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Andy Zunz
Oglethorpe junior Anthony Maccaglia is the first Division III golfer to receive an invite to the U.S. Palmer Cup team.
Oglethorpe junior Anthony Maccaglia is the first Division III golfer to receive an invite to the U.S. Palmer Cup team.

Anthony Maccaglia rushed back to his room at Oglethorpe University, virtually cut off from the world.

He can usually depend on his 8 a.m. English class to be dismissed after about a half of an hour, but not today. He left his phone shut off and in his room in anticipation of the big announcement.

He made it back a few minutes after 9 a.m., but not in time to hear Steve Desimone say the following words on the Golf Channel:

"(I'm) really proud to say this is the first Division III young man that will be ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Andy Zunz, College, Men
Alistair Tait
UCF's Ricardo Gouveia
UCF's Ricardo Gouveia

Andrew Coltart will rely on three Scottish countrymen to help win the Palmer Cup when he captains the European team to face the United States at Walton Heath Golf Club, England, on June 26-28.

Grant Forrest of San Diego, James Ross of Houston and Jack McDonald of the University of Stirling are the three Scots selected to the European side. They join Spaniards Jon Rahm (Arizona State) and Pep Angles (Central Arkansas), Sweden’s Erik Oja (Arizona), Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia (Central Florida), Belgium's Thomas Detry (Illinois), Ireland's Paul Dunne (Alabama-Birmingham) and England’s Louis Tomlinson of Myerscough ...

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Cassie Stein
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans will offer leadership on the course for the U.S. Palmer Cup squad.
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans will offer leadership on the course for the U.S. Palmer Cup squad.

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

Two players from No. 1 Alabama – freshman Robby Shelton and senior Trey Mullinax – will be on the American team that will face Europe's top college players June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in England. The first Division III player, Anthony Maccaglia, also was named to the U.S. squad.

Here is a capsule look at the 10-man squad and how they were selected:

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RANKING SELECTIONS

Cameron Wilson, Stanford

The skinny: Wilson, who hadn’t picked up ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, College, Men, Top Stories
Cassie Stein
Oliver Goss has moved into the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings after his T-49 finish at the 2014 Masters.
Oliver Goss has moved into the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings after his T-49 finish at the 2014 Masters.

Oliver Goss, who earned low amateur honors at the Masters on April 13, cracked the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking on Wednesday.

Goss, a sophomore at Tennessee, moved up four places in the rankings as he was only one of six amateurs to make the cut at Augusta National. He finished T-49.

Other amateurs at the Masters: Matt Fitzpatrick remained second behind world No. 1 Patrick Rodgers. Chang-woo Lee stayed in fifth. Garrick Porteous moved to the professional ranks after missing the cut in Augusta. Niebrugge, who shot 81-74, dropped out of the top 10. He is ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Matt Fitzpatrick during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Matt Fitzpatrick during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Matt Fitzpatrick came to the 18th hole needing a birdie to make the cut. That’s a tall order for any player at the Masters, let alone a 145-pound teenager from Sheffield, England.

Alas, the 10-foot birdie putt slid past the hole. On to Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he’ll play in the RBC Heritage next week on a sponsor exemption. His caddie, Loren Duncan, is already there, having been replaced this week for having improper footwear.

“Disappointed. Obviously to miss by one is very disappointing,” Fitzpatrick said. “But it's just one of them things ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Oliver Goss shot a 1-under 71 in the second round of the 2014 Masters and will most likely be the only amateur to make the cut.
Oliver Goss shot a 1-under 71 in the second round of the 2014 Masters and will most likely be the only amateur to make the cut.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Oliver Goss won the 2012 Western Australian Open by birdieing the last two holes in regulation play and then birdieing four of five holes in a sudden-death playoff.

“He’s really good in pressure situations,” said Ritchie Smith, a national coach for Golf Australia.

The amateur Goss proved that point Friday at Augusta, scrambling to shoot 1-under 71 as the wind began to swirl. The Tennessee sophomore’s 3-over total means he’ll celebrate his 20th birthday with a Saturday tee time at the Masters.

“I’m really proud of myself for stepping it up when I needed ...

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James Achenbach
Mike McCoy fired a 6-over 78 on Thursday at the Masters.
Mike McCoy fired a 6-over 78 on Thursday at the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Mike McCoy's first Masters putt was a 40-footer. It ended up 25 feet short of the hole. He three-putted for a bogey.

"Not too cool," said McCoy, a 51-year-old amateur and the second-oldest rookie in the 78-year history of the Masters (the oldest was 54-year-old Randy Lewis in 2011).

Lewis and McCoy won the U.S. Mid-Amateur to earn their spots in the Masters. However, the reigning Mid-Amateur champion has never made the cut at the Masters - not once since the automatic Mid-Am invitation was unveiled in 1988.

After a 6-over 78 in the opening round, McCoy ...

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Nick Masuda
Matthew Fitzpatrick talks with caddie Ricky Elliott on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters.
Matthew Fitzpatrick talks with caddie Ricky Elliott on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Matthew Fitzpatrick was preparing for the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley a year ago at this time, referred to by many as the Masters of junior golf.

