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Lawrence Journal-World l l Monday, January 27, 2014


Good genes

Tom Keegan

Buddies at LCC predict big year Gary Woodland badly pulled his drive into the hazard left of the No. 17 fairway en route to a double bogey on the hole for the second day in a row. There went Woodland’s realistic chances of winning the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. That’s when the crowd at Lawrence Country Club watching on two TV’s began to disperse. Woodland, a passionate supporter of the Kansas University basketball team, joined LCC last summer and played about 20 rounds of golf between tour stops. He has residences in Orlando, Fla., and Lawrence. Leading by a stroke heading into the final round and sharing the lead with three holes remaining, Woodland fell short, like so many of his lag putts during the day and dropped from a tie for the lead to a tie for 10th. His late fade down the leaderboard did nothing to dull local golfers’ enthusiasm about his prospects for making this his season on the PGA Tour. Jason Seeman, a Kansas City resident and Bushnell big-shot, and Wes Lynch of Lawrence, who works for Jayhawk IMG Marketing, stopped on their way out the pro-shop door to talk about their friend. “It’s kind of nice to see his short game improve dramatically,” Lynch said. Woodland has been working with Northwestern University golf coach Pat Goss on his short game and with Claude Harmon III, Butch Harmon’s son, on his swing. He also receives counseling from a sports psychologist and has a revered veteran caddy, Tony Navarro, on his bag. “I think he’s setting himself up for one heck of a year,” Seeman said. “He’s in the best shape of his life. His short game has come so far. And Claude’s got him with what they call a holdoff fade. He holds onto the club a little bit longer.” Lynch and Seeman will be among a group of Woodland’s friends who will make the trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., to watch him play in the Phoenix Waste Management Open, which tees off Thursday. The event is noted for having the wildest galleries in the history of the sport.

Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

FREE STATE HIGH FRESHMAN MADISON PIPER, LEFT, AND ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH TAYLOR MANNING try to make each other laugh during a portrait shoot on Thursday at FSHS. If those last names sound familiar, they should: Piper’s dad, Chris, and Manning’s father, Danny, led Kansas University to the NCAA title in 1988.

Piper, Manning team up again By Chris Duderstadt

Danny Manning and Chris Piper made quite an impact on the history of basketball in Lawrence after winning a national championship at Kansas University in 1988. What they could not have realized after cutting down the nets in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena in 1988 is that their legacies would continue through their daughters at Free State High a couple of decades later. Free State freshman Madison Piper leads the Sunflower League in scoring and rebounding, while Taylor Manning is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Firebirds. “The greatest thing about both of them is that they’re

both tre“Chris mendous was a hardathletes and n o s e d tremendous player and competitors, known as but I’m also being an exjust really cellent passproud about er as well,” how they act D u n c a n as people,” said. “You Free State can certainhead coach ly see some Bryan Dunof that comcan said. petitiveness Duncan come out in J-W File Photo his remembers daughw a t c h i n g DANNY MANNING, LEFT, AND ter.” Danny and CHRIS PIPER cut down the nets in T h e Chris play Kemper Arena on April 4, 1988, F i r e b i r d s at KU, and after defeating Oklahoma, 83-79, opened the despite only in the NCAA title game. season 0-4 coaching but have reMadison for bounded to half of a season, he sees a lot a 3-2 record in league play. of similarities between the “We are definitely a young freshman and her father. team. We’ve had our trials and

tribulations, but every day I think we are working on getting better, so that is all I can ask for,” Taylor Manning said. “All I can ask for is their effort and their want-to, and I’m seeing that. It’s awesome to see them improve and taking the little steps along the way.” Taylor, a 2009 FSHS graduate, played volleyball and basketball at Free State. Despite playing volleyball collegiately at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at KU, Taylor’s true love is basketball. “(Basketball) is what I have kind of been around for my life,” Taylor said. “I love volleyball. It was a lot of fun, but I understand the game of basketball better than I understand any other sport. It Please see GENES, page 3B

KU youth served in win over TCU “ By Gary Bedore

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self presented an amazing statistic to staff members after examining the box score following Saturday’s 91-69 victory over TCU at Daniel-Meyer ColiPlease see KEEGAN, page 3B seum in Fort Worth, Texas.

“The oldest kid we had score was a sophomore. We had seven freshmen score 75 out of 91 points, and two sophomores scored 16, and nobody else scored because ‘Naa’ (Naadir Tharpe) didn’t take a shot and Tarik (Black) was hurt,” Self said Sunday. “I do not ever remember

one of our teams being that young on the court. It goes to show how young we are,” added Self, who at one point in the first half had five freshmen on the court at the same time. Here’s the breakdown of points for the No. 8-ranked Jayhawks, who improved to 6-0 in the Big 12 and 15-4

overall: Freshman Andrew Wiggins scored a careerhigh 27 points, followed by fellow freshmen Joel Embiid (14), Wayne Selden (12), Landen Lucas (7), Frank Mason (6), Brannen Greene (6) and Conner Frankamp (3). Sophomores Jamari

I do not ever remember one of our teams being that young on the court.” — Kansas coach

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Lawrence Journal-World 01-27-14  

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Lawrence Journal-World 01-27-14  

Daily newspaper