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Dayton Flyers Women’s Golf performs well in 2-day event at Youngstown State

 

 

Women’s Golf | 9/5/2017 6:41:00 PM |

Women’s Golf Finishes Fifth at Schwartz Invitational

Flyers Shave 13 Strokes Off Monday’s Round

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The University of Dayton women’s golf team finished in fifth place out of 10 teams at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational hosted by Youngstown State. The two-day event was held on the North Course of the Mill Creek Park Golf Course Sept. 4-5. The course played at 6,023 yards and par 72.

Marshall claimed top team honors with its two-round total of 310-298=608 (+32) while Cleveland State’s Madison Butler earned medalist honors with her scorecard of 72-77=149 (+5).

DAYTON PARTICIPANTS
Team Score: 324-311=635 (+59)
t-11th Emma Meyer (3) 79-69=155 (+11)
t-17th Ellie Cronin (1) 79-79=158 (+14)
t-25th Alissa Danielson (5) 81-81=162 (+18)
t-29th Brittney Blaschak (I) 83-80=163 (+19)
t-34th Alexandra Bozich (2) 85-79=164 (+20)
t-34th Emily Connors (4) 87-77=164 (+20)

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Dayton will open the home portion of its schedule on Saturday with a dual match against Detroit Mercy. The two squads will square off beginning at 2 p.m. with tee times at NCR Country Club.

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY Jenna Willhoit; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Iowa Hawkeyes get ready for rivalry game this week at Ames against Iowa State; Coach Ferentz discusses with media

 

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University of Iowa Football Media Conference

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kirk Ferentz

COACH FERENTZ: First just want to start off by thanking our fans for the great turnout on Saturday. It was a tremendous crowd. I can’t remember a Labor Day weekend game where we had such a good environment, an electric environment in Kinnick. It was good for our players and coaches. We appreciate that greatly and great support.

Also just want to recognize the new tradition that started Saturday. What a great marriage that is with the stadium being in such close proximity to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital and then I really didn’t witness it or notice it during the game, certainly, but I’ve seen the clips now since, and the coverage on it.

It’s really a positive event for everybody, and it’s obviously very heartwarming for everybody in the country to get an exposure to such a great tradition, so we are happy about that as well.

This is certainly a big week for us. It’s a rivalry game. I think it’s certainly big for everybody involved with Iowa football and just football in general in Iowa. I think anybody that follows the game certainly takes great interest in it. It’s energizing, certainly, for our players, our coaches, alums, everybody that’s involved, fans, and I think not only in our state but probably across the country. So it’s really a great series.

This is my 28th involvement in the series, so I feel very, very fortunate to be part of it, and relish every opportunity to get a chance to coach and it’s just a really good thing.

Beyond that I think it means an awful lot to our players, as well. We have 23 players right now in our two-deep that grew up in this state, 57 total on our roster from Iowa. So they grew up watching this series. I think they know fully what it means, just the interest and what’s at stake for everybody involved. It’s a really significant thing on that end, as well.

So just a lot of good things to be excited about this weekend. In the meantime, we’ve got a lot of work to do in our preparation. Our captains this week defensively are Josey Jewell and Nathan Bazata. Offensively, Sean Welsh, and special teams will be Kevin Ward again. They will represent our guys for the coin toss.

Iowa State was very, very impressive in their opening night victory. The other night they played a really good football game. And on top of that, we’re traveling to go a place that’s very, very tough to play. We’ve been there many times every other year, and it’s always a tough environment. Those two things combined offer us a real big challenge right now.

So we are well into our work week right now and certainly have a lot of things to do before getting ready to get on the bus on Friday. I’ll throw it out for questions.

Q. Your defense after Week 1, where you surprised they were that good, that quick?
COACH FERENTZ: It’s one game. We’re not quite ready to make judgments yet but certainly pleased with the way we played and I think probably the most positive thing was just our responses to the bumps that took place. You’re hoping those things don’t take place but going into any first game, you’re never sure, any game, for that matter.

But first games, especially, you’re a little bit anxious about just how you’re going to perform with some new guys at critical spots, and we didn’t protect the ball very well. That was very evident.

But our defense never broke stride. They went out and responded in a real positive way. I think it was a big positive. Probably as good a thing as I saw out there.

Q. What was the biggest difference from year 1 to year 2 when you took over the Iowa program?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, I’m not an expert but just an outsider’s opinion, it looks like they transitioned a lot faster than we did. It took us quite a while to get some traction.

