News for Friday, June 1, 2012

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Scores: Match Play at NCAA Men's Championship

Check out the scores from Day 1 of match play at the 2012 NCAA Men's Championship.

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Balicki: Texas backs up lofty credentials

Texas had to make a Thursday run to even make match play. Now the Longhorns are two matches away from their first title sine 1972 says Ron Balicki.

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Tracker: Tiger one shot back of Memorial lead

Tiger Woods fires a 3-under 69 to sit one shot off the current lead in a weather-delayed Memorial Tournament. See how it all happened, including Rory McIlroy missing another cut.

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Martin: Cal's Stalter comes through for Bears

Cal's Joel Stalter had plenty of experience with match play, which is why he was put into the final pairing on Friday. That move proved to be golden for the Bears.

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Ringler: Wong's comeback leads Ducks past UCLA

Oregon's Eugene Wong was down two holes with nine to play, and he wouldn't have it any other way - eventually clinching the Ducks' win over UCLA with a birdie at No. 18.

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Lewis tied with Miyazato for LPGA lead

Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato are tied for the lead after the opening round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

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NCAAs: Alabama, Cal, Texas advance; UCLA out

Alabama knocks off Kent State, 3.5-1.5, while Cal holds off San Diego State, 3-2, to set up their NCAA semifinal match. Meanwhile, Oregon stunned UCLA and will face Texas.

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Lavner: Strohmeyer the difference for Alabama

Alabama's victory over Kent State came down to a guy who blends into the background on most weeks. On Friday, Scott Strohmeyer made sure he didn't miss out on putting his stamp on the NCAAs.

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NCAA Tracker: Follow Day 1 of match play

Kent State secured the final spot in match play on Friday morning, but was defeated in the first round by top-seeded Alabama. Follow all the matches with our running blog!

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Memorial Notes: McIlroy misses another cut

Memorial notebook: Rory McIlroy carded a second-round 79 Friday at Memorial that sent him packing early from a third consecutive tournament. Jim McCabe

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Whaley (No. 23, 2013) commits to Georgia Tech

Vincent Whaley, No. 23 in the class of 2013 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, has given a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech.

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Khang qualifies for Women's Open, wins pro event

When Megan Khang plays the U.S. Women’s Open in July, she’d like to be paired with someone who matches her 5-foot-1 stature. Among the candidates is LPGA player Ai Miyazato.

Hester's contract not renewed by Georgia

A year before hosting the NCAA Women’s Championship next spring, the University of Georgia will begin a national search for a new head women’s golf coach. Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity announced Friday that head coach Kelley Hester’s contract has not been renewed.

Pool, Dyche win Charlie Coe in playoff

It took two trips down the 18th hole at Castle Pines Golf Club on June 1, but Jason Pool and Barry Dyche gave up no ground.

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Fisher builds two-shot Wales Open lead

Englishman Ross Fisher took a two-stroke lead at the Wales Open Friday after shooting a 5-under par 66 in the second round at Celtic Manor.

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NCAAs: Staff predictions for match play

Sure, Alabama is the top seed. Texas was No. 1 all season. But it is UCLA that a pair of our college experts think that will be hoisting the NCAA trophy come Sunday.

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Cheyenne Woods to chase Wegmans with Open

In her first summer as a professional golfer, Cheyenne Woods already has secured a spot in two LPGA majors. She qualified for the U.S. Women's Open and will play the Wegmans LPGA Championship on a sponsor exemption.

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McCabe: Levin fights 'just miss' label on Tour

Spencer Levin missed the Masters by about $17,000. Then he flubbed his chance for his first Tour victory in February. But it is making him stronger, says our Jim McCabe.

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John Ward appointed president of Adams Golf

John Ward, a veteran sales executive with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, has been appointed president of the company's newest acquisition, Adams Golf.

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NCAAs: Match-play pairings announced

With Kent State winning an 8 a.m. playoff to get into the final eight, here is a look at the team match-ups, as well as the individual battles we will see at Riviera Country Club today.

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Thomas wins Mickelson Award; All-Americans named

Alabama freshman Justin Thomas has been named the Phil Mickelson Award winner for the 2011-12 season.

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Ferrari metalwoods: For those who can't buy the car

says Cobra Puma Golf's partnership with Ferrari packs more than a marketing punch.

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Nike set to release TW '13 golf shoe on June 8

With the June 8 release of Nike’s new TW ‘13 golf shoe, golfers will be able to purchase and wear the exact shoes worn by Tiger Woods.

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Live scores: Round 4 at Memorial

Follow our live leaderboard during Round 4 of the Memorial at Muirfield Village.

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Ringler: What we learned on Thursday at NCAAs

From the top three ranked schools advancing - including Texas saving face with a nice Thursday - to the need to wrap up all action on Thursday, Lance Ringler tells us what he learned during Round 3 . . .

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NCAA Tracker: Tide takes top match-play seed

Alabama finishes stroke play at 7 over, two shots ahead of second-place UCLA. Illinois' Thomas Pieters takes the individual title. Which teams will secure the coveted match play spots? Follow with our running blog!

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Illinois' Pieters cruises to NCAA individual title

Ron Balicki: For the second time this collegiate season, Illinois' Thomas Pieters won on a prestigious course known for hosting PGA Tour events. This win gave the Belgian an NCAA title.

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