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July 23, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In summers past, Tracy Bolger divided her attention between soccer, basketball and golf. A recent graduate of Haddonfield, she is now concentrating on golf, the sport she will play in college. Bolger received a golf scholarship to St. John's University in New York, which will start its first women's team. When the team gets together for a few fall tournaments, Bolger - coming off a number of summer tourneys - will be well-prepared. This month, she qualified for the second level - or First Flight - of the Philadelphia Women's Amateur, and advanced to the semifinals at Spring-Ford Country Club in Royersford, Montgomery County.
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April 8, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AUGUSTA, Ga. - When injury and illness strike, few athletes have the heart to match their talent. A strapping frame, a powerful swing and deft touch around the greens might be the most modest weapons in Jason Day's arsenal. A childhood marred by abuse and poverty combined to make Day, 28, virtually impervious to injury. His iron will draws comparisons to Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter. Two weeks ago the bulging disc in Day's back flared up. No matter: He still won the WGC Match Play, which earned him the No. 1 world ranking as he enters his sixth Masters.
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September 17, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
For Stewart Hagestad, his chances of winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonewall were looking quite grim Thursday when he was 4-down to Scott Harvey with five holes to play, but all he thought about was "leaving everything I had out there. " The 25-year-old Hagestad then launched one of the most epic comebacks in the history of U.S. Golf Association competition. He went on a birdie binge to force the match to all square on the 36th hole, and drained a 14-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat Harvey, the 2014 Mid-Am champion from Greensboro, N.C. Hagestad birdied five of his last six holes at the Chester County layout, holing out on four of them and taking a conceded birdie on the par-4 36th after Harvey found a bunker with his approach shot and missed his par putt.
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February 22, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
T. C. Chen of Taiwan highlighted a 4-under-par 67 with a hole-in-one yesterday and held a 1-stroke lead after three rounds of the $600,000 Los Angeles Open. Chen, who started the day 1 shot off the lead, aced the 161-yard, par-3 6th hole with a 6-iron. He went on to finish 54 holes at the Riviera Country Club with a total of 9-under 204 in his bid for his first PGA tour victory. Danny Edwards shot a 68 and held second at 205. Ben Crenshaw fashioned a 66 to join Bobby Wadkins (68)
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April 10, 1995 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
For Tiger Woods, it was a week of ultra-intense scrutiny. It was also seven days of "fantasy land and Disney World wrapped into one. " The reigning U.S. Amateur champion, a 19-year-old freshman at Stanford, was just the fourth black to play in the Masters, 20 years after Lee Elder broke the color barrier. No detail of his first trip here was left unchronicled. Yesterday he birdied three of the last four holes, including a 3 at No. 18, for his third even-par round of 72 in the tournament.
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August 31, 2003 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Until a week ago, Cheryl Seamans was a young woman with daydreams about golf but a day job in accounting. That was before she won the Pennsylvania Women's Amateur. In the final match at Shannopin Country Club in Western Pennsylvania, Seamans, 23, of Holland, Bucks County, narrowly edged the national grand dame of women's amateur golf, Carol Semple Thompson, 54, winner of the state amateur title 21 times, including last year. "I was more excited than intimidated," Seamans said last week, still dumbstruck that she somehow prevailed, 1 up in 19 holes, over a living legend.
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October 9, 2011 | By Anthony Bellino, For The Inquirer
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Senior Pete Williamson is Dartmouth's No. 1 golfer, but it's the team's fourth best golfer, sophomore Joe Maziar, who is the reason the Big Green hold the lead after the first day of the Big Five Invitational at Plymouth Country Club. Dartmouth will look to hold off Penn, Campbell (Buies Creek, N.C.), and Temple, which round out the top four teams. Dartmouth coach Rich Parker knows that the bottom of his lineup will be the key to his team's keeping the lead Sunday.
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August 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Kelly Whaley liked playing golf when she was a child but didn't always listen to everything her parents told her about the game, even if her mother, a former LPGA tour player who made history by competing in a PGA Tour event, was one of the top teaching pros in the country. "We did butt heads a lot," she said. But Whaley, 19, the daughter of Suzy Whaley, a former West Chester resident who is secretary of the PGA of America, accepted the advice and has developed into a fine college player.
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April 11, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - You probably can't win a major on the first day. But you maybe can lose it. Rory McIlroy isn't leading the Masters after the first round. But he can see the guy who is. For starters, that's enough. "It was a good day," the two-time major winner said, after an opening 1-under-par 71 left him trailing by three in the year's first tournament that defines careers. "I think they set the course up very difficult today. I think everyone needed to stay patient. Anything in red numbers was good.
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May 7, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Michael Johnson enjoyed the time he played in the U.S. Amateur in 2012 and wants to get that national championship feeling again at this year's U.S. Open. Johnson, who this spring became La Salle's first all-Atlantic Ten Conference selection, took the first step Monday at Hidden Creek Golf Club when he fired a 1-under-par 71 in Open local qualifying to gain one of six available spots into the next round. Alex Hicks of Cape May Court House, N.J., the runner-up in last year's Philadelphia Amateur, and Jose Garrido, coach of the Colombian national golf team, tied for medalist honors with rounds of 70 on a sunny but windy day by the Shore.
