICIAL MONEY
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1 Isabelle Beisiegel 68-74-71-67 280 -8 $5,250
1 Catherine Cartwright 69-70-74-67 280 -8 $5,250
1 Iben Tinning 68-71-72-69 280 -8 $5,250
4 Laurie Rinker 70-72-65-74 281 -7 $4,500
5 Meredith Duncan 73-75-69-65 282 -6 $3,335
5 Clarissa Childs 73-70-72-67 282 -6 $3,335
5 Chiharu Yamaguchi 70-72-69-71 282 -6 $3,335
5 Maggie Will 69-72-70-71 282 -6 $3,335
5 Jenna Daniels 67-72-71-72 282 -6 $3,335
5 Diana D'Alessio 66-70-74-72 282 -6 $3,335
5 Aree Song 71-69-69-73 282 -6 $3,335
12 Seol-An Jeon 72-72-71-68 283 -5 $1,280
12 Lisa Hall 70-74-71-68 283 -5 $1,280
12 Luciana Bemvenuti 73-71-70-69 283 -5 $1,280
12 Lisa DePaulo 72-72-69-70 283 -5 $1,280
12 Ashley Winn 69-73-70-71 283 -5 $1,280
17 Il Mi Chung 74-71-71-68 284 -4
17 Juli Hilton 71-72-72-69 284 -4
17 Nadina Taylor 72-70-71-71 284 -4
17 Brandi Jackson 73-71-66-74 284 -4
17 Karen Pearce 70-70-70-74 284 -4
22# Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 73-71-72-69 285 -3
22# Riko Higashio 73-68-74-70 285 -3
22# Laura Myerscough 71-73-70-71 285 -3
22# Carmen Hajjar 72-71-71-71 285 -3
22# Pamela Kerrigan 70-71-73-71 285 -3
22# Siew-Ai Lim 72-70-70-73 285 -3
22^ Marlene Hedblom 72-68-73-72 285 -3
 

NON-EXEMPT CONDITIONAL STATUS
++ Jenny Park-Choi
1 Mikaela Parmlid 67-74-71-73 285 -3
2 Nicole Jeray 76-75-67-68 286 -2
3 Kelly Lagedrost 71-68-74-73 286 -2
4 Annette DeLuca 74-70-74-69 287 -1
* Marcy Hart 74-69-75-69 287 -1
5 Allie Blomquist 75-70-72-70 287 -1
6 Russamee Gulyanamitta 72-73-72-70 287 -1
* Silvia Cavalleri 72-70-75-70 287 -1
7 Hyun Soon Park 75-68-72-72 287 -1
8 Cherie Byrnes 69-71-70-77 287 -1
9 Jinny Lee 70-75-73-70 288 E
10 Sunny Lee 73-70-72-73 288 E
11 Jessica Reese 71-71-72-74 288 E
12 Amy Hung 73-73-73-70 289 +1
13 Jimin Kang 71-75-73-70 289 +1
14 Jen Hanna 70-75-72-72 289 +1
15 Katherine Hull 72-71-74-72 289 +1
16 Carrie Roberts 76-68-72-73 289 +1
* Mardi Lunn 73-73-69-74 289 +1
* Jean-Marie Busuttil 70-70-75-74 289 +1
17 Angela Buzminski 74-72-74-70 290 +2
* Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-75-71-71 290 +2
18 Diane Irvin 72-75-72-71 290 +2
19 Kristen Bloomer 74-71-74-71 290 +2
20 Celeste Troche 70-74-70-76 290 +2
21 Kris Lindstrom 76-73-71-71 291 +3
22 Stacy Snider 70-78-72-71 291 +3
23 Lindsey Wright 72-73-73-73 291 +3
24 Karen Davies 72-72-74-73 291 +3
25 Vikki Laing 75-72-70-74 291 +3
26 Michele Vinieratos 70-70-73-78 291 +3
27 Carri Wood 69-76-75-72 292 +4
* Patricia Baxter-Johnson 70-72-77-73 292 +4
++ Angie Rizzo
28 Krista Bartlett 75-71-73-74 293 +5
29 Leslie Spalding 76-68-75-74 293 +5
30 Susan Ginter-Brooker 73-74-67-79 293 +5
* Michelle Estill 74-73-73-74 294 +6
31 Kelly Cap 74-76-69-75 294 +6
32 Karine Icher 75-73-71-75 294 +6
33 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 71-76-71-76 294 +6
34 Michelle Bell 74-74-72-75 295 +7
35 Kim Augusta 76-71-72-77 296 +8
36 Smriti Mehra 70-75-74-77 296 +8
 
