Beth Ann Nichols
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Junior golfers prevail at U.S. Women's Amateur, setting up 16-and-under semis
Saturday's semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur will feature the youngest collection of golfers in championship history – Kristen Gillman, Hannah O'Sullivan and Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, all 16 years old, and 15-year-old Andrea Lee.
Su-Hyun Oh among seven teens advancing to U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinals
Su-Hyun Oh, 18, and seven others, including six other teenagers, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur. Oh's victory, a 9-and-8 rout of Emma Talley, was the biggest win in the event since 2005.
Notes: Eimi Koga's long odds; Emma Talley's tough draw; more at U.S. Women's Amateur
Eimi Koga, a first-timer at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, will have her work cut out in the Round of 16 against the best player in college golf, Alison Lee. But the slender Koga, an 18-year-old Hawaiian, is used to overcoming the odds.
Notes: Banner day for Stanford, Canada at U.S. Women's Amateur; Lakareber Abe upsets Bethany Wu; more
It was a banner day Wednesday for Stanford University and Canada, which combined to send seven players through to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Women's Amateur. Also advancing at Nassau Country Club: Lakareber Abe, Emma Talley and more.
Notes: Bethany Wu medals at U.S. Women's Amateur; USC Trojans struggle; more
Bethany Wu birdied four of her first six holes Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur en route to earning medalist honors by a shot over Andrea Lee and Su-Hyun Oh.
UCLA's Alison Lee "loves school," but has eye on LPGA during U.S. Women's Amateur
Alison Lee's Plan A involves turning professional in December at the final stage of LPGA Q-School -- but the UCLA student has a Plan B, and even a Plan C, she said during the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Emma Talley fires 76 at U.S. Women's Amateur, escapes DQ scare
Defending champ Emma Talley will have plenty of work to do after an opening 6-over 76, but it was almost a lot worse when the scoreboard and her scorecard didn't agree.
NCAA champ Doris Chen WD's at U.S. Women's Amateur with ankle injury
2014 NCAA champ Doris Chen withdrew after nine holes of the U.S. Women’s Amateur stroke-play qualifying because of pain in her right ankle from an ice-skating injury.
LPGA set to open 2015 season in Florida at Golden Ocala
The LPGA will open its 2015 season at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, according to a letter posted on the Ocala, Fla., club’s website and an email sent to players.
Spain takes LPGA's inaugural International Crown
On Sunday, those who saw the International Crown finale might have learned what many have known for years: Spain's Carlota Ciganda, Belen Mozo, Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari are a blast.
Nichols: U.S. knocked out; does LPGA's International Crown need tweaks?
The U.S. suffered defeat in another team-format tournament, but Beth Ann Nichols questions if teams should be eliminated prior to singles matches.
U.S. rebounds to win four points at International Crown
The Americans went from shut out to clean sweep on Day 2 of the International Crown, posting four points to sit in a tie for second with Taiwan in Pool A. Thailand, a team of smiles, leads way in that pool with five points.
U.S. shut out on Day 1 of LPGA's International Crown
The top-seeded U.S. squad ended Day 1 at the LPGA's International Crown as the only team without a point after losing twice to eighth-seeded Taiwan.
Tseng, other Asian women welcome team game
Here’s your guide to understanding who gets to wear the International Crown, the LPGA's newest, match-play event.
Rickie Fowler's British Open run at Hoylake earns Ryder Cup points
Rickie Fowler is primed for another big stage -- and at the British Open, he piled on the Ryder Cup points to prove it.
Tom Watson gives Hoylake one last thrill with 68 at British Open
Tom Watson, 64, closed the 2014 British Open with a 4-under 68, thrilling the local fans and earning himself a standing ovation coming down the 18th fairway.
Jimmy Walker aims for top-10 at British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England
Jimmy Walker leads the FedEx Cup standings and has 3 PGA Tour wins this season, yet the American seems better known across the pond than he is to U.S. golf fans.
