News for Monday, March 31, 2014

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Back injury prompts Pettersen to skip Kraft

Suzann Pettersen, who withdrew from the Kia Classic last week after feeling a sharp pain in her back, confirmed Tuesday that she will miss the LPGA's first major tournament of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Winner’s Style: Steven Bowditch’s apparel, Texas Open

Steven Bowditch’s first PGA Tour victory came on March 30 at the Valero Texas Open. See what he wore each day in San Antonio.

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Player of the week: Karen Chung, USC

On the same day that USC won its school-record tying seventh tournament, freshman Karen Chung took medalist honors for the first time in her college career at the SDSU Farms Invitational March 26 at Farms Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

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Team of the week: Duke

Duke swept team and individual titles for the second straight event March 30 at the Bryan National Collegiate at the Champions Course at Bryan Park in Browns Summitt, N.C.

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Player of the week: Ollie Schniederjans, Ga. Tech

Ollie Schniederjans fired a trio of 67s to finish at 12-under 201 and win by two shots over LSU's Stewart Jolly at the Valspar Collegiate March 25 at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.

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Team of the week: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech shot 274-280-283 to finish at 15-under 837 and win the Valspar Collegiate March 25 at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.

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Player of the week: Jordy LaBarbera

Jordy LaBarbera of Allen, Texas, notched her first AJGA victory March 30 with a win at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas.

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Player of the week: Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith recorded his first AJGA victory March 30 at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship at Stonebriar Country Club in Smith's hometown of Frisco, Texas.

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Gulbis' apparel for 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Natalie Gulbis gave her Twitter followers a sneak peak at her Adidas Golf apparel for the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday.

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Field, seeds finalized for LPGA's International Crown

The LPGA announced the final 32-player field for the inaugural International Crown. Four players each from eight countries will compete in the event, July 24-27 at Caves Valley GC in Owings Mills, Md.

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OWGR: Bowditch makes big jump after Texas win

Fresh off his first PGA Tour victory, one that brought with it an invitation to the Masters, Steven Bowditch reached a new high in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 8)

Alabama's Emma Talley talks about her time in Hilton Head with the Crimson Tide and getting ready for the LPGA's first major of the year – the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Tickled Pink: Creamer's life in a happy place

With her personal life in a happy place, Paula Creamer is ready to just go out and play – including the first major of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco.

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Smith, LaBarbera win Hunter Mahan Championship

Brandon Smith and Jordy LaBarbera each finished at 3-under 141 to win the boys and girls divisions, respectively, Sunday at the AJGA Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.