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Melichova Begins NCAA Women’s Golf Championship on Friday

By: Old Dominion University

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Old Dominion senior golfer Jana Melichova will cap her magical career this weekend at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Melichova is the first women’s golfer in ODU history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Melichova begins play on Friday, May 20 at 4:20 p.m. EDT and continues through Sunday. The top-15 teams and top-nine individuals on non-advancing teams will advance to the final round on Monday, May 23.

A native of Pikovice, Czech Republic, Melichova tied for third at last week’s NCAA Ann Arbor Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship. She finished even par for the tournament and fired a 1-under 70 in the final round to secure her spot in Scottsdale.

Grayhawk Golf Club is a 6,384-yard par 72 course. The Tom Fazio-designed Raptor course offers thrilling challenges that commands a player’s respect through a high-stakes game of risk and reward.

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Howard University Sensational Golfer

By: Kurtis Alston

Howard University senior golfer Gregory Odom Jr. was a busy man helping the Howard University team capture the PGA Works Collegiate Championship. And the day after, he enjoyed his sponsor’s invitation to the Wells Fargo Championship.

Odom Jr. came in the Wells Fargo Championship as the top golfer at the PGA Works Collegiate Championship. He won that title just a year ago and was the first to win the award since the Howard golf team went on hiatus for 40-years.

Gregory, a native of Memphis, TN, is receiving one of the tournament’s four unrestricted sponsor exemptions into the 156-player field and will compete as an amateur.

“It’s crazy. It’s just crazy that I’m here on the PGA Tour at 21 years old and still a senior in college,” Odom said.

In the last two collegiate events, Odom Jr. finished in the top ten in Bison’s golf play. Gregory has a couple of top-five and one top-15 finish in the 2021-2022 season. Odom Jr. has one collegiate title, the PGA Works National Championship. The Championship will be at the player’s stadium course at TPC Sawgrass.

He finished second in the Tennessee State Championship his senior year at Middle College High School. In 2016 Odom Jr. earned All-State honors. Gregory was the 2017 First tee of Memphis Player of the Year and the 2017 boys high school USJGT player of the year.

Gregory might not have done as well as he hoped, but he did finish ahead of seven professional golfers. In rounds 77 and 75, Odom didn’t have the birds he needed to cut, but he still displayed what it takes for the next level. Odom Jr. had a nice tight drive of  285-305 yards. But his long iron looked like his best weapon.

Maybe Odom’s schedule played a part in him not cutting with him just playing 24 hours prior. But while being out there, he was the camera and fans’ favorite person. At every hole, you could hear fans saying, “That’s the kid from Howard.”

This time will not be the last time you hear Gregory Odom Jr.’s name, but hopefully, he will continue to rise to be the star the one’s around him know him to be.

A&T Records Three-Peat at Women’s Collegiate Championship

By: North Carolina A&T State University

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – North Carolina A&T women’s golf won the National Women’s Collegiate Championship for the third straight year after shooting a final-round 20-over 308 on Wednesday at the par-72, 6,104-yard Eagle’s Landing Country Club.

A&T senior Christyn Carr won the tournament as an individual with one of the best career rounds. She shot a 1-under 71 over her final 18 holes to finish the tournament with a 2-over 146. Wednesday marked the seventh time in program history the Aggies have won a tournament, marking Carr’s third tournament win.

A&T finished four strokes ahead of Delaware State (8-over, 152) after trailing the Hornets by six following the first round on Tuesday. Texas Southern finished third at 65-over 641.

Individually, Delaware State’s Nattavadee Khunsri finished second behind Carr (8-over, 152), followed by Texas Southern’s Rev Alcantara (11-over, 155), A&T graduate Isabella Miravite (12-over, 156) and there was a three-way tie for fifth.

Carr entered the day tied for first place with Delaware State’s Jirada Klauymaingarm, as both ladies shot a 75 on Tuesday. But on Wednesday, Carr had the lowest score of the tournament’s second round. She birdied the par-4, 416-yard third hole for the second straight day to put her at 1-under early.

