USGA Announces 2005 Schedule

By Usga News ServicesFebruary 1, 2005, 5:00 pm
USGA logo - 100x41FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Reigning U.S. Open and U.S. Womens Open champions Retief Goosen and Meg Mallon, respectively, will be vying for their third titles in those events during the United States Golf Associations schedule of competitions in 2005.
 
In addition, three historic venues will be hosting USGA championships: Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort for the U.S. Open, Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., for the U.S. Womens Open and Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., for the U.S. Amateur.
 
It will be a record 17th USGA event for Merion, the site of four previous U.S. Opens and five U.S. Amateurs, including Bob Jones historic 1930 victory where he completed the Grand Slam. The Amateur is scheduled for Aug. 22-28.
 
During the course of four months, beginning in June, USGA championships will be played in 13 states. That schedule includes the biennial Walker Cup Match in August at historic Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., and the Mens and Womens State Team competitions to be held in late September at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton, S.C.
 
Chicago Golf Club is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA. The Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup squad will be looking for a record fourth consecutive victory against the USA.
 
The U.S. Open, scheduled for June 16-19, kicks off the USGA championship season. Goosen of South Africa will look to join an elite company of golfers who have won more than two U.S. Opens. Only five players have accomplished the feat: Jones, Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin. This will be the second U.S. Open held at Pinehurst, the first coming in 1999 when the late Payne Stewart holed an 18-foot par putt at the 72nd hole to edge Phil Mickelson by a stroke.
 
Mallon of Ocean Ridge, Fla., whose 14-year span between titles is the longest in Womens Open history, hopes to join a group of five others with three or more Womens Open championships. The others who have won at least three Womens Opens are Susie Maxwell Berning, Betsy Rawls, Hollis Stacy, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias.
 
This will be the first U.S. Womens Open held at Cherry Hills, but the club has hosted seven previous USGA events, including three U.S. Opens, a U.S. Senior Open and a U.S. Amateur. The Womens Open will be held a week after the U.S. Open (June 23-26).
 
Five other venues are also return visits for the USGA. Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club, the host club for the U.S. Junior Amateur (boys 17 and under) in July, previously held the U.S. Girls Junior in 1995. Korean-born Sihwan Kim of Fullerton, Calif., will look to become just the second player in Junior Amateur history to win the championship twice. Tiger Woods captured three consecutive titles from 1990-92.
 
NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, site of the U.S. Senior Open in late-July, will be hosting its third USGA event, following the 1986 Womens Open and 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Peter Jacobsen of Portland, Ore., is the defending champion.
 
The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., which hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1991 and the 1994 Curtis Cup Match, is the site for the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Austin Eaton III of New London, N.H., will look to defend his championship.
 
And the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., will host its fourth USGA competition when the USGA Senior Womens Amateur (female players 50 years of age and older) is waged at the 115-year-old club. Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, Texas, defends her title on a course that previously held the 1911 U.S. Amateur, the 1970 Girls Junior and the 1978 Curtis Cup Match.
 
Two events are scheduled for Georgia, both at venues that have never had a USGA event. The U.S. Womens Amateur, where Jane Park of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will defend her title, is set to be played in early August at Ansley Golf Clubs Settindown Creek Course in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell. A month later, Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., will defend his USGA Senior Amateur (golfers 55 and over) title at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face.
 
Swope Memorial Golf Course, an A.W. Tillinghast layout in Kansas City, Mo., will host the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship in July. Teenager Ya-Ni Tseng of Chinese Taipei is the defending champion. That same week, Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio, will host the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, but defending champion Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash., is expected to skip the competition in order to play in the British Open at St. Andrews.
 
Idaho will host its first USGA event when BanBury Golf Club in Eagle welcomes the U.S. Girls Junior (17 and under) in July.
 
Rounding out the USGA venues for 2005 is Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. The club, which opened in 1999, will host the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur (25 and older) in September. Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., is the defending champion.
 
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    Stricker shares first-round lead in South Dakota

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:48 am

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

    The 51-year-old Stricker was 8 under through 17 holes at chilly, rain-softened Minnehaha Country Club but closed with a bogey to fall into a tie with Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

    Stricker only got to play seven holes in the pro-am because of rain that prevented the field from getting in much practice.

    ''You've just kind of got to trust your yardage book and hit to the spots and then try to make a good game plan on the way into the green, too, not really knowing where to hit it or where to miss it up there on the green. Sometimes it's good, too,'' Stricker said. ''You go around and you're focused a lot more on hitting it to a specific spot and not knowing what lies ahead in the course. So I guess today was the ultimate 'Take one hole at a time' because we didn't really know anything else, what was coming.''


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    Stricker has two wins and has not finished worse than fifth in six starts this season on the over-50 tour as he continues to play a part-time schedule on the PGA Tour. Next week, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants at the matches outside Paris.

    McKenzie, a 51-year-old Australian, had two eagles on the back nine, holing a wedge from 116 yards on the par-5 16th.

    ''We got told ... to play faster on No. 16, and so my caddie just said, 'Hit it in the hole so you don't have to putt it,' so I just did what he told me,'' McKenzie said.

