News for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Mitsubishi Rayon, Aldila sign merger agreement

Mitsubishi Rayon America and Aldila announced Dec. 4 that the companies have signed a merger agreement.

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Humphrey (No. 20, 2014) commits to Vanderbilt

Theo Humphrey has given a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt for the fall of 2014. Humphrey also made unofficial visits to Auburn, Wake Forest, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern.

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AJGA permits use of rangefinders for 2013 events

The AJGA has adopted a note to Rule 14-3 in the USGA Rules of Golf that allows juniors to use distance-measuring devices in AJGA competition.

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Davis Love III to receive 2013 USGA Bob Jones Award

The U.S. Golf Association announced the selection of Davis Love III as the recipient of the 2013 Bob Jones Award.

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Fired Huntingdon coach: Right idea, wrong delivery

Matt Mahanic concedes that he was wrong to curse his Huntingdon College men's team "in the heat of the moment." Yet Mahanic, who was dismissed Nov. 9 after his profanity-laced rant toward his team went viral on the Internet, said his heart was in the right place.

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Spitzer named head of USGA's Research and Test Center

John Spitzer, longtime assistant technical director for the U.S. Golf Association, will become the head of the association's research and test center in February.

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Complete coverage: Grow the Game

Golfweek's seven-part "Grow the Game" series casts a spotlight on the individuals, programs and facilities that are striving to make golf thrive again.

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PGA Junior League Golf aims to attract youth

As a club manager for nearly 40 years, Dennis Johnsen has witnessed his share of grow-the-game initiatives. More often than not, he says, their hype outweighs their results.

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First Links: A blueprint for golf 'bunny slopes'

Placing the uninitiated golfer on the first tee of a course stretching 7,000 yards or more makes as much sense as letting a newly licensed driver on a German autobahn.

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Familial approach: Raven GC engages kids, parents

Phoenix’s Raven Golf Club engages parents, kids with creative programs.

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Lewis takes junior golf instruction straight to schools

What started as a way to complement his PGA duties now has PGA pro Troy Lewis managing as many as a dozen part-time instructors at nearly 40 golf schools annually in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Late bloomers look for a shot at college golf

There are only 2,960 golfers who play Division I college golf. For the likes of Jake Kreuz and Camden Nierman, it is taking extra, post-high school efforts to try and grab the attention of the nation's top coaches.

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Golf answers urgent call to grow the game

Golf 2.0. It’s a title that will become part and parcel of the game this year, lexicon that will roll off the tongues of Jack Nicklaus, U.S. Golf Association and PGA of America executives, TV commentators and just about anybody who’s anybody in golf. But what exactly is it?

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GolfTEC inspires more, and better, play

Joe Assell, co-founder of GolfTEC, which delivers 21st-century, technology-based instruction rather than Band-Aid swing fixes, is addressing a frequently overlooked aspect in the industry’s efforts to grow the game: poor player retention.

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Cal's Stalter, Homa on opposite ends of anchoring ban

Everyone loves to argue with friends on social media about an array of controversial issues. California's Joel Stalter and Max Homa are no different. Their exchange on Facebook last week was a perfect example of both sides of the proposed anchoring ban.

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Making the grade: Freshmen of the fall

As great as the 2011-12 campaign was for college freshmen, this season has a chance to be just as special. Our Brentley Romine looks at 12 freshmen that have made the grade this fall.