News for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Cobra eyes wedge market with Tour Trusty

Building off its Trusty Rusty wedge heritage, Cobra Golf aims to become a bigger player in the category with an extensive line of Tour Trusty clubs.

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The Toy Box Mailbag: Fielding equipment questions

Questions about the latest golf gear and gadgets? Our senior equipment writer David Dusek has answers.

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Notes: Schedule forces players' tough choices

It's easy to get a sense of why the great players tread carefully with their schedules - so many great tournaments, so little time. Plus: Players on courses they love and courses they don't, and more in this week's notes.

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Hybl, Martin, Small have eyes on NCAAs, U.S. Open

For Oklahoma's Ryan Hybl, Illinois’ Mike Small and Oregon’s Casey Martin, advancing past their respective local qualifying stages for the 2013 U.S. Open is merely an afterthought compared to moving toward an NCAA Championship.

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McDowell offers scouting report on Merion

Heralded and beloved as Merion is, it's becoming quite obvious that the majority of players know very little about the course. Graeme McDowell recently looked back at a preview round he played there.

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Wittenberg's coach finds challenges as caddie

As Casey Wittenberg's swing coach, Adam Schriber chose to get some work done up close and personal. He caddied for him at The Players Championship.

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Toy Box: Woods changes driver shaft

Tiger Woods didn’t need his driver much at The Players, but to better tackle a tight TPC Sawgrass course, he switched to a heavier driver shaft for greater accuracy.

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Homa makes fierce 'spiritual leader' for Cal

As his college career at Cal draws to a close, Max Homa continues to play in memory of a close childhood friend. Homa's devotion to that memory makes him a strong "spiritual leader" for the Golden Bears.

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Messana (No. 44, 2014) commits to Clemson

Marisa Messana of Plantation, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Clemson when the Tigers' women's program debuts in 2014.

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Tour mum as WADA softens stance on marijuana

The World Anti-Doping Agency has raised the threshold for a positive marijuana test, significantly reducing the likelihood of detection for athletes who use the drug. What this might mean for the PGA Tour is uncertain.

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Purdue's Robertson to replace Morrow at Kent State

Greg Robertson has been named head women’s golf coach at Kent State. Robertson becomes the second head coach in program history, replacing Mike Morrow, who started the program in 1997.

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LPGA announces return of second stop in Alabama

The LPGA will return to Prattville, Ala., in 2014 after a one-year hiatus, the tour announced Tuesday.

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Walker Cup to be played at Royal Liverpool in 2019

Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake has been named the site of the 2019 Walker Cup.

GCAA announces NJCAA All-American teams

The Golf Coaches Association of America announced NJCAA Division I PING All-America and All-District teams Monday.

Girls first-round pairings

Girls First-Round Pairings

Boys First-Round Pairings

Boys First-Round Pairings

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Bettinardi unveils Kuchar Signature putters

The collaboration between five-time PGA Tour winner Matt Kuchar and putter maker Bob Bettinardi yields two models.

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Prairie Club cuts prices, offers unlimited golf

The Prairie Club, which reopens for the 2013 season on May 16, has cut its early-week stay-and-play rates 20 percent.

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Balicki: Northeast Am's Glass leaves incredible legacy

Denny Glass, who has been tournament chairman for the Northeast Amateur in Rumford, R.I., since 1994, announced his retirement from that post last week. But his impact will be felt for years.