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Highpoint's Walsh captures the IZOD AJGA Championship
Schroeder continues lead to finish as champion in the Girls Division at The Club at Irish Creek

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Thomas Walsh of High Point, North Carolina, carded a final-round 6-under-par 65 for a tournament-total 10-under-par 203 to claim the title at the 2014 IZOD AJGA Championship. Shooting a final-round 1-under-par 70 for a tournament-total 3-under-par 210, Nikolette Schroeder of Avon Lake, Ohio, took the top spot in the Girls Division at The Club at Irish Creek.

Starting the final round tied for third, Walsh gained momentum that put him into the lead after birdieing seven holes during the final round.

“I started out with a couple of bad shots but found a way to make par until the putts started dropping,” Walsh said. “After shooting seven-over on my back-nine yesterday, I felt like I really had to fire today to keep myself in the top five.”

Walsh has been a member of the American Junior Golf Association for five years and has finished in the top five four times in his career without winning an AJGA tournament. He wanted to thank everyone in his life for their support throughout the years, but he was glad that he finally made his mark on the top of the leaderboard.

“I was more nervous than anyone else in this field,” Walsh said. “But I finally found a way to win, I found the sweet-spot and it just happened.”  - Continue reading and final scoring.....

Carolinas Team Wins 32nd Virginia-Carolinas Junior Matches

The eight-golfer Carolinas team won five of eight closing day singles matches and halved another to post a two-point victory (9-7) against their Virginias counterparts to claim the 32nd Virginias-Carolinas Junior Matches, which concluded today at River Landing Golf Club. One point was available per each match.

Virginias owned a one-point lead (4½-3½) following Saturday’s opening day foursome and four-ball matches, but Carolinas outscored their opponents by three points (5½-2½) in concluding singles’ encounters.

Virginias swept Saturday morning’s four opening day foursome matches, but Carolinas responded, besting their opponents 9-3 the rest of the way, including winning Saturday afternoon’s four-ball encounters by three points (3½-½) to only trail by one point heading into Sunday’s singles.  

With the victory, Carolinas claimed its fourth consecutive win in the series—their longest win streak since the first four years of the matches (1983-86)—and retained the Vinny Giles Trophy, awarded to the event champions.


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Stellar Finish Delivers First eGolf Tour Title for Vaita Guillaume at Sapona Ridge

Lexington, NC – On a day when a handful of players held a share of the lead at one time or another, Vaita Guillaume of Tahiti played his best golf when it mattered the most. The former Campbell University star overcame a double-bogey on his opening nine with late birdies on 14, 15 and 17 to come from behind and win the seventh annual Sapona Ridge Classic, posting a closing 5-under 66 and a 17-under-par tally for the week – good for his first tour title.

At the start of Saturday’s final round at host Sapona Country Club, Guillaume trailed overnight leader T.J. Howe of Osceola, PA by three shots at 14-under par, trying his best to keep pace with the former Penn State golfer, who blistered the classic Ellis Maples design on Friday morning with a course-record 61 to reach 17-under for the week.

Guillaume’s final-round charge began with a birdie at the par-5 first, but a bogey at the par-3 third took him back to 14-under, three back of Howe – who opened with three straight pars.

Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 vaulted Guillaume into solo-second place at 16-under, one shot back of his playing partner Howe, who managed three more pars to remain at 17-under-par for the week. - Continue reading......

Cobb Named Director of Athletics at Georgia State

BOONE, N.C. Charlie Cobb, who served as Appalachian State University’s director of athletics since 2005, resigned on Thursday to accept the same position at Georgia State University.

“It is with mixed emotions that I accept the resignation of athletic director Charlie Cobb who has accepted the position of director of athletics for Georgia State University beginning this fall,” Appalachian State Chancellor Dr. Sheri N. Everts said. “While I wish Charlie the best in his new endeavor, his leadership and collegiality will be missed at Appalachian.”

A national search for a new director of athletics will begin immediately. An interim A.D. has not been appointed at this time.

Cobb, 46, took the reins at Appalachian State on July 1, 2005. Of the many achievements in his nine years at Appalachian State, the most notable came in March 2013 when Appalachian accepted an invitation to join the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference. For many of the University’s most ardent supporters, when Appalachian State officially joined the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014, it capped a years- and even decades-long quest for all 450-plus Mountaineer student-athletes to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.  