From my vantage point, midseason on, they were playing much better. The first half of the season, you take all those tapes, really and just throw them out. They are not much value for us to look at.

But I think midseason on, they started to — people kind of started embracing what they were doing, what the staff was selling, at least watching on film. Started playing together and got really positive results. Had a couple really good wins but also losing to Oklahoma, Kansas State the way they did; they were playing and certainly we saw further progress Saturday. Looked like a really good football team on Saturday.

Q. Is James Daniels back at practice and is he back to where you thought he was?
COACH FERENTZ: He had a good day today. So we are hoping, you know, makes it through the week and is ready to go.

Q. Your tackling looked good last week, particularly with the special teams.
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, I think we did some good things in both those areas. Tackling, that’s another thing I was pleased about. Defensively, first game. You always worry about that. So for first time out, that was a good start, and the special teams.

My beef with the extended preseason is not necessarily — we had good teaching time. I have no complaints on that. The complaints are just, you know, we’re cutting into the players’ calendars. And we talk about being more mindful of that. Yet at the same time, we go the other direction.

I think there needs to be some modifications made to that thing eventually, but all in all, it wasn’t that big a deal. Regret our guys starting a week early, that’s all.

Q. How does your quarterback practice getting tackled?
COACH FERENTZ: I don’t know if there is an answer other than game experience. It starts with an awareness, like anything else. You have to realize, things close down quickly, and those guys in the other-colored jerseys are always going to be reaching for the ball and trying to knock it out. I think it’s just more of a mental thing, a mental awareness thing than.

Q. Josh Jackson, was that just a case of a guy needing some time?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, he’s always worked hard, and he’s got a great attitude. He likes football. There’s no question about that. That was really evident. Just wasn’t a real detailed guy at the start, some of the things that are really critical; and if you’re going to be a defensive back, it’s important to know you have some certain responsibilities.

I think it’s overall maturation, which you see with a lot of players. Attitude was never a question with him. His work ethic was always good. It’s kind of keeping things between the lines a little bit better. It just seems like last year, he really started to blossom a little bit. I can go back to two seasons ago. He saw some things on film, things he was doing, and playing well on special teams. Doing some things there that really gave us encouragement.

You’re hoping to get channelled into being a good positional player, too, and we’re starting to see that now. He got off to a great start the other day but also played a little bit there at the end of the season last year, too, because of injury.

We’re really optimistic. He’s got a really good future.

Q. Is Bradley Fletcher a fair comparison?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, they are not the same player but the progress is probably; I think that’s fair, yeah. Bradley was a good special teams guy. Took a little while for things to click defensively and boy, when they did, he played really well. So they are a little different style guy, but yeah, I think that’s probably a fair comparison as far as the development goes.

Q. Did you go in last week planning to play three, maybe four wide receivers?
COACH FERENTZ: Yes and no. The game dictated some things to us, a lot of things that happened offensively. But we didn’t get a lot of snaps to start with, and when you turn the ball over, that’s what’s going to happen. Price you pay.

I think we’re open to more guys playing. I think we’ll see more guys playing here in the next couple weeks but we have to have that opportunity to get them out there.

Q. Looking at your cornerbacks again, and the receivers that they faced, first of all, the challenges, what do they present, Lazard and Hakeem Butler? And being young, they performed well, so what’s your confidence level with them going against Iowa State?
COACH FERENTZ: It’s an interesting matchup that way. Their experience is on the perimeter where our inexperience is prominent.

And then other thing they have, they have great size, unusual size. Those two guys you just mentioned would be a good start to a basketball team, intramural basketball team if you’re going to do that.

So matching up size-wise is going to be a challenge and they use their size well. And then their experience. They have a good group, a good core of receivers, but it’s more than two guys. So we’re all going to have to do a good job and that includes our linebackers, again. You have Ben Niemann out in coverage quite a bit and they will get Bo out there in coverage the way they do things. They are going to put some pressure on us. There’s no question about that. That’s their design.

Q. You came out and said this game has special importance, when you go out on banquet tours do you hear from fans that you need to place more emphasis on this game?
COACH FERENTZ: Well, yeah, we do things the way we do. Fans have a lot of opinions about a lot of things, which is great. I’m glad they are passionate and interested. We try to do things in a consistent way and from my vantage point, every game is really important. The one we played last week is. You only get 12 of them, so boy, you’d better be focused on all those.

