News for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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A dinosaur leaves its imprint on Australian PGA

The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort - site of the Australian PGA Championship - has erected a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee, which flips its tail and opens its mouth for a menacing roar when anyone approaches.

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U.S. to announce '14 Ryder Cup captain Thursday

The PGA of America is introducing its next Ryder Cup captain during a segment of the "Today" show on Thursday.

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PGA concerned anchoring ban could hurt game’s growth

PGA of America Ted Bishop and new CEO Pete Bevacqua say that concern for growing golf led the PGA to send a letter to the USGA when the anchoring ban was announced two weeks ago. The PGA was not making some knee-jerk response.

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Top junior boys of 2012: No. 9 Matt Gilchrest

Golfweek lists its top 10 boys junior golfers of 2012. Today we bring you No. 9: Matt Gilchrest

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Year-in-review: Top 10 storylines on Web.com Tour

This was the year of the party crashers on the Web.com Tour. Three players – Luke Guthrie, Ben Kohles and Morgan Hoffmann – earned PGA Tour cards after starting the year with no status. Our Sean Martin takes a look back at 2012 . . .

Little Linksters is looking for the best pee-wee golf swing

Little Linksters, LLC along with Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development and The Littlest Golfer, Inc. launched the 3rd annual youth swing contest on Dec. 10. They are looking for the best pee-wee, ages 3-8 years old, golf swings in the world.

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Player of the week: Sammi Lee

Sammi Lee of Winter Park, Fla., forced a playoff to win the FCWT Junior Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek.

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Player of the week: Ben Dietrich

Ben Dietrich of Bluffton, S.C., won the 5th Annual Hank Haney Invitational at Sea Pines Resort by one shot.

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Allred (No. 57, 2014) commits to East Carolina

Victoria Allred of Pfafftown, N.C., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at East Carolina in 2014.

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Wittenberg named Web.com Tour Player of the Year

Casey Wittenberg has been named the Web.com Tour Player of the Year, based on a vote from his fellow competitors. Wittenberg, 28, won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2012, and was the leading money winner with $433,453.

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My Year in Golf: Sean Martin

Our jack-of-all-trades Sean Martin has made it his mission to find the unknown golfer - and he happened upon the stories of Michael Weaver, Steven Fox, John Peterson and Dylan Frittelli in 2012.