News for Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Lamar repeats as Southland Conference champion

Lamar successfully defended its Southland Conference Championship title with a six-shot victory Thursday at High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia, Texas.

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Mark King leaves big shoes to fill at TaylorMade

Mark King became president of TaylorMade in 1999 and quickly launched a series of decisions and mandates that raised TaylorMade's visibility and profitability.

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Title defense won't be easy for Forsyth at Palmetto

Defending champion Forsyth Country Day School tied for third in Thursday's qualifying round for the Palmetto High School Championship, finishing 10 shots behind Charlotte Christian.

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5 Things: Kuchar co-leads; lefty Langley goes low; more

Despite cool weather and tough conditions, Matt Kuchar manages bogey-free 66 and is joined in the RBC Heritage lead by William McGirt and Scott Langley.

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RBC Heritage: Tee Times, Round 2

The afternoon's feature group of Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas and Brandt Snedeker will need to do some work to make sure they stick around for the weekend at the RBC Heritage. Here is a look at the second round tee times and pairings at Harbour Town.

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Tour Tracker: Kuchar (66) shares RBC Heritage lead

From Jordan Spieth to Matt Kuchar, follow all the Round 1 action from the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town.

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McCullen keeps Moore from history at McEvoy Trophy

No one has ever won the McEvoy Trophy in consecutive years, and that record will remain for another year after Haydn McCullen held off defending champ Bradley Moore on Thursday in England.

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TaylorMade Limited Edition SLDR White driver

On Thursday, TaylorMade announced that the Limited Edition SLDR White would begin shipping May 2.

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After Furman release, Townsend to be SMU walk-on

Forsyth Country Day School's Gray Townsend decided to walk on at SMU after being granted a release from his national letter of intent with Furman in February. Now, his focus is back on helping his high school team to another state title.

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Maccaglia relishes Palmer Cup opportunity

Oglethorpe junior Anthony Maccaglia is the first Division III player to join the U.S. Palmer Cup team – an opportunity he's happy to seize.

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Trio tied for lead in LPGA LOTTE tournament

South Korea's Se Ri Pak, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu each shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after a breezy first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

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Westwood takes early lead at Malaysian Open

Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead at storm-affected Malaysian Open.

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Watson's growth transcends his rise as a golfer

Our James Achenbach on Bubba Watson: At 35, Watson has reached a point in his life where he can clearly and thoroughly explain his feelings and emotions. He can talk about his principles and beliefs. He has joined hands with a world far beyond golf.

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TaylorMade appoints new CEO; King promoted

In a pair of moves on Thursday morning, current TaylorMade CEO Mark King was promoted to president of the Adidas Group North America, while Ben Sharpe will take over as CEO for TaylorMade.

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Campbell's Crooks wins 120th collegiate title

After a 30-stroke victory at the Big South Conference women's championship, Campbell coach John Crooks now has 120 collegiate wins – 75 on the women's side and 45 for the men's program.

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College men's preview: Conference championships

Golfweek offers a tournament-by-tournament look at the upcoming slate of men's college golf conference championships.

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Expert picks: RBC Heritage

An impressive field has been put together this week for the RBC Heritage, with many players making the two-hour jaunt from Augusta to take on Harbour Town. Here's our staff picks for the week.

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Boilermaker Invitational hosts 6 top-50 teams

It will be a competitive and familiar field at the Boilermaker Invitational Saturday and Sunday at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex's Kampen Course, with seven Big Ten teams set to compete.

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Troy takes Sun Belt title for 1st time

The Troy Trojans became Sun Belt champions after finishing six strokes ahead of Texas State at 32-over 896 in Loxley, Ala.

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Ringler: Use match play in conference postseason

There is no denying that match play has created buzz at the men's NCAA Championships during the past five years, so why haven't more conference championships adopted the style of play? Our Lance Ringler says they should.

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Player-by-player look at Europe's Palmer Cup squad

Here's a player-by-player look at the 2014 European Palmer Cup squad, which includes plenty of college talent from the U.S.

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Palmer Cup: Player-by-player U.S. bios

The 2014 U.S. Palmer Cup team was announced on Thursday morning, and it features some of the best talent in college golf.

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SCORES: RBC Heritage, Round 4

Follow the leaderboard from Round 3 of the RBC Heritage.

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Taylor, Marino looking to follow Stefani's Tour path

Vaughn Taylor has traveled the globe in 2014, but a two-hour drive to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage has been the highlight of his year. Meanwhile, Steve Marino is using this week to reintroduce himself to the Tour.