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Eason, Strom make jumps in WAGR

Greg Eason and Linnea Strom made the most significant jumps of the week in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking, Eason winning the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational and Strom winning the Spanish Ladies Amateur.

Achenbach: USGA decision is sign of times

Smartphones once again are front and center in golf, thanks to an announcement Thursday by the U.S. Golf Association that distance-measuring devices will be allowed in all USGA amateur championships.

Jones Cup draws NCAA, Walker winners for '14

The director of the Jones Cup says the international field is the amateur tournament's best yet, headlined in 2014 by several Walker Cup and NCAA championship winners as well as top mid-ams and juniors.

Grooves rule takes effect for amateurs

As of Wednesday, all clubs used by competitors in USGA amateur championships and qualifying events must employ grooves that conform to the association's 2010 rule change.

2020 Tokyo Olympics eye Kasumigaseki for golf

Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics includes the selection of Kasumigaseki Country Club, northwest of the city, as the intended venue if golf is part of the games.

Notes: After Trans victory, Suh could be next Cal star

Hannah Suh, U.S. Women's Open qualifier and recent winner of the Women's Trans National Amateur, could be the next great Cal player.

Commercial appearance costs Pieri amateur status

Scott Pieri, an accomplished amateur in Fort Wayne, Ind., appeared recently in a commercial for a golf store, and forfeited his amateur status because of it.

Give college coaches a shot at Walker Cup captaincy

It’s time to consider picking a college coach to captain the Walker Cup team.

Cloninger wins Chanticleer Senior Invitational

Rick Cloninger of Fort Mill, S.C., won the Chanticleer Senior Invitational, finishing the 54-hole event with a 1-over 223 on the Chanticleer course at Greenville (S.C.) Country Club.

USGA says it will take on pace-of-play issues

Trying to make the game more welcoming, enjoyable and sustainable, the USGA says it first will try to identify challenges and solutions regarding pace-of-play issues.

Pool defends Golfweek Senior Amateur title

Doug Pool defended his title by winning the Senior division of the Golfweek Senior Amateur by a stroke at PGA West, while Ted Smith won the Super Senior division and Robert Wernick won the Legends.

U.S. Open sees record 9,860 entrants

The number of entries for this year's U.S. Open at Merion significantly eclipses the previous record for the 2009 Open at Bethpage.

British Amateur champ Dunbar turns professional

Alan Dunbar will begin his professional career with consecutive starts on the Challenge Tour: this week’s Challenge de Madrid and the following week’s Montecchia Golf Open in Italy.

Jordan's fashion sense getting him in trouble

Michael Jordan wore cargo pants to play a round of golf at the high-end La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach. That’s a no-no.

Detroit Tigers ace has trouble on the course

Play the ball as it lies. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander had a tough break on the golf course over the weekend when his ball landed on a tree stump.

It's no accident: McCloskey makes match play

Lisa McCloskey celebrated her birthday by walking into a metal pole and then advancing to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur with a 2-under 70 on Tuesday.

Women's Am is Prince's last tourney before move

Playing in her last tournament before she moves to Arizona, former Ohio State and future Arizona golfer Kendall Prince is 4 over after one round of the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Ko has early lead at U.S Women's Amateur

Lydia Ko's fourth trip to the United States hasn't exactly been full of adventure, but the world's top-ranked amateur from New Zealand has the early lead at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Griffin, 16, makes Round of 16 at Public Links

How young is Ben Griffin? He has had his driver's license barely a week and never had played a USGA championship. Still, he's into the Round of 16 at the Public Links.

Despite change in plans, Meadow excited for Open

A summer of relaxation has become something decidedly different for Stephanie Meadow.

U.S. Amateur: Take 5 (Tuesday)

Join Asher in the Southern Hills pro shop stock room to see what treasures it holds.

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