News for Thursday, September 10, 2009

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Commentary: Achenbach: Palmer epitomizes the “Tradition”

What I did on Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday: Played my favorite Arnold Palmer golf course. What else? “Tradition”

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Golfweek’s Conference Challenge preview

The women take center stage Sept. 13-15 at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge. The 54-hole event at Primm (Nev.) Valley Golf Club include 18 teams from 18 different conferences. Lance Ringler has a preview.

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Notes: Ogilvy gets inside look at Cog Hill

Few active players have an architectural acumen like Geoff Ogilvy, so perhaps it was only fitting that the Australian played his pro-am round at the BMW Championship with Rees Jones, who renovated Cog Hill.

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Commentary: No Presidents Cup for co-leader Sabbatini

Rory Sabbatini did not make the Presidents Cup team. As Jeff Rude writes, the South African made his feelings heard Thursday in Chicago.

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Ochoa grilled upon return to Mexico

Lorena Ochoa usually basks in adulation at home in Mexico. Not on Thursday.

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Sabbatini states his case with BMW lead

Two days after being left off the Presidents Cup team, Rory Sabbatini had seven birdies in a round of 5-under 66 to share the lead with Steve Marino at the BMW Championship.

Merion pro shop full of goodies

Pretty snazzy pro shop here at storied Merion Golf Club, site of this weekend’s Walker Cup.

Andrade impressed by Arnie’s 80th

PGA Tour veteran Billy Andrade arrived at Merion on Thursday for his Walker Cup Golf Channel assignment fresh from attending Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday celebration Wednesday night across the state in Latrobe.

Merion makes impressions at Walker Cup

Some people think the U.S. will win. Others think it will be the Great Britain & Ireland team that comes out on top.

Oh, those Walker Cup prizes

Top 8 (or at least 8 of the Top 100) reasons it’s cool to be picked for the U.S. Walker Cup team.

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Commentary: New coaches, new hope at Florida schools

Jan Dowling (right) infused the University of Florida with fresh energy over the summer. But she’s not the only new coach in the state. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

UCF nets itself solid transfer in Arendell

UCF did recently get a pretty good transfer of its own, though.

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Mitchell relishes last week as an amateur

Beginning next week, Adam Mitchell will embark on his new career as a professional golfer.

After busy week, GB&I ready at Merion

ARDMORE, Pa. - It’s been an interesting week for the GB&I team as it prepares for the Walker Cup.

Crimson Tide to debut without Cauley

Bud Cauley’s sophomore year at Alabama hasn’t even begun, and he already knows its going to both start and finish with a bang.

A lot of practice time for Team USA

The U.S. Walker Cup team gathered around Merion Golf Club’s first tee at 9:45 Thursday morning, Brendan Gielow hitting the squad’s opening shot a little left in the rough.

Stiggy and the nickname game

England’s Stiggy Hodgson has the most interesting name on the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, and it needs some explaining.

Seawell splits his time for Walker week

I was a little surprised – well, maybe not really – to see Alabama men’s coach Jay Seawell out and about at Merion Golf Club today.

U.S. teams win Topy Cup

From Golfweek’s Japan bureau, the results are in from the Topy Cup.

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Campus visits: Do’s & don’ts

What you need to know before making a campus visit.

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Hansen leads tight pack at Mercedes-Benz

Soren Hansen of Denmark has shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Wood of England after the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Wright among leaders at Korea Open

Australia’s Michael Wright and four South Koreans each shot a 67 for a share of the lead after Thursday’s opening round of the Korea Open.

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Hero of ’07 Walker Cup follows his heart

Jonathan Moore was the hero of the 2007 Walker Cup. Now he’s toiling on the Hooters Tour. But that’s not slowing him down. Sean Martin reports.

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Social networking keeps coaches current

Social-networking Web sites are catching on among college coaches as a way to keep up with potential recruits and promote a golf program. Dan Mirocha reports.

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Trend Watch: 59 Belts

59 Belts was an idea brewed up in 2006...

Mid-majors go deep to find talent

The big-name schools almost always get the big-name recruits. But that doesn’t stop college coaches from smaller, lesser-known conferences from recruiting talented junior players and building a solid and formidable program.

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Procter & Gamble back as LPGA sponsor

A Procter & Gamble official announced that the consumer-products company will renew its LPGA tournament sponsorship for 2010, Golfweek has learned.

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Strong summer elevates Gielow

Brendan Gielow was never considered a lock for the U.S. Walker Cup team. But after a strong summer, the Wake Forest senior is at Merion and ready to go.

Recruiting case studies

Though the trend is for many top junior players to bypass official visits and commit to colleges before their senior year of high school, here’s a look at two players who took several official (and unofficial) visits and say the process helped immensely in making their decisions.

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College Preview: Inside recruiting

As elite prospects commit at younger ages – often with no visit – coaches must rethink recruiting game plan. Beth Ann Baldry reports.