After a bogey on the eighth, she ended the front nine with a birdie on the 415-yard, par-4 ninth. Carr moved back to 1-under after the first nine. She opened the back nine with three straight pars before a bogey on 13.

Carr remained consistent with four more pars before closing the tournament with a birdie on the par-5, 460 yard 18th. She birdied the hole for the second straight day and closed out the back nine at even par. Carr finished the tournament with seven birdies.

Miravite moved up nine places on Wednesday for her fourth-place finish. She shot a second-round 4-over 76. She bogeyed two of her first three holes before recording her first birdie on the day by carding a three on the 265-yard par-4 seventh. Miravite closed out her front nine with two straight pars to shoot a 37.

The back nine started with a bogey for Miravite. She then posted back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th got her to even par on the day. The 13th measured at 453 yards on a par-5, and the distance on the 14th was 325 yards on a par-4. However, four straight bogeys left her back nine score at 39.

Freshman Vileska Gelpi also had a top-10 finish. She recorded an 83 in Round 2 that included a birdie on the par-3, 150-yad eighth. Gelpi shot 17-over 161 for the tournament to finish 10th.

Senior Xuss Boira made the biggest jump of any Aggie, moving up 10 spots thanks to a strong back nine. She posted two birdies on the back nine, including the 168-yard par-3 11th and the 18th, to finish with a back-nine 37.

Boira shot a second-round 6-over 78, and she carded a 21-over 165 for the tournament to finish in a tie for 16th. Junior Jayla Rogers shot a 24-over 168 on Wednesday. She had a solid front nine by shooting a 39.

A&T finishes the season with a trip to Philadelphia for the PGA Works Championship from May 2-4.

Atlanta Athletic Club to Host 3 USGA Amateur Championships

By: Jonathan Coe

The Atlanta Athletic Club, in Johns Creek, Ga., has been chosen by the USGA as the host site for three future amateur championships: the 2025 U.S. Girls’ Junior, 2030 U.S. Amateur and 2035 U.S. Women’s Amateur championships. The club has previously hosted six USGA championships.

“We are thrilled to return to Atlanta Athletic Club to conduct these three USGA championships,” said Mark Hill, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “The USGA is looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with this famed club, which has been home to so many memorable USGA championships and legendary champions.”

These will be the seventh, eighth and ninth USGA championships held at Atlanta Athletic Club, including the 1976 U.S. Open, captured by Jerry Pate with a dramatic 5-iron shot on the 72nd hole. The club also hosted the 2014 U.S. Amateur (won by Gunn Yang), the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Charlie Beljan), the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open (won by Betsy King), and the 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur (won by Michael Podolak). The club was also the host of the 1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Beverly Hanson) on its original course, which is now known as East Lake Golf Club.

Atlanta Athletic Club has also hosted the 1963 Ryder Cup, three PGA Championships (1981, 2001 and 2011) and most recently, the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, won by Nelly Korda. In 2023, the club will celebrate its 125th anniversary.

“Atlanta Athletic Club is proud to continue its tradition of hosting national championships,” said Kevin Costello, club president. “Building on our enduring relationship with the USGA, it’s an honor to showcase our golf courses to the world and play host to these prestigious championships that truly embody the spirit of the amateur game and support the next generation of golfers.”

Located 25 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Athletic Club is a private 36-hole club founded in 1898 and the home club of four USGA champions: nine-time champion Bob Jones, three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Alexa Stirling, and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions Dot Kirby and Martha Kirouac.

