News for Monday, October 26, 2009

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BYU’s Jackson splits time between course, court

Today, athletics is about specialization. By the time athletes get into high school, often they have narrowed their path to a single sport. For BYU sophomore Jenteal Jackson, there are two paths.

Bruce Parker, former Callaway sales chief, dies at 53

Bruce Parker, the former Callaway Golf executive who helped generate billions of dollars in revenue for the company during his 15-year tenure as its top sales chief, died Oct. 24 at his home. He was 53.

Snedeker, Weekley win Skills Challenge

Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley won the Golf Skills Challenge in a playoff at The Breakers on Monday.

Lovemark playing with water? Old news

In your life, have you seen anything like Jamie Lovemark’s submarine act at the Frys.com Open?

Feng, 14, to play LPGA event

In the field this week at the Hana Bank Kolon Championship in Incheon, South Korea is Simin Feng, a 14-year-old from Orlando, Fla.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 19-25, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Get Golf Ready exceeds goal

Get Golf Ready, the budget-conscious, national industry initiative launched a year ago to recruit adults to the sport, might just be what the golf business needs right now.

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Waldorf Astoria GC opens near Disney

Get ready, central Florida. The new Rees Jones-designed Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, together with two new hotels that offer nearly 1,500 new rooms near Disney, pack a punch.

Georgia’s Kropp nursing shoulder

Yesterday, I gave everyone an update on Georgia senior Hudson Swafford. Today, you get the Will Kropp update.

Fowler making it look easy on Tour

Last I checked, the PGA Tour wasn’t supposed to be this easy.

Lucky Lovemark defies gravity

If I’ve seen a luckier break on the PGA Tour than the one Jamie Lovemark got on the first playoff hole at the Frys.com Open, I can’t recall it.

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Rickie Fowler: Full speed ahead

To know when his game is on, Rickie Fowler doesn’t need swing gurus or video. He just rips it.

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Player of the Week: Minami Levonowich

Minami Levonowich, of Hilton Head, S.C., shot an 8-over 150 (76-74) at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by eight shots.

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Player of the Week: Grayson Murray

Grayson Murray, of Raleigh, N.C., shot a 6-under 146 (68-68) at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by nine shots.

Ups and downs from the Fall Preview

After seeing scores posted on-line from the Women’s Fall Preview, I thought I would weigh in with three thumbs ups (good) and three thumbs downs (bad).

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Player of the Week: Cydney Clanton, Auburn

Auburn junior Cydney Clanton, ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted three consecutive 70s for a 6-under 210 total to win the individual title at the NCAA Fall Preview by five shots over Virginia freshman Brittany Altomare.

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Team of the Week: Duke

Beginning the final roud of the NCAA Fall Preview, Duke was 10 shots behind 36-hole leader UCLA. The Blue Devils closed with an even-par 288 to finish the 54-hole event at 17-over 881, a single shot better than UCLA

Oberholser back in the game at Frys.com

In case you missed it, Arron Oberholser took another big step on his comeback trail, making his first PGA Tour start at the Frys.com Open since he withdrew from the Buick Invitational in February (he played two Nationwide Tour events this summer but missed the cut at both).

Fowler, Lovemark have Isleworth buzzing

There is no doubt that at the Isleworth Intercollegiate this morning, two big names being talked about were former Oklahoma State player Rickie Fowler and former USC player Jamie Lovemark.

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Team of the Week: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech rallied from four shots back to win the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.

Gators take doctor’s order to heart

Before the Florida Gators teed off for Round 1 of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational they received a special visit from volunteer assistant coach Dr. Gio Valiante.

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Player of the Week: Amory Davis, Virginia

Armory Davis tied the Virginia tournament 54-hole scoring record while claiming medalist honors at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.

Sanders to retire from Miss. State in spring

Mississippi State women’s golf coach Christi Sanders will retire after the 2009-10 season.

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Monday Scramble: Rickie Fowler unplugged

The Monday Scramble caught up with Rickie Fowler Sunday night after his playoff loss at the Frys.com Open and a weekend that seemed to officially crown him golf’s Next Big Thing.