Emily Tubert wins her first national championship.
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2, in Saturday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Tubert, 18, used an amazing run on the front nine during the first 18 holes to take a commanding lead. She was 2-down after a McCloskey birdie at the fifth, but Tubert won the next seven holes to move 5-up and played those seven holes in five-under par.
McCloskey made up one hole and was 4-down at the break at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. continue>>
Oakmont, PA (Sports Network) - Paula Creamer played the final 23 holes of the U.S. Women's Open at two-under par Sunday, more than enough to earn her first major championship.
Creamer closed with a two-under 69 and was the only player to finish in red figures at Oakmont Country Club as she claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title. She ended at three-under-par 281, four strokes clear of Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen. continue>>
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Lion Kim defeated David McDaniel, 6 & 5 in Saturday's 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park.
There was a nearly seven-hour weather delay, but, at 9:06 p.m. (et), Kim holed the winning putt for his first USGA title.
Kim was 2-up through 12 holes on Saturday when the horn sounded, stopping play. After a second storm rolled through the area, the delay lasted even longer, but just before 5:00 p.m., the championship resumed and Kim pounced. continue>>
Ada, MI (Sports Network) - Jim Liu earned a 4 & 2 victory over Justin Thomas on Saturday to become the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Liu rallied from an early deficit and never trailed after the seventh hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
The 14-year-old from Smithtown, N.Y., beat Tiger Woods' record to become the youngest winner in championship history.
Woods, who won three straight U.S. Juniors from 1991-93, set the previous mark at 15 years, six months and 28 days when he captured his first championship. Liu doesn't turn 15 until the middle of August. continue>>
Doris Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday.
Village of Pinehurst, NC (Sports Network) - Doris Chen defeated Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 & 2, on Saturday to win the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
Chen, a 17-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., wrapped up the victory when both players birdied the par-three 16th at The Country Club of North Carolina. It was the 34th hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
Riding a wave of momentum that increased throughout the week, Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday by only a shot. It marked her second consecutive strong showing at the championship following a semifinal loss in 2009. continue>>
Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 14th through Thursday, Sept. 16th Site: Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa, California Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus (2001) Par: 71 Yardage: 6,726
Biennual: 9th Television: None Schedule of Play: The field of golfers will play 18 holes on each of three stroke play rounds Sept. 14-16 (Tuesday-Thursday). The two lowest scores from each three-person team constitute the team score for each round. The three-day total is the team's score for the Championship. Defending Champion: Pennsylvania Runner-up: Kansas Championship Record: 413 (7 under - Tennessee, 2003) 416 (10 under - Minnesota, 1997) 36-Hole Record: 273 (Massachusetts, 2003) 18-Hole Record: 135 (9 under - South Carolina, 2005) (7 under - Iowa, 1997) (7 under - Nevada, 1997) (5 under - California, 2003) Lowest 18-Hole Individual Record: 64 (7 under - Steve Sheehan, Nevada, 1997) (7 under - Jon Troutman, Kansas, 2009) (6 under - Ricky Jones, Maine, 2003)
Past USGA Men's State Team Championship Results
Winner (Score) -- Runner-up
Pennsylvania (417) -- Kansas
Texas (422) -- Georgia
Texas (422) -- Alabama
Tennessee (413) -- California, North Carolina
Minnesota (432) -- Virginia, Wisconsin
Texas (280) -- Virginia, Minnesota
Minnesota (416) -- California
Virginia (424) -- Florida
Pennsylvania's Mike Van Sickle, Nathan Smith and Sean Knapp posted a 9-under- par total of 417 to defeat Kansas by three shots and capture the 2009 USGA Men's State Team Championship. Played at the Lewis and Clark Course of the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo., Van Sickle turned in a 4-under 67 on the last day, coupled with Knapp's 73, proved to be enough to claim the title. Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C. earned medalist honors, edging Van Sickle by one shot.
Smith and Knapp return to defend the state of Pennsylvania's title, along with Artie Fink Jr. Van Sickle graduated in 2009 and has since turned professional.
Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled for Sept. 14-16 (Tuesday- Thursday) with lowest two of the three individual scores counting as the team's score for the round. The team with the lowest aggregate score through 54 holes is the champion.
Texas became the first three-time winner and first back-to-back victor of this championship in 2007. Led by Trip Kuehne's final round 67, Texas defeated Georgia by one shot. Trailing second-round leader Alabama by two, Texas received scores of 67 by Kuehne and 72 by Terrence Miskell to finish the championship with a 422 total, the same number they scored in 2005. Jonathan Mathias was the third player for Texas, but his final round 75 did not count toward the final tally. Alan Bratton of Oklahoma, which finished tied for sixth, was the medalist with a 207 total. Kuehne was a member of the victorious 2007 Walker Cup team and later that year captured the U.S. Mid- Amateur.