The club’s Highlands Course and Riverside Course were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., with Joe Finger assisting on the Highlands Course. Rees Jones redesigned both courses, completing his work on the Riverside Course in 2003 and the Highlands Course in 2016. The Riverside Course is currently being renovated under the guidance of Tripp Davis, work that is scheduled to be completed by the end of this summer.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior will be contested at the club July 14-19, 2025. The USGA will name a competition course at a later date. First conducted in 1949, the U.S. Girls’ Junior is open to female amateurs who have not turned 19 on or before the final day of the championship and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4. U.S. Girls’ Junior champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open. Notable champions include Mickey Wright, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Hollis Stacy, Nancy Lopez, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Ariya Jutanugarn.

Atlanta Athletic Club will host its second U.S. Amateur Aug. 12-18, 2030, which will mark the 100th anniversary of Bob Jones’ completion of the “Grand Slam” (victories in the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur). Jones was a past president and an active member of Atlanta Athletic Club until his death in 1971.

One of the USGA’s three original championships, the U.S. Amateur is open to amateur golfers who have a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4. A field of 312 golfers will play two 18-hole rounds of stroke play on each of the Highlands and Riverside courses before the championship is cut to 64 players for match play on the Highlands Course. The championship is decided by a 36-hole final, and the champion and runner-up are invited to the following year’s U.S. Open Championship.

The U.S. Women’s Amateur will be held on the Highlands Course from Aug. 6-12, 2035. It is also one of the USGA’s first three championships, having debuted in 1895 along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, marking the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and runner-up receive exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Monarchs Finish Tied for Third at C-USA Championship

By: Old Dominion University

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Old Dominion women’s golf team shot a final-round score of 327 for a three-day total of 955 and a share of third place at the Conference USA Championship. On the individual side, Jana Melichova and Federica Torre finished in the top-10 with Melichova collecting all-tournament team honors with a T3rd finish.

The Monarchs finished alongside Charlotte, FIU and Florida Atlantic in a four-way tie for third.

“We are glad to have moved up to third place,” head coach Mallory Kane said. “Conditions today were definitely the most difficult. We hung tough, and it was great to see Federica and Jana finish top-10.”

Melichova was at even par after 14 holes and had worked her way to within a shot of leader Letizia Bagnoli of Florida Atlantic before falling victim to the PGA National Championship Course’s famed Bear Trap. She played the 15th, 16th and 17th holes at 9-over par and bogeyed her final hole as well for a final-round 82. Melichova still finished tied for third at 231 (+15) for the third top-10 finish at the C-USA Championship in her career.

Torre jumped six more spots on Tuesday behind a final-round 77 to finish tied for eighth at 234. Leah Onosato rebounded to shoot 84 and post a three-round total of 250, which was good for a share of 42nd. Pilar Muguruza closed out the tournament with an 84 and finished in 49th at 256.

Sarah Busey was substituted into the Monarchs’ lineup for the final round and carded an 85.

No. 44 North Texas edged No. 49 UTSA by a single shot to claim the team title with a 54-hole total of 935 (+71).

FAU’s Bagnoli held on to win the individual medal by seven strokes despite shooting 79 on Tuesday.

Melichova will hope to hear her name called as an individual at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals when the selection show airs at 5 p.m. on April 27.

ODU Lineup
T3. Jana Melichova – 73-76-82—231
T8. Federica Torre – 81-76-77—234
T42. Leah Onosato – 76-90-84—250
49. Pilar Muguruza – 87-85-84—256
N/A. Sarah Busey – /-/-85
N/A. Elsie Verhoeven – 77-84-/

CNU Men’s Golf Finishes Tied for Sixth at Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate to Wrap Up Regular Season

By: Christopher Newport University

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — The nationally-ranked Christopher Newport men’s golf program wrapped up the regular season at the 2022 Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate on Sunday afternoon after advancing to the Gold Championship Field after two days of play. The Captains finished tied for sixth among the 12 teams playing on the Gold Course in the final round, shooting an 891 (+35) over the 54-hole tournament.

Christopher Newport fired a 286 on the Par 70 Scarlet course and added a 298 on the Gold course in the first two rounds to qualify for the championship field. In Sunday’s final round, CNU posted the fourth finest round of the day with a 307 to wrap up the event tied for sixth with Guilford just 29 strokes back of champion Methodist University (+6).