To suggest that one doesn’t mean a lot, I go back to the Minnesota game. It was my first experience where a team came across to pick up a trophy, and that was 1981. That’s a snapshot memory you never forget. You get involved in that, or our trip to Ames that year wasn’t that much fun either.

When you experience something, that’s where you really learn and that’s 55 years ago, right, when that happened, 1981. But those memories, they never leave you. If you’re a part of something — I’ve been part of this thing for a long time. I’ll go to my grave thinking about those games, that’s for sure. You always remember losses, right.

Q. Where do you think that narrative comes from; that one side cares more than the other?
COACH FERENTZ: I kind of found it insulting in some ways. You know, it’s almost like you don’t care. That’s really insulting to say to anybody that competes in anything.

I don’t know, I guess I haven’t jumped up and down. Have to do some jumping jacks or something, be a little bit more demonstrative out there. When you win, what you do is great. When you lose, not so great. I think it’s just kind of part of that narrative.

Q. VandeBerg has had some big success against ISU, is someone you expect to perform well in a game like this?
COACH FERENTZ: First play I thought about when you mentioned his name was him following a fumble, picking up a fumble.

We’re going to need everybody. We’re going into a really tough environment against a good football team. We’re going to need everybody and I would say all of our guys that have played, we are going to need them to play their best. That’s going to be true all season long. But especially early in the season right now when our younger guys are getting their footing. To have guys like Matt, Sean Welsh; go right down the list, those guys are going to really have to play well and help steady the ship a little about it.

Q. How much can attribute Matt’s performance to his health?
COACH FERENTZ: You know, being healthy helps everybody. So he’s a good football player, and when he can go, he goes. He’s got one speed and he’s had that since he got here.

He was really skinny when he got here and he’s grown into an adult football player now and he’s a good football player. We’re better when he’s out there playing for us.

Q. Nate showed some good composure despite making some mistakes, how much composure will he need heading into a hostile environment?
COACH FERENTZ: It’s a really tough place to play for anybody who visits there. It’s going to be another test for him. Last week was his first test playing where he was the starting quarterback.

This is week No. 2, and it’s about as tough as it’s going to get for him. It will be another measure for him. The good thing is, he went through some adversity Saturday and responded well. Certainly encouraging, and his teammates supported him well and that helps, too. I’m sure he’ll be in those situations again this weekend and hopefully we can push through it and find something good.

Q. Has Alaric Jackson earned the starting left tackle spot, or is he just holding it down until Boone comes back?
COACH FERENTZ: We’ll play Boone at guard and tackle. We’re comfortable playing all of those guys. As long as Boone can go, he’s still a really good football player in our mind. He’s a senior, you talk about seniors and Boone, he’s a really aggressive, physical player out there. Having him out there makes us a better team whether it’s guard or tackle.

Alaric has done a really nice job, so we’re pleased with his growth and development. The good thing about having guys injured, I guess is hopefully you develop some guys that get some depth and experience. Ross Reynolds got some good experience the other day. Keegan playing center was good for him in the long run. We’ll all feel better if we get our guys back in the right chairs and full speed.

Q. Is it somewhere like a Riley Reiff situation, where he replaced Bryan Bulaga when Bulaga was out, and then really benefited from the experience?
COACH FERENTZ: Absolutely, yeah. Absolutely. I thought he did a good job for the first time out. We had a lot of guys going through that experience Saturday. So hopefully he can build on it. He didn’t have it all figured yet. There are going to be some bumps in the road for him, too.

Q. Are you happy with the defensive line rotation?
COACH FERENTZ: I think so. Saw some good things there. Guys responded well to it, and just I think most teams are better defensively, especially up front; if you can keep guys a little bit fresher. So that helps you if you’ve got that flexibility.

Q. Did you wonder where those bodies might come from? Sam Brinks stepped into a larger role.
COACH FERENTZ: In every phase of the program, he’s been getting better and more mature and we really liked him out of high school. He had had an injury, I guess, and was a little bit undersized. He keeps getting better.

He doesn’t draw attention to himself other than he’s just so consistent with his plays. After awhile you start figuring out, hey, this guy is doing pretty well. He’s coming along, and it helps when we keep everybody a little fresher. We’re not the biggest group up front so always helps that way.

Q. What comes across in film or with the eyeballs in person, when you see these guys considered so-called undersized?
COACH FERENTZ: A couple things. Just the attitude they play with and the effort, and then you talk with the coaches that work with them, that type of thing. Try to get a feel for their intangibles and how much they love the game, all that type of thing.