*Player already has non-exempt status
#Won exempt status in a three-hole playoff
^Won exempt status in a sudden-death playoff after the three-hole playoff
++2003 Medical extension
 
MADE THE 54-HOLE CUT BUT DID NOT EARN STATUS
Heather Lee 74-72-74-78 298 +10
Connie Ross 73-75-72-80 300 +12
 
MISSED THE 54-HOLE CUT
Namika Omata 75-76-70 221 CUT
Leigh Ann Mills 74-77-70 221 CUT
Kylie Pratt 75-74-72 221 CUT
Stefania Croce 73-76-72 221 CUT
Kristy McPherson 74-72-75 221 CUT
Emily Bastel 71-75-75 221 CUT
Katie Bakken 73-77-72 222 CUT
Penny Hammel 76-72-74 222 CUT
Marianne Morris 72-76-74 222 CUT
Susie Parry 71-77-74 222 CUT
Sarah Johnston 73-74-75 222 CUT
Hong Mei Yang 71-76-75 222 CUT
Nuria Clau 77-68-77 222 CUT
Dina Ammaccapane 73-71-78 222 CUT
Charlotta Sorenstam 75-78-70 223 CUT
J.Y. Cho 76-75-72 223 CUT
Dale Eggeling 75-75-73 223 CUT
Jeanne Cho 73-76-74 223 CUT
Danielle Amiee 76-72-75 223 CUT
Michelle Murphy 72-76-75 223 CUT
Kathryn Cusick 76-71-76 223 CUT
Lori Atsedes 75-72-76 223 CUT
Kimberly Freeman 76-74-74 224 CUT
Nicole Dalkas 74-76-74 224 CUT
Georgina Simpson 74-76-74 224 CUT
Liz Earley 74-73-77 224 CUT
Kellee Booth 72-75-77 224 CUT
Wendy Martin 78-73-74 225 CUT
Mitzi Edge 78-73-74 225 CUT
Michele Fuller 76-75-74 225 CUT
Caroline Goasguen 74-74-77 225 CUT
Mayumi Nakajima 76-71-78 225 CUT
Nicole Materne 74-83-69 226 CUT
Yvonne Cox 75-79-72 226 CUT
Minny Yeo 77-75-74 226 CUT
Angie Rizzo 71-80-75 226 CUT
Lisa P. Jensen 78-72-76 226 CUT
Jennifer Huber 73-77-76 226 CUT
Lisa Strom 75-72-79 226 CUT
Tamie Durdin 78-77-72 227 CUT
Lesley Henderson 75-77-75 227 CUT
Stephanie George 72-79-76 227 CUT
Shiho Katano 73-75-79 227 CUT
Nicole Perrot 79-77-72 228 CUT
Michelle Simpson 74-77-77 228 CUT
Kirsty Taylor 77-79-73 229 CUT
Donna Wilkins 75-76-78 229 CUT
Vicky Uwland 75-75-79 229 CUT
Alena Sharp 76-83-71 230 CUT
Becky Lucidi 80-76-74 230 CUT
Danielle Masters 75-77-78 230 CUT
Pam Wright 77-74-79 230 CUT
Collette Matthes 74-76-80 230 CUT
Hye Jung Choi 80-79-72 231 CUT
Misia Lemanski 79-83-72 234 CUT
Laura Baugh 80-76-79 235 CUT
Krissie Register 79-81-81 241 CUT
Mary Kay Marino 78-76 154 WD
Ara Koh 78-81 159 WD

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Hammer in position (again) to co-medal at U.S. Am

By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer is in position to go for a rare sweep in this summer’s biggest events.

Two weeks ago, Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas, was the co-medalist at the Western Amateur and went on to take the match-play portion, as well.

Here at the U.S. Amateur, Hammer shot rounds of 69-68 and was once again in position to earn co-medalist honors. At 6-under 137, he was tied with 19-year-old Daniel Hillier of New Zealand.

“It would mean a lot, especially after being medalist at the Western Am,” Hammer said afterward. “It’s pretty special.”

No stroke-play medalist has prevailed in the 64-man match-play bracket since Ryan Moore in 2004. Before that, Tiger Woods (1996) was the most recent medalist champion.  


Match scoring from U.S. Amateur

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On the strength of his Western Am title, Hammer, 18, has soared to No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He credited his work with swing coach Cameron McCormick and mental coach Bob Rotella.

“Just really started controlling my iron shots really well,” said Hammer, who has worked with McCormick since 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old.

“Distance control with my wedges and all my iron shots, playing different shots, has become really a strength in my game. I’ve really turned the putter on this year, and I’m seeing the lines and matching the line with the speed really well. I think that’s been the key to my summer.”

