Qualified: For the final three automatic spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team, Brittany Altomare, Angel Yin and Annie Park. Altomare secured the final spot via the Solheim Cup points standings, and Yin and Park qualified off the Rolex Rankings. The first seven spots on captain Juli Inkster’s team were secured by Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Jessica Korda, Marina Alex and Megan Khang. The U.S. will play Europe’s top female professionals in the biennial matches on Sept. 13-15 at Gleneagles, Scotland. Inkster is expected to complete the team with two at-large selections to be announced today. Europe’s team was finalized two weeks ago (“In the news,” Aug. 13). The Americans have won the past two meetings, both with Inkster as captain, and lead the series, 10-5.
Injured: Six fans, by a lightning strike during the third round of the Tour Championship on Saturday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. One of the injured was treated by emergency responders at the scene, and five were treated and released that night from a nearby hospital, according to the PGA Tour. Lightning hit the golf course at 4:45 p.m. EDT, 28 minutes after officials sounded the horn to suspend play as storms approached the course on the east side of Atlanta. The fans were injured by debris when lightning hit the top of a 60-foot pine tree near the 16th tee, shattering bark down to the base, as spectators sought shelter from the rain, according to Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson. “There was just a big explosion and then an aftershock so strong you could feel the wind from it,” Atlanta spectator Brad Uhl, who found refuge in a nearby hospitality tent, told Ferguson. “It was just a flash out of the corner of the eye. It was raining, and everyone was huddled near the tree.” Play was suspended for the day, and the third round was completed early Sunday before the final round.
Selected: To the No. 1 ranking in the Golf Coaches Association of America’s preseason men’s college poll, Texas. The Longhorns, who will be led by sophomore Cole Hammer, the recent Mark H. McCormack Medal winner as the world’s top amateur golfer (“In the news,” Aug. 22), return four of their starting five from the 2019 NCAA runner-up team. Arizona State was picked second, followed by Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. Defending NCAA champion Stanford ranked ninth.
Sentenced: To life in prison without possibility of parole, Collin Richards, who pleaded guilty June 14 to first-degree murder in the Sept. 17 slaying of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former Iowa State golfer (“In the news,” Sept. 19, 2018). Barquin, 22, who had been playing a practice round at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, was found slain with multiple stab wounds in a pond on the golf course. She was the reigning Big 12 Conference champion who recently completed her eligibility and was taking classes to finish a degree in civil engineering and preparing for Stage II of LPGA Q-School. Richards, 22, who was homeless at the time of the killing, said in a handwritten note to a judge earlier this month that he was sorry for the crime.