News for Friday, July 24, 2009

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Van Sickle, Mickelson lead Porter Cup

Mike Van Sickle shot 65 Friday to tie Tim Mickelson for the 36-hole lead at the Porter Cup and put himself in position to greatly help his Walker Cup prospects after a dismal summer.

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Spectacular Spieth in U.S. Junior final

When Donald Trump tells you he’s enjoyed watching you play, you must be doing something right.

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Anderson rallies to make U.S. Girls’ final

First Amy Anderson emerged as an unlikely medalist in stroke-play qualifying for the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Then she cruised to the quarterfinals, knocked out junior powerhouse Victoria Tanco, 2 and 1, and fought back from a three-hole deficit to make it to tomorrow’s final match at Trump National.

Georgia names Shirley as assistant

Margaret Shirley will join the Georgia women’s golf program as an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season, head coach Kelley Hester announced Friday.

Broderick named head coach at UMKC

UMKC will have a new head women’s golf coach, Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced Friday.

Two-time winners

Michael Sim and Kevin Johnson, the only two-time winners on this year’s Nationwide Tour, were paired together for the first two rounds of the Cox Classic. Johnson missed his fourth consecutive cut, but Sim shot rounds of 66-65 and is two shots off the lead with two rounds remaining in Omaha, Neb.

Toronto: My kind of town

This is my first trip north of the border to the city of Toronto. My immediate assessment: I could definitely head up the magazine’s Toronto bureau.

Aces wild

Peter Lonard and Joe Durant must’ve been busy buying the Molson and Labatt’s last night. Each had a hole-in-one at Glen Abbey GC during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open.

Buick Open’s 51-year run to end

Golfweek has learned that next week’s Buick Open will be the final rendition of the tournament, bringing to an end the automaker’s 51-year run with the Michigan event, the PGA Tour’s longest partnership.

Spieth savors the pressure

For the second year in a row, Jordan Spieth has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Junior.

What do the rankings say?

The Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings of the four semifinalists in the U.S. Junior are:

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Na chasing after first Tour win

Kevin Na skipped his senior year of high school to turn professional at 17. At 25, the Canadian Open co-leader can still be a little childish.

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Kelly leads rain-soaked Canadian Open

PGA Tour tournament director Steve Carman perfectly summed up the rain-soaked 100th Canadian Open. “The sponge is full of water,” Carman said Friday after the latest round of rain saturated the already-wet Glen Abbey course.

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