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    Re: [Golf] News and Discussion

    It truly has amazed me over the last 4 years or so how, every year, practically the most dramatic golf of the year is provided by the women's NCAA championships. The top 8 teams from 3 rounds of stroke play progress to match play, where, based on the order of finish in stroke play, the 8 teams play matches in quarterfinals, semis, and finals. Every year, they manage to have an amazingly high level of play, while always managing to have nail-biting finishes. Each team plays five individual matches, so any team must win 3 matches to win.

    So far, the quarterfinals are done, with semis and finals scheduled for today. The 4 quarterfinals were seemingly trying to out-do each other in drama. This is how each ended:

    #6 Arizona beat #3 Southern Cal when the last player made a long birdie putt on 18 to win her match. Interestingly, the player who did so was the same player who, last year, made a long birdie putt to win the deciding match in the NCAA finals, with Arizona beating Alabama 3-2 in last year's championship match. Score therefore 3-2.

    #2 Duke beat #7 Stanford when the last match ended on the 24th hole (!!!!). That became the longest match in NCAA championships history. Both players in that last match had chances to win, but the level of play was great. Score therefore 3-2.

    #5 Wake Forest beat #4 Arkansas (playing on Arkansas' home course) with two matches coming to the wire and Wake Forest having to win both to win. In one of them, the Wake player held on to a lead she had had for a while, but still had to hold off a late charge on the last hole. In the other, the Wake player was tied with her opponent until she made a wonderful birdie putt on 18 for her win. BUT, that's not even all the drama. Another Wake player came to the 17th hole one hole down, and then hit a hole-in-one on that par 3 hole to tie her match. She went on to lose her match forcing the last 2 matches to have to be won by Wake. Score therefore was 3-2.

    #8 Auburn beat #1 Texas: Not to be outdone, three of these matches came to the 18th hole. Texas won one of them on 18 and Auburn won one of them on 18. By then the score was 2-2, and the other match was tied after 18 and went to extra holes, with the Auburn player winning on the 20th hole. Score therefore was 3-2.

    Every match decided by, at least, the last singles match ending in high drama, and all matches scored 3-2. It really doesn't get better than that for match play drama.

    Today's coverage is on the Golf Channel. While, as always, I'll tape it and watch it later, this really has become must-see TV for me over the last few years. So far, it has never disappointed.

    GH

  2. #707

    Re: [Golf] News and Discussion

    My post #675 in this thread was my similar rant posted last May 25 about the quality of last year's NCAA women's championship. GH

  3. #708

    Re: [Golf] News and Discussion

    Brooke Henderson won her ninth title today, making her the winningest Canadian golfer of all time at just 21.

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    And Brooks Koepka nearly won the US Open for the third year in a row...he certainly made a mad charge, birdieing four of the first five holes. Woodland never blinked and stayed 2 or 3 shots ahead the whole time...even finishing it in style with a long birdie.
    Thanks for the medal Johanna!

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