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Harvard all business at Conference Challenge

The Harvard name screams excellence. The rest of the country is finding it out first hand at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Klein on Design: No. 18 at Kingsbarns

Kingsbarns revolutionized Scottish golf when it opened 10 years ago. Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, explains how its finishing hole offers a true test.

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Lodge at Primland has mountain-high expectations

One glance at Donald Steele's Primland, set against the Dan River Gorge in Virginia, will make your mouth drop. Hitting both the links and the new Lodge are Primland are truly captivating.

Fowler to make his pro debut in Boise

After going undefeated at the Walker Cup, Rickie Fowler will make his pro debut this week in the Nationwide Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Kentucky

Looking for a well-priced round of golf amid a host of other attractions? Don't count out Kentucky.

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Was that GB&I or OSU?

Not one to kick a man while he’s down, I have only one criticism of Great Britain & Ireland captain Colin Dalgleish’s decision-making at the Walker Cup.

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Walker wish: More, more, more

I came away from Golf Channel’s weekend coverage of the Walker Cup wanting more.

The Caddie Blog: Off to a good start

Today was the first round of match-play at the USGA Senior Amateur and George was paired against John Benson, a nice fellow from Punxsutawney, Pa.

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Georgia, Zamora win Cougar Classic

Georgia rolled to a seven-shot victory Monday at the Duramed Cougar Classic, closing with a 1-under 287 at Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C.

SMU, Kraft dominate Gopher Invitational

SMU cruised to a victory Monday at the Gopher Invitational, closing with a tournament-best 8-under 280 to top Arkansas (288) by 10 shots.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 7-13, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Knox makes it look easy at Joe Cheves

The 69 Andy Knox shot in the first round of a Nationwide Tour event earlier this year was impressive, but it doesn’t compare to his final-round 63 at last weekend’s Joe Cheves Invitational, considering that round produced a trophy.

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USGA to downsize grants operations

With its financial grants shrinking in a tough economy – down about 60 percent from a year ago – the USGA is reorganizing its philanthropic operations with hopes of operating more efficiently.

Studer feeling at home at Senior Amateur

Tom Studer is enjoying a different kind of home-course advantage at the USGA Senior Amateur.

Lightning strikes twice for Lindenwood

While the country’s top amateurs were creating excitement at Merion Golf Club during last weekend’s Walker Cup, two players from Lindenwood University, an NAIA school in St. Charles, Mo., were lighting things up in Marion, Iowa.

Ask the expert: John Solheim, Ping CEO

In his earlier years at Ping, John Solheim was a designer of lightweight carry bags.

Show your team colors

In honor of Golfweek’s annual College Preview, we’ve dedicated the Toy Box to official collegiate-licensed golf products. They’re designed to perform on the course – and boldly declare where your allegiance lies.

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Tiger has a look to emulate

Well, Tiger Woods has done it again. Not only did he dominate the BMW Championship last weekend, but he also continues to set the bar when it comes to golf fashion.

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Team of the Week: Michigan State

The Spartans won their home tournament for the fifth consecutive year, finishing with an 11-over 875 total and defeating Purdue by three shots Sept. 13 at the Mary Fossum Invitational. Michigan State sophomores Lindsey Solberg and Shannon Warner tied for third.

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Team of the Week: Tennessee

The Volunteers closed with a tournament-best 14-under 274 on Sept. 13 to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate by 12 shots over runner-up Chattanooga. Three Vols finished in the top 10, including co-medalist Darren Renwick.

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Player of the Week: Nicole Sakamoto, James Madison

The sophomore won the individual title at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a final-round 70 and 2-under 214 total. In 10 events last season, Sakamoto posted a stroke average of 78.3, with a tie for eighth her best finish.

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Player of the Week: Nils Floren, Texas Tech

The junior from Sweden birdied four of his first nine holes in a final-round 68 to claim a share of the individual title at the Carpet Capital, his first college victory. Floren began the day in seventh place and five shots off the lead.

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Simson, Tallent medal at Senior Amateur

Paul Simson fashioned a bogey-free 67 into a 36-hole total of 2-under-par 140. That earned him a share of medalist honors with Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va.

Bouchard survives Senior Am playoff

At this morning’s playoff for the final match-play spots at the U.S. Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club, I counted Alan Bouchard out at the 11th hole. And the 12th. But the 63-year-old from Falmouth, Maine, lives to play in Monday’s opening round.

Big moves made following BMW

LEMONT, Ill. – So, after a three-week, 216-hole playoff sweep of New York, Boston, and Chicago, who made the moves, both positive and negative in the FedEx Cup standings?

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Match recaps: Sunday at Merion

A closer look at Sunday singles from the 42nd Walker Cup.

The Caddie Blog: Beverly proving to be a test

Besides the “sound” of Beverly, this golf club also is renowned for the annual Carparelli Pro-Am and the Beverly Medley.

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