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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.
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
hole-by-hole scoring can be located at:
Finish Sixth at The Carmel Cup
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
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
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).
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.
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.
T10. Caleb Sturgeon (2) 73-66-74=213
T13. Will Starke (4) 72-72-71=215
T15. Ben Dietrich (5) 71-71-74=216
T26. Matt NeSmith (3) 73-70-75=218
T29. Will Murphy (1) 73-76-72=221
T29. Sean Kelly (6) 74-73-74=221 (+5)
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
7. Arkansas 361-359-368=1088 (+8)
8. Oklahoma State 362-373-366=1101
Ranked No. 12 in GCAA Preseason Coaches
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
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.
PRESEASON COACHES POLL
T1. Oklahoma State
3. Georgia Tech
9. Louisiana State
12. South Carolina
17. Florida State
19. Texas A&M
22. New Mexico
23. Virginia Tech
24. Southern California
Henley Owns 54-Hole
Lead At TPC Boston
Russell Henley doesn't get into
contention as much as he'd like, though he
is tough to beat when he's anywhere near
seems to be there all the time.
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.
difference at the TPC Boston is the
presence of McIlroy so high on the
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
Billy Horschel going into a Labor Day
finish loaded with possibilities.
players were separated by four shots. Six
of them already have won on the PGA Tour
of them -- McIlroy -- has won the biggest
events. - Continue
Roars Back With a 61 and Wins in Playoff
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.
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.
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
Montgomerie rolls to record
Colin Montgomerie successfully defended
his Travis Perkins Senior Masters title
Sunday, winning the European Senior Tour event
by a tournament-record 10 strokes.
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." -
Cauley Regains PGA Tour Card
Bud Cauley won the Hotel Fitness
Championship on Sunday to regain his PGA
Tour card, earning $180,000 in the Web.com
Tour Finals opener.
closed with a bogey-free 7-under 65 at
Sycamore Hills for a one-stroke victory
Colt Knost. The 24-year-old former
Alabama player won his first professional
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."
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. -
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.
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.” -
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