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Andy Zunz
South Carolina junior Will Murphy won in his first appearance at the Azalea Invitational.
South Carolina junior Will Murphy won in his first appearance at the Azalea Invitational.

Will Murphy may not have been the most decorated golfer in the field at the Azalea Invitational, but the past wasn't taken into account when Murphy topped North Florida junior M.J. Maguire in a one-hole playoff.

The junior from Columbia, S.C., has three top 20s for the Gamecocks this season and is tied for third on the team with a stroke average of 73.09.

Murphy shot rounds of 72-67-68 at the par-72 Country Club of Charleston, tying Maguire after 54 holes (it was shortened to 54-holes due to inclement weather).

Murphy said he hopes the win ...

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Ben Larsen

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After enduring four days and 54 holes against one of the year's deepest fields, Will Murphy needed just one more hole.

He made the most of his time and extra opportunities, defeating M.J. Maguire on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the 2014 Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston.

Murphy, a senior at South Carolina, fired a final-round, 3-under 68 to finish tied alongside Maguire atop the leaderboard and force the playoff.

Murphy, a Columbia, S.C. resident, shot a second-round 67 to get into contention. His first-round 72 was ...

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Ben Larsen
Auburn's Michael Johnson
Auburn's Michael Johnson

CHARLESTON, S.C. –– Auburn's Michael Johnson rolled in birdie putts of 40 feet and 25 feet to bookend a 5-under 66 and earn himself a share of the lead with former Clemson golfer Brennan King after the second round of the Azalea Invitational Friday at the Country Club of Charleston.

"It definitely doesn't hurt the confidence," Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, said of the way he started and ended his round.

Battling rainy conditions, Johnson countered a pair of bogeys with seven birdies on the 6,600-yard Seth Raynor-designed course.

"It wasn't as windy today and because the ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, College, Men, Auburn Tigers
Ben Larsen

The melting pot that is the 2014 Azalea Invitational field was well-represented Thursday in the first round of the 66th playing of the event in Charleston, S.C.

With an impressive field of juniors, collegians and mid-amateurs, the Azalea got underway Thursday from the Country Club of Charleston. And that ecclectic group showed that age or experience doesn't matter when it comes to the highest level of amateur competition as all three groups were well-represented atop the leaderboard.

Hilton Head-area mid-amateur John Patterson holds a one-shot lead over the field after Round 1. The former pro turned in a ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men
Ron Balicki
Barclay Howard
Barclay Howard

Editor's note: Ron Balicki, who died after an eight-month battle with cancer on Tuesday, won first place in the GWAA writing contest for columns in 1998. This column ran in Golfweek on Aug. 30, 1997 as part of the U.S. Amateur review coverage.

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LEMONT, Ill. – At one point in his life he couldn’t play a round of golf in his life unless he had at least a six-pack of beer in his bag.

At one point in his life he was stripped of his honorary membership in his home club after he, while intoxicated, insulted the daughter ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Ron Balicki
Austin Langdale will defend his title at the Azalea Invitational.
Austin Langdale will defend his title at the Azalea Invitational.

There’s just something about the Azalea. Perhaps it’s the time of year. Or maybe it’s that hit of Southern hospitality you feel. This year, though – which marks the 66th playing of the event – it very well could be the field.

The Azalea Invitational kicks off Thursday at The Country Club of Charleston, bringing with it, yet another field full of highly-ranked mid-amateur, collegiate and junior golfers.

Defending champion Austin Langdale of Clemson will be there, hoping to make it two straight at the prestigious early-spring event calling Webb Simpson, Nathan Smith and D.J. Trahan past winners ...

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Brentley Romine
Shintaro Ban won the 2014 San Francisco City Championship Sunday.
Shintaro Ban won the 2014 San Francisco City Championship Sunday.

Shintaro Ban picked up the biggest victory of his young career as the 18-year-old UNLV signee from San Jose, Calif., won the San Fancisco City Men's Amateur on March 9 at Presidio Golf Course.

Ban defeated Rick Reinsberg, 8 and 7, in the final match.

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Golfweek caught up with Ban to chat with him about the big victory in San Francisco, his older brother, Shotaro, who plays at Cal, and his future college team:

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Talk about the big victory in San Francisco. Now, you were the stroke-play medalist at the ...

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Bill Zimmerman
USGA golf
USGA golf

Ten U.S. sites and two abroad will play host to 36 holes of sectional qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C.

Three cities will stage their qualifiers at two sites. Purchase, N.Y., will use Old Oaks CC and Century CC. Daly City, Calif., will use Lake Merced GC and The Olympic Club’s Ocean Course. Columbus, Ohio, will use Brookside GCC and Scioto CC, the latter of which is slated to host the 2016 U.S. Senior Open.

