News for Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wildman's Walk: Final round
While LSU's Austin Ernst won the individual title, the Tigers may be among those teams wondering 'What if?'
UCLA wins NCAAs
UCLA hung on to win the women's NCAA Championship Saturday over Purdue, which was not able to count the score of Thea Hoffmeister, who was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Charlie Wi made a 32-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole soon after a weather delay at Colonial, taking the lead after playing partner David Toms blew a seven-stroke advantage in the third round Saturday.
UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay showed why he was one of three players invited to the Hogan Award banquet earlier this week, winning by six shots after a bogey-free 67 Saturday.
Texas A&M and San Diego State were the top two seeds in the 14-team field at the Omni Tucson National Resort regional and the two best-ranked teams – the Aggies No. 6 and the Aztecs No. 13 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
Just like that, the runaway is a close race at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. That’s because David Toms went from cruise control to hitting a few speed bumps Saturday in the third round.
Angela Stanford roars back to beat Paula Creamer to join Kerr, Choi and Pettersen in the semifinals of the $1.5 million Sybase Match Play Championship Saturday.
South Central Regional
Thanks to medalist Kevin Tway and third-place Talor Gooch, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won the NCAA South Central Regional by a mammoth 18 shots.
On a course that had yielded few birdies through the first two rounds of the East Regional, Duke sure went low Saturday at the Pete Dye River Course to capture the team title.
NCAA Championship final round
The Traditions Club was slammed with rain Friday night, meaning the leaders could be in for some tricky conditions in the final round of the women's NCAA Championship.
CSUMB wins D-II title
In the match-play debut at the Divison II level, Cal State-Monterey Bay won the national championship after defeating Lynn University.
Often playing in the shadow of defending NCAA champion Scott Langley, Luke Guthrie continued to lead Illinois, closing in 65 to claim co-medalist honors.
Florida wins SE Regional
Led by Andres Echavarria, Florida won the Southeast Regional title Saturday at Ocala, punching its ticket to next month's NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek.
Does NCAAs need cut?
After Friday's delays, it will be interesting to see if the NCAA Championship can finish on time. Asher Wildman wonders if the event would be better off with a 54-hole cut.
Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer won their quarterfinal matches at the World Match Play Championship on Saturday.