UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- In a season of extraordinary lows and highs, the Minnesota golf program -- targeted for elimination just two months earlier -- won its first national championship.
The Golden Gophers, who received a reprieve when boosters raised enough money to reinstate the program for at least a year, shot a 6-under 278 on Saturday for a 1,134 total and a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Georgia Tech.
Tech's Troy Matteson won the individual title, shooting a 4-under 67 to finish at 8-under 276, one stroke better than Texas Christian's Adam Rubinson. Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan was third, and third-round leader Graeme McDowell of UAB and Minnesota's Justin Smith tied for fourth at 5-under 279.
Kemper Insurance Open
POTOMAC, Md. -- Greg Norman, ahead by two strokes after the second round, struggled on almost every hole in the Kemper Open and lost his lead in the water at the sixth hole.
Bob Estes and Bob Burns shot 69s to lead at 10-under 203, and Jay Williamson (67) and Bob May followed at 9 under.
Rich Beem, the 1999 Kemper winner, was 8 under along with Franklin Langham, Duffy Waldorf and Andrew Magee. The 47-year-old Norman, winless since 1997, shot a 74 to drop three back.
Starting at 10 under, Norman put his first shot of the day in the left rough, and it was downhill from there. He missed a 2-foot par putt at No. 3 for his first bogey. He didn't hit a straight tee shot until No. 4, and his water shot came when he was trying to reach the green in two shots with a 5-iron at the par-5 sixth.
AURORA, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam, seeking for fourth LPGA Tour victory of the year, shot a 5-under 67 to take a five-stroke lead after the second round of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic.
Sorenstam, who opened with a 63, bogeyed three holes on the back nine but closed with a birdie to finish at 14-under 130 on the Stonebridge Country Club course.
NFL Golf Classic
CLIFTON, N.J. -- Jay Sigel moved into position for his second straight victory, shooting a 4-under 68 for a share of the second-round lead in the NFL Golf Classic.
South Africa's John Bland, winless on the Senior PGA Tour since 1996, shot a 69 to match Sigel at 8-under 136.
The 58-year-old Sigel won the Farmers Charity Classic last week in Ada, Mich., to end a three-year winless streak. The two-time U.S. Amateur champion has seven senior victories.
WOBURN, England -- Wales' Phillip Price shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead in the British Masters. Price three-putted from 60 feet for a bogey on No. 18, finishing with a 15-under 201 total on Woburn's Marquess Course.
England's Ian Poulter (67) was second, and countrymen Justin Rose (65) and Gary Evans (66) were three strokes back along with Denmark's Soren Hansen (67).
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