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Catching fish and catching up with a long-ago buddy

Catching fish and catching up with a long-ago buddy

Thomas Wolfe made it clear. You can’t go home again. But as I recall the boredom I felt while reading Wolfe’s books in college, I’m sure he never said anything about not going back to college. That’s kind of what I did the other day, after I got a call from a dear friend from college, a fraternity brother and good hunting and fishing partner, Charlie Paradoski. Charlie was...
Turkey hunting is full of thrills and accomplishments

Turkey hunting is full of thrills and accomplishments

I’ve been trying to find something to use as a comparison experience for turkey hunting. It doesn’t work. You have the thrill and accomplishment of calling a mature bird into close shotgun range. That’s similar to calling bull elk in the mountains in the fall. Bugling elk bulls and fighting bighorn sheep come to mind. And there’s the spine-tingling sound of a gobbler or gobblers...
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: What to watch for Saturday

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: What to watch for Saturday

What to watch for Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Fans for Phil? As the knockout round begins without beloved Longhorn Jordan Spieth, whom will the gallery adopt as its favorite son? Best bet: Phil Mickelson, who has yet to win a WGC-Match Play title. So far this week, Lefty’s done everything right. He won his three preliminary-round matches going away and led after 41 of the...
Key shot on second playoff hole costs Oosthuizen at Dell Match Play

Key shot on second playoff hole costs Oosthuizen at Dell Match Play

Louis Oosthuizen stood in the middle of the fairway Friday, judging the distance to the hole and trying to decide which club to use. Ross Fisher had just hit his second shot very close to the pin, and Oosthuizen needed a similar result. This was a sudden-death playoff, after all, and Oosthuizen, last year’s runner-up at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, was at risk of not playing on the...

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Friday’s hole of the day

NO. 6 (PAR 5, 577 YARDS): For pros who bang the ball a mile and usually keep it in the fairway, Cat Mountain is a tantalizing treat. The pressure in match play comes with knowing you’d better birdie this hole because if you don’t, your opponent probably will. Cat Mountain has played as the easiest hole all week, but it did help tip the scales on day three as seven players who won recorded...
Friday’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

Friday’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play notebook

If you had scanned the 64-golfer bracket for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, William McGirt was not an entrant who stood out as a super sleeper. After three preliminary-round matches, though, the 37-year-old from Lumberton, N.C., has said good night to his four-man group, posting an unexpected sweep. McGirt, the 48th seed in this tournament, brushed aside No. 15 Branden Grace and No. 19...
Bohls: Spaniard Rahm growing into latest PGA Tour wunderkind

Bohls: Spaniard Rahm growing into latest PGA Tour wunderkind

Jon Rahm came from humble origins. Very humble. He arrived in this country five years ago from Barrika, Spain, a small coastal village so modest that his manager says Rahm still contends “there’s more cows there than people.” Suffice it to say that Rahm will put it on the map. His meteoric rise in the golf world to a No. 25 world ranking and a spot in the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell...
WGC-Dell Match Technologies Match Play: Saturday’s pairings, tee times

WGC-Dell Match Technologies Match Play: Saturday’s pairings, tee times

SATURDAY’S KNOCKOUT-ROUND MATCHES Round of 16 matchups, tee times (42) Bill Haas vs. (46) Kevin Na, 7:30 a.m. (14) Phil Mickelson vs. (28) Marc Leishman, 7:41 a.m. (21) Jon Rahm vs. (61) Charles Howell III, 7:52 a.m. (48) William McGirt vs. (62) Soren Kjeldsen, 8:03 a.m. (12) Paul Casey vs. (54) Hideto Tanihara, 8:14 a.m. (13) Bubba Watson vs. (47) Ross Fisher, 8:25 a.m. (8) Alex Noren vs. (20)...