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September 24, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Jordan Gibbs didn't play the final round of the Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship like a guy worried about being caught by all the event's past champions who were chasing him. The Gulph Mills Golf Club assistant pro started Thursday at Philadelphia Cricket Club with a 1-stroke lead. Instead of trying to hang on, however, he kept adding to his advantage. Five birdies on the front nine boosted his lead to five, and he coasted home to victory in the tournament that highlights the season for the area's club professionals.
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September 17, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
For Stewart Hagestad, his chances of winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonewall were looking quite grim Thursday when he was 4-down to Scott Harvey with five holes to play, but all he thought about was "leaving everything I had out there. " The 25-year-old Hagestad then launched one of the most epic comebacks in the history of U.S. Golf Association competition. He went on a birdie binge to force the match to all square on the 36th hole, and drained a 14-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat Harvey, the 2014 Mid-Am champion from Greensboro, N.C. Hagestad birdied five of his last six holes at the Chester County layout, holing out on four of them and taking a conceded birdie on the par-4 36th after Harvey found a bunker with his approach shot and missed his par putt.
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August 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Kelly Whaley liked playing golf when she was a child but didn't always listen to everything her parents told her about the game, even if her mother, a former LPGA tour player who made history by competing in a PGA Tour event, was one of the top teaching pros in the country. "We did butt heads a lot," she said. But Whaley, 19, the daughter of Suzy Whaley, a former West Chester resident who is secretary of the PGA of America, accepted the advice and has developed into a fine college player.
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April 8, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AUGUSTA, Ga. - When injury and illness strike, few athletes have the heart to match their talent. A strapping frame, a powerful swing and deft touch around the greens might be the most modest weapons in Jason Day's arsenal. A childhood marred by abuse and poverty combined to make Day, 28, virtually impervious to injury. His iron will draws comparisons to Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter. Two weeks ago the bulging disc in Day's back flared up. No matter: He still won the WGC Match Play, which earned him the No. 1 world ranking as he enters his sixth Masters.
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May 7, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Michael Johnson enjoyed the time he played in the U.S. Amateur in 2012 and wants to get that national championship feeling again at this year's U.S. Open. Johnson, who this spring became La Salle's first all-Atlantic Ten Conference selection, took the first step Monday at Hidden Creek Golf Club when he fired a 1-under-par 71 in Open local qualifying to gain one of six available spots into the next round. Alex Hicks of Cape May Court House, N.J., the runner-up in last year's Philadelphia Amateur, and Jose Garrido, coach of the Colombian national golf team, tied for medalist honors with rounds of 70 on a sunny but windy day by the Shore.
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April 11, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - You probably can't win a major on the first day. But you maybe can lose it. Rory McIlroy isn't leading the Masters after the first round. But he can see the guy who is. For starters, that's enough. "It was a good day," the two-time major winner said, after an opening 1-under-par 71 left him trailing by three in the year's first tournament that defines careers. "I think they set the course up very difficult today. I think everyone needed to stay patient. Anything in red numbers was good.
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June 13, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Kuchar may not quite be in Sergio Garcia territory when it comes to the Best Players Not to Win a Major, but the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour knows that he is entering the conversation. It's a double-edged sword. Kuchar has been playing well enough over the last three years to now rank in the world's top 10. But he's 34 years old, and the best-player title can weigh like an anvil the longer one fails to claim a major. "There's a lot of us in the boat - best player to not win [a major]
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October 9, 2011 | By Anthony Bellino, For The Inquirer
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Senior Pete Williamson is Dartmouth's No. 1 golfer, but it's the team's fourth best golfer, sophomore Joe Maziar, who is the reason the Big Green hold the lead after the first day of the Big Five Invitational at Plymouth Country Club. Dartmouth will look to hold off Penn, Campbell (Buies Creek, N.C.), and Temple, which round out the top four teams. Dartmouth coach Rich Parker knows that the bottom of his lineup will be the key to his team's keeping the lead Sunday.
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May 21, 2010
The golf season of Bucks County pro Jon Rusk got off to a late start this year because he decided one day to work on his jump shot rather than his short game. The result: "I broke my [right] hand in February playing basketball, like an idiot," Rusk said Monday. "I didn't get a cast on it and it's still hurting a little bit. I don't know if it's healed right. " Despite the injury, Rusk, of Washington Crossing, advanced to the second stage of qualifying for next month's U.S. Open, one of four players tied for medalist honors with a 1-under-par 69 at the Springhaven Club in Wallingford.
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September 10, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Buddy Marucci, golf always has been about the courtesy, the sportsmanship, the integrity, and the ability to compete intensely but to do it the right way. It's a lesson he learned from his father, George Marucci Sr., an accountant who taught him the game at Llanerch Country Club. While he wanted his son to think his way around the course and hit excellent shots, the elder Marucci stressed the idea of being a gentleman. "My father's influence on me in golf was more about the demeanor than the skill," said Marucci, 57, of Villanova, the captain of the U.S. Walker Cup team that will take on a team from Great Britain and Ireland in the 42d matches this weekend at Merion Golf Club.
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