News for Monday, May 24, 2010

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Laird fulfills dream, qualifies for British Open

Scotsman Martin Laird isn’t just going home. He’s going to where his first golf dreams were directed.

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Washington’s Taylor wins Hogan Award

Washington senior Nick Taylor won the Ben Hogan Award on Monday night at Colonial Country Club. Golfweek.com streamed the event live. Watch the chat replay now.

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BMW revs up sponsorship of European Tour

BMW announced a four-year extension of its title sponsorship of the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth Club through 2014.

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Winner’s Circle: May 17-23, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Hogan Award Ceremony: Live chat replay

Washington senior Nick Taylor won the Hogan Award on Monday night. Watch the replay of the finalists’ live chat now.

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LPGA still looking for new home for major

Locust Hill Country Club is hosting the LPGA Championship for the first time next month, and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan says he’s still looking for a permanent home for the event.

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LET benefits from R&A financial aid

The Ladies European Tour isn’t new to economic challenges and has endured, thanks to continued support from the R&A.

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Prepping for the Olympics

Growing the game in South America, especially in Brazil, is taking top priority as golf strives to make a good impression in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Prince (No. 51, 2011) commits to Ohio State

Kendall Prince, who gave a verbal commitment to Oregon earlier this year, has now committed to Ohio State.

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Cauley shelves pro plans, will return to Tide

Bud Cauley told Golfweek that he has changed his mind about turning pro and will return to Alabama.

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Tour rookie Adams a breath of fresh air

Watching the HP Byron Nelson Championship over the weekend, I couldn’t help smiling when I noticed Blake Adams in the hunt.

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Monday Scramble: Spieth’s Facebook page

What did 16-year-old Jordan Spieth’s Facebook page look like after his wild weekend at the Byron Nelson? The Monday Scramble has an idea.

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Player of the week: T.J. Howe, Penn State

The Nittany Lions senior fired a career-best 66 in the final round at the East Regional to share medalist honors and send Penn State, No. 60 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, to its second NCAA Championship appearance in three seasons. Howe, No. 240 in Golfweek’s rankings, bogeyed the final hole to drop into a tie for first with East Tennessee State’s Rhys Enoch (7-under 203), but Howe still posted the best individual finish in school history.

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Team of the week: Baylor

The Bears, No. 49 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, beat Georgia in a playoff May 22 to earn the fifth and final spot at the South Central Regional. It is Baylor’s first trip to the NCAA Championship since 2002. The Bears, who entered the regional as the No. 9 seed, shot a 1-over 285 in the third and final round to post 5-over 869, then beat Georgia by two strokes in a playoff.

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Hedwall named NGCA Player of the Year

The NGCA released its 2009-10 awards and named Oklahoma State sophomore Caroline Hedwall the Player of the Year after she won the NCAA Women’s Championship.

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Player of the week: Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State

The Cowboys sophomore – and Golfweek’s top collegian – won the NCAA individual title after rounds of 70-70-68-68 for a 12-under 276, beating Arizona State’s Jennifer Johnson by four shots. Hedwall, who was named the NGCA Player of the Year over the weekend, plans to turn pro after the summer.

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Team of the week: Purdue

The Boilermakers edged USC May 22 to win their first NCAA Championship and deliver the Pac-10 Conference its first national title. Led by junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, who shot a final-round 71 to tie for third individually, Purdue shot a four-round total of 1-over 1,153, nipping favored USC by one at the Country Club of Landfall (Dye Course).

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Q&A: Joe Browning, senior associate A.D., UNCW

Browning, who has spent the past 24 years working in the UNC-Wilmington athletic department, has served as the media coordinator for both NCAA Women’s Golf Championships hosted at the Country Club of Landfall.

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