News for Monday, June 6, 2011

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Echavarria fights effects of Karsten at sectionals

Karsten Creek Golf Club did a number on Andres Echavarria. Nevermind that the redshirt senior won the Gator Invitational.

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Saunders earns trip to U.S. Open

Sam Saunders knows that his grandfather - Arnold Palmer - has helped him garner some PGA Tour starts. On Monday, he earned his spot on the U.S. Open by himself.

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Thumbs up: Karsten Creek | Thumbs down: Alabama

Congrats to Augusta State on the NCAA title, but there were more storylines in Stillwater than the Jags second straight title. Asher Wildman's weekly Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down:

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A pair of Hawaiians have big Open dreams in Ohio

On a day that most Tour professionals, like Keegan Bradley, don't look forward to, there are those who are simply living out a dream to try and make the U.S. Open - like Kris Kitt and Kaikala Wilson.

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In Upper Midwest, a golf season in peril

Souris Valley Golf Course, a popular muni in Minot, N.D., has more water holes than ever. The Souris River that bisects the course has spilled its banks and flooded most of the 18 holes. The course, part of the Minot Park District, might not fully open this season, golf professional Steve Kottsick said.

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Winner’s Circle: May 30 - June 5, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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U.S. rounds played drop 5.9 percent year-to-date

Total number of rounds played in the U.S. declined 5.9 percent year-to-date, following a difficult April that produced a nearly 17 percent drop.

Callaway and Timberlake spark fan frenzy on Facebook

With social-media marketing all the rage these days, Callaway Golf officials crafted a fairly simple campaign they hoped would spark activity on their Facebook page.

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Jobe continues stellar play at Ohio qualifier

If you’re looking for someone to buy you an Ohio lottery ticket, Jim McCabe suggests Brandt Jobe. After his exciting finish at the Memorial, Jobe qualified for the U.S. Open behind a 62.

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Park rolling through final junior summer

Four years ago, Rika Park moved to the U.S. from Japan and spoke zero English. Now she's rolling through her final summer of junior golf before heading to the University of Miami.

Oklahoma St. women's golf coach resigns

Oklahoma State women's golf coach Annie Young has announced her resignation.

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Singh fails to show up for U.S. Open qualifier

Vijay Singh has failed to show up for his tee time in a U.S. Open qualifier. It's likely his streak of playing in every major championship for the last 17 years is about to end.

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Zamora, Forsyth garner end-of-year honors

Carrie Forsyth guided the second-ranked Bruins to the program’s third national championship last month, the second under her watch. The feat earned her Coach of the Year honors, as Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora was named Golfweek's Player of the Year.

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2011 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results

A total of 13 sectional qualifiers will take place Monday, with approximately 90 qualifying spots available for next week’s U.S. Open at Congressional. RESULTS

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Tiger confirms he is sticking with his agent

Tiger Woods has chosen to stay with agent Mark Steinberg, ending his 15-year relationship with IMG in the process.

Betsy King qualifies for U.S. Women's Open

Hall of Famer Betsy King has qualified for U.S. Women's Open, finishing second in a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Alta Mesa Golf Club in Arizona.