News for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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NCAAs: Third-round team tee times

A look at Thursday's tee times at the NCAA Championships at the Capital City Club.

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Middle of NCAA pack has advantage on Day 3

There will be two areas of the leaderboard to watch at the outset of Thursday's stroke-play finale at the NCAAs: Those around eighth place and those at Nos. 15 and 16. Lance Ringler explains why.

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Notes: UCF's Eason is bogey-free at the NCAAs

UCF's Greg Eason is the only player (of 156) that is bogey-free for the NCAA Championship, and is only one shot out of the lead in the race for medalist at the Crabapple course.

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Home cookin': Tech takes advantage of familiar digs

Georgia Tech entered the NCAA Championship with two advantages: No player had teed it up in the finals, and it was the only team to get significant practice time at Crabapple. It paid off to the tune of holding the lead after the morning wave.

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Korte ends college career with trip to big show

There’s no better way to close out your college career than playing in the NCAA Championship, especially when your team is not with you and it’s your first trip to college golf’s big show. Just ask Austin Peay's Dustin Korte.

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Driver could be key on lengthened Merion course

Masters champion Adam Scott echoes four-time U.S. Open champion Jack Nicklaus in saying golfers shouldn't leave their drivers in the bag too often at Merion.

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Despite slow finish, Cal still in prime position

California looked to be running away from the field yet again before hitting the final three holes at Crabapple, which sent the top-ranked team back to the pack and chasing Georgia Tech.

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PGA Tour, The Memorial: Tee times, second round

Tiger Woods will continue his pursuit of another Memorial championship Friday morning in a star-powered threesome with Keegan Bradley and Fred Couples. See all the tee times and pairings.

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Golfweek/Sagarin player of the year: Annie Park, USC

In her first semester at USC, Park, an 18-year-old from Levittown, N.Y., won every award there is to win.

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Golfweek/Sagarin team of the year: USC

The Trojans’ national-championship victory, the third in program history, amounted to a seventh victory on the season.

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UCLA's Garrick assessed penalty for slow play

UCLA freshman Jonathan Garrick was assessed a one-shot slow play penalty on the 18th hole during the second round of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday. And he was none too pleased about being singled out.

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Good decision: Freshman Echavarria leads Arkansas

Nicolas Echavarria had made just two starts this spring before being chosen for the fifth spot in Arkansas' lineup at the NCAA Championship. The freshman is making coach Brad McMakin's decision look pretty good, finishing the morning Wednesday in solo second after a second-round 6-under 64.

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Nicklaus' scouting report on Merion: Don't hold back

Among the annual rituals at the Memorial: A “World According to Jack” address that's among the most interesting staples in golf – because of what is being said and who is weighing in.

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Committee proposes NCAA format changes for 2014

There may be change to the NCAA Championship as soon as next year. The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship Committee has made a recommendation that will go before the Division I Championship/Sports Management Cabinet in two weeks.

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USC's Park leads WGCA list of All-Americans

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its list of All-Americans for the 2012-13 season.

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Notes: Players roll the dice with Open qualifier

Some take on the challenge that is easily available. Some roll the dice and play their other options. Sometimes you fail, and sometimes you succeed. Specifically, we’re talking about the May 20 IFQ for the Open Championship at Gleneagles in Plano, Texas.

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Ernst charts a tough course toward U.S. Open

When was the last time a PGA Tour tournament winner was forced to tee it up at a local qualifier for the U.S. Open in the same calendar year or another player ranked 123rd in the world was ineligible for an Open Championship qualifier? Derek Ernst fits the bill on both counts.

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Vokey wedges to offer tour-level customization

With the launch of the Vokey WedgeWorks Hand Ground program, Titleist will deliver tour-level customization to amateur players.

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Toy Box Mailbag: Tiger's new driver shaft

This week: Details about Tiger Woods' new driver shaft, super-hot fairway woods and the biggest equipment mistake amateurs make.