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Nick Masuda
Mark Anguiano at the 2014 Sahalee Players Championship.
Mark Anguiano at the 2014 Sahalee Players Championship.

Mark Anguiano, who just completed his senior season at Cal State Fullerton, fired a 1-under 71 on Wednesday for a four-shot victory at the Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash.

The 21-year-old started the final round with a one-shot lead over UNLV senior Kurt Kitayama, but made a statement early with birdies on three of his opening four holes to create some much-needed distance – a lead that stretched to five shots at the turn.

“I didn’t want to play defensively,” said Anguiano. “So I couldn’t have asked for a better start.”

Anguiano would need those strokes on the ...

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Brentley Romine
Rico Hoey earned the top seed for match play after taking stroke-play medalist honors at the 2014 North and South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 8.
Rico Hoey earned the top seed for match play after taking stroke-play medalist honors at the 2014 North and South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 8.

The Round of 16 is set at the North and South Amateur.

Among those advancing out of the three-round stroke-play portion: USC rising sophomore Rico Hoey, defending champion Andrew Dorn and highly ranked junior Austin Connelly.

Hoey earned medalist honors, capping a 4-under 209 total with a 1-under 70 Thursday at Pinehurst No. 8. Hoey made four birdies, two on each nine, and three bogeys to earn the top seed for match play.

He will face Houston's Blair Hamilton in Friday morning's Round of 16. The quarterfinals will take place Friday afternoon.

Dorn, a rising senior at Coastal ...

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Brentley Romine
Rico Hoey
Rico Hoey

Rico Hoey followed his first-round 3-under 68 with a second-round 68 and shares the lead with J.D. Dornes entering Thursday's final round of stroke play at the North and South Amateur.

Hoey, a rising sophomore at USC, carded three birdies Wednesday at Pinehurst (N.S.) Resort's No. 8 course and is 3 under through 36 holes. Also at 3 under overall, Dornes, who plays collegiately at Penn State, shot 4-under 67 in his second round.

Georgia Tech's Chris Petefish is solo third at 2 under while first-round leader Will Seger of Indiana shares fourth with Georgia ...

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Lance Ringler
Brian Anania had an 'incredible' experience playing a practice round earlier this week with Tom Watson, Jimmy Walker and Brendon Todd at the Greenbrier Classic.
Brian Anania had an 'incredible' experience playing a practice round earlier this week with Tom Watson, Jimmy Walker and Brendon Todd at the Greenbrier Classic.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – After winning the West Virginia Amateur last month at The Old White TPC, Brian Anania earned an exemption into this week’s Greenbrier Classic.

Anania had recently finished his college golf career at Marshall University, which is located in Huntington, W. Va., and was given his invitation into the event at the awards ceremony – it was presented by Jim Justice, a fellow Marshall golfer and owner/chairman of The Greenbrier.

The highlight of the week for Anania so far was his practice-round grouping on Monday. He had planned to play as a single, but found ...

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Alistair Tait
Paul Dunne was the top qualifier from Woburn Golf Club.
Paul Dunne was the top qualifier from Woburn Golf Club.

WOBURN, England – Ireland’s Paul Dunne fed off Europe’s recent Palmer Cup victory to book himself a place in the Open Championship later this month at Royal Liverpool. The Alabama-Birmingham senior took the No. 1 spot Tuesday at Woburn Golf Club.

Dunne went straight to Ian Poulter’s home club for Final Qualifying after helping Europe to an 18½–11½ victory Saturday over the United States in the annual matchup of collegians. The Irishman nearly blew a three-hole lead to World No. 3 Robby Shelton in the final singles session at Walton Heath but prevailed when he got up ...

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Ron Gaines
Joey Johnson won his second consecutive Missouri Amateur title on June 29.
Joey Johnson won his second consecutive Missouri Amateur title on June 29.

Joey Johnson, of Ozark, Mo., won his second consecutive Missouri Amateur championship by defeating Joseph Atkisson 6 and 4 at the Norwood Hills CC on June 29.

Johnson’s victory puts him in an elite group as only the seventh player in the 107-year history of the event to win back-to-back titles. Tom Watson accomplished that feat twice, in 1967-8 and again in 1970-71. It also puts Johnson in a select group of champions who were medalists and went on to capture the amateur title.

“The week was just great from beginning to end,” said Johnson who will be starting ...

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Ron Gaines
Auburn's Jake Mondy won the 2014 Virginia State Amateur.
Auburn's Jake Mondy won the 2014 Virginia State Amateur.

Jake Mondy, of Blacksburg, Va., dropped a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to defeat Jordan Utley 1-up and win the Virginia Amateur Championship at Spring Creek Golf Club in Gordonsville on June 28.

Mondy, who showed little emotion until the final putt was in the bottom of the cup, dropped his putter and raised his arms in victory as he claimed his second VSGA Amateur title in three years.

“You always dream about making putts like that on the last hole to win a big golf tournament,” said Mondy, whose first VSGA title came in 2012 at Bayville ...

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Alistair Tait
Andrew Coltart captained Europe's Palmer Cup team to a convincing win last week.
Andrew Coltart captained Europe's Palmer Cup team to a convincing win last week.

WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, England – The R&A could learn something from the Palmer Cup – consider Tour professionals for the GB&I Walker Cup captaincy.

