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Lutz advances to quarters at USGA Senior Am

Chip Lutz is two matches closer to capturing his first USGA Senior Amateur Championship. Lutz, the stroke-play medalist, downed Paul Schlachter, 5 and 4, and Robert Valerio, 3 and 2, Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C.

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Port advances at USGA Senior Women's Am

Defending champion Ellen Port won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

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Pepperdine extends Red Sky lead to 22 shots

When Pepperdine players do something well on the course, when they see a teammate watching from the previous tee or when they pass each other on adjacent holes, both arms fly overheard to form a heart.

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Koepka, Kennesaw State win Rees Jones titles

South Florida sophomore Chase Koepka fired a 4-under 212 total for his first collegiate victory at the Rees Jones Invitational on Tuesday at the par-72 Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C.

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Cal, back at full strength, cruises at St. Mary's

With Walker Cup players Michael Weaver and Michael Kim back in the lineup, the California men cruise to a 30-shot victory over Oregon at the St. Mary's Invitational in Seaside, Calif.

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Virginia Tech, Vincent roll to VCU victory

Virginia Tech junior Scott Vincent shot 69-68-69 to win his second consecutive individual title and lead the Hokies to a 22-shot triumph over Iowa State at the VCU Shootout.

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Callaway Apex irons

Resurrecting the venerable Apex name, Callaway is unveiling irons designated as the company's premier entry in the 'distance forged' category.

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Houston men notch victory at Notre Dame

The Houston men, after contending but finishing third in its first two events of the fall, leaves no doubt at Notre Dame's Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, winning by 15 shots over runner-up Michigan State.

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Ball State's Hague tunes in details at Red Sky

Jenna Hague will tell you that she’s not a particularly analytical player. Teammates, of course, can’t help but disagree, and that’s understandable. Hague is a player who describes her ideal shot as “a 3-yard draw.”

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Amateur roundup: Georgians prevail at J.R. Williams

The John R. Williams Invitational, a 54-hole two-man best ball, is a major event on the amateur calendar in the Northeast from year to year. This year, two groups of Georgians prevailed.

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Phil Mickelson may reduce his playing schedule

Phil Mickelson hinted at the Tour Championship that he may reduce his playing schedule by as much as 25 percent.

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Notes: Scott, Garcia finally going home; Lefty's caddie

Adam Scott will head home to Australia for the first time since winning the Masters, while Sergio Garcia will return to Spain and likely won't be back in the U.S. until February.

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Stenson's new challenge: Finding 4 Coke machines

So with the pressure of winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup behind him, Henrik Stenson can breathe easily, right? Not quite, because while he basks in the glory of his achievement, there is the matter of finding four Coca-Cola machines. That’s right, four.

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Spieth's shotmaking skills impress Mickelson

Not since Tiger Woods has an American so seamlessly moved from college/amateur golf to the big leagues, and Phil Mickelson – who previously set the bar for such a transition back in 1992 – joins a long parade of those who are duly impressed with Jordan Spieth’s game.

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Long-drive legends: Bomber Fister goes distance with new goal

In the beginning, many long-drive fans cheered him wildly yet didn’t even know his name. He was “The Beast,” and that was enough. Sean “The Beast” Fister is now 51 and has undergone four back surgeries in the past three years. Incredibly, he still competes.

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Toy Box: FedEx Cup champ and Piretti distributor

Henrik Stenson is vested in his Piretti putter in more ways than one. Not only does he make clutch putts with it, he serves as the putter company’s Scandinavian distributor.

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Defending champ Port advances at Senior Am

Stroke-play medalist Akemi Khaiat and defending champion Ellen Port advanced through the first round of match play at the 52nd USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

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International team’s Presidents Cup apparel released

The International Team’s apparel for the 2013 Presidents Cup has been released by Peter Millar.

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Chip Lutz on early roll at USGA Senior Amateur

Seeking to add a USGA Senior Amateur Championship to his British Senior and Canadian Senior crowns, Pennsylvania's Chip Lutz is on an early roll at Wade Hampton Golf Club in North Carolina.

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Player diary: Casie Cathrea, Oklahoma St. (Part 2)

I moved in at Oklahoma State (with a little help from my dad), and having never lived alone – or more specifically, away from my parents – for more than a few days made my first few days in my campus digs a learning experience.

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By The Numbers: Michigan's Chris O'Neill, 3

Three was the number for Michigan's Chris O'Neill on Sept. 23 as he became the third Wolverine in the last four years to win medalist honors at the Windon Memorial.

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