And then you’ve got to see some growth potential. But we are not hung up on height. That’s one thing we are not overly hung up on. We can’t afford to be, so that’s the No. 1 reason why. If all of our guys could look like Epenesa, we would take 20 of those guys but we don’t get that luxury.

I think you just have to have an open mind and see things a little further down the road maybe, and the one thing we do consistently, and I’m sure everybody does this, we compare prospects to guys that have been successful.

You know, you think about a guy like Brady Reiff who wasn’t the biggest guy coming out of high school, played tight end, defensive, I guess he was a linebacker, Karl Klug, you start comparing the guys we’ve had and maybe just try to see the good in people, and the prospects, the potential they may have to offer. But if they don’t have the attitude that’s going to help carry them and help work through those things, you know, you’re probably going to bark up the wrong tree that way.

Q. After you took a step back how did you feel Brian did in his first game as offensive coordinator?
COACH FERENTZ: I think a lot of good things certainly. I can’t remember a game there wasn’t a call you would like to have back or things you wouldn’t do differently, that type of thing. I’m sure he feels the same way. I thought he did a good job. It wasn’t exactly a smooth road for him. I think he worked through the bumps in the road. We never plan turnovers, and that obviously affects your thinking.

And then just over the course of the game, the flow of the game, certainly affected our play calling in the second half. You know it looked like we were playing pretty long defense and you don’t want to put yourself in a position where you’re going to give them an opportunity to maybe get back in it really easily.

Q. Hockenson played a lot in his debut, how does he complement Fant?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, really good start. Noah is still a young player in our minds. He’s made some plays last year but he’s really like a first-year guy, too, in a lot of ways. You’re talking about a first year guy who is playing, a first-year starter, if you will. I think both those guys did a good job. The exciting part is those guys are going to improve a lot week-to-week-to-week, as long as they are working at it right and thinking right, which we assume they will do that.

Q. What can Noah add to his role as the season progresses?
COACH FERENTZ: I think he’s doing enough right now. We’re asking him to do a lot of things. Have to give him a lot of credit, not a little. He’s doing a great job in practice. We are working him pretty extensively. He’s getting a lot of reps, and he gets tired but he keeps on going. He’s done a good job. He’s got a really good attitude and he’s on the right track right now. So we’re happy about that.

Q. With all the formations Brain used in Week 1, was there some self-scouting attributed to those decisions?
COACH FERENTZ: Either that or dumb luck; one of the two. We do keep track of stuff, actually, what we’re doing.

Depending how games go, that certainly dictates some of that stuff. You’re going to steer one way or the other depending on the circumstances you’re in. Saturday, especially in the fourth quarter, we’re not going to take any chances at that point. That would have been silly.

Q. Who is in charge of self-scouting?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, we’ve got a bunch of guys, I don’t know what they are doing half the time quite frankly. But I do see all the charts and stuff and post-game reports and what have you.

We are watching all that stuff quarter-to-quarter, series-to-series. Because you know your opponents are doing the same thing. You’re always watching what you’re doing and trying to be mindful; so you’re at least taking it where you want to take it. Doesn’t always work but at least you’re trying to steer it a little bit.

Q. Does it amaze you how much information is available compared to 20 years ago, is it almost information overload?
COACH FERENTZ: A lot of the stuff we were doing 20 years ago, too. I think everybody recalls plays, probably has some way of tracking and keeping track of that stuff. We’ve all as young guys done that, the grunt work, if you will, charting stuff and what have you. No different than basketball, the guy shoots in your circle and all the X’s and O’s.

The thing that’s changed is the film many, the X’s and O’s technology, the film that we have available and the cutups we can make. If you’re not careful, you can really paralyze yourself with a lot of stuff that really doesn’t mean anything.

The trick is to know what’s important and then focus on that. That’s always been the trick and still is. We can just get it so much quicker now than you could, you know, 20 years ago, 15 years ago, and it’s all because of video and digital, all that stuff.

Q. If they push the offensively what concerns you the most, the pressure on the line or the experience of your secondary?
COACH FERENTZ: They are a really good offensive football team. I would say they are very veteran. Their lack of experience, or least experience, is up front, and I thought they really played well the other night. They were in sync, they were together, they looked — they are all on the same page and that’s what good lines do. It jumps out at you.

