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Ethan Tracy Claims $32,000 First-Place Prize With Stellar Closing Effort at River Hills 

Lake Wylie, SC – Former Arkansas Razorback star and 2011 Western Amateur champion Ethan Tracy of Columbus, OH pulled off one of the best rounds of his career on Saturday afternoon en route to winning the eGolf Tour’s $225,000 River Hills Championship. Tracy, who opened the final round trailing overnight leader Chris Gallagher of West Chester, PA by one shot, pared his first 10 holes before catching fire on the demanding River Hills Country Club course, birdieing five holes in a six-hole stretch to tie the week’s low round with a final-round 66 – good for a two-shot win and the event’s $32,000 first-place prize.

Tracy, who opened his 2014 campaign with his first pro win at the tour’s season-opening Palmetto Hall Championship presented by Westin Hilton Head Island, entered the final round at 7-under par – tied for second place alongside Christian Brand of Charleston, WV, trailing Gallagher by a single shot.

Throughout much of the front nine, Tracy sat idle, paring hole after hole while somehow managing to keep pace on a demanding Willard Byrd-designed course that had taken prisoners throughout the week.

“It wasn’t frustrating, because no one was really running away with it on the front nine,” said Tracy, 24. “I was still grinding a little bit, they just didn’t happen to fall.”

While Gallagher faltered throughout the opening nine, Tracy held his place alongside Brand and five-time tour winner Ryan Nelson of Charleston, SC, who was playing in the day’s penultimate threesome.  -  Continue reading.....

Anthony and Debbie Adams of Asheville, NC fire a 6-under 66 to win their 7th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship

Southport, NC – Final results of the 9th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship hosted by The Players Club at St. James Plantation on Sunday, August 31, 2014.  Par 36-36---72 6466 and 5603 yards. 

Anthony and Debbie Adams of Asheville, NC fire a 6-under 66---135 to win their 7th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship title by eight shots over Michael and Virginia Mayer of New London, NC.  “Debbie played great today,” beamed Anthony (Adams).  “She would drive the ball in a perfect position on almost every hole so I could take advantage of the iron and approach shots to the green.  We both putted well when we needed to,” added Debbie.  Team Adams carded seven birdies in the often difficult modified alternate shot format.  “It feels good to be back in the winner’s circle,” laughed Anthony. 

In the tournament division Steve and Tracie Clark of Midland, NC shot a 76—152 to win by three shots over first round leaders Todd and Cass Manley of Charleston, SC.  This division plays a shorter course.  (5923 and 4902 yards). 

Dan and Deborah Beasley of Waynesville, NC shot an even par round of 72----147 to earn the overall Senior title for another year.  “I thought we were getting too “super senior” to win again,” laughed Deborah.  “We’re happy with the way we played together today.  It was a lot of fun.” 

Final hole-by-hole scoring can be located at:

Gamecocks Finish Sixth at The Carmel Cup

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The 12th-ranked South Carolina men’s golf team posted a final-round 365 (+5) on Sunday to finish in sixth place at The Carmel Cup at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The Gamecocks wrapped up the weekend with a 54-hole total of 1,079 (-1), with five scores counting all three days. Georgia won with a total of 1,063 (-17), followed by Vanderbilt (1,068), TCU (1,074), Texas Tech (1,075) and Oklahoma (1,075).

Senior Caleb Sturgeon led the way for Carolina, recording his ninth career top-10 finish as he tied for 10th with a total of 213 (-3) after shooting a 74 (+2) on Sunday.

Junior Will Starke carded the lowest round of the day for the Gamecocks as he turned in a 1-under 71 to finish tied for 13th with a total of 215 (-1). Sophomore Ben Dietrich tied for 15th with a total of 216 (E), following a round of 74 (+2) on Sunday. Junior Matt NeSmith carded a final-round 75 (+3) to finish tied for 26th with a total of 218 (+2), while senior Will Murphy and junior Sean Kelly both finished tied for 29th with a total of 221 (+5). Murphy turned in an even-par 72, and Kelly shot a 74 (+2) on Sunday.

Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart claimed medalist honors with a total of 205 (-11).

Round Changer
Starke climbed eight spots up the leaderboard into the top 15 with a 1-under 71 on Sunday. He made the turn at 2-under after recording three birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He got to 3-under on the day with a birdie on the par-3 12th but made a double bogey and a bogey to go along with another birdie down the stretch to finish at 1-under.

• Sturgeon’s tie for 10th finish is the ninth top-10 finish of his career.
• Starke’s tie for 13th finish is the 10th top-20 finish of his career.
• Dietrich now has five career top-20 finishes after tying for 15th on Sunday.

Up Next
South Carolina will have a short turnaround following its trip to South Carolina. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Friday in the Carpet Capital Collegiate. The 54-hole event will be held at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga. Carolina finished 10th at the tournament last season.

South Carolina Results
T10. Caleb Sturgeon (2) 73-66-74=213 (-3)
T13. Will Starke (4) 72-72-71=215 (-1)
T15. Ben Dietrich (5) 71-71-74=216 (E)
T26. Matt NeSmith (3) 73-70-75=218 (+2)
T29. Will Murphy (1) 73-76-72=221 (+5)
T29. Sean Kelly (6) 74-73-74=221 (+5)
Final Team Standings
1. Georgia 352-358-353=1063 (-17)
2. Vanderbilt 364-353-351=1068 (-12)
3. TCU 361-350-363=1074 (-6)
T4. Texas Tech 355-356-364=1075 (-5)
T4. Oklahoma 359-363-353=1075 (-5)
6. South Carolina 362-352-365=1079 (-1)
7. Arkansas 361-359-368=1088 (+8)
8. Oklahoma State 362-373-366=1101 (+21)

Trio of Blue Devils Advance at LPGA Qualifying

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Three former Duke University women’s golf standouts finished in the top 26 of stage one of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at the Mission Hills Country Club Palmer and Dinah Shore Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.  Following 72 holes of action, Yu Liu, Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo advanced to stage II of qualifying.

The 2014 ACC Rookie of the Year, Liu turned in rounds of 70, 69, 74 and 72 to finish tied seventh with a 285.  Beck, who is out of Caesarea, Israel, posted scores of 74, 73, 71 and 71 for a 72-hole ledger of 289 for a tied 19th placement.  Cangrejo, who is from Bogota, Colombia, carded rounds of 77, 70, 69 and 74 for a 290 to place tied 26th.

Taking medalist honors was Emily Tubert with a 12-under-par, 276, after notching rounds of 68, 71, 67 and 70.

The trio will next play in the LPGA stage II qualifying Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.


ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) released its 2014 Preseason Poll and the Methodist men's golf team sits in second place in the 25-team poll.

The Monarchs, who finished in fourth place at last season's NCAA Division III National Championships, received 315 points and to come in second behind Oglethorpe. The Stormy Petrels received 8-of-14 first-place votes and took the poll's top spot with 364 points. Redlands and defending national champion Schreiner tied for third with 304 total points. Schreiner received the final six first-place votes. LaVerne rounded out the Top 5 with 281 points.

The Monarchs are expected to welcome back four of the five players from last year's NCAA team, including two-time All-American Jeff Wells. Also back are Mason Stutler, a second team all-conference selection a year ago, Brian Hunzeker, a third team all-conference pick last season, as well as Andrew LePage, who shot 71 (+1) in the final round of the NCAA Championship last season and finished in a tie for 34th.

Methodist will tee off the fall portion of its season on Sept. 21 at the Greensboro Championship Preview at Grandover Resort, the home of the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship.

Gamecocks Ranked No. 12 in GCAA Preseason Coaches Poll

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina men’s golf team is ranked No. 12 in the Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason Poll, the GCAA announced Thursday.

The Gamecocks are one of eight SEC teams ranked in the poll, joining No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 9 LSU, No. 16 Vanderbilt, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 20 Auburn and No. 21 Arkansas.

