News for Monday, March 1, 2010

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Having a riot at the Players Cup

One of the coolest events in college golf is the three-hole shootout that takes place at TPC Sawgrass after the second round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. Sean Martin was there.

Swine flu, a new No. 1 and the .500 rule

The final round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship got rained out last fall, which made Georgia two days short of the maximum 24 days of competition and gave head coach Chris Haack the chance to look for a two-day event this spring.

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Player of the Week: James Yoon

James Yoon, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 1-over 145 (68-77) at Plantation Inn and Golf Resort in Crystal River, Fla., to win the FCWT’s Plantation Inn Open by one shot

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Player of the Week: Kristin Swindell

Kristin Swindell, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 3-over 147 (74-73) at Southwind Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., to win the Florida Junior Tour event by two shots.

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LPGA adds tournament in Malaysia

The LPGA has filled a slot on its 2010 tournament calendar – initially reserved for an event in China – with an elite, limited-field competition in Malaysia.

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North Florida, Duke battling at John Hayt

Joe Byun and North Florida will enter the final round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational with the team and individual leads. A forecast calling for rain and wind Tuesday at Sawgrass Country Club could set the stage for a gritty finish.

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Interesting interests in the media guide

Was thumbing through the 2010 PGA Tour Media Guide when I came upon a player biography that listed his special interests as “Clubbing and girls.”

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Saunders still searching for Tour magic

Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, is taking his licks out on the PGA Tour. Through three PGA Tour starts, he has yet to play a tournament’s final round.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 22-28, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Georgia, Henley win Charleston Shootout

Georgia rolled to a 20-shot victory Monday at the Wendy’s Charleston Shootout.

Warm weather excites teams at UCF

It has been a while since we have had good weather in Florida. I know, I shouldn’t complain compared to what others have experienced all over the country.

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Player of the Week: Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State

Caroline Hedwall made it two wins in two starts this spring after winning the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

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Team of the week: Florida

Behind the stellar play of sisters Isabelle and Marika Lendl, the Florida Gators cruised to a 29-shot win at the Central District Invitational.

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Player of the Week: Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State

Kevin Tway won the individual title at the Puerto Rico Classic.

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Team of the week: Texas

Texas won the Puerto Rico Classic with rounds of 277-269-276 for a 42-under 822 total. The Longhorns finished 6 shots clear of top-ranked Oklahoma State.

Slow-play discussion continues at UCF

Ever since I started posting pace-of-play blogs, I seem to be the best friend of rules officials. The e-mails, blog posts and ideas all have been inspiring.

Rita, caddie for Strange, Daly, dies at 54

Greg Rita, the caddie for Curtis Strange when he won successive U.S. Open titles and for John Daly when he won the British Open, has died of brain cancer.

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Harbour Town event searches for sponsor

The PGA Tour’s Heritage tournament at Harbour Town will continue in 2011, according to the event’s tournament director. As for 2012? Those waters are a bit rockier at this point.

Rookie diary: No. 16 and the reshuffle

Some players feel the need to jet out of town after missing a cut, but I stayed for a full day Saturday to take advantage of the nice facilities and the fact that my instructor is in Phoenix.

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Roig full steam ahead on and off course

When Kyle Roig travels to a golf tournament, she sees much more than just fairways and greens. (Try babboon spotting and whale watching.) The 16-year-old has a taste for adventure, and that open mind isn’t hurting her golf game, either.

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A case of the blues at the Phoenix Open

With the girls wearing pink in Singapore, it seems fitting that the boys should wear blue, and coincidentally, that’s exactly what they did.

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Murray (No. 2, 2012) commits to Wake Forest

Grayson Murray has always known he wanted to play golf at Wake Forest.

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San Diego gets greater appreciation

Here’s your fun fact for the day: By my estimates, there are only two college golf teams that have two active players on their team who have teed it up in PGA Tour events.

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Phoenix Open attendance lowest in a decade

Attendance at the just completed Phoenix Open in Scottsdale was the lowest in a decade.

Monahan buys into Tour’s marketing pitch

Given the economic climate, some would see it as the worst time to take on marketing endeavors. Jay Monahan disagrees.

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Monday Scramble: 2016 Olympics preview

We’re only six years from seeing golf again in the Olympics. The Monday Scramble wonders if it will look anything like the last two weeks in Vancouver. (Also on tap: How ’bout dem Oklahoma State Cowboys?)

Power Rankings: This week’s top 8

Asher Wildman takes a look at the top 8 teams in the men’s and women’s college games.