News for Monday, March 4, 2013

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Ears ringing, USGA and R&A consider anchoring

Now that the 90-day comment period regarding the proposed anchoring ban is over, the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A – which received an earful from many of golf’s leaders – have a few things to consider. The game’s governing bodies released statements March 1, saying the comment period that ended Feb. 28 has been “very constructive.” Now, golfers worldwide – professional and amateur – are left to see what’s next.

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Nick Sparling (No. 148, 2014) commits to Ohio State

Nick Sparling of Dublin, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Ohio State in 2014.

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Babineau: A band of believers

They wore Seve on one sleeve and their hearts on the other, which is what you get with the Band of Brothers that is the European Ryder Cup team. Always.

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Heart of a champion spans generations

If watching film of Jack Nicklaus’ unforgettable 1986 Masters win never grows old, there is a remarkable way to enhance the experience: Watch Jack Nicklaus watch scenes of that glorious victory.

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Winner's Circle: Feb. 25 - March 3, 2013

Winner's Circle: Feb. 25 - March 3, 2013

Q&A: Ken Kennerly, Honda Classic tournament director

Ken Kennerly, head of the Honda Classic since after the 2006 event, has overseen tremendous growth in the PGA Tour's annual stop in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Our Alex Miceli catches up with the Honda Classic tournament director.

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For its 50th, Pompano muni receives a Norman makeover

In every way possible for Pompano Beach, its new municipal Pines Course is a return to sound basics of the game.

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Reinvention helps La Costa find its way in modern world

Today’s La Costa emphasizes fun over fanaticism, even on its hallowed Dick Wilson-designed layout. Beneficiary of a $10 million renovation, the former North Course is now far more friendly to the eye, if a couple of strokes more difficult.

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Grip Month: Golf Pride's green Victory set the bar

Golf Pride's green Victory grip popularized slip-ons and transformed the category. Though it's no longer available at retail, its legacy has shaped Golf Pride's evolution as a leading grip maker.

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2013 GW Pro-Am at Pebble Beach

Registration now open

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Player of the week: Corey Pereira

Corey Pereira, of Cameron Park, Calif., fired rounds of 69-71 to win the FCWT at La Costa Resort & Spa on March 3.

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Player of the week: Luiza Altmann

Luiza Altmann, of Brazil, won the FCWT at Saddlebrook Resort on March 3.

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Team of the week: North Florida

The Ospreys, No. 16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the John Hayt Invitational.

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Player of the week: Kevin Phelan, North Florida

Kevin Phelan, a senior from Waterford, Ireland, won his first career title at the John Hayt Invitational, finishing four shots ahead of teammate Sean Dale.

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Team of the week: USC

USC, the top-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, needed an extra hole to fend off No. 16 UCLA at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Feb. 26 at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans.

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Player of the week Alice Kim, Gonzaga

Alice Kim, a sophomore from Honolulu, won her first career title on Feb. 26 at the UC Irvine Invitational.

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USGA sets U.S. Open sectional qualifying sites

The U.S. Golf Association announced the sectional qualifying sites for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship. The 11 U.S. sectional qualifying sites will be conducted over 36 holes on June 3. Japan and England will host international qualifying on May 27.

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Thompson's win eclipses Tour card concerns

For Michael Thompson, a mindset of 'go struggle' led to a Honda Classic trophy -- and some security when it comes to worries about his future on the PGA Tour.

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Hallisey (No. 95, 2014) commits to Boston College

Patrick Hallisey of Wethersfield, Conn., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Boston College in 2014.

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Thompson, Cantlay catapult in new OWGR

Michael Thompson's first PGA Tour victory led to a career-best position in the Official World Golf Ranking. He moved from 114th to 45th after winning the Honda Classic.

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European Tour officially supports R&A on ban

It's official – the European Tour is supporting the R&A's proposed ban on anchoring, according to a statement released March 4 by tour chief George O'Grady.

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For Peggy Kirk Bell, golf – like life – has been a joyride

From her thrifty ways to the Curtis Cup match that helped her garner confidence in herself, Peggy Kirk Bell, 90, is a true pioneer in not only golf, but also in life.