And it’s impressive because some of those guys haven’t played as much as some of the other guys. They really did a nice job with their scheme. They are very comfortable with it and they have a veteran quarterback and the running back is not good, he’s really good. That guy runs hard.

He’s tough, and if there’s a crack there he’ll get it and it might be over here, it might be back there and he’ll make the cut and they stretch you, sideline-to-sideline, they will throw it down the field. I don’t know what else is left. They are pretty good at what they do.

Q. Ed Cunningham strongly criticized you for your handling of C.J. Beathard at the Outback Bowl, do you have a response to that?
COACH FERENTZ: Yeah, coincidentally we are actually going to issue a response after this press conference. I’ll just say real quickly, the thing I found to rub me the wrong way in that article.

And I did read the article, he kind of lumped us in with another situation that occurred and there was absolutely no comparison between the two incidents. I got back to Leftwich’s moment where they carried him down the field. They threw a touchdown.

C.J. Beathard’s career at Iowa was defined by mental toughness, that’s what that kid is all about in my mind. That’s why I would have drafted him if I was an NFL personal guy. He’s got extraordinary mental toughness, and couple that with an outstanding medical staff that we have here, our medical people aren’t going to let a player be out there at risk where he could really do harm. That’s just how it goes, and they have got final say, they always have, always will. I listen to them and then we work with players.

You as a coach make the judgment is a player is allowed to play; has been ruled eligible to play medically, and then you make the judgment, can he play, can he operate. And C.J. was clearly not at full strength, but he wasn’t in 2015 either and played well.

And I listen to players, too, and C.J. wanted to be out there. That was my decision. You can second guess it. People can; Ed chose to. That’s his prerogative, certainly, but I found it a little bit offensive quite frankly because he was not at risk medically and you know — all off-season — that’s an interesting. That’s his opinion. That’s mine. I just stated mine.

Q. How do you think Miguel Recinos did?
COACH FERENTZ: He was excellent. He kicked off well to start with. That is important obviously. That’s an important job.

And he looked really confident kicking the football, too, the place kicking part of it. Just really happy about that. That was a good start for him and hopefully he can gain a little confidence coming out of that.

Q. Was that hard for him, because Keith did nothing to lose the job, Miguel just got better?
COACH FERENTZ: We evaluate guys in practice and Keith obviously kicked a very, very big field goal last year. He’s got a big career ahead of him and Miguel has a lot of time left, too.

So we are going to let those guys both compete, and they may both play this year. That’s very, very possible. And Duncs doing a good job on the practice field. Right now it’s two guys that have been performing pretty well and it’s hopefully a good situation for us.

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Uihlein wins Nationwide Children’s Championship; Armour finishes second but gets PGA Tour card

 

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO FROM SUNDAY’S FINAL ROUND

62,124 Peter Uihlein Web.com Tour 2017 winner NCC His upbringing & blessings to play & travel the world 9 3 2017

62,126 Peter Uihlein Web.com Tour 2017 winner NCC Any saving shots today or key putts 9 3 2017

62,127 Peter Uihlein Web.com Tour 2017 winner NCC He won the trophy but even if he did not he won the a PGA Tour Card 9 3 2017

62,128 Peter Uihlein Web.com Tour 2017 winner NCC Playing this tournament paid off huge 9 3 2017

62,133 Peter Uihlein Web.com winner 2017 winner His emotions when he saw Ryan Armour bogey on 18 and you had won 9 3 2017

62,136 Peter Uihlein Web.com Tour 2017 winner NCC The last 4 winners in Columbus Ohio have already won on the PGA Tour What is it about this course 9 3 2017

 

62,138 Ryan Armour Web.com Tour 2017 Runnerup NCC The 18th hole was his undoing off the tee and into the trees 9 3 2017

62,139 Ryan Armour Web.com Tour 2017 Runner up NCC Being 2nd here is not what you wanted but you accomplished the mission a PGA Card 9 3 2017

 

Peter Uihlein talking to the media after Sunday's win (megasportsnews.com photo)

Columbus, Ohio – Could it be possible that Peter Uihlein’s love for baseball led to his victory at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Sunday afternoon? Earlier this year, Uihlein played in the Shell Houston Open and finished his final round early enough to catch his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, battle their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, in primetime.

Uihlein, who has played the European Tour the past 4 years, accomplished his goal by carding a final-round 65 at The Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course to beat local favorite Ryan Armour by a stroke. The victory was worth $180,000 and places the 28-year-old from New Bedford, Mass. on top of the Web.com Tour Finals money list with three events left.