Robb Kinder (+2) led the way for Christopher Newport with a 216 (71-70-75) and finished in the top-ten. Kinder tied for seventh after a two-under finish in his first trip around the Gold course and a three-over showing the second time through the more challenging layout.

Alex Price (+5) also finished in the top 20 with a 13th place showing in the three-round tournament. He fired a two-under 68 on the Scarlet course and backed that up with a one-over 73 in the opening round on the Gold course. Price ran into a little trouble on Sunday and slipped back to 13th, but the junior southpaw continues to impress as the all-time leader in scoring at CNU. Following the final round on Sunday, Price set a new program record for scoring with a 71.8 average through 22 rounds this season, including 13 rounds under par.

All five Captains contributed scoring efforts in the 54-hole tournament. Aidan Baron and Jackson Gessaman each tied for 39th with matching 14-over 228’s. Baron went 75-79-74 while Gessaman chipped in a 72-76-80. Carrter Morris tied for 58th with a 241 (75-86-80) and finished at +27.

Christopher Newport will now wait to see if they’ve done enough to earn an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships. The field for the championship event will be announced on May 2 at NCAA.com.

Lauren Sims Fires Second Career Round Under Par to Lead CNU Women’s Golf at Historic Triangle Invitational

By: Christopher News University

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Leading Christopher Newport to a third-place showing on the team leaderboard, junior Lauren Sims fired her second career round under par with a second-round 71 (-1) at the Historic Triangle Invitational on Tuesday afternoon. Sims joined Elena Rezac (+7) in the top-five on the player leaderboard after the Captains’ freshman scored a career-best 151 in the 36-hole tournament.

Sims shot the low round in the event which featured 36 players from nine different teams. The only sub-par round out of 72 came with just two bogeys paired with three birdies and 13 pars. She picked up her second round under par in the last three rounds played after also firing a 71 in the final round of the Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate. With the performance, Sims joins Erica Whitehouse as the only CNU players to record multiple rounds under par during her career.

In Tuesday’s final round, Sims birdied the first hole of the day on the 332-yard Par 4 first. She added under-par holes on two of the three Par 3 holes on the front nine to go out in 34 strokes. Sims then piled up a run of six straight pars and nine of her last ten holes to close in 37 on the back.

After shaving ten strokes off her opening round score, Sims flew up to fifth on the individual leaderboard. She finished in 152 strokes (81-71) and trailed Rezac by just one for fourth place overall. Rezac recorded a 151 (75-76) with back-to-back impressive rounds.

The CNU freshman was one-over on the front and gave back just three strokes on the back to finish with a four-over 76 on day two. She birdied the 144-yard Par 3 tenth hole and edded another birdie on the 325-yard Par 4 12th. With her career-best performance in the final regular season tournament of the year, Rezac finished just four strokes off the pace set by Lynchburg’s Emily Brubaker (+3) for individual medalist honors.

Christopher Newport senior Shreya Ganta (+15) closed out the year with a 159 (81-78), good for 11th on the leaderboard. The Captains’ All-American had ten pars and birdied the 442-yard Par 5 seventh hole in the round.

Rounding out the Captains’ performance overall was Cameron Marshall (+48) and Hannah Bristow (+56). Marshall shot a 91 to tie for her third lowest round of the season while Bristow shaved six strokes off her score to finish with an even 200 (103-97). The senior wrapped up a career-year with a consisten 98.0 stroke average

Lynchburg won the team title at the tournament with a +50, edging out Bridgewater by a single stroke with a 626. CNU was 28 strokes back with a 654 (338-316) for third place while Drew (+88), Sweet Briar (+172), and Meredith (+187) rounded out the 36-hole event.