Watson: When I'm Sixty-Four . . . he'll make a cut at the British Open
Tom Watson is proving that age is nothing but a number – even a number (64) that plays nice with Liverpool's Beatles history – and will be sticking around for the weekend at the Open Championship after back-to-back 73s at Hoylake.
Birthday boy George Coetzee fires 69 to move into contention at British Open
George Coetzee’s birthday always falls during Open Championship week. The South African gave himself a tidy 3-under 69 to celebrate his 28th.
Cheng-Tsung Pan gets British Open assist from caddie who knows Royal Liverpool
Cheng-Tsung Pan, 22, is one of four amateurs in the field at the 143rd Open Championship -- but has an edge in a caddie who's been playing golf in Hoylake since age 4.
Robert Karlsson's game trending in right direction with 69 at Hoylake
It was only two years ago that Robert Karlsson withdrew on the eve of the Open Championship with the driver yips. Thursday, he shot a 3-under 69 at Royal Liverpool and finds himself firmly in contention.
Liverpool's local long shot: Factory worker Singleton brings dream to life
John Singleton, the local factory worker, hopes he doesn’t have to turn up to work on Monday. Liverpool's own Singleton is bringing his dream to life this week at Open Championship.
At Royal Liverpool, Erik Compton hopes to beat the odds again
The British bookmakers have Erik Compton at 200-1 this week. But let’s face it, he’s made a career of beating the odds. Compton, 34, is playing golf in the U.K. for the first time and is finding his early week at Royal Liverpool to be as quiet as it was in Pinehurst.
Inbee Park back on radar, leading Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale
Inbee Park came to the Women's British Open completely under the radar, but said she didn’t mind -- it shows as she leads after three rounds at Royal Birkdale.
78 sends Michelle Wie home early from 2014 Women's British Open
Michelle Wie came to the par-4 16th Friday sitting on the cut line and played the last three holes in 3 over to miss the weekend at the 2014 Women's British Open.
Beatriz Recari grabs spotlight with second-round 67 at Women's British Open
The last, and likely only time, the media have gathered around Beatriz Recari this season came three weeks ago at Pinehurst when she played a practice round alongside 11-year-old Lucy Li. Friday, Recari found the spotlight herself with a smooth 5-under 67, the lowest round so far this week at Royal Birkdale.
With trusted caddie on the bag, Stacy Lewis opens Women's British defense with 71
Stacy Lewis began her title defense Thursday at the Ricoh Women's British Open by carding a first-round 1-under 71 at Royal Birkdale – and as usual, she did it with longtime caddie Travis Wilson on the bag.
From campus to LPGA, Stephanie Meadow aces the toughest tests
Stephanie Meadow was a standout in the classroom at Alabama the last four years, but her game is getting all the attention now after her third-place finish at the U.S. Women's Open and qualifying for this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.
With nobility and humor, Laura Davies declares herself ready
Few things on tour are more entertaining than a Laura Davies interview, and on Wednesday she dished out a few gems while being honored as a new member of Royal Birkdale, site of her only Women’s British title, in 1986.
Nichols: Rooted in friendship, Michelle Wie vs. Stacy Lewis great for the LPGA
Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis spend plenty of time together off the course, but it is the pushing of each other on the course that is paying major dividends for them, and for the LPGA.
NYC media tour shows Michelle Wie transcends golf on global scale
Michelle Wie visited the "Today" show, "Fox and Friends," an Omega outlet, a Nike store and even had TMZ stop her on the streets of New York to talk about twerking – and the Big Wiesy handled it all like the major champion that she now is.
Nichols: This is only the beginning for Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie has had a journey filled with criticism, heartbreak and high expectations. Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2, the LPGA's biggest star shone brightly as she captured her first major title. And, at 24, it sure feels like the beginning.
Third time the charm? Michelle Wie is poised for first major title at U.S. Women's Open
Michelle Wie shares the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Women's Open for the third time in her career, but it is safe to say that Wie's game has never been so bright.
Mix, drama at U.S. Women's Open trump men at Pinehurst
There’s such a wonderful mix of characters at Pinehurst for the U.S. Women's Open, with fresh-faced amateurs such as Minjee Lie sharing the spotlight alongside seasoned pros such as leader Michelle Wie.
