WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Brittany Lincicome was on a roll, on and off the golf course. She birdied the first six holes in her fourball match with Brittany Lang against Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid and ended up making 10 birdies in the first 15 holes. Yes, the U.S. won the match, but the Europeans still took them to the 18th hole. Afterward, with a vodka-cranberry drink planted firmly in hand, Lincicome went through her round, although she left it to Lang to remember the lengths of each of Lincicome’s six consecutive birdie putts. Lincicome couldn’t remember a time in her career when she’s ever made that many birdies in a row. “I feel like maybe four or five, but never six,” she said. “Like, six
When Doug Ghim's winning putt dropped on the 17th hole of his U.S. Amateur semifinal, he immediately realized he has a second chance at a missed opportunity. Ghim narrowly lost the chance to play in the Masters in 2014 when he blew a lead on the final hole of the U.S. Public Links Amateur, a failure that annoys and motivates the University of Texas senior to this day. After reaching the final of the U.S. Amateur along with Doc Redman on Saturday, he is almost certain to get an invitation to play at Augusta next year.
Andy Hegan isn't sure where his golf adventure is going to take him. But he's all-in for whatever transpires over the next year. "I just want to get better," he said. "I'm trying to get to the next level." With the support of his dad Dave, Hegan took the unusual step of leaving Lake Central last fall to immerse himself in golf. His winter residence is in Carlsbad, Calif., where his dad has a place. Hegan is currently in Northwest Indiana playing for the next six weeks. The long-term goal: play on the PGA Tour. Hegan's days are a mix of golf and school. He attends Indiana University's online high school. Hegan takes classes on his own. Each subject has a midterm and final. When he passes the classes,