Can Rafael Campos finally get it done

Byline: Xavier Williams

Rafael Campos is now 33 years old. He will be making his 13th start at the Puerto Rico Open this week, missing it just one time in his career a couple of years ago. Since Rafael turned pro there has been immense pressure on him to win as he is the only professional golfer from Puerto Rico on the PGA Tour, especially on a course that is an hour from where he grew up.  “I know they’ve been waiting for this for 13 years. Obviously it’s a dream of mine to hold this trophy, especially here in my home, where I live. For me, hopefully it’s a one-day celebration and I get back to work. But I know they’ll be ecstatic…” Last year Campos almost made this dream a reality. He had a share of the lead going into the final round on Sunday of the Tournament. He would finish T-3 after a sizzling 66 on Sunday by Branden Grace saw him lose his home tournament by three strokes. There’s no doubting how much pride Rafael has for playing for his country but he has even admitted at times that he can get ahead of himself and try too hard. He spoke to this fact last year before the final round on how dependent he was on his caddy to “keep me focused.” Rafael Campos’ focus and mental fortitude would be tested once again when he teed it up on Thursday in front of a home crowd. The question isn’t whether Rafael can get it done as he has proven he can win on the professional level with a win on the Korn Ferry Tour. The question is can he handle the pressure of Puerto Rico sitting on his shoulders as he tries to break through for the first time on the PGA Tour.

How to watch the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Round 1: Featured Groups, live scores, tee times, TV times

By Staff ,  PGATOUR.COM

Round 1 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard takes place from Bay Hill on Thursday. A field full of the game’s biggest names include two-time FedExCup champion and past Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Rory McIlroy and world No. 1 Jon Rahm. Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the event due to injury. Tyrrell Hatton, Marc Leishman, and FedExCup leader Hideki Matsuyama return to action, as does Scottie Scheffler.

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The Path to The Country Club Begins Today

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 23, 2022) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that online entry applications are available now for the 122nd U.S. Open Championship, to be contested from June 16-19 at The Country Club (Championship Course), in Brookline, Mass.

Thousands of golfers will once again attempt to qualify for the championship through a two-stage process in which eventually 156 players will advance to The Country Club and one will be crowned U.S. Open champion. Non-exempt players will compete in one of 109 local qualifiers hosted throughout the United States (with one in Canada) between April 25 and May 23. Nearly 1,000 players will then compete in final qualifying, scheduled at 11 sites worldwide on May 23 and June 6.

Final qualifying will not take place in England for the second consecutive year due to continued international travel requirements, but as was done in 2021, an exemption category will allow players to earn entry based on a four-event U.S. Open 2022 European Qualifying Series. The top 10 aggregate point earners from those DP World Tour events (Betfred British Masters, Soudal Open, Dutch Open and Porsche European Open, which take place between May 5-June 5), who are otherwise not exempt, will earn spots in the U.S. Open field.

Exemptions will also be awarded to the 2020-21 top finisher on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the 2021-22 top finisher on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and the 2021-22 top finisher on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, who are not otherwise exempt as of May 23.

Entry applications along with a list of qualifying sites can be accessed at champ-admin.usga.org, and entries will be accepted through Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. EDT. To be eligible for 2022 U.S. Open qualifying, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.

Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) in the United States, the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada are working together to provide thousands of entrants from across the globe and from all backgrounds with the opportunity to compete for a spot in this major championship. This collaboration with AGAs allows for an open qualifying process in all four USGA Open championships. Since 2010, the U.S. Open has averaged 79 players in the final field who have advanced through one or both stages of qualifying.

Entry applications for the other three USGA Open championships are also available. The 77th U.S. Women’s Open Championship will be played June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C. The 42nd U.S. Senior Open Championship will be contested June 23-26 at Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course), in Bethlehem, Pa., and the 4th U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship will be held Aug. 25-28, at NCR Country Club (South Course), in Kettering, Ohio.

The Country Club will host the U.S. Open for the fourth time. The champion was determined in a playoff in all three previous Opens at the club, with amateur Francis Ouimet (1913), Julius Boros (1963) and Curtis Strange (1988) winning the title.