News for Monday, March 15, 2010

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New Mexico: Land of quality public access golf

Dollar for dollar, New Mexico might be No. 1 when it comes to quality public-access golf. Martin Kaufmann explains.

ETSU hangs on for 3-shot win in Myrtle Beach

East Tennessee State had to scramble during the back nine Monday to secure its victory at the General Hackler Championship.

Could men’s college golf get any more bizarre?

The college golf world right now is certainly in Bizzaro Land!

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The latest from a road warrior

This annual design awards feature now is in its 21st year, each one more arbitrary than its predecessor. It’s drawn from Bradley S. Klein's latest year of travels, which usually amounts to 150 days on the road and visits to 125 or more courses.

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Quinn, Johnson take similar paths to return

Fran Quinn and Kevin Johnson have taken eerily similar paths in their return to the big leagues.

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Winner’s Circle: March 8-15, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

ETSU continues with spring fling

Things weren’t looking so rosy after the fall season for coach Fred Warren and his East Tennessee State team.

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World Cup team event to be held biennially

The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will become a biennial event in 2011, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced.

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Tour rookie Lamely wins Puerto Rico Open

Rookie Derek Lamely has won the weather-delayed Puerto Rico Open during a Monday finish on the rain-softened tropical course.

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Masters to debut 3-D TV, computer broadcast

The Masters will be broadcast in 3-D – although few Americans own the technology to take advantage.

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Player of the Week: Ginger Howard

Ginger Howard, of Bradenton, Fla., shot even-par 142 (72-70) at the Tanglewood Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., to win the Tanglewood Challenge.

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Player of the Week: Taylor Dickson

Taylor Dickson, of Gastonia, N.C., shot 2-over 144 (71-73) at the Tanglewood Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., and won the FCWT’s Tanglewood Challenge in a playoff.

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PGA Tour sponsors: Farmers in; CA likely out

The PGA Tour’s recruiting effort for title sponsors is never-ending. Just as one signs on the dotted line, another appears to be out.

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VOTE: Golfweek’s fashion poll

Golfweek wants women to share their opinions on the hottest trends and looks in golf. Cast your votes – and see your answers in an upcoming special issue.

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Girls-only events thrive in junior landscape

Two girls-only events – the National Junior Girls Invitational and Kathy Whitworth Invitational – start this week. The goal: Give more girls a competitive outlet, while growing the game. Julie Williams reports.

Schwartzel cashes in at Doral

Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Dr. Cary Middlecoff have won 156 more PGA Tour titles than winless Charl Schwartzel, but Schwartzel can outspend the three of them combined at the mall.

Whitworth, Pepper and a can of hairspray

The 72 girls who make it into the field at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational each year get more than just a few days of excellent golf at Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Nothing like Augusta to get spirits up

Back-to-back disappointments at the Honda Classic (T-40) and CA Championship (T-65) had Rory McIlroy’s spirits a bit down when he left Miami Sunday night, but they were lifted dramatically Monday.

Vanderbilt Legends Club gets 2012 NCAAs

Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship, the NCAA announced Monday.

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Player of the week: Megan McChrystal, LSU

The senior made a 20-foot putt for birdie on her final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory over Virginia’s Calle Nielson at the Tiger/Wave Classic. The tournament’s second round was played in gusts of 30 mph or higher.

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Player of the week: Jesper Kennegard, ASU

The Sun Devil sophomore’s scores don’t do justice to how well he played in brutally windy conditions at Southern Highlands, posting rounds of 71-72-76 for a 3-over 219 total and a one-shot victory. The tournament’s overall average score on the par-72, 7,510-yard layout was 78.47.

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Team of the week: Auburn

Tied with host LSU for the lead with eight holes to play at the Tiger/Wave Classic, the second-ranked Tigers posted eight birdies and an eagle by junior Cydney Clanton to pull away for a seven-stroke victory. Candace Schepperle led Auburn’s final-round charge with a 5-under 67 as the Tigers shot even-par 288. Clanton and Schepperle finished third and fourth individually, respectively.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins shot the low round of the day (11-over 299) and rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round to tie UNLV and share the title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

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Woulfe wins Florida Senior Azalea in playoff

Battling winds that were never lower than 15 mph and gusting to 40 mph, Rick Woulfe overcame a start from hell to win the Florida Azalea Senior Amateur in a playoff.

Power rankings: Top 5 conferences

Welcome back to another week in the Wildman’s Corner. It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the power rankings. This week I’ll tell you which conferences currently have all the bragging rights.

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Monday Scramble: March (Tiger) Madness

The Monday Scramble is coming down with a serious case of March Madness. To the WWTR (Where will Tiger return?) brackets we go!

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