News for Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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UC Davis, Stelzmiller sweep Big West titles

UC Davis placed four players in the top 5 en route to a 19-stroke victory Tuesday at the Big West Conference Championship.

Illinois State wins third straight MVC title

Illinois State won the Missouri Valley Conference title by 14 shots Tuesday, the third consecutive year the Redbirds have claimed the conference crown.

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Underdog Georgetown on storybook run

Georgetown victory at the Big East Conference did nothing to the magic number. There were no Big East teams ranked better than 70th, which is what the magic number currently is. Louisville was ranked 80th and the favorite to win, and Notre Dame was 84th.

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Pepperdine wins WCC title by 32 shots

Pepperdine placed all five of its players in the top 7 Tuesday as the Waves rolled to their ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title.

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Louisville, Juneau triumph at Big East tourney

Louisville captured its fourth Big East Conference Championship on Tuesday at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Oral Roberts wins 13th straight Summit title

Oral Roberts claimed its 13th consecutive Summit League title Tuesday at Oaks Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., the nation’s longest Division I conference winning streak.

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Double-eagle propels Pepperdine to WCC win

Pepperdine won its league-record 17th West Coast Conference Championship on Tuesday in wire-to-wire fashion.

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Fire still burns for Stankowski

Paul Stankowski turned 40 in December, and is excited to start a new decade of his life. He’s off to a solid start, reports Sean Martin.

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Tulane repeats at C-USA champion

Tulane won its second straight Conference USA title Tuesday. The Green Wave smashed the conference title scoring mark by 28 shots.

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Elk WDs from Zurich to be with daughter

Tournament directors still aren’t paying much heed to the November memo that commissioner Tim Finchem wrote on behalf of former PGA champion Steve Elkington explaining why he qualified for sponsor invitations to get into tournaments this season.

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Chattanooga wins first SoCon title

Chattanooga captured its first Southern Conference Championship Tuesday with an eight-shot victory in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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Commentary: Ochoa exits LPGA for all the right reasons

Lorena Ochoa will announce her retirement Friday. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, golf never was the center of Ochoa’s life. God and family always have been her core.

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Hoyas stun Big East, win conference crown

Vincenzo Salina made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole Tuesday at Innisbrook Resort to lead No. 211 Georgetown to a one-shot victory at the Big East Championship. It was the Hoyas’ first conference title since 1998.

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Toy Box notes: Apollo has landed for Furyk

It’s not only Jim Furyk’s swing that is unusual. His shaft selection sets him apart from most other players in professional golf.

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Furman, Reeves win SoCon Championship

Furman won its first Southern Conference title since 2004 on Tuesday. Led by junior Austin Reeves, the Paladins closed with a 2-over 290 at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C., to finish at 15-under 849.

LPGA gets Bolt of style at Mojo 6

Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s three-time Olympic gold medalist, schmoozed with the LPGA ladies last week at the Mojo 6 tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Golf takes hit with Ochoa’s retirement

For the second time in less than two years, the most decorated player on the LPGA tour is announcing a retirement. First Annika Sorenstam at 37. Now Lorena Ochoa at 28.

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N.C. State’s Hill to turn pro after NCAAs

As Matt Hill prepares for postseason play, one thing is for sure: This is it. Hill, a junior at N.C. State and the reigning NCAA individual champion, told The (Raleigh) News & Observer that he will turn pro after the postseason, foregoing his senior season.

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Surgery for the Beemer

Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA champion, will undergo surgery Thursday to repair damage to the C-6 and -7 vertebrae, according to Gaylord Sports Management, the company that represents him.

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VOTE: Will Ochoa return to LPGA some day?

Lorena Ochoa is expected to announce details of her retirement on Friday at a press conference in Mexico City.

In this issue: April 23, 2010

Inside the April 23, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

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Commentary: Ochoa wins without holding a trophy

Lorena Ochoa is one of those athletes in the unenviable position where there are no moral victories. Unless a trophy is taken home, the tournament is viewed as a missed opportunity.

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Lorena Ochoa: A career snapshot

Lorena Ochoa is expected to announce details on her retirement on Friday at a press conference in Mexico City. Here is a closer look at Ochoa’s career.

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Ochoa’s real legacy? Inspiring Mexico’s kids

Beth Ann Baldry traveled to Guadalajara in early 2008 to profile Lorena Ochoa. This is the story that ran in the Feb. 9, 2008 issue of Golfweek.

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Ochoa to announce retirement Friday

Lorena Ochoa is expected to announce details of her retirement on Friday at a press conference in Mexico City, the LPGA has confirmed.

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Driver shafts: Lighter options lure big hitters

The evolution of graphite shafts is one of the most important developments in modern golf equipment. As technology and materials improve, graphite shafts continue to get lighter and stronger.

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Q&A: Towson men’s coach Brian Yaniger

Towson University entered the CAA Championship ranked 151st in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, but that didn’t mean a thing. The Tigers stole an at-large postseason berth with the school’s first CAA title. I spoke with Towson coach Brian Yaniger about his team’s big victory.