South Carolina enters the year coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Gamecocks finished ninth at the NCAA Championship last year, which is the second-best finish at the event in program history. During the regular season, Carolina matched the school record with nine top-five finishes in 12 events, including three tournament wins. At one point during the season, the Gamecocks reeled off a school-record seven straight top-three finishes.

The Gamecocks have seven golfers returning, including all five from last year’s postseason run. Carolina opens its season today at The Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, Calif., at the historic Pebble Beach Golf Links.

T1. Alabama
T1. Oklahoma State
3. Georgia Tech
4. Texas
5. Georgia
6. Illinois
7. Stanford
8. Washington
9. Louisiana State
10. UCLA
11. Oklahoma
12. South Carolina
13. Virginia
14. California
15. Houston
16. Vanderbilt
17. Florida State
18. UCF
19. Texas A&M
20. Auburn
21. Arkansas
22. New Mexico
23. Virginia Tech
24. Southern California
25. Oregon

Henley Owns 54-Hole Lead At TPC Boston

NORTON, Mass. -- Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead.

Rory McIlroy seems to be there all the time.

They were among a host of contenders Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up the second straight week in the FedEx Cup playoffs that the final round resembles more like a free-for-all.

The difference at the TPC Boston is the presence of McIlroy so high on the leaderboard.

Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn on his way to a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Billy Horschel going into a Labor Day finish loaded with possibilities.

Ten players were separated by four shots. Six of them already have won on the PGA Tour this season.

And one of them -- McIlroy -- has won the biggest events.  -  Continue reading.....

Couples Roars Back With a 61 and Wins in Playoff

CALGARY, Alberta -- Fred Couples rallied to win the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday, chipping in for eagle for a course-record 9-under 61 and beating Billy Andrade with a tap-in birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

The 54-year-old Couples also eagled the par-5 11th and had five birdies in his bogey-free round at Canyon Meadows. Andrade closed with a 62, making a short eagle putt on the par-5 18th to match Couples at 15-under 195.

In the playoff on No. 18, Andrade went for the green in two and pulled his approach right of the green and into the grandstand. Couples laid up and hit his third within a foot.  -  Continue reading......

Colin Montgomerie rolls to record

WOBURN, England -- Colin Montgomerie successfully defended his Travis Perkins Senior Masters title Sunday, winning the European Senior Tour event by a tournament-record 10 strokes.

The 51-year-old Montgomerie closed with a 5-under 67 on Woburn's Duke's Course to finish at 12-under 204, also a tournament record. The Scot earned $74,030 to push his tour-record season total to $662,985.

"It is super to get those records," Montgomerie said. "You never tire of achieving things like that, no matter how old you are. It has been a fantastic season for me so far, and I'm enjoying every minute of it."  -  Continue reading.....

Bud Cauley Regains PGA Tour Card

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Bud Cauley won the Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card, earning $180,000 in the Tour Finals opener.

Cauley closed with a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Sycamore Hills for a one-stroke victory over Colt Knost. The 24-year-old former Alabama player won his first professional title.

"I've dreamt of winning golf tournaments on tour," Cauley said. "It's probably 80-20 between celebration and relief. It was a lot of fun today. Winning is what we aspire to do."

Sidelined six weeks this summer after dislocating his left shoulder, Cauley birdied five of the first six holes and added birdies on the par-5 12th and 15th. He finished at 20-under 268.  -  Continue reading.....

Where will Tiger Woods Turn Now?

Next time Alex Trebek plays host to Celebrity Jeopardy, he can just invite Tiger Woods’ ex-teachers.

Sean Foley was taken to the Woodshed last weekend, after Woods finished as many PGA Tour events (three) as Rory McIlroy won.

Woods began working with Foley in 2010 and never won a major championship with him, which ignores the fact that Woods was the Player of the Year with five victories in 2013. It also glosses over Justin Rose’s 2013 U.S. Open victory, with Foley in his head, and Hunter Mahan’s Barclays win on Sunday. Mahan and Rose emphatically defended Foley, with Mahan saying the criticism was “comical.”  -  Continue reading.....




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