News for Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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UNC wins Cougar Classic, 1st title since ’04

North Carolina backed up its high preseason ranking with a breakthrough performance Tuesday at the Cougar Classic. The Tar Heels shot a 2-over 290 in the final round to capture their first team title since March 2004.

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Long-shot Streelman sneaks into top 30

Kevin Streelman, 102nd at the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, masters his fate with a Tour Championship spot and plenty of perks. Jim McCabe explains.

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A timeline of Pavin’s Ryder Cup decision

The U.S. Ryder Cup captain went with his gut – but not until seeking plenty of input – in making his four selections. Alex Miceli reports.

Colorado wins Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic

Colorado won its first tournament in nearly two years Tuesday, beating California by two shots to capture the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.

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Korda five shots back at LPGA qualifying

Jessica Korda’s bid for an LPGA tour card has begun. The 17-year-old junior standout from Bradenton, Fla., shot 1-under 71 Tuesday at LPGA Sectional Qualifying at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was tied for 12th, five shots behind leader Erica Moston (66).

N.C. State tops Notre Dame in Kiawah Island

Seems N.C. State will be just fine without former NCAA champion Matt Hill.

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Greensboro, Elder win Golfweek D-III Invite

The Greensboro Pride had a record-setting week en route to winning Golfweek’s Division III Fall Invitational. D.J. Piehowski reports.

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Collins continues recent hot streak in Idaho

Wil Collins is on quite a hot streak. Collins captured the Idaho Open Sept. 8-10, then won the Monday qualifier for this week’s Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour. Both tournaments were played at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho.

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LSU rebounds to capture Gopher Invite

Following the first round of last week’s Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minn., LSU coach Chuck Winstead was not a happy camper. He had good reason.

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Augusta State meets Obama at White House

Augusta State’s NCAA title defense starts Friday at Olympia Fields, but even a victory wouldn’t be the highlight of the Jaguars’ week.

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Toy Box notes: Titleist ends TMAG streak

It had been at least four years since TaylorMade lost a driver count on the PGA Tour, but Titleist had the edge at the BMW Championship.

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Partnership acquires Victoria National GC

When Terry Friedman commissioned Tom Fazio to build Victoria National Golf Club, Friedman had the unabashed goal of bringing a major championship to the abandoned strip-mine site in southern Indiana. Friedman died in 2004 before that goal was realized, but the new owners have similarly ambitious plans for the highly regarded Newburgh, Ind., club.

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Troon hired to manage Lansdowne

Troon Golf has been picked to manage The Golf Club at Lansdowne, a 45-hole facility located at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va.

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Yale tops Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses

Yale tops Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses list, which spans 22 states and includes 30 courses throughout the U.S.

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Evans Scholars: The loop of their lives

For 80 years, The Evans Scholars Foundation has provided deserving caddies a shot at college. Their stories personify the American Dream. Jeff Rude reports.

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Ryder Cup format needs one big change

If I were captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, I would lobby for a fundamental change in the competition: All 12 players on each team would participate in every segment of play. This absolutely, positively, unquestionably should happen.

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Woods’ ‘Tiger Slam clubs’ sell for $57K

The clubs Tiger Woods purportedly used to win the Tiger Slam sold for $57,000 on Sept. 12. Are they really his? James Achenbach reports.

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Skidmore skips own event, plays D-III Invite

This week was the Skidmore Fall Invitational, which was won by SUNY Farmingdale. The host Thoroughbreds didn’t finish in the top 3 or even the top 5 because, well, they weren’t there.

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This is why Methodist is a D-III powerhouse

Five players suited up for Methodist Tuesday at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational. There are countless others back in Fayetteville, N.C., that didn’t get the chance.

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Player of the Week: Wilson Day

Wilson Day, of Gastonia, N.C., shot 5-under 139 (71-68) at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C., and won the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Kendall Martindale

Kendall Martindale, of Jefferson City, Tenn., shot 9-under 135 (68-67) at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C., to win the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational by six shots.

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Valentine (No. 84, 2011) commits to USF

Trey Valentine, of Melbourne, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to South Florida. Valentine, a senior at Viera High School, also took unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Barry, North Florida and UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Q&A: Brian Lane, Transylvania head coach

Today on Wildman’s corner I caught up with Brian Lane, the head men’s golf coach at Transylvania University who also happens to be the head men’s basketball coach.