News for Monday, February 17, 2014



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Seeking 3rd straight win, UCF leads Central District

Looking for its third victory already this spring, Central Florida went 15 under Monday at the Central District Invitational to grab a two-shot lead over Vanderbilt at Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) Golf and Country Club.

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FIU opens strong at JU Amelia Island Collegiate

Florida International used an opening-round 11-under 277 to take the lead at the JU Amelia Island Collegiate then added to its advantage with a second-round 282 Monday at Amelia National Golf Club in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

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Auburn leads Mobile Bay Intercollegiate by 5 shots

Auburn turned in rounds of 290-282 to take a five-shot lead at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.

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Cal State Fullerton in front at Folino Invitational

Cal State-Fullerton's Mark Anguiano carded rounds of 66-68 to move to 10 under overall and take a nine-shot lead at the Folino Invitational Monday at Industry Hills (Calif.) Golf Club.

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Stanford duo helps Cardinal to lead at The Prestige

Maverick McNealy and Patrick Rodgers each carded 6-under 66s, and Stanford opened with a 15-under 269 to grab the first-round lead at The Prestige at PGA West.

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Ghim grabs signature victory at CB&I Boys

Doug Ghim was taught the importance of hard work and patience at a young age. Now, Ghim finally has that elusive signature victory after winning the AJGA CB&I Boys Championship on Monday.

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Arkansas extends lead at Lady Puerto Rico Classic

Arkansas extended its lead to 13 shots Monday at the Lady Puerto Rico Clasic at Rio Mar Country Club's River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

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McIlroy tops Match Play odds

Rory McIlroy tops the list of odds to win this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day not far behind.

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Player of the week: Jordan Niebrugge, Okla. St.

Jordan Niebrugge picked up his first collegiate victory, capturing the Amer Ari Invitational on Feb. 8 in Hawaii by a single shot. He shot rounds of 67-68-65 for a 16 under total.

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Player of the week: Annie Park, USC

While her team notched its school-record eighth straight win at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Annie Park, the defending NCAA individual champion, recorded her school-record tying fifth career individual title.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State went wire-to-wire at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii on Feb. 8.

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Team of the week: USC

USC won its school-record eighth straight tournament on Feb. 11 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes (Calif.) Golf Club.

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Man drains 95-foot putt at Auburn hoops game

Patrick Burch, a 28-year-old IT worker from Birmingham, Ala., drained a 95-foot putt during halftime of the Auburn men's basketball game on Feb. 15.

Player of the week: Isabella Fierro

Isabella Fierro of Mexico shot 75-66 to win the AJGA Junior All-Star on Feb. 15-16 at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Player of the week: Sachin Kumar-Kelingaiah

Sachin Kumar-Kelingaiah won the AJGA Junior All-Star on Feb. 15-16 at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., by defeating Justin Kim and Harry Xue in a three-hole playoff.

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PLAY NOW! WGC-Accenture Match Play Bracket Challenge

Play our brand-new WGC-Accenture Match Play Challenge to win gear from Fujikura and SeeMore Putters, as well as a stay-and-play from La Quinta Resorts!

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Match Play cheat sheet: Player-by-player breakdowns

We know many of you will be filling out brackets in your office or online, so we thought we'd offer a player-by-player cheat sheet on the entire field at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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By the numbers: Arkansas, 68

Arkansas benefits from three rounds of 68 this weekend at the Gator Invitational and the Ladies Puerto Rico Classic.

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5 Questions: Corey Conners talks Jones Cup win

Kent State senior Corey Conners talks about his Jones Cup Invitational win and the upcoming college golf season.

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Watson to 14th in OWGR; D. Johnson cracks top 10

Bubba Watson moved up 12 spots to 14th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking following his victory at the Northern Trust Open.

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Match Play tee times: McIlroy, Stenson top bracket

Our Jim McCabe has settled into balmy Arizona, where he looks at a handful of the most intriguing matches on Day 1 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, including Steve Stricker's return and Rory McIlroy's date with Boo Weekley.