However, the Sun Belt invitation is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to Cobb’s many accomplishments at Appalachian State. The achievements enjoyed by Appalachian athletics during Cobb’s tenure also included:  - 
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Beasley Named Interim Director of Athletics

BOONE, N.C. Rick Beasley, one of the most decorated student-athletes in Appalachian State University history and a member of Appalachian’s athletics administration since 2006, was named interim director of athletics by Chancellor Dr. Sheri N. Everts on Friday.

Beasley fills the role on an interim basis following Charlie Cobb’s resignation from the position on Thursday. Cobb resigned to accept the same position at Georgia State. A nationwide search for Cobb’s permanent replacement will begin immediately.

Beasley joined the Appalachian State athletics staff in 2006 as a senior associate athletics director and was promoted to deputy athletics director in 2014. In his role, Beasley served as the athletics department’s chief development officer and was heavily involved in the department’s day-to-day operations.

Appalachian State athletics has enjoyed unprecedented fundraising success under Beasley’s leadership. After never topping $700,000 in any full year prior to his arrival, the Yosef Club (Appalachian State athletics’ fundraising arm) has raised at least $1 million in each of Beasley’s eight full years at the University and has surpassed the $3 million mark the past two years.

Additionally, Beasley has overseen the solicitation of donations for naming rights and premium seating that has funded much of Appalachian State’s $50 million in athletics facility enhancements since his arrival.  -  Continue reading......

 
 
 

Akron Men's Golf Releases Complete 2014-15 Schedule

Complete 2014-15 Schedule

AKRON, Ohio – Eleven events, including the Golfweek Program Challenge and the Firestone Invitational at the world-famous Firestone Country Club are just some of the highlights of the 2014-15 University of Akron men's golf schedule, head coach David Trainer announced on Friday.

The Zips will play five fall events, beginning with the defense of their Golfweek Program Challenge team title, and six spring events, culminating with the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championship in Chardon, Ohio.

"I am very excited about our schedule for this year," Trainor said. "I have changed things up a bit, added some new events and changed around how we will compete in the hopes we will be better prepared come the spring. I love my guys and look forward to leading them into what I hope will be the best year of Zips Golf yet. "

Akron opens the season in Pawleys Island, S.C., for the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge Sept. 7-9. The event is one of the most unique in all of college golf, as team titles will be awarded to the top men's and top women's teams, as well as a combined crown. The men will be joined by the Akron women's golf team at the event. UA won last year's event by five shots.

"We will start our fall at the Golfweek Program Challenge, where we are looking forward to defending our title from a year ago," Trainor added.

UA will then close out September at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Sept. 20-21) in Zionsville, Ind., before returning home to play host to the Firestone Invitational (Oct. 6-7). The Zips will conclude the fall slate at the Fall Preview at Sagamore (Oct. 13-14) and at the Pinetree Intercollegiate (Oct. 20-21).

The spring schedule will being March 8 when UA travels to Alabama for the Tiger Invitational (March 8-10), the first of three events in March. The Zips will also make their first appearance in the Talis Park Challenge (March 15-16), as well as a return trip to the Furman Intercollegiate (March 27-29).

Akron will then take the course twice in April, playing in the Gary Koch Invitational (April 6-7) and concluding the regular season April 11-12 at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate.

"Our spring schedule will kick off at the Tiger Invitational hosted by Jason Dufner," Trainor said. "This start is later than we have done in the past will prepare our guys as best as possible for what will be a fast spring slate."

Akron will play host to the conference championship event (May 1-3) for the first time since May 2005. There, Akron will look to earn as spot in the NCAA Regionals (May 14-16).

The Zips return five letterwinners from last year's squad, including First-Team All-MAC selection Ryan Harris. Harris, entering his junior season, finished second on the Zips in scoring average (73.48), posting six top-25 finishes in nine events, including a fourth-place showing at the MAC Championship, where he was also named to the MAC All-Tournament Team.

Akron will also return senior Harry Whittle, junior Louis Birchall and sophomores Zach Gollwitzer, Chandler Morgan and J.B. Williams.

The Zips will welcome three newcomers to the squad, including sophomore-transfer Yann Pfeiffer (Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, France) from Alabama State and freshmen George Baylis (Ascot, England) and Elliott Grayson (Shelby, N.C.).

