News for Thursday, May 6, 2010

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West: Rebels’ surge hits speed bump

Sophomore Kristen Schelling and the UNLV  women’s golf team sprinted out to an early lead Thursday in the NCAA West Regional. Then came an unexpected speed bump, writes Lance Ringler.

Ga. College’s Shida wins David Toms Award

Billy Shida of Georgia College & State University has received the inaugural David Toms Award, presented to the men’s collegiate golfer who has overcome adversity to achieve collegiate excellence.

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Notes: Owen struggles mightily at famed 17th

At least one player loved the heat and humidity at The Players Championship on Thursday.

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East: Everything’s just fine for Pepperdine

Pepperdine might be over 2,000 miles from home at the NCAA East Regional, but who could tell Thursday? Three Waves players, including freshman Danielle Kang (pictured), finished under par to help Pepperdine to a comfortable start. Julie Williams reports.

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Commentary: Woods’ bold recovery leads to 70 at Sawgrass

Popped-up tee balls. Miraculous recovery shots. Clutch up-and-downs. As Jim McCabe writes, Tiger Woods displayed a little bit of everything Thursday at The Players, including more game.

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Holmes, Allenby share lead at The Players

J.B. Holmes and Robert Allenby each shot 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at The Players. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson shot 70 and are four back after an ideal day for scoring at TPC Sawgrass.

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Central: Hoffmeister heats up for Purdue

Thea Hoffmeister may have played in the No. 5 spot for Purdue Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional, but at day’s end she found herself at the top of the leaderboard. Her team was close to the top, too, writes Beth Ann Baldry.

Muehl shoots ‘crazy’ 64 for East lead

What word comes to mind when Nina Muehl thinks about her first round at regionals? Crazy.

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Colorado’s Talley: Statistically snubbed

Golf is a predominantly individual sport, however, college golf has probably done the best job of any such sport of placing the emphasis on team.

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Ryan Moore: A style of his own

Ryan Moore follows his own set of rules when it comes to golf. From his clubs to his clothes, Moore’s style has become the topic of some serious golf fashion debates.

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Midseason transfers? Shouldn’t be allowed

I don’t have anything against transfers. Sometimes, for whatever reason, things just don’t work out. But what I can’t understand is how the NCAA allows players to transfer mid-eason from one program to the next. 

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Singh happy to practice, play without pain

Vijay Singh smiled. Yes, the big Fijian cracked a few jokes, laughed, and smiled again.

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Lawrie, Storm among leaders at Italian Open

Paul Lawrie overcame the worst of the rainy weather to shoot a 5-under 67 and take a share of the lead in the first round of the Italian Open.

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Beware of Gamecocks at East Regional

Taking a quick perusal of the early leaderboard at the East Regional, it’s hard not to notice 10th-seeded South Carolina seated firmly in the top 3 after turning in a 5-under 283.

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Commentary: Scott sees progress with Stockton’s tutelage

After badly missing the cut at Quail Hollow, Adam Scott turned to putting guru Dave Stockton. As Jim McCabe writes, the Aussie thinks he’s on to something after a 2-under 70 Thursday at The Players.

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Replay: Regionals chat with Lance and Asher

Golfweek’s college golf gurus Lance Ringler and Asher Wildman chatted with Golfweek.com users Monday about the NCAA Men’s Regionals bids announcement.

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Aztecs ready to step up heading to MWCs

San Diego State tees off Thursday at the Mountain West Conference Championship. As Ron Balicki explains, now is the perfect time for the confident Aztecs to step up.

Former Aggies ruling Nationwide Tour

The top of the Nationwide Tour’s money list has taken on a definite Aggie flare, as in Texas A&M.

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Opfer (No. 23, 2012) commits to Tulane

Madison Opfer, No. 23 in the class of 2012, said she will play her college golf at Tulane.

New Fujikura Blur shaft debuts at Players

Fujikura’s president and COO Dave Schnider worked up such a sweat on the TPC Sawgrass range Monday that he had to go buy a new shirt for dinner.

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Kim out 10-12 weeks after thumb surgery

Anthony Kim underwent successful surgery on his left thumb Wednesday almost immediately after being forced to withdraw from The Players Championship on Tuesday.

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Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses (2009-10)

Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses list for 2009-10 is filled with major venues and young beauties. Decades from now, it will be fascinating to review this list and see how the modern classics aged.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses

2009 Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses

Watch these players at the Women’s Regionals

The postseason officially gets under way Thursday at the NCAA Women’s Regionals, so I thought I would give everyone a few names from each regional to circle on your tee sheets.