News for Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Sluman leads Senior Players with 65

Jeff Sluman shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour’s final major of the season.

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Quinney, Gainey (63) share lead at Wyndham

If Jeff Quinney keeps this up, he might soon have a new PGA Tour card – and a spot in the playoffs.

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Express Lane: It's not just for groceries

If you want to play fast at courses operated by OB Sports, it helps to get in the Express Lane. The Scottsdale, Ariz., course-management firm is expanding its pace-of-play initiatives with the gradual rollout of its Express Lane program to its 42 courses.

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Book Review: A Tiger in the Tree

Herbert X. “Tree” Tremont is a multiethnic golf superstar with 14 major championships, a signature apparel line (named Tree Trunk, naturally), a $61 million yacht, several private planes, a swimsuit model for a wife, two adorable children and an overbearing agent. Sound familiar?

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Heartland Hideaways: Golf and music in Branson

Millions visit Branson for its music, and a growing number stay for the golf. Martin Kaufmann.

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McCabe: Clark’s unexpected role at Prez Cup

Jim McCabe: After a banner 2010 and a strong start to this season, Tim Clark’s role in the Presidents Cup won’t be quite what he expected.

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Lawrie (66) takes 1-shot lead at Czech Open

Peter Lawrie of Ireland shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Czech Open on Thursday.

Jimmie Austin OU GC to host 2013 WAPL

The U.S. Golf Association has announced that Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., will host the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. The championship will be played June 17-22.

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Futcher feeling no pressure at Solheim crunch time

Though Katie Futcher needs a top-10 finish at this week’s Safeway Classic to have a shot at qualifying for the U.S. Solheim Cup team, the Texan feels no pressure.

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No. 26: Arizona State men, UC Davis women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 26 on the board with the Arizona State men and UC Davis women.

Mihelich named women’s coach at Southern Ill.

Alexis Mihelich has been named women’s head coach at Southern Illinois, the school announced. Mihelich replaces Diane Daugherty, who retired in July after 25 years as head coach at SIU.

Cunningham named head coach at Oakland

Russ Cunningham has been named men’s and women’s head coach at Oakland (Mich.) University. Cunningham has five-plus years of Division I coaching experience, having served as an assistant men’s coach at Michigan State (1996-99) and an assistant men’s and women’s coach at Campbell (1993-95).

Kann leaves Golf Channel for position at LPGA

Kraig Kann, who was one of the original on-air talents at the Golf Channel, has been named the chief communications officer at the LPGA, the tour announced Aug. 18.

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Photos: A day with Tiger at EA Sports

Golfweek was granted exclusive access as Tiger Woods visited EA Sports to help in the development of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2013 game. Click here for our extensive photo gallery, with a behind-the-scenes video and commentary coming Monday morning.

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Couples: Woods needs to play before Prez Cup

U.S. captain Fred Couples wants Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team, provided Woods plays tournaments before he shows up at the Australian Open a week before the matches.

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