Miskell posted three straight sub-par rounds to lead the state of Texas to the title in 2005 at Berkeley Hall's South Course in South Carolina. Texas, who joined Minnesota as the only two-time champions of this event, won by four shots over Alabama and seven over 2003 winner Tennessee. Miskell's three-day total of 208 was the low individual scorer for the championship. Alan Hill and Steve Galko joined Miskell on the winning team.
The State Team Championships grew out of the celebration of the USGA Centennial in 1995 and was fashioned after the biennial World Amateur Team Championships. Each state is invited to send its three best players. State associations are given the option to choose their teams by any method, with one restriction: college players are ineligible because of NCAA bylaws. Some states use a point system to select a team. Others use the top finishers in their state championships or conduct qualifying tournaments. A few states employ a selection committee to determine team members. Just as in the World Amateur Team Championships, the State Team Championships format mean that only the best two scores of each state's three players are counted in each of three days. The inaugural State Team Championships proved to be such a popular competition that the decision was made to conduct the championships every two years, in odd-numbered years.
The 2003 championship was captured by Tennessee, as the team of Danny Green, Tim Jackson and Brandt Snedeker posted a four-shot win over teams from California and North Carolina. Trailing by three shots at Charles River Country Club in Newton Centre, Massachusetts on the final day, Green carded a 3-under 67 while Jackson added a 70 and Snedeker a 71, going from three down to Massachusetts to a four-stroke winning margin. The best two scores counted each day toward the team total.
The championship is open to male amateur golfers as selected by each state golf association or administrative body. At present, collegiate players are not eligible to compete in this championship. The NCAA rules state that a player may only play in an international team competition when that team is sponsored by the national governing body, such as the Curtis Cup Match (female), Walker Cup Match (male) or the World Amateur Team Championships. Any infraction of that rule means the collegiate player may be declared ineligible for the remainder of the season and the following season.
Fifty-two teams - all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico - are entered in the Men's State Team Championship.
Starting this year, the Men's State Team and Women's State Team Championships will be played in alternate years, beginning with the Men in 2010 and followed by the Women in 2011.
The club, located in the Sonoma foothills of northern California's wine country, hosted U.S. Open local qualifying in 2008 and 2009. In addition, the Northern California PGA Professional Championship was held at Mayacama in 2007 and 2009.
The 2012 championship will be staged at Galloway National Golf Club in New Jersey, set amongst the pine barrens and coastline in southeastern New Jersey, near Atlantic City.
Meghan Stasi clinched the match with a par on the last hole.
Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Meghan Stasi defeated Carol Robertson, 2-up, on Thursday to capture the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur for a record-tying third time.
Stasi, a 32-year-old from Oakland Park, Fla., never trailed in the scheduled 18-hole final at Wichita Country Club. She clinched the match with a par on the last hole, becoming just the third player to win this championship three times.
"To have three is incredible," Stasi said. "The win today ranks up there with all the other wins. It's been an incredible journey." continue>>
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Paul Simson defeated stroke-play medalist Pat Tallent, 2 & 1, to win the USGA Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday for his third national title of the year.
Simson never trailed in the 18-hole final at Lake Nona, but he needed to fend off a late rally from Tallent, a familiar opponent, to win the championship.
A four-foot birdie putt at No. 9 gave Simson a 4-up lead around the turn. He protected that advantage for three holes until Tallent knocked his tee shot at the par-three 13th to six feet for a birdie. continue>>
Fort Myers, FL (Sports Network) - Mina Hardin defeated Alexandra Frazier, 2 & 1 on Thursday to win the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship at Fiddlesticks Country Club.
This was the first USGA victory for Hardin, 50, but ended a great run from Frazier.
She was the last qualifier for the match-play portion of the championship and knocked off medalist Leigh Klasse on Monday, then knocked off defending champion Shelly Herman on Wednesday. Frazier could've been the first No. 64 seed to win a USGA championship, but Hardin was too much for her on Thursday. continue>>
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - South Korea etched its name into the record book Saturday en route to a huge victory at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.
The team shot a five-under 139 in the final round and finished at 30-under 546 to establish a new tournament scoring record, obliterating the former mark of 558 set by the United States in 1998.
The South Koreans won by an eye-opening 17 strokes over the U.S., but their margin of victory only tied the second-largest ever in championship history. The '98 American team won by a shocking 21 shots. continue>>