Gambling among college golfers? You bet

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1SooBin KimWashington  68.13 
2Alison LeeUCLA  69.06 
3Leona MaguireDuke  69.52 
4Nanna MadsenS Carolina  69.75 
5Dana FinkelsteinUNLV  69.83 

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1Washington 70.58 
2South Carolina 70.87 
3UCLA 71.23 
4Duke 71.35 
5Stanford 71.38 

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1Cheng Tsung PanWashington  66.95 
2Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  67.53 
3Lee McCoyGeorgia  68.19 
4Charlie DanielsonIllinois  68.33 
5Hunter StewartVanderbilt  68.42 

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1Illinois 68.91 
2Florida State 69.59 
3Oregon 69.67 
4UCLA 69.83 
5LSU 69.90 

College golf coaches will make time during their annual conference next month for a topic normally associated with higher-profile sports.

Gambling.

A study released recently by the NCAA found that male college golfers are far more likely to wager than other athletes.

Twenty percent of Division I men’s golfers were “frequent’’ gamblers, according to the survey, done anonymously in 2008 with more than 19,000 student-athletes in 11 sports. “Frequent gambling’’ is defined as once or more per month. The golfers' rate was up from 14 percent in a similar survey in 2004. Eight percent of men’s golfers were defined as “heavy’’ gamblers, meaning once or more per week in ’08.

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In women’s golf, 1.3 percent of respondents were “frequent’’ gamblers, the most of the 11 women’s sports surveyed. Female athletes, like society at large, are far less likely to gamble than their male counterparts, according to research cited in the study.

The proliferation of fantasy sports leagues, online gambling and the ease of payment – via credit cards or third-party transfers – contributed, according to the findings.

“We take this issue very seriously,” Louisville coach Mark Crabtree, president of the Golf Coaches Association of America, said in a GCAA news release. The findings will be a priority during the Dec. 7-9 meeting, Crabtree said.

The site of that meeting? The Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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