News for Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Jerry Rice shoots 83 in Nationwide debut

After struggling on the greens and finishing 20 strokes out of the lead in his Nationwide Tour debut, Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice had specific plans for his putter.

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Blumenherst goes from Mojo 6 snub to stud

Amanda Blumenherst felt like the puppy dog no one wanted. She sat in an auditorium Tuesday night during the pairings show of the Mojo 6 Jamaica LPGA Invitational – which will be broadcast on CBS May 1 and 2 – and waited for someone to call her name.

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Kerr takes top seed in Mojo 6 quarterfinals

Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi and Amanda Blumenherst each scored 13 points in their three six-holes matches Thursday to top the quarterfinal qualifiers in the inaugural Mojo 6 Jamaica LPGA Invitational.

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Choi grabs two-shot lead at Verizon Heritage

K.J. Choi shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead at the Verizon Heritage.

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Benjamin receives John Deere exemption

Brad Benjamin, the reigning U.S. Public Links champion, received a sponsor exemption Thursday into the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. That news capped a memorable week for the former Memphis standout, who was one of six amateurs to play last week in the Masters. He missed the cut by three strokes after rounds of 73-77.

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Sam White puts unique twist on golf fashion

Fashion and style is all about personal tastes. What might be one person’s favorite outfit could be the next persons nightmare. It’s all about feeling great in what you’re wearing and rockin’ it out as best you can.

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Coca-Cola renews Tour Championship deal

The PGA Tour has extended its partnership with Coca-Cola, ensuring that the Tour Championship will remain at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta through 2016.

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Johnson (No. 116, 2011) commits to Auburn

Michael Johnson, of Birmingham, Ala., has give a verbal commitment to play his college golf at Auburn beginning in the fall of 2011.

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Beck making seamless transition to U.S.

Last year, Laetitia Beck was named the Young Athlete of the Decade in her native Israel. Taking her game to the United States? Beck couldn’t have imagined it any other way. Julie Williams reports.

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Swedes lead way for Euro Palmer Cup team

Andrea Pavan (picture) and Henrik Norlander will spearhead Europe’s attempt to retain the Palmer Cup when the contest is staged June 24-26 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

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Woods to play Quail Hollow in 2 weeks

Tiger Woods already has his sights set on a second PGA Tour event of 2010. He will play the Quail Hollow Championship in two weeks.

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AJGA founder left legacy in junior golf

Mike Bentley (front, center), who created what is now the American Junior Golf Association, the most prominent junior golf association on the planet, died April 8. He was 59.

Jaidee, Kim lead at China Open

Thongchai Jaidee and Kim Do-hoon each shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the China Open.

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Hershey CC gets ’12 Senior Women’s Am

Hershey (Pa.) Country Club will host the 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, the U.S. Golf Associated announced Thursday.

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Stanford, OSU slumping at wrong time

Stanford and Oklahoma State have had inconsistent springs. As Sean Martin reports, both programs aren’t going to panic as the postseason nears.

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Kelly aces No. 4 at Hilton Head – again

Jerry Kelly aced the fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links, the second time since 2007 he’s gotten a hole-in-one there during the Verizon Heritage.

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OSU players raise money for Nepalese kids

College golfers are a blessed bunch. Players at top programs fly private jets to events, play world-class courses and have plenty of free equipment thrown their way.

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Upsets shake up postseason bids

Charleston Southern and Stetson pulled off upset victories in the opening week of conference championship play Wednesday and certainly took away one at-large spot from the women’s postseason field and possibly two.

Events to watch: Conference finales begin

The regular season is winding down, which is never a comfortable feeling for teams on the bubble. Here’s a look at some conference tournaments that have a few teams NEEDING a big, fat ‘W,’ or at least a strong showing to hold on for the postseason.

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