News for Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Commentary: Purdue surge adds some spice to NCAAs

Purdue got everyone’s attention Thursday at the NCAA Championship, zipping past favorite USC to grab a seven-shot lead. But can the Boilermakers hold on? Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Day, Durant tied atop rain-delayed Nelson

Jason Day’s stomach was acting up while he was on the driving range Thursday morning, an angry reaction to antibiotics that are supposed to wipe out a lingering, often-misdiagnosed sinus infection.

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Dallas QB Romo advances at Open qualifier

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a step closer to playing the U.S. Open.

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West: Washington starts strong at home

Playing close to home, Washington continued its recent good play with a strong start at the West Regional. The Huskies, fresh off their come-from-behind Pac-10 Championship victory, shot a 2-under 286 Thursday to take a five-stroke lead in Bremerton, Wash.

Southwest: Four teams tied for lead in SoCal

Twelve teams are within 10 shots of each other after the first round of the NCAA Southwest Regional in Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, Calif.

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Purdue flies by USC at NCAA Championship

Spurred by an 8-under 280 Thursday at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Purdue blew by USC and leads the national championship by seven shots with 18 holes remaining.

Montana team DQ’d for illegal practice round

The Montana High School Association has disqualified the Bigfork High School golfers from the state Class B tournament after ruling a round of golf the team played on the way to the tournament constituted an illegal Sunday practice.

Brown matches record, leads Rex Hospital Open

Rookie Scott Brown fired a course record-tying 9-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead over Stephen Poole at the Nationwide Tour’s Rex Hospital Open.

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Fought gets Black Butte assignment

Course architect John Fought has been selected to do a $3.5 million renovation of the Glaze Meadow Golf Course (pictured above) at Black Butte Ranch, a 1,251-home vacation destination in central Oregon.

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Rater’s notebook: The Old American GC

A student of golf course design can read into The Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas, and see touches that call to mind the likes of Shinnecock Hills, Pinehurst No. 2 and Riviera. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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AB Golf Designs adds punch to head covers

What better way to give your clubs a little love than with a swanky head cover. If you’re in the market to crank up your bag a notch or two – I have just the ticket. And I am not talking about a new driver.

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Local knowledge: Favorite casino scenes

When you visit a golf course operated by a casino, it’s fair to expect something more than 18 holes and an attentive cart girl. It should be an experience that you want to relay to your friends when you return home.

UCLA making most of cross-country trip

When UCLA coach Derek Freeman heard the Bruins were headed across the country to New Haven, Conn., as a No. 1 seed in their NCAA regional, he knew exactly what to do next.

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South Central: Texas A&M in familiar top spot

A year later, Texas A&M still seems to bring its best form to the NCAA postseason. The defending champions are tied for first with TCU after Thursday's first round of the South Central Regional. Ron Balicki reports.

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Wie survives, Pettersen beat at Match Play

Michelle Wie survived a tight opening match against Stacy Prammanasudh on Thursday in the Sybase Match Play Championship, taking the lead with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th and winning 2 up with a conceded birdie on 18.

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Central: Chung’s 67 paces Stanford to lead

Stanford, the top seed in the Central Regional, jumped out to a two-stroke lead after the first round at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

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Southeast: Uihlein, Cowboys grab early lead

Peter Uihlein saved a few strokes thanks to Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler, and Oklahoma State took advantage. The Cowboys lead Clemson by a shot at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Sean Martin reports.

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East: Gribble’s 64 powers Texas to lead

It was easy to see why Cody Gribble felt relaxed Thursday at the NCAA East Regional. The Texas freshman shot 64 and led the Longhorns to a three-shot lead at Yale. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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Role of student-athlete changing dramatically

Times have changed in the competitive world of collegiate athletics. Can you imagine what teams at the 2010 Women’s NCAA Championship would look like if freshmen had to sit out a year?

The NCAA Championship is already over

It dawned on me how similar this year’s NBA conference championship series’ feels to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

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Willett throws 65 at redesigned Wentworth

News and notes from Round 1 at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Tour players making cotton candy?

The PGA Tour is often compared to a big traveling circus, but what in the name of the Alamo were Jason Gore and Pat Perez doing making cotton candy at last week’s Texas Valero Open?

Talking Curtis Cup at NCAAs

There are plenty of great players from around the world here at the NCAA Women’s Championship. I spoke with a few who will be representing Team USA in this summer’s Curtis Cup.