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Andy Zunz
Casie Cathrea won her first tournament since leaving Oklahoma State, the San Francisco City Women's Championship.
Casie Cathrea won her first tournament since leaving Oklahoma State, the San Francisco City Women's Championship.

Casie Cathrea is back to collecting trophies.

More than a month after announcing that she would be leaving Oklahoma State as a freshman, Cathrea won the San Francisco City Women's Championship for the second straight year.

She defeated Anna Zhou, 10 and 9, in the 36-hole match play championship Sunday at the Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco. She started the day with a birdie and didn't look back.

"I was hitting a lot of good shots, hitting my driver a long way and hitting a lot of good putts," Cathrea said. "I feel like this year was ...

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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

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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Alistair Tait
The controversy surrounding the dramatic reversal on Charley Hull's selection to the 2012 GB&I Curtis Cup team lead to the new rules being unveiled for the selection process.
The controversy surrounding the dramatic reversal on Charley Hull's selection to the 2012 GB&I Curtis Cup team lead to the new rules being unveiled for the selection process.

At least one member of this year’s Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team might just want to thank England’s Charley Hull for her spot. Hull is probably responsible for a sensible decision to change the GB&I selection process.

The Ladies’ Golf Union has made a major change to the way this year’s GB&I team is selected. The top four GB&I players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking after the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship that ends May 4th will automatically make the team. GB&I captain Tegwen Matthews and her group of selectors will ...

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Cassie Stein

South Carolina and Texas A&M are tied at the top of the leaderboard of the Florida State Match-Up at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla. Both teams shot 5-over 293 on Friday.

Sitting in third is host Florida State, one shot back at 6 over. In fourth is the first-year program Clemson at 9-over 297. In a tie for fifth are Virginia and Mercer at 10 over.

Florida State’s Matilda Castren shot a first-round 4-under 68. Her round included five birdies and one bogey. In second is South Carolina’s Sarah Schmelzel at 2 under. Kansas’ Thanruttra Boonraksasat ...

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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
Ron Gaines
Ashlan Ramsey, left, and Doug Hanzel were co-winners of the 2014 Tommy Barnes Award.
Ashlan Ramsey, left, and Doug Hanzel were co-winners of the 2014 Tommy Barnes Award.

Ashlan Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., and Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., were recently named co-winners of the Tommy Barnes Award during a luncheon held at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta.

The award given annually by the Georgia State Golf Association, is named after Georgia’s legendary golfer, Tommy Barnes, and presented to the GSGA’s player(s) of the year.

Ramsey, who joined the Golfweek staff as a player blogger for the 2013-14 college golf season, finished the year as both the GSGA’s Women’s and Girl’s Player of the Year.

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James Achenbach

PINEHURST, N.C. – Few things are more incompatible in tournament golf than a dumb golfer with a smartphone.

Smartphones once again are front and center in golf, thanks to an announcement Thursday by the U.S. Golf Association that distance-measuring devices will be allowed in all USGA amateur championships. These devices will remain forbidden in the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and their respective qualifying events.

The provision takes effect immediately, meaning that competitors in the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women's Amateur and all other 2014 USGA amateur championships can carry ...

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Julie Williams
14 potential members of the 2014 Curtis Cup Team posed at Champions Golf Club in Houston for a pre-selection practice session.
14 potential members of the 2014 Curtis Cup Team posed at Champions Golf Club in Houston for a pre-selection practice session.

Two years ago, the eight-woman U.S. Curtis Cup team was locked in well before the end of January. In fact, the first five players had been announced before Christmas. But here we are in a Curtis Cup year, blazing through February with only a vague idea of what players might make that team.

That’s a good sign of the direction in which the event is heading.

For the first time in Curtis Cup history, U.S. captain Ellen Port hosted 14 potential team members Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Champions Golf Club in Houston for a pre-selection practice session ...

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Cassie Stein

In following the R&A’s lead, the U.S. Golf Association has approved the use of distance-measuring devices for all USGA amateur championships and qualifying events beginning in 2014.

The use of distance-measuring devices has been covered by an optional local rule, and the USGA Championship Committee’s vote adopts this local rule for all amateur championships this year.

• Achenbach: USGA's decision is sign of times

The change will not apply to the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Senior Open championships or their qualifying events.

Devices may be used only to ...

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Bill Zimmerman

Distance-measuring devices such as laser rangefinders will be permitted for use during R&A amateur events this year, the organization's Championship Committee announced Monday.

"It will not be introduced for The Open Championship or any qualifying event for The Open Championship," the R&A said in its statement, adding that the committee is not intending for the change to serve as a recommendation for other tournament organizers.

The Championship Committee is exercising the option under a local rule that has been in effect since 2006.

Naturally, players were quick to react via their Twitter accounts – even if they aren ...

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Golfweek Staff
Brooke Henderson
Brooke Henderson

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Brooke Henderson completed a wire-to-wire victory Saturday in the South Atlantic Amateur, shooting par 72 in chilly conditions at Oceanside Country Club to win by four strokes.

Henderson, 16, the reigning Canadian women's amateur champion from Smiths Falls, Ontario, had pulled away from the field midway through the final round before easing across the finish line, bogeying two of her final four holes for a 3-under 285 total.

Annabel Dimmock of Virginia Water, England, finished runner-up with a final-round 73 and 289 total.

Clara Teixeira of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Chloe Williams of Wrexham, Wales ...

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Brooke Henderson
Brooke Henderson

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Brooke Henderson maintained a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the South Atlantic Amateur women's tournament, posting a 2-under 70 Friday at Oceanside Country Club.

Henderson, 16, of Smiths Falls, Ontario, stands at 3-under 213. Wales' Chloe Williams matched Henderson's 70 and is second at 214. England's Annabel Dimmock (71–216) is the only other player at par or better entering Saturday's final round of the third of five Orange Blossom Tour events.

Henderson, the reigning Canadian Women's Amateur champion, birdied four of her first seven holes before struggling on the back ...

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Golfweek Staff
Brooke Henderson
Brooke Henderson

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Brooke Henderson came back to the field Thursday in the second round of the South Atlantic Amateur, but the Canadian teen still leads the women's event.

Henderson, 16, of Smiths Falls, Ontario, and a member of the Canadian national team, struggled to a 4-over 76 at Oceanside Country Club. But after her sterling first-round 67, in which she reeled off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch, Henderson, the seventh-ranked player in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, holds a one-shot lead after 36 holes.

What a difference 24 hours made for Henderson, though. After making seven birdies – including ...

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The USGA announced Thursday that Wellesley (Mass.) Country Club will host the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, Sept. 17-22.

“Wellesley Country Club is both delighted and honored to be hosting the 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship,” Charles R. Klotz, the club president, said in a release. “Wellesley has a growing involvement with the USGA, having hosted the USGA Women’s State Team Championship and several USGA championship qualifiers. The members and staff are looking forward to 2016 and trust that the players will find the course challenging.”

The club hosted a USGA Championship in ...

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