Andrew Coltart captained Europe to Palmer Cup victory at Walton Heath, and would be a great candidate to captain a future GB&I Walker Cup team. He isn’t the only ex-Walker Cup player turned professional who could do a good job. In fact, there are more good candidates in the professional ranks than there are in the amateur game.

Here’s James Ross’s take on Coltart’s captaincy.

“He was an inspiration,” Ross said after Europe ...

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Brentley Romine
Mercer's Trey Rule
Mercer's Trey Rule

Trey Rule outlasted Zach Seabolt in a two-hole playoff to capture the 2014 Dogwood Invitational Saturday at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

Rule, a rising senior at Mercer, and Seabolt, a rising sophomore at Winthrop, each finished 72 holes at 21 under after Seabolt birdied the 18th hole and Rule bogeyed. Clemson junior Billy Kennerly finished third.

In the playoff, after opening pars at No. 1, Seabolt's drive at the 18th clipped a tree. Rule made par at the 18th to capture the title.

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Alistair Tait
Central Florida graduate Ricardo Gouveia helped Europe claim the 2014 Palmer Cup on June 28.
Central Florida graduate Ricardo Gouveia helped Europe claim the 2014 Palmer Cup on June 28.

SURREY, England – We call it a “drubbing” over here. That’s what Europe handed the United States in the final singles session of the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath.

Europe won the final session 8.5–1.5 to win the match 18.5–11.5.

Years from now, people will probably look at the score and think this U.S. team wasn’t very good. The scores don’t reflect the closeness of these two sides. This was a good American team. Chalk this result up to the vagaries of match play golf.

There was nothing to separate the ...

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Alistair Tait
Alabama rising sophomore Robby Shelton won his singles match on Friday during Day 2 of the 2014 Palmer Cup.
Alabama rising sophomore Robby Shelton won his singles match on Friday during Day 2 of the 2014 Palmer Cup.

SURREY, England – A betting man would be laying a lot of money on the 18th Palmer Cup ending in a tie. There has been nothing to separate Europe and the United States through the first three sessions at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.

The teams enter the final singles session tomorrow are tied at 10 points apiece after the U.S. team won the first singles session 5 ½ – 4 ½ to wipe out a one-point deficit after the four-balls on Thursday.

The visitors raced to an early lead when Trey Mullinax, Robby Shelton and Ollie Schniederjans won ...

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Alistair Tait
Jon Rahm, a rising junior at Arizona State, won two points for Europe at Day 1 of the 2014 Palmer Cup.
Jon Rahm, a rising junior at Arizona State, won two points for Europe at Day 1 of the 2014 Palmer Cup.

SURREY, England – Europe takes a narrow lead into the second day’s play of the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club. The home team leads the USA 5 ½ – 4 ½ after the first two sessions.

The teams shared the spoils in the morning foursomes, splitting the session with two and half points apiece. The United States won two of the first three games in the afternoon four-balls. However, Europe took the final two contests to eke out a 3-2 advantage and take the lead after the opening day of the 18th Palmer Cup.

The Alabama pairing of Trey ...

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Alistair Tait
James Ross will play for Europe in the 2014 Palmer Cup (shown here during NCAA regional play earlier this year for the Houston Cougars).
James Ross will play for Europe in the 2014 Palmer Cup (shown here during NCAA regional play earlier this year for the Houston Cougars).

Andrew Coltart is hoping home-course advantage will help Europe win the Palmer Cup for the eighth time. The European captain thinks Walton Heath Golf Club might favor his team over the United States.

Walton Heath is one of England’s classic inland courses. However, recent dry conditions in the British Isles means the golf course should play hard and fast, like a classic links.

“Both teams are very good and very talented, but hopefully the golf course will favor us more than them,” Coltart said. “My team should be used to playing on hard and fast courses because the guys ...

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Brentley Romine
Despite showcasing his pro-ready game in the form of a T-5 finish at a Web.com Tour event last week, Georgia Tech rising senior Ollie Schniederjans remains committed to continuing his reign as the world's top amateur.
Despite showcasing his pro-ready game in the form of a T-5 finish at a Web.com Tour event last week, Georgia Tech rising senior Ollie Schniederjans remains committed to continuing his reign as the world's top amateur.

There's little doubt that Ollie Schniederjans' game is pro-ready.

He won five times during his junior season at Georgia Tech and was runner-up at the NCAA Championship in May, also earning ACC player of the year and first-team All-American honors among a handful of accolades. Last week, he tied for fifth in his first pro tournament, the Web.com Tour's Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan., which he played as an amateur.

"I definitely think I'm ready (to turn pro)," Schniederjans said Monday via phone. "But I'll be more ready in a year. It's just ...

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Ron Gaines
Tom Campbell during the Kentucky Amateur on June 22.
Tom Campbell during the Kentucky Amateur on June 22.

The 20th time was a charm for Tom Campbell as he sank three clutch birdie putts on the back nine and survived a bogey on No. 18 to win the Kentucky Amateur Championship at Cherry Blossom Golf & Country Club in Lexington, Ky.

Campbell shot a third round 2-under par 70 to clinch his wire-to-wire victory at 12-under-par 204. Second place finisher Denver Haddix Jr. of Lexington, Ky., carded a final round 69 giving him a 205 total for the tournament.

“I’ve been playing this (tournament) a long time and never really thought about winning,” said an emotional Campbell after ...

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