News for Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Arizona State wins 1st title of season in Hawaii

In just its fourth outing as a team this season, Arizona State won the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on Tuesday. Carlota Ciganda took individual honors.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Transitions Championship

Martin Laird is getting plenty of love from our fantasy gurus. Can the "sleeper" pull it off at the Transitions?

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Park wins Kathy Whitworth by two shots

Rika Park has assembled quite a list of accomplishments in her final season as a junior golfer. The Kathy Whitworth Invitational might be her biggest yet.

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Green gains spot in Senior PGA Championship

Ken Green will compete in the Senior PGA Championship in May at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

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Ishikawa plays on despite destruction at home

Part of Ryo Ishikawa wishes he could fly home to Japan to see his family and find ways to help a country devastated by an earthquake and tsunami and now facing concerns over a nuclear meltdown.

New Euro Tour policy puts limits on gambling

The European Tour has a new policy in its regulations this year that forbids a player or a caddie to place a bet on any golf tournament in which they are participating.

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UCF prevails at Rio Pinar despite injuries

Brad Schneider and his UCF teammates have had their share of injuries this season. As Ryan Lavner writes, it didn't stop them from dominating their home event.

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Notes: Kaymer to prep for Masters in Scottsdale

Martin Kaymer may be World No. 1, but he doesn’t play like it in the Masters. Kaymer has missed the cut in each of his three starts at Augusta National.

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Funk likely to WD at Innisbrook with chest strain

Fred Funk has made one cut on the PGA Tour in four starts in 2011, and it may be awhile before he gets another chance. Funk is likely to withdraw from the Transitions Championship before the first round because of a strain in his chest.

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Notes: Caddie, wedges key to Watney’s success

With help from caddie Chad Reynolds, Nick Watney has made his wedges his friends. As Jim McCabe writes, it’s paying off in a big way.

Player of the Week: Madison Opfer

Madison Opfer, of Plant City, Fla., shot 2-over 146 (72-74) at Vero Beach (Fla.) Country Club to win the Florida Junior Tour event by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Taylor Hancock

Taylor Hancock, of Clearwater, Fla., shot 3-under 141 (71-70) at Vero Beach (Fla.) Country Club and won the Florida Junior Tour event in a playoff.

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Par 5: Women's Spring Preview

t's time for Lance and Asher to preview the women’s college game for the spring season.

Pacific players fall, Hagy victorious at SF City

The run toward the title at the San Francisco City Amateur Championship among University of Pacific players came to an end this past weekend in the semifinal round.

Thumbs up: Augusta St. | Thumbs down: Tulane

Wildman is still in Augusta, and so far this town has been nothing but thumbs up! In fact, the other night at dinner I ate with the Godfather of Soul’s (that’s James Brown for you young bucks) son in law.

Transgender golfer, Long Drivers face mediation

Lana Lawless, the transgender golfer who filed a discrimination suit last year against the Long Drivers of America, will meet with LDA owner Art Sellinger and a mediator on March 19 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in an attempt to settle their dispute.