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play standings and results

WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY STANDINGS, RESULTS Key: ^advanced to knockout round; #won sudden-death playoff to advance GROUP 1 Golfer;Wins;Losses;Ties ^Dustin Johnson;3;0;0 Martin Kaymer;2;1;0 Jimmy Walker;1;2;0 Webb Simpson;0;3;0 Friday’s matches (1) Dustin Johnson def. (18) Jimmy Walker, 5 and 3 (41) Martin Kaymer def. (58) Webb Simpson, 3 and 2 GROUP 2 Golfer;Wins;Losses;Ties ^Soren Kjeldsen...
Photos: Day 3 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 24

Photos: Day 3 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 24

Jordan Spieth fails to make Dell Match round of 16

Jordan Spieth fails to make Dell Match round of 16

Jordan Spieth failed to make the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. The former Texas Longhorn star halved his match with Ryan Moore. Japan’s Hideto Tanihara, playing a hole behind Spieth, won the group thanks to his victory over Yuta Ikeda. Tanihara beat the fifth-seeded Spieth Wednesday to open play at Austin Country Club. Tanihara clinched a spot in Saturday&rsquo...
Dustin Johnson lives up to No. 1 ranking in rolling into round of 16

Dustin Johnson lives up to No. 1 ranking in rolling into round of 16

Dustin Johnson has performed up to the expectations that come with being the top-ranked golfer in the world. On Friday, he effectively dealt with rain and thick humidity and easily earned a spot in Saturday’s round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. The day before, he conquered gale-force winds. And he opened play Wednesday with a relaxing, five-hole-advantage...
Photos: Day 2 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 23

Photos: Day 2 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 23

Jordan Spieth managed to steady his game Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

WGC-Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Friday

What to watch for Friday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: RYDER CUP SHOWDOWNS: Friday’s final round of group play features four matches that’ll pit 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup teammates against each other —Patrick Reed vs. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson vs. Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth vs. Ryan Moore and Phil Mickelson vs. J.B. Holmes. Reed and Koepka were match play standouts for...
Golden: Ryder Cup captain Furyk sailing along at Dell Match Play

Golden: Ryder Cup captain Furyk sailing along at Dell Match Play

Jim Furyk has become an expert at wearing more than one hat. PGA Tour vet, Ryder Cup captain, Pittsburgh Steelers fan, you name it. The Furyk that greeted a group of media outside the Austin Country Club clubhouse after his first Dell Match Play win of the week was pure player. That is, until I asked how difficult it was to be the Ryder Cup captain while still trying to maintain a high level of play...
Thursday’s WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

Thursday’s WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

A storm’s coming. On Friday. And it will likely impact the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. On Thursday, organizers move up Friday’s tee times by two hours across the board because of bad weather that’s expected in the morning. The first match — Danny Willett vs. Russell Knox, in Group 11 — was moved up from a 9:30 start to 7:30, and so on. The Austin Country Club gates...

WGC-Dell Match Play: Thursday’s hole of the day

Thursday’s hole of the day: No. 14 (Par 4, 441 yards) Loch McDonald, named for former Austin Mayor John McDonald, is a bear, even with friendly, light winds. Whip up gusts peaking at 40 mph on top of sustained winds of 25 mph out of the south and southeast, and coming away with a par becomes much tougher. The tee boxes were up, reducing the hole’s length from 480 yards and helping six...
Koepka surges to 2-0 mark with another one-sided victory

Koepka surges to 2-0 mark with another one-sided victory

Brooks Koepka chugged into Austin Country Club this week on a downward arc, looking to re-ignite his golf game. Now, the three-time All-American at Florida State looks as though he’s found something at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. After hammering Kevin Kisner 6 and 5 in his opening match Wednesday, Koepka lowered the boom on Jason Dufner on Thursday, winning by the same score...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats advance to quarterfinals of men’s tourney

Texas State notebook: Bobcats advance to quarterfinals of men’s tourney

Texas State’s men’s basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with a 64-55 win over Idaho on Wednesday night. The Bobcats (22-13) hosts Saint Peter’s (20-13) on Saturday. Three Bobcats scored in double figures, with freshman guard Nijal Pearson leading the way with 16. He was 5 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point range...
Bohls: Bubba Watson is quirky, cool, very good and, yes, good for golf

Bohls: Bubba Watson is quirky, cool, very good and, yes, good for golf

The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament was only two days old, but Bubba Watson’s already won. Not just his first two rounds, which he has in grand style. He positively smoked Scott Piercy on a wind-blown Thursday, crushing him 4 and 3 to put him ever closer to Saturday’s round of 16. In his 33 holes the last two days, he’s posted nine birdies with only one bogey, that coming...