A two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, Hillier is ranked 27th in the world. He said that, entering the tournament, he would have been pleased just to make it to match play.

“But to come out on top, it’s amazing,” Hillier said. “Cole is a really good golfer and has been playing well lately. So, yeah, I’m in good company.”

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Tee times, TV schedule, stats for Wyndham Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 9:55 pm

It's the last tournament of the PGA Tour's regular season as the top 125 in the FedExCup points list advance to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for the Wyndham Championship. (Click here for tee times)

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


Purse: $6 million

Course: Sedgefield Country Club (par 70, 7,127 yards)

Defending champion: Henrik Stenson. Last year he defeated Ollie Schniederjans by one stroke to earn his sixth career PGA Tour win.


Notables in the field

Henrik Stenson at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Henrik Stenson

• Missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship

• Six top-10 finishes this year, including T-5 at the Masters and T-6 at the U.S. Open


Sergio Garcia

• Eight missed cuts in last 10 PGA Tour starts

• Currently 131 in FedExCup standings (33 points back of 125th)


Webb Simpson

• Five top-10 finishes in this event since 2010 (won in 2011)

• 56 under par in last five years in this event (best of any player in that span)

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Faldo: Woods told fellow Masters champ 'I'm done' in '17

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 7:42 pm

Fresh off his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, it's easy to get caught up in the recent success and ebullient optimism surrounding Tiger Woods. But it was not that long ago that Woods even hitting another competitive shot was very much in doubt.

Six-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo shed light on those darker times during a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show when he relayed a story from the 2017 Masters champions' dinner. The annual meal is one of golf's most exclusive fraternities, as only the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club is allowed to dine with the men who have each donned a green jacket.

Last spring Woods had not yet undergone spinal fusion surgery, and Faldo explained that Woods at one point turned to an unnamed Masters champ and grimly assessed his future playing chances.


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"I know he whispered to another Masters champion, two Masters dinners ago, 'I'm done. I won't play golf again,'" Faldo said. "He said, 'I'm done. I'm done, my back is done.' He was in agony. He was in pain. His leg, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get in and out of the golf cart at the (2016) Ryder Cup when he was a vice captain."

But Woods opted for fusion surgery a few weeks later, and after a lengthy rehab process he returned to competition in December. His 2018 campaign has been nothing short of remarkable, with a pair of runner-up finishes to go along with a T-6 result at The Open when he held the outright lead on the back nine on Sunday.

After apparently even counting himself out, Woods is back up to 26th in the latest world rankings and appears in line to be added as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next month.

"What he's been able to do is unbelievable," Faldo said. "To turn this aruond, to get this spine fusion, it's completely taken away the pain. To have this mobility is absolutely amazing. Great on him, and great for golf."

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McDowell needs Wyndham result to maintain status

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 5:56 pm

For the first time in nearly three years, Graeme McDowell heads into an event with his PGA Tour status hanging in the balance.

The Ulsterman joined the Tour in 2006, and he has had nearly uninterrupted status since winning the 2010 U.S. Open. But McDowell's two-season exemption for winning the 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba only extends through this week, where he will start the Wyndham Championship at No. 143 in the season-long points race.

McDowell tied for fifth at Sedgefield Country Club in 2016, and he will likely need a similar result to crack the top 125 in the standings and retain his fully exempt status for the 2019 season. While he finished T-10 in Las Vegas in November, that remains his lone top-10 finish of the Tour season. The veteran's best results this year have come in Europe, where he tied for fifth at the Italian Open and finished T-12 at the BMW PGA Championship.


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"I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I feel like it's not a do-or-die scenario for me," McDowell told reporters earlier this month at the Barracuda Championship. "I feel if I was 25 years old without a European Tour card to fall back on, it would be a do-or-die scenario. Certainly trying to put the pressure off, if I don't get myself into the top 125 it's not the end of the world for me. I still feel like I can play a great schedule next season."

By finishing Nos. 126-150 in points after this week, McDowell would retain conditional status that would likely ensure him at least 12-15 starts next season. He would also still have privileges as a past tournament champion.

But he's not the only winner from the 2015-16 season whose two-year exemption is on the verge of running out. Fabian Gomez (160th), Peter Malnati (164th) and Billy Hurley III (202nd) all need big results in Greensboro to keep their cards, while Shane Lowry, David Lingmerth and Matt Every all earned three-year exemptions for victories in 2015 but currently sit Nos. 139, 140 and 184 in points, respectively.

Last year four players moved into the top 125 thanks to strong play at Wyndham, with the biggest jump coming from Rory Sabbatini, who went from No. 148 to No. 122 after tying for fourth place.