Stacy Lewis uses 'brains' to fire 3-under 67 at Pinehurst
Stacy Lewis was criticized for her pointed words about Lucy Li's participation in the U.S. Women's Open earlier this week, but the focus was back on her play with a 3-under 67 in the first round.
Karrie Webb links past with present as two-time U.S. Women's Open winner
Karrie Webb comes into this week a touch under the radar – 11-year-old Lucy Li is this week's media darling – despite her history with the area and two victories in 2014.
Stacy Lewis calls in short-game reinforcements at Pinehurst for U.S. Women's Open
Stacy Lewis called her former assistant coach at Arkansas, short-game guru Shauna Estes-Taylor, to help the World No. 1 gauge Pinehurst's difficult greens – a place that will make or break any player in a U.S. Women's Open.
Inbee Park, Michelle Wie prepare differently for U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst
As talk at Pinehurst has turned from Martin Kaymer’s dominance to 11-year-old Lucy Li, LPGA stars such as Inbee Park and Michelle Wie took to the course to practice for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.
USWO: Michelle Wie finds her form – professionally and personally
As she preps for the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Michelle Wie finds her form, personally and professionally.
Ever a fighter, Erik Compton finds his U.S. Open fame at Pinehurst No. 2
Erik Compton has had three different hearts beating in his chest, but his Sunday round at Pinehurst showcased the "guts" and determination of a guy desperately wanting to be defined by his on-course play.
Martin Kaymer holds steady, but door slightly open for Sunday at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2
Martin Kaymer managed his way to a 2-over 72 on Saturday, losing one stroke off his commanding lead. A pair of upstarts in Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton will try to give chase on Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2.
Erik Compton tightens focus, makes U.S. Open cut at Pinehurst
Heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton’s second major-championship appearance, this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, is purely about golf. “If I play well, it will help other people because it is on a big stage,” he said.
U.S. regains Curtis Cup with decisive 13-7 victory over GB&I
The U.S. Curtis Cup team regained the cup on Sunday at St. Louis Country Club thanks to a 4-and-3 victory from reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley.
Entering singles, U.S. a point away from Curtis Cup victory
GB&I's Georgia Hall and Stephanie Meadow battled back Sunday morning to halve the final foursomes match of the Curtis Cup. But the Americans need just one point in the eight-match singles session to capture the title.
U.S. closing in on Curtis Cup title; GB&I to play like it has 'nothing to lose'
While the U.S. looks like it have need only a half-point in Sunday singles at the Curtis Cup, the GB&I squad knows it can play loose, as it simply has 'nothing to lose.'
Bronte Law, Annabel Dimmock keep GB&I hopes alive at Curtis Cup
The point Great Britain and Ireland secured on the 18th green did more than boost morale. It assured that Sunday’s singles matches at the Curtis Cup are relevant.
GB&I no match for U.S. as Americans take 5-1 lead at Curtis Cup
Day 1 of the 38th Curtis Cup started with an inspiring speech from the mighty Mariah Stackhouse and ended with a 5-1 lead for Team USA. There were a few hiccups here and there, but overall a spectacular display of golf by the Americans.
Mariah Stackhouse inspires 3-0 start for U.S. at Curtis Cup
Team USA huddled on the opening hole at St. Louis Country Club where Mariah Stackhouse delivered an impassioned speech, encouraging her teammates to play for each other leading to a sweep for the Americans after the morning four-ball session.
History, intrigue and colorful backdrop elevate Curtis Cup
Everything here at St. Louis Country Club is rich. The club’s history, the tony mansions with lawns so lush that you want to stop the car and have a picnic, the polo field that doubles as a practice range and the assembled talent for the 38th Curtis Cup at this storied Charles Blair Macdonald design. What you need to know about the June 6-8 matches.
Barrier breaker: Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse keeps rising as Curtis Cup begins
Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse appreciates the significance of her historic Curtis Cup selection -- it's one more step in the 20-year-old golfer's journey.