News for Monday, March 19, 2012

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Edwin Watts enters Iowa market with acquisition

Continuing to expand its national footprint, Edwin Watts Golf Shops LLC announced March 19 the establishment of its first location in Iowa.

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NGF: Course closures continue market correction

According to the National Golf Foundation, 157 1/2 golf courses closed in 2011, compared with 19 openings, measured in 18-hole equivalents.

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Winner’s Circle: March 12-18, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Duke, Arkansas advance to Match Play finals

Ethan Tracy and Arkansas will meet Duke, the defending champion, in the final match of the Callaway Match Play. Julie Williams

Transitions Q&A: Robert Irvine, celebrity chef

As a star of reality TV, Irvine can be seen on such Food Network staples as “Dinner: Impossible,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “Restaurant: Impossible.” Irvine, an Englishman, was on the grounds at last week’s Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., preparing his healthful cuisine for the patrons.

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Tiger looks healthy, plays well at Tavistock

Tiger Woods looked healthy and strong as he partnered with Justin Rose to fire a 9-under 63 on Day 1 at the Tavistock Cup in Orlando, Fla. Tiger Tracker

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Donald reclaims top OWGR spot, ousting McIlroy

Just as Rory McIlroy ascended to the top spot in the OWGR with a victory at the Honda Classic, Luke Donald reclaimed that position by winning the Transitions Championship.

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Ishikawa takes special membership on PGA Tour

Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa has decided to take special temporary membership on the PGA Tour, which allows him to accept as many sponsor exemptions as he wants for the rest of the 2012 season.

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Player of the week: Paula Reto, Purdue

The Boilermakers junior shot a school- and tournament-record 8-under 64 in the final round and finished with a school-record 9-under 207 total to win the individual title by 10 shots and lead Purdue to a third-place finish March 17 at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in Augusta, Ga.

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Team of the week: Colorado

Led by a 1-2-3 finish from Jessica Wallace, Alex Stewart and Emily Talley, respectively, the Buffaloes finished at 9-under 855 and rolled to a 31-shot victory over Oklahoma on March 18 at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz.

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Player of the Week: Ben Kohles, Virginia

The Cavaliers senior captured medalist honors at the Schenkel Invitational with an 18-under 198 (65-66-67), three ahead of Auburn’s Blayne Barber (66-67-68).

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Team of the week: Alabama

The Crimson Tide placed four players in the top 5 – all at 10 under or better – and posted a school- and tournament-record 47-under 817 total March 18 on its way to a dominating victory at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.

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Adidas Group to acquire Adams Golf for $70 million

In the latest round of industry consolidation, the Adidas Group, TaylorMade's parent, announced Monday it will acquire Adams Golf for $70 million.

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Molinari facing surgery on injured wrist

Edoardo Molinari is planning to have surgery on his injured left wrist later this year. Molinari said after finishing with a share of 11th place in the Andalucian Open on Sunday that he has had the injury for four years.

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Palmer has uncommon connection with fans, press

On the eve of his PGA Tour invitational, Arnold Palmer makes a connection that stands as a model for any era says our Jeff Rude.

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