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Affrunti leads by three in Chattanooga

Thanks to a stretch that included five birdies in six holes, Joe Affrunti took a three-shot lead at the Chattanooga Classic on Friday. Affrunti fired a second-round 66 at Black Creek Club to finish Round 2 three shots ahead of Ryan Armour and Ted Potter, Jr.

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Mika Miyazato (63) shares lead at Navistar

Japan’s Mika Miyazato shot a 9-under 63 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic with Na Yeon Choi and Cristie Kerr.

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Simson ‘overwhelmed’ by U.S. Senior support

After his victory Thursday in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, Paul Simson flew home to Raleigh, N.C., with his trophy and headed directly to dinner at North Ridge Country Club.

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Toms takes one-shot lead at McGladrey

David Toms showed how much he enjoys golf in the South Friday by taking a one-shot lead at the McGladrey Classic.

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Cochran leads Sr. Players after record 64

Buoyed by birdies on the first five holes, Russ Cochran shot a course-record 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Senior Players Championship on Friday.

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Woods opens learning centers in D.C.

Tiger Woods has a reason to smile during his difficult year – his foundation is opening two learning centers in the nation’s capital.

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Parry builds four-shot lead at Dunhill Links

John Parry shot a 7-under 65 on the Old Course at St. Andrews Friday to take a four-shot lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Blasey (No. 207, 2011) commits to Davidson

Ralph Blasey, of Kensington, Md., has given a verbal commitment to Davidson College in North Carolina. Blasey also made visits to the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Georgetown, William & Mary and Richmond.

Junior Fantasy picks: Ping Invitational

Only two invitationals remain on the AJGA schedule, so it’s time to make a late-season push in the Junior Fantasy rankings. The penultimate tournament is the AJGA Ping Invitational, Oct. 9-11 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. Our Golfweek staffers make their picks:

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Unsung freshmen making an early impact

Freshmen like Colorado’s Kristin Coleman are shining in their first semester on campus. Julie Williams introduces three more unsung newcomers.

In this issue: Oct. 8, 2010

Inside the Oct. 1, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Cal retains golf program amid budget cuts

College golf dodged a bullet last week.

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Lam takes one-shot lead at Asian Amateur

Lam Zhiqun shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Asian Amateur.

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Billionaire Huizenga buys Frederica resort

Billionaire entrpreneur Wayne Huizenga is the new owner of coastal Georgia’s Frederica Club, a 2,500-acre golf resort built by the Sea Island Co.

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Commentary: Olazabal’s health only issue for Ryder captaincy

Only one thing can stop Jose Maria Olazabal from becoming the next European Ryder Cup captain: the man himself.