News for Thursday, June 11, 2009

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In-depth: Men’s regionals

Hold on to your visors and grab your trusty lob wedge, the postseason is here.

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Francis leaving UCLA for Arizona State

Philip Francis told Golfweek June 8 that he is transferring from UCLA after two seasons to enroll at Arizona State, but will have to sit out the 2009-10 season due to Pac-10 regulations.

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Svoboda in line for U.S. Open berth

Andrew Svoboda has a rooting interest in the St. Jude Classic.

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Golf preparing for pitch to Olympics

Golf makes its big play for a place on the Olympic program next week believing its lineup will deliver a persuasive case for inclusion.

Early success

In her first event as a professional, Amanda Blumenherst is off to a fantastic start.

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Notes: Gay gunning for U.S. Open berth

Brian Gay still has a chance to earn a berth in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black by winning the St. Jude Classic.

Playing with the big guys

U.S. Junior Amateur champion Cameron Peck proved he can play with the pros, carding a 1-under 69 in the first round of the St. Jude Classic.

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Castrale takes McDonald’s LPGA lead

For the second time in four years, Nicole Castrale topped the leaderboard after the first round of the LPGA Championship.

Phil's first round back

Phil Mickelson made the turn at even-par in the first round of the St. Jude Classic.

Hush Y'all

Shh. . . You didn’t hear it from me but after a two-year absence, they’re back.

Best seats in the house

FedEx employees have one of the best spots to watch the St. Jude Classic.

McConnell joins Spieth atop FootJoy

Talk about David vs. Goliath. Ian McConnel, No. 96 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, shot a bogey-free 67 Thursday at the FootJoy Boys Invitational to join the country’s top-ranked junior, Jordan Spieth, atop the leaderboard.

The mic follows Wie

Still scratching my head at the Golf Channel press release that popped in my Inbox last night.

Where in the world?

Representatives from 15 countries made it into match play at the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship at Royal St David’s in Harlech, Wales.

Mickelson starts strong at St. Jude

In his first PGA Tour event since learning his wife has breast cancer, Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 68 Thursday at the St. Jude Classic and is four off of Brian Gay’s lead. Gay needs a win to play in the U.S. Open.

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Notes: Wie pushing for first LPGA win

Michelle Wie could end up making the final LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock an unforgettable event.

Clear-headed

Paige Mackenzie has a renewed focus in 2009.

USGA announces U.S. Open pairings

Defending champion Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the U.S. Open with Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera, giving fans at Bethpage Black a chance to see the reigning champions of all four majors.

Blumenherst off to a good pro start

The Duke grad and three-time college player of the year carded five birdies in a 4-under 68 Thursday at the Duramed Futures Tour’s Michelob Ultra Futures Players Championship. She was was a shot off the lead midway through the first round at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Illinois.

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Ciganda, Munoz advance at British Am

Two former Arizona State teammates easily made it past the first two rounds of match play Thursday at the Ladies British Amateur Championship in Wales.

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