Also of note: Woodmont CC in Rockville, Md., will stage a sectional qualifier for the 27th ...

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Shintaro Ban won the 2014 San Francisco City Championship Sunday.
Shintaro Ban won the 2014 San Francisco City Championship Sunday.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. –– Shintaro Ban put the finishing touches on an impressive run with a resounding win in the final match at the 2014 San Francisco City Championship.

At Presidio Golf Course, Ban shot out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Rick Reinsberg, 8-and-7.

The Archbishop Mitty High School senior and recent UNLV commit was dominant in his run to the final and crowning moment.

After earning the No. 32 seed during stroke-play qualfying last month, Ban went on a tear. In early match-play competition, he knocked off defending champion and top seed Will Bruecker and never ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Greg Eason rises to No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after topping the field at the 2014 John Hayt Collegiate Invitational (shown here during last year's U.S. Amateur).
Greg Eason rises to No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after topping the field at the 2014 John Hayt Collegiate Invitational (shown here during last year's U.S. Amateur).

Greg Eason and Linnea Strom made the most significant jumps of the week in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking, Eason winning the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational while playing for Central Florida and Strom winning the Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship.

Eason's 71-65-69—205 week put him three shots clear of UAB's Sam Love and lifted UCF to second place behind Oklahoma State.

It also lifted Eason five spots to fourth in the WAGR.

Strom, meanwhile, jumped to No. 16 as she climbed eight spots in the rankings after defeating Annabel Dimmock 2 & 1 in the final in Spain ...

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Cassie Stein
Patrick Rodgers, shown here at the 2013 Walker Cup, is the new world No. 1 amateur.
Patrick Rodgers, shown here at the 2013 Walker Cup, is the new world No. 1 amateur.

For the first time since August, there is a new No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers has jumped over reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick to take over the No. 1 spot.

Rodgers hurdled over Fitzpatrick after his victory at The Prestige at PGA West on Feb. 19.

He holds a 20.85 lead over Fitzpatrick, who in January decided to leave Northwestern after his first semester and concentrate on his golf game. Fitzpatrick hasn’t played in a tournament since the Gifford Collegiate in November. We expect to see Fitzpatrick back in ...

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Cassie Stein

The U.S. Golf Association announced that past USGA President Jim Hyler and past USGA Women’s Committee Chairman Martha Lang will serve as the U.S. captains for the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships.

The women’s championship is set to take place Sept. 3-6, and the men’s Sept. 10-13, at Karuizawa (Japan) 72 Golf East. Hosted by the Japan Golf Association, the championship will be played on the Oshitate and Iriyama courses.

“Jim and Martha have ably served the USGA for many years, and we are very happy to have them as World Amateur Team captains,” said ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Women, Top Stories
February 17, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.

5 Questions: Corey Conners talks Jones Cup win

Andy Zunz
Corey Conners, shown at the 2013 U.S. Amateur, recently won at the Jones Cup Invitational.
Corey Conners, shown at the 2013 U.S. Amateur, recently won at the Jones Cup Invitational.

Kent State senior Corey Conners kicked his spring slate off in what could be the best way possible: winning the Jones Cup Invitational in a playoff on Feb. 2.

The victory may be the best of Conners' career to date, but he hopes for bigger and better things as he finishes up his final year of collegiate golf at Kent State.

Conners spoke with Golfweek about the win, his plans for the season and the possibility of representing his native Canada in the Olympics:

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1. What happened on the playoff hole at the Jones Cup?

"I was obviously excited to ...

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February 13, 2014 | 3:04 p.m.

Call out for ‘Local Legends’

Golfweek Staff

There are many amateur golfers who have compelling stories to tell. Do you know of a “Local Legend”?

Golfweek wants to hear about golfers with impressive amateur records on the state and local scene. Several will be highlighted in our annual Amateur Issue on May 9.

Send nominations by March 1 with brief credentials to news@golfweek.com or fax to 407-563-7077 (Attn.: Local Legends).

Please include name, address and contact information for the nominee.

Categories: Amateur, Men, Women
Brentley Romine
Austin Connelly finished runner-up at the 2014 Jones Cup.
Austin Connelly finished runner-up at the 2014 Jones Cup.

After hitting his tee shot on the first hole of his playoff against Kent State's Corey Conners at the Jones Cup, Austin Connelly picked up his tee and started to hand his driver to his caddie.

"I went to give him the club and he said, 'What are you doing? That went in the water,' " Connelly recalled. "It wasn't perfect, but I thought it was a decent drive. The ball was down the left side and kicked about 2 inches into the water."

The bad break ended up costing Connelly the victory as Conners would two-putt from 6 ...

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