News for Thursday, June 5, 2014

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5 Things: Crane cards 63 to take Memphis lead

As darkness set in Thursday evening in Memphis, Ben Crane rolled home a 27-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th to card an opening-round, 7-under 63 and take the clubhouse lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

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Tracker: Crane leads in Memphis; Mickelson fires 67

Defending champion Harris English and a list of others, including Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson, will try and get a victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic before the U.S. Open begins next week.

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Wie, Park share Manulife Financial Classic lead

Michelle Wie and defending champion Hee Young Park shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65 on Thursday in the Manulife Financial Classic at windswept Grey Silo.

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2014 Curtis Cup: Things to know

Everything here at St. Louis Country Club is rich. The club’s history, the tony mansions with lawns so lush that you want to stop the car and have a picnic, the polo field that doubles as a practice range and the assembled talent for the 38th Curtis Cup at this storied Charles Blair Macdonald design. What you need to know about the June 6-8 matches.

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Newton retires after 18 years at Southern Illinois

Leroy Newton, who has coached Southern Illinois' men for the past 18 years, has retired, the school announced.

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Snider returns to home state as WMU women's coach

Stacy Snider will be hired as women's coach at Western Michigan, the school announced, pending university approval.

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Boise State's Kevin Burton resigns as men's coach

Kevin Burton resigned after nine seasons as head men's coach at Boise State, the school announced.

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Ashworth introduces Encinitas footwear collection

Ashworth Golf released the Encinitas footwear collection on May 21 – the first wingtip model in company history.

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SCORES: FedEx St. Jude Classic

Follow the leaderboard at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic from Memphis, Tenn.

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Kaufmann: ‘Payne’ captures life of a champion

There will be plenty of reminiscing about Payne Stewart when the U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst Resort on the 15-year anniversary of his 1999 victory. “Payne,” Golf Channel’s hour-long documentary, will show golf fans the arc of Stewart’s life.

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Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 11)

Emma Talley's final blog of the 2013-14 college season talks about the NCAA Championship and her tough summer schedule as the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion.

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4 share 1st-round lead in Southwestern Amateur

Four players, including two from Canada, sit tied for the lead after Wednesday's first round of the 99th annual Southwestern Amateur.

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Long leads Palmetto Amateur after 1st-round 65

Rising Auburn sophomore Will Long holds the first-round lead 1 at the 2014 Palmetto Amateur after a first-round 5-under 65 at Palmetto Golf Club.

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Preview: Golfweek’s Senior National Match Play

Information on Golfweek's inaugural senior match-play championship, which will be held Aug. 10-12 at the Dormie Club near Pinehurst, N.C.