So when he addressed a dozen reporters following his first-round, 4-over 76, forgive the 19-year-old if he hadn't predicted that he would be teeing it up with Adam Scott and Jason Dufner at Augusta National.

"No, I (told Scott's caddie Steve Williams on Thursday) if you would have said to me my soccer team would get to the semifinal of the FA Cup and I'd play at Augusta ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Jordan Niebrugge, right, plays a practice round at Augusta National with Steve Stricker before the 2014 Masters.
Jordan Niebrugge, right, plays a practice round at Augusta National with Steve Stricker before the 2014 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Niebrugge’s feet dangle off the edge of the bed in the Crow’s Nest, but he’s not complaining. The 6-foot-4-inch sophomore from Oklahoma State has dream digs by any 20-year-old’s standard.

Niebrugge, playing in his first Masters, will have a crowd of 20-plus supporters following him around Augusta this week. The group is easily spotted thanks to the bright orange hats his father had made.

Niebrugge, who calls Mequon, Wis., home, won the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links last summer during a torrid 22-day stretch. He also triumphed at the Wisconsin State Amateur ...

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Jim McCabe
Adam Scott and Oliver Goss (right) walk together during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters.
Adam Scott and Oliver Goss (right) walk together during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – That rumble you hear is the roll of Australians into Augusta National Golf Club. Good times are here for the mates. Aussie. Aussie. Aussie. Oi. Oi. Oi.

That’s the defending champion over there, Adam Scott, and should his thumb be OK, it’s hard to envision a more likely contender than Jason Day. And the guy who finished in a share of fourth last year was Marc Leishman.

All of which is not to ignore the more current storyline, that of 2013-14 winners. John Senden at the Valspar. Steven Bowditch at the Valero. Matt Jones at the ...

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Andy Zunz
Davis Riley won the Terra Cotta Invitational by one stroke in Naples, Fla.
Davis Riley won the Terra Cotta Invitational by one stroke in Naples, Fla.

When Davis Riley hit his 7-iron on the 182-yard par 3 third hole, he thought he'd struck gold.

"I saw it land and saw it rolling and it went just past the edge to about 2 feet past the hole," Riley said. "It kind of got me there, thinking I had a hole-in-one."

That was the story of the weekend for Riley at the Terra Cotta Invitational in Naples, Fla. – not missed opportunities, but greens in regulation.

Riley, the No. 10 junior in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, cited his ballstriking as the key to a one-stroke victory at the ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys
Alistair Tait
Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur in 2013 to earn exemptions into the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship.
Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur in 2013 to earn exemptions into the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship.

SHEFFIELD, England – “Well grounded” might be the best expression to describe Matt Fitzpatrick. If the reigning U.S. Amateur champion has ideas above his station, then he keeps them hidden deep inside.

There’s a sense that Fitzpatrick is almost embarrassed to express ambitions, scared to utter his dreams in case someone reminds him of where he’s from. That would be Sheffield, England, a working-class steel town where the locals don’t take kindly to braggarts.

Even Fitzpatrick, 19, finds it hard to believe he will tee it up in next week’s Masters, plus starts in the U ...

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April 5, 2014 | 10:05 a.m.

Amateur records two aces in single round

Andy Zunz
John Ponter hit two holes-in-one in one round at the Oyster Bay Golf Links in Sunset Beach, N.C.
John Ponter hit two holes-in-one in one round at the Oyster Bay Golf Links in Sunset Beach, N.C.

Laura Diaz etched her name in the LPGA history books last weekend with two aces in two rounds, but John Ponter proved there's hope for the high handicappers, too.

Ponter, 53, nabbed two holes-in-one in one round while on a golf vacation with three friends in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 19.

The Baden, Penn., resident and his group nearly missed out on a spot at Oyster Bay Golf Links, which is located in Sunset Beach, N.C., but were able to get on after a last-minute cancellation.

Ponter, who started his round on the back nine, hit a ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Andy Zunz
Brentley Romine
Oliver Goss, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee and the 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up, will be one of six amateurs competing in the 2014 Masters.
Oliver Goss, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee and the 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up, will be one of six amateurs competing in the 2014 Masters.

Six amateurs will compete in the 2014 Masters, all of them making their first start at Augusta National.

Here is a closer look at each of the six amateur participants:

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Matthew Fitzpatrick

Age: 19

Hometown: Sheffield, England

How he qualified: U.S. Amateur champion

Buzz: Fitzpatrick first made major headlines when he qualified for last year's Open Championship and earned low-amateur honors at Muirfield. He then won the U.S. Amateur title later that summer before beginning his freshman year at Northwestern. His college career was short-lived, however, as he spent just one semester at Northwestern. Fitzpatrick, who plans ...

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Brentley Romine

Bill Williamson carded a bogey-free, 5-under 67 Friday to grab the first-round lead at the Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples (Fla.) National Golf Club.

Williamson, of Cincinnati, was the runner-up to Mike McCoy at last year's U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Norway's Andreas Halvorsen is a shot back in second place while Joe Alfieri of Lutz, Fla., is tied for third at 3 under with Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss. Riley was runner-up to Scottie Scheffler at last year's U.S. Junior Amateur.

Categories: Amateur, Men, Brentley Romine

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