 
 
 

Marissa Steen Wins Her Third Symetra Tour Event of the Season

RICHMOND, Va. (August 17, 2014) –Marissa Steen captured her third victory of the season in impressive fashion firing a bogey-free, 6-under, 66 to claim a four shot victory at the Eagle Classic Presented by Bag Boy at Richmond Country Club.

“It feels just as good as the first two,” Steen said. “Being tied for the lead going into Sunday and then putting up a solid round was great. I just wanted to stay within myself today and feel like I did that very well.”

With the third victory, Steen has the option to play on the LPGA Tour for the remainder of this season in Category 13 on the Priority List. Steen will be eligible to compete in events beginning with Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions. Since Steen does not currently have any status on the LPGA all of her money earned in LPGA events this year will be unofficial.

“I talked with one of the officials after the round and it sounds like I can get into the tournament in Portland so I’m going to definitely think about that and talk it over with my family,” Steen said. “I haven’t made any decisions yet but I do plan on playing in Daytona for the last Symetra Tour event of the year.”  -  Continue reading......

Inbee Park Wins Wegmans LPGA Champiosnhip

Inbee Park approached the 17th tee two back of the lead and needing to make noise on two of the toughest holes on the course to put pressure on Brittany Lincicome, who led by two shots. As major champions tend to do, Park came through when it mattered most, draining a birdie on the 17th hole then coming through with a crucial 15-foot par putt on the final hole to push Lincicome into a playoff at 11-under-par. Again, with the pressure on, Park headed back to the 18th tee and made a par on the toughest hole on the course to not only defend her title but win in a playoff for the second straight time at this major championship.

FAYETTEVILLE'S HARDEE DOMINATES GOLFWEEK EVENT

Sanford, NC  (August 16, 2014)  -  Over 80% of the entire field played from tees that were close to 600 yards shorter than that of Championship Flight member Larry Hardee of Fayetteville in the Golfweek Amateur Tour event held at Carolina Trace today.  Despite that fact Hardee managed to emerge as the class of the field with a 3-stroke scoring margin on every other player in the field.  Playing on the Lake Course at the Trace facility, only 3 golfers competing were even that close.  One of those was Sanford's Craig Sturdivant, another Championship Flight stalwart who came in second.

"Both Larry and Craig are factors every time they 'tee-it-up' with us", said Tour Director Bruce Hallenbeck.  "These guys both got game and hopefully will be our 'horses' at the National Championship event in Hilton Head later this year".

The other 2 players just 3 back of Hardee were Hope Mills' Ryan Hair and Fayetteville's Hollis Peery who finished tied for the top spot in the A Flight.  It took 2 holes of sudden-death playoff to determine a winner with Hair edging Peery for the trophy.

Playing in only his second Tour event, Pinehurst's Dan Staheli took the top spot in the B Flight.  His 83 was 3 shots clear of a threesome - Mebane's Steve Marinelli, Raleigh's Richard McMinis, and Fayetteville's Will Staten. 

James Eatmon's shot a 92 for the C Flight crown.  The Sims resident was 1 stroke clear of Raleigh's Greg Dauscher.  In the D Flight the "magic number" was 100.  That was the winning score posted by Denis Meyer of Apex.  In fairness, Mayer would have broken the 100 barrier had he not incurred a 2 stroke penalty for hitting off an incorrect tee box.  Chase Groom of Raleigh and Fayetteville's Bernard Broadnax were 2 back of Meyer.

The next Golfweek event is the season's final Major Championship at Anderson Creek Golf Club in Spring Lake.  There are spots still available for that event on August 23.

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Sutherland shoots first-ever 59 in Champions Tour history

ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Kevin Sutherland acknowledged he had no idea where he stood on the leaderboard as he went about his round Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

He had more important things to worry about. Like Champions Tour history.

Sutherland shot a 59 Saturday at En-Joie Golf Course, becoming the first player in the 35-year history of the Champions Tour to do so and the seventh in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

Remarkably, it could have been even better. Sutherland finished his round with a bogey on the par-4 18th hole after hitting his tee shot into the trees, missing a 7-foot par putt that would have given him a 58.  -  Continue reading.....

   

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Bernhard Langer gets 5th win of year

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh.

The 56-year-old Langer played all 54 holes without a bogey, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O'Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour.

"It doesn't happen very often you go through a tournament without a bogey," Langer said.  -  Continue reading.....

Villegas pulls out 1-stroke win at Wyndham

 

 
 

 

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