News for Monday, April 26, 2010

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Harvard, Minnesota sent packing by NCAA

The wait is over, and now it’s time to make your travel plans. The NCAA announced Monday the field for women’s regional action.

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Player of the Week: Kristen Park

Kristen Park, of Buena Park, Calif., shot 2-over 218 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, and won the AJGA’s Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Marcel Puyat

Marcel Puyat, of Makati, Phillipines, shot even-par 216 (72-74-70) at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship by one shot.

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‘Greatest party’ comes to Gulf Coast

When the Champions Tour arrives in Biloxi this week for the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, it will shine a spotlight not just on one of the country’s emerging golf destinations, but also a unique tournament sponsorship model.

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Football coaches to play charity event

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier will be looking to retain golf bragging rights when he competes against rival coaches in the Chick-fil-A Challenge at Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee.

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Winner’s Circle: April 19-25, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Swearingen (No. 61, 2011) commits to UNLV

Marguerite Swearingen, of Livermore, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at UNLV.

Now healthy, ASU ready to rock regionals

For those that thought Arizona State might be down and out after the Pac-10 Championship, don’t count on it. Coach Melissa Luellen said Monday that Jennifer Johnson and Giulia Molinaro, who were sick and only completed one round at the conference championship, are back at practice, no longer ill, and are eating normally.

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NCAA women’s regional bids revealed

The NCAA announced its women’s regional selections Monday, with Duke, UCLA and Arizona State receiving No. 1 seeds.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Golf getaways

Here are three suggested golf getaways around the country, all rated among Golfweek’s Best in their respective states.

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Klein on Design: No. 6, TPC Sawgrass

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole.

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Smith & Nephew to sponsor St. Jude Classic

Smith & Nephew, a medical device company, will become the presenting sponsor of the 2010 St. Jude Classic in Memphis, giving the troubled tournament financial relief – at least temporarily.

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New Orleans still rebuilding, five years later

New Orleans golfers are a resilient, eclectic bunch, but hurdles remain for their game five years after Katrina. Sean Martin reports.

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Maguire twins highlight GB&I Curtis Cuppers

Twins Leona and Lisa McGuire, 15, will be the youngest Great Britain & Ireland players to appear in the Curtis Cup.

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Player of the week: Carlota Ciganda, ASU

The sophomore won the Pac-10 Conference Championship by defeating teammate Juliana Murcia in a playoff. Ciganda, who shot 2-under 213 (71-72-71) and won for the first time this year, became the first Pac-10 player to win back-to-back conference titles.

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Player of the week: Chris Ward, Texas Tech

The Red Raiders senior shot 7-under 65 in the second round on his way to the individual title at the Big 12 Championship. Ward finished at 9-under 207, winning by two over OSU’s Peter Uihlein.

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Team of the week: Penn

The Quakers made history April 25 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., winning its first Ivy League Championship with a wire-to-wire, 22-shot victory over runner-up Yale. Penn, which entered at No. 108 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, jumped out to a five-shot lead over No. 57 Harvard in the first round, and continued to build its margin of victory. Penn closed in 19-over 307, the best round of the tournament, for a 65-over 929 total.

Rookie diary: Memories of Lorena

Since I last wrote, I spent a week at home and played a Duramed Futures Tour event in Brownsville, Texas.

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Sandbaggers shoes offer new twist in footwear

Adorable. Comfortable. Functional. If any of these adjectives sound like something you might want your next pair of golf shoes to have, then you should check out Sandbaggers golf shoes.

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Team of the week: Georgetown

Hoyas senior Vincenzo Salina made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole April 20 at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla., to lead the Hoyas to a stunning one-shot victory over Notre Dame at the Big East Championship. Georgetown, No. 211 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, last won the conference title in 1998. A sixth-place finish at the John Dallio Memorial in September had been the Hoyas’ previous-best result this season.

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Monday Scramble: Questions to ponder

Lorena Ochoa retires. An Icelandic volcano explodes. John Daly posts too much information on Twitter. Like Monty (pictured), The Monday Scramble has a lot of questions.

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Reasons why the women’s game is changing

The NCAA Women’s Golf Committee will announce Monday the 72 teams that will be invited to postseason play and to which regional site each team will be sent.

Boycott will not stop OneAsia events

A boycott by South Korean golfers unhappy with new qualification rules instituted by the OneAsia circuit will not stop organizers from holding upcoming tournaments, the Korean Golf Association said on Monday.

Power rankings: Player-of-the-year race

I dedicated the power rankings this week to individuals. This is the time we start to identify key individuals for the player-of-the-year race.