“I got the last game, Sunday night,” said Uihlein. “Never had that in five years. I’m never home on a Sunday night after playing a round of golf on a Sunday without making a cut. First time ever, and you kind of like sit back and be like that’s pretty convenient. That kind of hit home a little bit. So I was like, I really kind of want to at least get my PGA TOUR card so I can have moments like that when I can spend a little time at home with my girlfriend and two dogs.”
“This is a proper test,” said Uihlein, referring to the Scarlet Course. “You gotta drive the ball well. You gotta hit your irons well. And it’s a shame that it rained because that first day was phenomenal for how fast the greens were, how difficult it was. You know, it changed your mindset a little bit, you need to make some birdies. But it’s not a walk in the park.”

Since he turned pro in 2011, Uihlein has flown across the pond to compete in Europe and Asia. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy had the credentials to play on TOUR being a two-time All-American and 2010 United States Amateur champion, but chose to head overseas.
“All of a sudden my first event as a pro I end up on a plane to India,” said Uihlein. “You go there for the first time, really not leaving the country very rarely, and all of a sudden you go to India, totally different. It’s a different world, different cultures. Just a different environment. You get to see things I never would have seen if I didn’t leave America.”

Uihlein arrived in Columbus No. 12 in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. He’s enjoyed success outside the U.S. with a win at the Madeira Islands Open along with being named the Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2013. On Saturday, he talked about wanting the chance to become a global player and this winter he’s going to get the opportunity.

“There’s so many good events now in Europe,” said Uihlein, who has made 114 starts on the European Tour. “It’s really tough. I got to sit down and look at both schedules. I just don’t know. I don’t know next year’s schedule in Europe. I haven’t looked at the PGA TOUR schedule. Right now, I don’t know where I’m going to be playing but I’m going to try and do both and see what happens.”

Armour hit his worst drive of the week on the 18th and was left with a near impossible second into the home hole. After leaving the approach 20 yards short, the former Ohio State Buckeye sailed his pitch 40 feet behind the hole and missed the par save to force a playoff.

Armour didn’t win the golf tournament, but he secured his return to the TOUR.

“Mission accomplished,” said Armour, about the runner-up performance. “The job was to get back to the TOUR, and that’s what happened. I already have a start in Napa, So, that is something that you can take as a positive, and old Scarlet here, I mean she’s tough, and I finally got a little piece of her. But the old girl is a really hard golf course.”

Tom Lovelady made a life-changing putt on the 72nd hole. Being in contention on Sunday is stressful enough without the added pressure of trying to earn your TOUR card and the 24-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala. rose to the occasion. After hitting his approach on No. 18 to 10 feet, Lovelady drained the birdie bid and celebrated with a fist pump, knowing that was to get on TOUR next season.

“Unbelievable,” said Lovelady, who earned $58,000 for his T3 effort in Columbus. “I mean it’s what I dreamed of. You always hope it comes true. You just never know because golf’s a hard game and there are so many good players. There’s no other way to put it that it’s a dream come true, unbelievable.

Final Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Peter Uihlein 69-69-67-65—270 (-14)
2 Ryan Armour 68-68-65-70—271 (-13)
3 Andrew Landry 68-67-70-68—273 (-11)
Tom Lovelady 72-67-64-70—273 (-11)
5 Abraham Ancer 66-70-71-67—274 (-10)

Sunday Notes:
* Sunday weather: Partly cloudy. High of 77. Wind W/SW 7-14 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
* This week’s purse is $1M with $180,000 awarded to Uihlein.
* Uihlein earns his first career win in his third start on Tour. It was his first start as a professional on the Web.com Tour. His previous best finish was a T9 at the 2011 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, which came as an amateur.
* Uihlein’s victory comes at age 28 years, 0 months and 5 days. Uihlein turned 28 on Tuesday of the tournament week.
* Uihlein is the second former Oklahoma State Cowboy to win in the last three weeks after Talor Gooch won the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot three weeks ago.
* With his victory, he earns an exemption into the 2018 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
* With his victory, he is the third consecutive winner of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship winner to come from at least three shots back entering the final round. He entered the final round four shots back of Ryan Armour.
* Uihlein is the second non-member to win the Web.com Tour Finals opener after Bryson DeChambeau won the DAP Championship a year ago. DeChambeau went on to win the John Deere Classic this year after earning his TOUR card through the Finals. `

About Peter Uihlein
HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 195
BIRTHDATE: August 29, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: New Bedford, Massachusetts
RESIDENCE: Jupiter, Florida
EDUCATION: Oklahoma State University
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 2011
JOINED TOUR: 2017

* Ryan Armour led the field in driving accuracy at 87.50%, hitting 49 of 56 fairways.

