News for Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Matt Lewis named head coach at Drake

Drake University has named Matt Lewis as head coach of the men’s program. Lewis replaces Scott Bohlender, who resigned earlier this month after guiding the Bulldogs for 13 years.

Hinkle Tree a famous landmark at Inverness

The most famous landmark at Inverness, host of the U.S. Senior Open? It’s the Hinkle Tree.

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We Are Golf seeks relief for devastated courses

With Congress contemplating federal tax relief for businesses devastated by natural disasters this year, the golf industry is launching a grassroots campaign to ensure that it receives a share.

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Watson says today's amateurs really aren't

Tom Watson, who has seen several elite amateurs up close, explains why they’ve burst on the scene of late.

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Toy Box Notes: Two in a row for R11

Darren Clarke (Open Championship) and Sean O’Hair (RBC Canadian Open) have won the last two weeks using TaylorMade’s R11 drivers.

After suspension, Nisbet qualifies for U.S. Am

Australian amateur Daniel Nisbet has qualified for the U.S. Amateur, only two months after completing an 18-month suspension for possession of a prohibited substance.

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Abe (No. 35, 2012) commits to Texas

Tezira Abe has given a verbal commitment to the University of Texas. Abe is ranked No. 35 in the 2012 class and ranks as the No. 16 junior golfer in Texas.

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Johnston (No. 32, 2012) commits to UTSA

Allie Johnston has given a verbal commitment to the University of Texas-San Antonio. Johnston is No. 32 in the 2012 class and the second-ranked junior golfer in Colorado.

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No. 49: Missouri men, UNLV women

Believe it or not, the start of another college golf season is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman will break down the top 60 teams for both the men and women. Today, it's No. 49 on the board with the Missouri men and UNLV women.

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Kim patiently awaiting first major title

I.K. Kim puts herself in contention on a regular basis on the game's biggest stages. Beth Ann Baldry says it's only a matter of time before all the pieces come together.

Hedden, 47, wins New England amateur

Golf has become a game dominated by youth. Older, more experienced players who rely on accuracy and a tight short game have had to adjust to keep up with younger players more easily able to maneuver increasingly longer courses. This trend began on the PGA Tour, and since has filtered down through the amateur ranks. Younger players such as Peter Uihlein and Patrick Cantlay have shown the golf world that they are the future of the game. But don’t tell that to Jeff Hedden.

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Pettersen playing with heavy heart at Carnoustie

Suzann Pettersen will have much more than golf on her mind this week at Carnoustie. The Norwegian is in mourning over the tragic deaths of 95 of her compatriots last week. Alistair Tait