WGC-Dell Match Play: Friday’s pairings, tee times

FRIDAY’S THIRD-ROUND TEE TIMES GROUP 11 (11) Danny Willett vs. (17) Russell Knox, 7:30 a.m. (42) Bill Haas vs. (64) K.T. Kim, 7:41 a.m. GROUP 6 (6) Justin Thomas vs. (27) Matthew Fitzpatrick, 7:52 a.m. (46) Kevin Na vs. (49) Chris Wood, 8:03 a.m. GROUP 14 (14) Phil Mickelson vs. (31) J.B. Holmes, 8:14 a.m. (35) Daniel Berger vs. (63) Si Woo Kim, 8:25 a.m. GROUP 3 (43) Lee Westwood vs. (56) Pat...
Big-name golfers continue to fall at Dell Match Play

Big-name golfers continue to fall at Dell Match Play

Soren Kjeldsen was victorious Thursday, meaning he’s knocked out Rory McIlroy from contention for a spot in the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. McIlroy is a crowd favorite who ranks No. 2 in the world. But he lost to Kjeldsen in the opening round Wednesday. The tournament continues Friday at Austin Country Club, but Kjeldsen’s lead will be too big to overcome...
Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

A Virginia high school baseball team in desperate need of equipment finally got the help they needed. John Marshall High School coach Brent Butler told local TV station WTVR that his team needed essential equipment, like gloves, cleats and bats.  He said he’s seen his team make big strides in recent weeks, but now they need equipment. The committed coach got so desperate he said that he...
Golden: For Jason Day, defending champion, it’s rightfully family first

Golden: For Jason Day, defending champion, it’s rightfully family first

Jason Day needs to be with his mother. Golf can and should come later. Thursday served as a graphic reminder that behind the million-dollar purses, the fancy cars and perfectly manicured golf courses they play, these larger-than-life superstars are real people with real issues just like the rest of us. Day has a sick mom and anyone can understand the need to be at her side. In an instant after the...
Bohls: Tanihara upsets Spieth, leading the early Japanese charge

Bohls: Tanihara upsets Spieth, leading the early Japanese charge

Entering this WGC-Dell Match Play golf tournament, Jordan Spieth admitted he didn’t know a thing about first-round opponent Hideto Tanihara. Or anything about Yuta Ikeda, his next opponent on Thursday. Except that both Japanese golfers have game, which the hometown favorite learned all too well in the first round Wednesday. That lesson came painfully to the two-time major champion; Spieth never...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Chris Bowser, 8-iron, 88-yard 3rd hole at Teravista; witnesses: Les Richards, Lyn Richards, Don Dowser Cody Chambliss, 8-iron, 122-yard 8th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Roland Nunez, Eric Watts, Jordan Rogers Tony Iacono, 7-iron, 145-yard 13th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Fred Garcia, Shea Caldwell, Lucas Gaona Rick Johnson, driver, 198-yard 8th hole at Lago Vista; witnesses: Chris Vincent, Don...
WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

WGC-Dell Match Play notebook

There was precise golf but little drama Wednesday in the so-called Group of Death at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event at Austin Country Club. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson dusted off Webb Simpson 5 and 3, and Martin Kaymer handled Baylor alum Jimmy Walker 3 and 2. They make up the only group where all four competitors are major champions. “I got off to a good start, but we both played...
Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Thursday

Dell Match Play: What to watch for on Thursday

What to watch for Thursday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: IN EARLY HOLES: Two of the biggest names this week — Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy — find themselves in early peril after losing their first-round matches on Wednesday. Last year, only three of the 16 group winners had a loss but still won their groups to advance to the round of 16 — Dustin Johnson (2-1-0), Brooks...

