News for Monday, September 10, 2012

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Smith puts rough freshman season behind him

After missing out on the Golfweek Program Challenge as a freshman, James Madison's Trey Smith is leading the whole thing as a sophomore.

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Notes: Former champs advance at Mid-Am

Former Mid-Amateur champions Kevin Marsh, Nathan Smith and Tim Jackson all squeak out Round-of-64 victories at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Burstyn leads Colorado to Falcon Invite title

Colorado’s Jason Burstyn is undefeated in two 2012 tournaments. His second victory helped Colorado to a dominant win at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.

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Valois, Blanchard to face off at U.S. Mid-Am

Brad Valois and Charlie Blanchard say they've played together in Rhode Island more than 100 times. On Tuesday, the stakes will be raised when they face off at the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

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Cal opens season with 14-shot Gopher victory

Depth was supposed to be the strength of Cal’s lineup this year. The Bears showed that is the case with an impressive season-opening performance at the Gopher Invitational.

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Hong Kong Open seeks government bailout

The Hong Kong Open, sponsorless for the second consecutive year, is seeking a government bailout to ensure its staging in November.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 3-9, 2012

Winner’s Circle: Sept. 3-9, 2012

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Thornton (NR, 2013) commits to Baylor

Nick Thornton has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Baylor in the fall of 2013. Thornton also made unofficial visits to Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson, Furman, Davidson, Stanford and Pepperdine.

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Ringler: Thoughts on college golf's summer vacation

As college golfers took three months of summer vacation, coaching changes and talk of adjustments to the national championship continued.

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Maginnes On Tap: Fowler introduced as Schwartzel

From Rickie Fowler being announced as Charl Schwartzel to the budding bromance between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, our John Maginnes offers musings from the BMW Championship.

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Player of the Week: Brandon Stone, Texas

The South African, Golfweek's second-ranked freshman, opened his college career with a two-shot victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

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Team of the week: Texas

The Longhorns started their NCAA title defense with a five-shot victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

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Players of the week: Valdis Jonsdottir, Texas State; Maya Parsons, Jacksonville State

Jonsdottir, a senior, shot rounds of 74-72-73 to finish at 3-over 219 at Silver Lakes Golf Club in Glencoe, Ala., and tie for medalist honors at the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic.

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Team of the week: Texas State

The Bobcats used a final-round 1-over 289, the second-lowest score in program history, to finish at 15-over 879 at the Chris Banister Gamecock Classic – 24 shots ahead of runner-up Middle Tennessee State.

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Shoe Month: R&D transforms shoes into performance gear

Force plates, 3D-motion analysis and simulators. Footwear design has become a high-tech affair, and the result makes much more than a fashion statement. Golfweek.com's Shoe Month begins today and shows how footwear can change your game.

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Shin's par beats Creamer on 9th hole of playoff

Jiyai Shin made a two-putt par on the ninth hole of a playoff and beat Paula Creamer to win the Kingsmill Championship, ending the longest playoff between two players in LPGA Tour history.

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Moore, Piercy punch tickets to Tour Championship

Scott Piercy and Ryan Moore took a late-night flight back home to Las Vegas on Sunday, both marveling at overcoming the odds to advance to the Tour Championship.