    Smith had eagles on Nos. 4 and 12.

    ''Honestly, I was just trying to hit some good shots and I really wasn't with the irons,'' Smith said. ''I just really didn't like the way I hit them today. You know, just the putter was the big difference for me. I just felt good with it all day, especially say outside of 10, 15 feet, where I felt like I was a lot.''

    Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos were one shot back. McCarron came in second in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is not playing this week.

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    Glover (64) leads Web.com Tour Championship

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:12 am

    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot his second consecutive 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Web.com Tour Championship.

    The 38-year-old Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, can still regain his PGA Tour card through a medical extension if he fails to earn enough money in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals. But a high finish this weekend at Atlantic Beach Country Club would take care of everything.

    ''I've got a lot to fall back on regardless of this week, but any time I tee it up, I want to play well,'' Glover said. ''Tomorrow won't be any different. Sunday won't be any different.''

    Glover had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and will have eight starts to earn 53 FedEx Cup points and keep his card. He earned $17,212 in the first three Web.com Tour Finals events. The top 25 money winners in the series earn PGA Tour cards, and the final card went for $40,625 last year.

    Glover was at 14-under 128. Denny McCarthy, who has already earned enough money to secure a return to the PGA Tour, was one shot back. McCarthy, a former Virginia player, has a shot at winning the Finals money list, which would guarantee him fully exempt status and entry into The Players Championship.


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    ''There's no secret about it. I'll come out and tell you I'm here to win this tournament and get that No. 1 spot,'' McCarthy said. ''I've been hungry for a while. I have a pretty hungry attitude and I'm going to stay hungry.''

    Tour veteran Cameron Tringale, who has earned just $2,660 after missing two of the first three cuts, was 12 under after a 67. Last year, Tringale entered the Web.com Tour Championship at 63rd on the Finals money list and finished tied for fifth to get back onto the PGA Tour. He struggled again this season, though, missing 19 cuts in 26 starts.

    ''Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here, but I do have a comfort at this golf course and I'm excited to keep pressing,'' Tringale said.

    The four-tournament series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top 25 finishers on the Web.com regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

    Sepp Straka and Ben Silverman were three shots back. Each would likely need a top-5 finish to earn his card.

    Peter Malnati, who regained his card with a second-place finish in the opening finals event, followed his opening-round 74 with a 9-under 62, shooting an 8-under 27 on his second nine.

    Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley was among those who missed the cut. He was 22nd on the finals money list going in and likely will fall short of earning his card.

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    Thomas (69) only three back with 'C' or 'D' game

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:56 pm

    ATLANTA – Justin Thomas was tied for fourth place following his second-round 69 on Friday at the Tour Championship, which considering the state of his game on Day 2 was an accomplishment.

    “I wish I had my 'B' game today. I would say I had my 'C' or 'D' game today,” he laughed.

    Thomas’ struggles were primarily with his driver and he hit just 6 of 14 fairways at East Lake, but he was able to scramble late in his round with birdies at Nos. 15 and 18 to remain three off the lead.


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    “I drove it so poorly today, this is probably in my top 5 rounds of the year I'm most proud of just because I easily could have shot 4- or 5-over par today and not had a chance to win the tournament,” he said. “I hung in there and birdied two of the last four, and I have a chance.”

    Thomas was slowed the last two weeks by a right wrist injury that limited his preparation for the finale and said the issue with his driver is timing and the byproduct of a lack of practice.

    Thomas made up for his erratic driving with his short game, getting up and down four out of seven times including on the fourth hole when he missed the fairway well left, punched out short of the green and chipped in from 81 feet.

    “[Rory McIlroy] just kind of said it looked like a ‘3’ the whole day and I kind of laughed because I played with him at The Players and I chipped in three times that first round with him, so I guess he's good luck for me,” Thomas said.

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    McIlroy two behind Woods, Rose after 68

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:46 pm

    ATLANTA – Maybe it should be no huge surprise that Rory McIlroy finds himself back in contention at the Tour Championship. It is, after all, a Ryder Cup year.

    In 2016, McIlroy won the finale before heading to Hazeltine and posting a 3-2-0 record. In ’14, he finished runner-up to Billy Horschel and went 2-1-2 at the Ryder Cup; and in ’12 he finished tied for 10th place at East Lake and went 3-2-0 at Medinah.

    “I was on such a high a couple of years ago going into Hazeltine after winning the whole thing, and I felt great about my game that week and played well. I won three matches,” McIlroy said. “I guess it doesn't matter whether it's a match play event or whatever. If you're playing well and you've played well the week before, I think most people can carry it into the next week, whatever that is.”


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    McIlroy’s performance this week certainly qualifies as “playing well.” He charged out on Friday with birdies at two of his first three holes and bounced back from a pair of late bogeys to shoot a 68 and was in third place and two strokes off the lead held by Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.

    “I've made 12 birdies in 36 holes, which is really good around here, and that's with not birdieing either of the par 5s today,” he said. “So yeah, just tidy up the mistakes a little bit.”