Dell Match Play: Thursday’s pairings, tee times

THURSDAY’S SECOND-ROUND TEE TIMES GROUP 13 (13) Bubba Watson vs. (39) Scott Piercy, 9:30 a.m. (30) Thomas Pieters vs. (55) Jhonattan Vegas, 9:41 a.m. GROUP 4 (4) Hideki Matsuyama vs. (47) Ross Fisher, 9:52 a.m. (23) Louis Oosthuizen vs. (51) Jim Furyk, 10:03 a.m. GROUP 9 (9) Patrick Reed vs. (34) Kevin Kisner, 10:14 a.m. (20) Brooks Koepka vs. (59) Jason Dufner, 10:25 a.m. GROUP 8 (8) Alex Noren...
Former Longhorn Vegas comes up just short in 1-up loss to Watson

Former Longhorn Vegas comes up just short in 1-up loss to Watson

Four years ago. Before this week, that was the last time Jhonattan Vegas played at Austin Country Club. He used to challenge himself on the course all the time, back when he was a student and golfer at the University of Texas. Then he graduated in 2007 and turned pro in 2008. Three years later, he became the first Venezuelan to win a PGA Tour event. Ten years after he received his degree in kinesiology...
Photos: Day 1 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Photos: Day 1 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Schedule scraps Man United, Man City soccer match planned for Austin

Schedule scraps Man United, Man City soccer match planned for Austin

An International Champions Cup soccer match between two English Premier League giants that was proposed for Austin this summer has been scrapped because of scheduling conflicts. Manchester United was to play Manchester City in July at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Team officials were here negotiating during South by Southwest, but the sides could not agree on a revised date, multiple sources told the American-Statesman...
Emotional Day, defending champ, withdraws from Dell match play event

Emotional Day, defending champ, withdraws from Dell match play event

Defending champion Jason Day was struggling early in his round Wednesday as the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play opened at Austin Country Club. Day, ranked third in the world, double-bogeyed No. 6 and then unexpectedly conceded the match to Pat Perez, who was leading by three holes. Day proceeded to stun the international golfing community. As he struggled to control his emotions, Day wiped back tears...
Photos: Dell Match Play practice round on Tuesday, March 21

Photos: Dell Match Play practice round on Tuesday, March 21

After 2-10 season, Texas State is eager to get spring football started

After 2-10 season, Texas State is eager to get spring football started

Coming off a 2-10 season with a lot of new faces on the roster as well as the coaching staff, expectations aren’t high for Texas State football. But on the eve of spring practice, Bobcats coach Everett Withers believes that will change once he has his full team in place this summer. “It’s going to be good to get back on the practice field tomorrow (Wednesday) with, really, a new...
Golden: Even in his 40s, Phil Mickelson remains the Lefty we all know

Golden: Even in his 40s, Phil Mickelson remains the Lefty we all know

Phil Mickelson is still a rock star on the PGA Tour, but he’s a different type of rock star. In today’s world, 23-year-old Jordan Spieth is on par with an Ed Sheeran: He’s just getting started, but greatness is written all over him. Now if you just asked “Who the heck is Ed Sheeran?” then congratulations, you’re old. As for the 46-year-old Mickelson, Lefty is more...
Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas are hottest on tour coming into Austin

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas are hottest on tour coming into Austin

Dustin Johnson has enjoyed a lucrative month. He won the Genesis Open in February, which propelled the 6-foot-4-inch bomber from South Carolina to the top spot in the world rankings. Johnson then was victorious in the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this month. He’s been on a competitive break since then. So maybe Johnson, who won last year’s U.S. Open, should be considered the favorite...
If his back plays along, Day will take a run at a title repeat

If his back plays along, Day will take a run at a title repeat

Jason Day was the best sort of story during the Austin premiere of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. The 29-year-old Aussie, with his young family in tow, arrived in Austin hours after his spectacular victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. But before he could even play a practice round at Austin Country Club last March, Day aggravated a lower-back injury...
WGC-Dell Match Play: Ten golfers to watch this week

WGC-Dell Match Play: Ten golfers to watch this week

Match play golf is notoriously unpredictable, but favorites have been cashing the big checks in recent years at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. Jason Day, who was the No. 2 seed, took the event’s inaugural trophy at Austin Country Club last year. Rory McIlroy and Day won the previous two years when the tournament was in Arizona and California. Matt Kuchar was the 2013 winner...