* Tom Lovelady, who earns his PGA TOUR card with a T3 finish, posted a career-best T3 finish after birdieing the 72nd hole. He has now posted top-10s in four of his last six starts. Lovelady, who was on Alabama’s 2013 and 2014 national championship teams, was teammates on the Crimson Tide with Bobby Wyatt and Trey Mullinax, who both got their PGA TOUR cards through the Web.com Tour a year ago. Lovelady was teammates in 2013 as well with Justin Thomas, who won the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

* Before Lanto Griffin’s win at the Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation after making the cut on the number, he had made the cut in just four of his first 11 starts of the season with a T19 as his best finish to that point. But Griffin’s season turned around in Nashville, and he’s now made his last 10 cuts with a victory, T6, T8 and three additional top-20s. Griffin’s T8 in Columbus is his third top-10 in his last 10 starts. Griffin moved up to 19th on the combined Regular Season and Finals money list after ending the Regular Season in 22nd to get his PGA TOUR card.

* Keith Mitchell posted his third consecutive top-10 with a T6 finish in Columbus. He held the 36-hole lead after opening with rounds of 65-67 but posted rounds of 70-73 on the weekend. His check of $34,750 would be enough to earn a TOUR card three of the last four years. Mitchell finished No. 26 on the Regular Season money list after finishing one shot shy of earning his TOUR card at the Regular Season finale in Portland.

* Five-time PGA TOUR winner Ben Crane, who is making his first Web.com Tour start since 2001, has played the TOUR full-time since 2002, but had to return to the Web.com Tour Finals after finishing No. 147 in the FedExCup standings. Crane is nearing regaining his TOUR card after a T6 in Columbus. With the T6 finish, Crane earned $34,750, which would be enough to get a Finals card three of the last four years. Crane led the field in scrambling (82.61%).

* Abraham Ancer arrived in Ohio at No. 3 on the Tour money list, just $73,233 behind Brice Garnett, but is now within $17,822 of Garnett after moving into second-place on the combined Regular Season and Finals money list with a solo-fifth place finish. It is Ancer’s sixth top-five of the season. Ancer led the field in putting average (1.591) and putts per round (26.25).

* Brett Stegmaier opened the Web.com Tour Finals with a T8 finish in his bid to return to the PGA TOUR. Stegmaier’s last trip to the Web.com Tour Finals saw him finish 13th on the Finals money list in 2015 to secure his PGA TOUR card. Stegmaier finished No. 101 in the FedExCup standings in 2016 to keep his TOUR card this season, but after finishing No. 181, he’s back at the Web.com Tour Finals hoping to return to the TOUR. Stegmaier led the field in greens in regulation (81.94%).

* 2016 U.S. Amateur Champion Curtis Luck finished T19 in his Web.com Tour debut.

* Three of the last four winners of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship – Seung-Yul Noh (2013), Justin Thomas (2014), and Grayson Murray (2016) – have won on the PGA TOUR within two years of their win in Columbus.

* Four of the top-10 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship a year ago went on to win on the PGA TOUR this year – Murray, Cameron Smith, Cody Gribble and Xander Schauffele.

* This is the first tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded last week following the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.

* This is the fifth year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks.

Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years excluding The 25 from the Regular Season money list:
2013 No. 25 Bobby Gates $33,650.00
2014 No. 25 Eric Axley $36,311.66
2015 No. 25 Rob Oppenheim $32,206.00
2016 No. 25 Tim Wilkinson* $27,425.00

*denotes three events played (Web.com Tour Championship was cancelled

* Scoring averages for the week:

Front (36) Back (35) Total (71) Cumulative
R1 36.531 35.608 72.138 —
R2 36.167 35.921 72.087 72.113
R3 35.521 35.141 70.662 71.629
R4 36.099 34.732 70.831 71.430

 

Ryan Armour chatting with Columbus Dispatch reporter Rob Oller. The former OSU grad bogeyed 18 and finished 2nd (megasportsnews.com)

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY OF NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONSHIP COMMUNICATIONS


 

 


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