News for Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Ancer takes second-round lead at Western Am

Abraham Ancer avoided the bad holes that have hindered him recently, taking the lead after two rounds of qualifying at the Western Amateur.

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Junior PGA notes: U.S. Junior loss motivates Liu

He still feels the sting from last month's U.S. Junior loss, but Jim Liu is using the defeat as motivation. Liu is second after two rounds of the Junior PGA Championship.

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Junior notes: SoCal's Bernabe provides redemption

Junior girls notebook: Elisabeth Bernabe provided a double-dose of redemption – both for her and her Southern California team – at the Girls' Junior America's Cup.

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Rude: Scott in recovery mode entering Firestone

Adam Scott returns to Firestone as defending champion in the WGC-Bridgestone though the Aussie is licking his wounds from the Open Championship, says Jeff Rude.

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Steady Wagner in 2nd after 2 rounds at Junior PGA

Competing in her fourth straight tournament, Samantha Wagner turned in a steady second round to remain in second place behind leader Ariya Jutanugarn on Wednesday at the Junior PGA Championship.

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Keiser thinks big with 2nd course at Cabot Links

Mike Keiser, mastermind behind Bandon Dunes, is approaching Cabot Links with a second course – working title of Cabot Cliffs – already in development.

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Junior notes: Reeves wins 3 straight to cap career

Junior boys notebook: Ben Reeves closed his junior golf career with three straight wins capped by a victory at the Tennessee Junior Amateur.

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Player of the year: Justin Thomas, Alabama

Thomas won four times in his freshman season, at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, Puerto Rico Classic, SEC Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional. He also finished seventh in the NCAA Championship.

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Player of the year: Lindy Duncan, Duke

Duke junior Lindy Duncan won four times in 10 starts last season on her way to becoming Player of the Year, and never finished outside the top 8 individually. Duncan finished T-6 at the NCAA Championship.

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Team of the year: Alabama

The Crimson Tide won five times in 2011-12 at the Puerto Rico Classic, Schenkel Invitational, Linger Longer Invitational, SEC Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional.

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Team of the year: UCLA

UCLA finished the 2011-12 season atop the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after winning seven times in 12 starts and finishing runner-up three more times. The Bruins were eighth at the NCAA Championship, their lowest finish of the year, and claimed the national Freshman of the Year in leading scorer Erynne Lee.

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Plenty of parity in majors after Tiger's dominance

At one point in a 16-major stretch, Tiger Woods picked up 12 top-four performances. On the eve of the year's final major we take a look at that dominance in comparison to today's parity-driven game.