July 23, 2002 |
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.
April 8, 2016 |
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.
February 22, 1987 |
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)
April 10, 1995 |
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.
August 31, 2003 |
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.
October 9, 2011 |
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.
August 2, 2016 |
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.
April 11, 2014 |
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.
May 7, 2014 |
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.
June 11, 2002 |
This is the life. It is golf, travel, money, and a little bit of fame. It is the LPGA, and more women are leaving college early - or skipping it all together - to turn professional and pursue their dreams. Of course, it is not nearly that simple. Or that glamorous. For those young players good enough to make it, the tour is full of pressures and frustration. It is endless travel and countless hours on the driving range and practice green. It is days, weeks and months away from family and friends.