From 1-64, a look at this week’s Dell Match Play tournament field

2017 MATCH PLAY FIELD Players are listed in order of the WGC-Dell Match Play seedings. PLAYER;COUNTRY;WORLD RANK;2017, SO FAR;2016 WINS;2016 MATCH PLAY 1. Dustin Johnson;USA;1st;2 wins, 2 other top 10s in 6 events;3;Fell to Oosthuizen in quarters (2&1) 2. Rory McIlroy;Northern Ireland;2nd;3 top 10s in his 3 events;2;Fell in the third-place match (3&2) 3. Jason Day;Australia;3rd;1 top 10, 2 other top...
Jordan Spieth draws Ryder Cup star in Dell Match play

Jordan Spieth draws Ryder Cup star in Dell Match play

Jordan Spieth, the former University of Texas star, calls Austin his second home, his favorite city in the world. So naturally, he’d love to win this week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which starts Wednesday at the Austin Country Club. On Monday, Spieth found out the three players he’ll need to beat in order to even think about making the weekend knockout...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Best fix for women’s attendance? Parking Re: “Where are the fans?,” March 17 As a long-time fan and supporter, I can point out a significant factor in the decline of attendance at Lady Longhorn games. Parking. Or the lack thereof. If you can’t park within a mile of the arena, or more, the incentive to attend is seriously diminished. BOB ANDERSON, Austin
Bohls: Is Dell tourney Ryder Cup 2.0? Uh, maybe not, but …

Bohls: Is Dell tourney Ryder Cup 2.0? Uh, maybe not, but …

Wednesday will mark the start of the second annual World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play event, a mouthful of a tournament if ever there was. Or, more simply, the Ryder Cup 2.0, if you will. OK, maybe not. But it’d be a shorter name. Just not exactly the same in terms of the emotional furnace or intense ferocity or hair-raising, patriotic verve and hopefully not in terms of raucous...
Baylor basketball team hopes NCAAs can help school amid scandal

Baylor basketball team hopes NCAAs can help school amid scandal

Baylor’s basketball players are hoping a deep run in the NCAA Tournament can help improve the school’s reputation amid a sexual assault scandal that sparked a federal lawsuit and prompted the university to fire its football coach and demote its president, who later resigned. “We want to do something positive for our school and represent Baylor in the way we know it should be represented...
Bohls: Healthy, fit and in love, Sergio Garcia’s at peace with his game

Bohls: Healthy, fit and in love, Sergio Garcia’s at peace with his game

Sergio Garcia literally can’t stop smiling these days. Say what? The elite international golfer who can’t seem to win a major, who is taken to task for everything from poor putting to sulking to his lack of Sunday nerve, who was tormented by Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington, who once walked off the sacred grounds of Augusta National and emphatically ripped himself far worse than any...

Texas State notebook: Bobcats men move on, but women’s season ends

The Texas State men’s basketball season continues. The Bobcats beat Lamar 70-60 on Thursday to advance to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. It was the first postseason win for the Bobcats since 1980. Texas State has eight new players this season and returned just five from last year. “This is the second time in my career that this has happened,” Bobcats coach...
Seven of world’s top 10 golfers headed to Austin for Dell Match Play

Seven of world’s top 10 golfers headed to Austin for Dell Match Play

Seven of the world’s top 10 golfers accepted their invitations to compete at next week’s Dell Technologies Match Play tournament at Austin Country Club. The headliners will be Jason Day, last year’s champion, and Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-ranked golfer and winner of last year’s U.S. Open. Former Texas standout Jordan Spieth, who has won two majors, also will be...
Spring football: New Baylor coach ready to finally get on field

Spring football: New Baylor coach ready to finally get on field

Matt Rhule has been in perpetual motion since becoming Baylor’s coach more than three months ago. Now, Rhule finally gets to coach football when the Bears open spring practice Saturday. “I’m unbelievably excited,” Rhule said this week in his office as workers prepared the practice field outside the window. “I’m anxious to see what some of these guys can do. &hellip...
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