News for Monday, May 10, 2010

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Haney resigns as Woods’ swing coach

Hank Haney, who has been Tiger Woods’ swing coach for more than six years, resigned from those duties Monday.

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Arizona women’s coach not returning

After attending to a private family matter in April, Shelly Haywood will not return to coach the women’s golf program for the 2010-11 season, Golfweek has learned.

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Muni courses pose fiscal hazards

When the Presidents Cup arrived at Harding Park last fall, there was much talk about the glories of municipal golf.

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Muni layouts needed for healthy, open space

In an age of cash-strapped governments and over-taxed citizens, it’s good to be suspicious about municipalities. That’s especially the case when it comes to golf.

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Q&A: PGA Tour player Mike Weir

Canada’s favorite golf son, Mike Weir, has company on the PGA Tour this year from North of the Border and more expected on the way.

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NCAA Men’s Regional bids revealed

The NCAA released the postseason field Monday. No. 1 Oklahoma State will head to Georgia, while No. 2 Texas A&M will stay at home.

Junior diary: Ready for an exciting summer

Hello! My name is Emma Talley, and I am a 16-year-old from Princeton, Ky.

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Cobra-Puma marriage becomes official

The marriage of Cobra and Puma became official when Acushnet’s sale of Cobra closed April 16. Now the work to make the deal a success begins.

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Public golf courses: Survival of the fittest

E-mail marketing can keep numbers up at public golf courses, says the National Golf Foundation in a new report entitled “The Future of Public Golf in America.”

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LPGA player Erica Blasberg, 25, dies

The body of LPGA player Erica Blasberg was found Sunday afternoon at her home in Henderson, Nev., according to a police spokesman. The six-year tour player was 25 years old.

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Cauley, Henley, Taylor named Hogan finalists

Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley, Georgia junior Russell Henley and Washington senior Nick Taylor were named finalists for the Ben Hogan award, the GCAA announced Monday.

Media catalyst to undergo trial by fire

Think of it as a match play golf tournament. The two finalists will battle each other for 50 days in nine countries on three continents.

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Cranes’ charity work puts golf in perspective

I have just invented the first annual Good Guy Award – along with the Mrs. Good Guy Award – because Ben and Heather Crane deserve to be recognized.

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Winner’s Circle: May 3-May 9, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Player of the Week: Emily Tubert

Emily Tubert, of Burbank, Calif., shot 4-under 140 (71-69) at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Wyndham Clark

Wyndham Clark, 16, shot 4-under 140 (75-65) at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Gold Canyon, Ariz., and won the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship in a playoff.

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Woods to get MRI; schedule unknown

Tiger Woods says there is “no connection” between the neck pain that forced him to withdraw from The Players and his Nov. 27 car accident.

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Commentary: Criticism of Sawgrass conditions unfortunate

It was mid-March when Jay Monahan took part in a junior foundation charity golf tournament on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

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Player of the week: Martina Gavier, Kent State

The junior earned medalist honors at the Central Regional after rounds of 72-75-72, finishing at 3-over 219, two strokes ahead of USC’s Lizette Salas. Gavier, who last week won the MAC Championship for her first collegiate victory, led Kent State to its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2006.

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Team of the week: South Carolina

Led by sophomore Katie Burnett, South Carolina beat Tennessee by two shots to win the East Regional, its first victory since the 2005 ACC/SEC Challenge. It also was the first win for head coach Kalen Anderson, now in her second full season with the Gamecocks.

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Player of the week: John Chin, UC Irvine

UC Irvine’s John Chin was the only player in the field at the Big West Conference Championship to break par. Chin, ranked No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted rounds of 68-70-71 for a 7-under 209 total, finishing nine shots clear of second place.

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Team of the week: Colorado State

Colorado State won the Mountain West Conference for the second time in the last three years. With an 18-under 834, the Rams shattered the previous low 54-hole score of 844 set last year by San Diego State.

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Rookie diary: Learning experience costly

Last week I traveled to Antalya, Turkey, for my second Ladies European Tour event of the season. The tournament hotel was the beautiful Susesi Resort right on the beach.

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Brophy apologizes for reporting fake scores

Notre Dame senior Annie Brophy apologized Monday for her decision to report fake scores during Saturday’s final round of the NCAA Central Regional. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Monday Scramble: Phil’s fast foods

Phil Mickelson might not have contended last week at The Players, but he made one historic statement when it comes to fast-food burger chains. The Monday Scramble couldn’t believe it.

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Yang drops caddie over ‘chemistry issues’

Y.E. Yang was back on American soil after a three-week trip to Asia produced a win in the Volvo China Open.

Men’s regional selection day primer

It’s men’s regional selection day and the Magic Number falls at 70 . . . or 69.

Women’s regionals answer some questions

Last Monday I posed eight questions surrounding the NCAA Women’s Regionals. Today, I supply the answers for those questions.

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