News for Monday, April 19, 2010

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Allen praises Senior PGA venue

Michael Allen took two decades to win his first big tournament, last year’s Senior PGA Championship.

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Marriott, Troon launch family programs

Marriott Golf plans to launch its third annual International Family Golf Festival program in May, and Troon Golf got into the act this month with its own family golf program.

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Author tells tale of quest to break par

For years a question rattled around in the back of John Richardson’s mind: Could a gainfully employed family man who struggles to break 100 improve fast enough to shoot level par on his home course in the space of a year without upending his domestic or professional lives?

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Mystery shrouds Edgar’s life and legacy

Author and longtime golf writer Steve Eubanks explores the story of J. Douglas Edgar (left), a contemporary of Harry Vardon (right), Bobby Jones and Long Jim Barnes who met a mysterious end.

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OneAsia appoints SBS chief as commissioner

OneAsia has appointed Sang Y. Chun, president and CEO of SBS International, as its chairman and commissioner.

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Players arrive in Africa, event canceled

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has caused plenty of headaches for those trying to travel in and out of Europe. It also left nine U.S. mini-tour players in Africa without an event to play.

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Player of the Week: Michael Zierdt

Michael Zierdt, of Huntsville, Ala., shot 2-under 142 (74-68) at Hampton Cove in Owens Crossroads, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Hampton Cove Junior Classic by four shots.

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Player of the Week: Carrie Metz

Carrie Metz, of Carnesville, Ga., shot 1-under 143 (75-68) at Hampton Cove in Owens Crossroads, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Hampton Cove Junior Classic by two shots.

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Q&A: Champions Tour president Mike Stevens

With Fred Couples grabbing headlines for the Champions Tour, I thought it would be a good time to chat tour business with Champions president Mike Stevens. Fresh from a conversation this weekend, here’s my Q&A with the man-in-charge:

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Ryder Cup venue unveils $750K in changes

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie has had nearly $750,000 spent on preparing the Celtic Manor course in Wales to meet his specifications for the Ryder Cup in September.

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Winner’s Circle: April 12-18, 2010

Check out what clubs Jim Furyk used to win the Verizon Heritage.

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Heritage in peril? Tour stop needs sponsor

After Verizon ended its deal Sunday, the PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links is in need of a sponsor.

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Upsets in conference play already stirring pot

Two men's conference championships wrapped up play this weekend and they certainly turned a few heads.

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Rice to play another Nationwide event in May

Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice will play as a professional at the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am event in South Carolina.

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Operation Kikkor Golf: Part 1

Kikkor.com launched at the beginning of April and has already made a serious splash with creative marketing efforts. From the company’s Masters contest, to fan incentive discounts, and a plethora of hilarious video tips, this team is doing it right on the Web site. Kikkor Golf is proving its ready to approach the market with outside-of-the-box ideas to show off its unique brand.

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U.S. Open to run deep into prime time

The U.S. Open at Pebble Beach will be televised later than ever in prime time.

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Team of the week: Stetson

The Hatters posted a 2-under 286 in the final round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship to rally from 12 strokes back and earn the league title for the second consecutive season and with it an NCAA regionals berth.

Power rankings: Key individuals

The postseason has arrived and teams are starting to secure their regional spots. This week’s power rankings features key individuals who helped their team get a regional bid, won an individual conference title or played well in crunch time.

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Team of the week: Oregon

Casey Martin’s Ducks have been one of the hottest teams in the country this spring, and they will go into the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA postseason that way after a pair of victories last week, first at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford and the 64th Annual Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State. The Ducks have moved into the top 10 at No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after ending the fall at No. 29. The Ducks’ two wins last week have won a school-record four team titles this year – a school best. Oregon will next be in action at the Pac-10 Championships at Karsten Golf Club in Tempe, Ariz.

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Player of the week: Marina Alex, Vanderbilt

The Commodores sophomore won the SEC Championship on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Tennessee’s Erica Popson. The sophomore shot 71-65-72 for a 5-under 208 total at par-71, 6,057-yard NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to win her first college tournament. Her second round 6-under 65 is an SEC Championship low 18-hole score.

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Player of the week: Russell Henley, Georgia

The Bulldogs junior earns the honor for the second consecutive week after making a birdie on the second playoff hole to win the SEC Championship over South Carolina’s George Bryan IV. Henley, who is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted rounds of 70-67-67 for a 6-under 204 at Sea Island’s Seaside Course on St. Simon’s Island, Ga.

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Monday Scramble: Can Phil surpass Tiger?

Phil Mickelson doesn’t have a chance to overtake Tiger Woods’ major victory total, does he? The Monday Scramble throws the Hail Mary . . .