News for Monday, May 17, 2010

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Woods adds British Open to summer plans

Tiger Woods has added the British Open to his summer schedule.

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Winner’s Circle: May 10-16, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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A few firsts for these golf legends, designers

Annika Sorenstam, Colin Montgomerie and Greg Norman’s design teams are opening courses in new destinations.

Honors Course visionary Lupton, 83, dies

John T. “Jack’’ Lupton, a Chattanooga philanthropist who was the driving force behind The Honors Course, died May 16 at his home on Lookout Mountain. He was 83.

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May deadline looms for major entrants

May 24 is an important deadline for those hoping to play in the U.S. Open and British Open. The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking one week from today earn berths in both championships.

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Texas Open bigger and better than ever

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the Texas Open, now that it has a committed sponsor, an improved date and a brand-new venue, writes Adam Schupak.

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Player of the Week: Drew Czuchry

Drew Czuchry, of Auburn, Ga., shot 9-under 204 (67-68-69) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Jessica Korda

Jessica Korda, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 6-under 207 (68-70-69) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial by two shots.

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Chinese national team visits TPC Sawgrass

The Chinese national team’s visit to America offers a glimpse into golf’s evolution in the Far East – and new hopes for the Olympics, Gene Yasuda writes.

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Numbers breakdown at NCAA Championship

After flying through turbulence, I arrived in a wet Wilmington, N.C., for the NCAA Women’s Championship, which starts Tuesday. Weather forecasters call for rain and scattered thunderstorms for the next three or four days.

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Travel tips from Weir, Watney

With the peak of golf season approaching around the country there are sure to be some golf road trips planned on more than a few of our summer schedules.

Get your wedges while they’re hot

Listening to the stories of amateurs John C. Little II and Gene Williams scramble to find conforming grooves to play in the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open reminded me that time is running out for equipment makers to manufacture the latest and greatest grooves.

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Singh out of top 50 for first time since ’92

The world golf ranking does not have Vijay Singh among the top 50 for the first time in nearly 18 years.

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Player of the week: Sandra Changkija, Nova Southeastern

The Sharks junior shot even-par 284 to claim individual medalist honors at the Division II Championship, beating Newberry College’s Maria Luz Besio by six strokes. Nova Southeastern also won the team title, rolling to a 40-shot victory.

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Player of the week: Claremont Mudd Scripps’ Tain Lee

The Stags sophomore went wire-to-wire to win medalist honors at the NCAA Division III championship, delivering the school its first individual title winner. Lee shot 70 in the final round and finished at 7-under 280, three shots ahead of La Verne’s Mitchell Fedorka.

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Team of the week: Nova Southeastern

The Sharks defended their title May 15 at the Division II Championship, cruising to a 40-shot win over Rollins College to take home the second national title in program history. Boosted by a tournament-low, 3-under 285 in the second round, Nova Southeastern finished at 44-over 1,180 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa Ariz. It was the Sharks’ ninth victory of the season.

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Team of the week: Methodist

The Monarchs closed with a final-round, 5-over 293 on May 14 to win its 10th NCAA Division III championship. Twelfth after the opening round, Methodist led by five shots entering the final round and completed a remarkable turnaround to shoot 29-over 1,177 at Hershey (Pa.) Links, beating Guilford by a shot.

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‘Weird day’ ends in shared Texas H.S. title

After a miraculous shot, Cory Whitsett won the Texas state high school championship May 14 over the country’s top-ranked junior Jordan Spieth. Or so he thought. Ryan Lavner explains.

Bradley coach Ryan retiring after 24 years

Bradley University women’s coach Bo Ryan is retiring after 24 years at the school.

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Quick, get some conforming clubs

Amateurs John C. Little II and Gene Williams had to scramble to find clubs with conforming grooves after earning spots in the Valero Texas Open.

Murray wins junior event, earns N’wide invite

A few days after his most recent junior triumph, Grayson Murray will tee it up on the same course against guys a little more seasoned.

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PGA of Asia ramps up

The continent of Asia now has its very own organization to look after the interest of its teaching and playing golf professionals. Over the weekend, the long-awaited PGA of Asia was launched at the inaugural PGA Conference of Asia.

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Monday Scramble: Commencement speech

Heard any good commencement speeches lately? The Monday Scramble has one that only golf fans would understand.

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Korda, Czuchry win Scott Robertson event

Jessica Korda, Golfweek’ssixth-ranked junior, shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win the 27th annual Scott Robertson Memorial by two strokes.