News for Monday, February 11, 2013

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Notes: Conservative play nets UNC 16-shot lead

Casey Grice led North Carolina to the top of the leaderboard on Monday at the UCF Challenge. The Tar Heels' pursuers have some ground to make up in Round 3.

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U.S. rounds played up 5.7 percent in 2012

The number of rounds played in December declined, but it increased 5.7 percent for all of last year, according to the latest national report.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 4-10, 2013

Winner’s Circle: Feb. 4-10, 2013

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Sterne earns Match Play spot after Joburg victory

Richard Sterne’s first European Tour victory in nearly four years came with another perk: a spot in a World Golf Championship. Sterne won the Joburg Open on Sunday to move from 94th to 55th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Spring primer: NCAA Division I

Take a look at some predictions from our college golf experts on how the Division I golf season may turn out.

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Gaines: Slow play is not all the player's fault

Here’s where the issue of pace of play gets a little dicey - it’s not all the players fault. When you try to get 156 players around a course like they do at the Humana Challenge, you’re going to wait.

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Player Diary: California's Max Homa (Part 6)

Max Homa, a senior star at California, will be blogging for Golfweek.com all season long, giving you insight into what goes on behind the scenes with the Golden Bears.

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Backspin: Workingman's championship has evolved

Public Links, private concerns. Launched nearly a century ago as the workingman's championship, the U.S. Public Links has evolved into a proving ground for future pros.

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Team of the week: Baylor

Baylor, No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college women's team rankings, won the Hurricane Invitational on Feb. 5, shooting 31-over 883 to finish four shots ahead of Texas State.

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Player of the week: Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State

Kelsey Vines, an Oklahoma State senior, won the Hurricane Invitational individual title by four shots at 4-under 209.

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Team of the week: UCLA

UCLA, No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, beat fourth-ranked Washington in a playoff to win the Amer Ari Invitational.

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Player of the week: Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn

Bozzelli, an Auburn senior, earned his third career victory at the Amer Ari Invitational, shooting 11-under 205 (70-68-67) to win by two shots.

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Shaft Month: Graphite gains momentum in irons

Manufacturers of graphite iron shafts, citing exceptional feel and improved performance, are conspicuously bullish as they head into a new season.

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Player diary: Brad Dalke (Part 2)

Brad Dalke joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2013 junior golf season. Check out his blog from the Jones Cup.

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Q&A: Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News' 'Special Report'

Last week, Fox News "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier took a break to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Baier, a former college golfer who still maintains a 7 handicap, made the cut in his first attempt.

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Player of the week: Carly Ray Goldstein

Carly Ray Goldstein of Coral Springs, Fla., shot two consecutive rounds of 1-under 71 to win the girls division at the FCWT at Inverrary GC.

Player of the week: Benjamin Arnett

Benjamin Arnett of Houston, shot a final-round 8-under 64 to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship Invitational in a playoff.

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Kaufmann: New 'Morning Drive' digs, but same ol' schtick

Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" has added the likes of Ahmad Rashad and John Cook, plus a sweet new set. But the show itself continues to be predictable and flat, says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Call out for ‘Local Legends’

There are many amateur golfers who have compelling stories to tell. Do you know of a “Local Legend”?

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Trump reveals routing for second course in Scotland

After the successful opening last summer of the Martin Hawtree-designed Championship Course along four miles of coastline north of Aberdeen in Scotland, American entrepreneur Donald Trump has revealed plans for another layout.

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Players saddened by loss of WAPL

From 2010 champ Emily Tubert to 2012 runner-up Ashlan Ramsey, past Women's Amateur Public Links participants are in a bit of shock over the tournament being dissolved.

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USGA to end Public Links Championships after '14

The USGA’s two championships for public-links players will cease after 2014, replaced by two national championships for a format new to the national scene: the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will begin in 2015.

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Men's spring preview: Southland Conference

Despite the graduation of its three top players, Lamar still has high expectations in the Southland Conference this spring.

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Men's spring preview: Southern Conference

Georgia Southern and Chattanooga will lock heads as they battle for the Southern Conference title this spring.