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Nicki Cutler stepped down as Princeton women's golf coach.
Nicki Cutler stepped down as Princeton women's golf coach.

Nicki Cutler has resigned after four seasons as the head women's coach at Princeton, the school announced.

"I would like to thank Princeton University for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach," Cutler said. "It has been a privilege and an honor to work with such an outstanding group of young women. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I will leave with many great memories of being a Tiger."

Under Cutler, Princeton finished among the top three in the Ivy League in each of the past four seasons. The Tigers were No. 96 in ...

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Golfweek Staff
Jeff Jenkins was named head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Jeff Jenkins was named head coach at Louisiana Tech.

Jeff Jenkins, who spent four years as the assistant coach at Texas Tech, has been named the head men's coach at Louisiana Tech.

He replaces Jeff Parks, who resigned after five seasons at the Ruston school.

We are excited to have Jeff Jenkins and the experience that he brings to the table as our next head coach,” Tommy McClelland, Louisiana Tech's athletic director, said in a statement. “He comes highly recommended, and he has been a part of one of the better golf programs in our region at Texas Tech. We believe that he is the right person ...

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Nick Masuda
Patrick Rodgers is one of two Stanford players to make the Division 1 Ping First-Team All-Americans.
Patrick Rodgers is one of two Stanford players to make the Division 1 Ping First-Team All-Americans.

Four players that are still teeing it up at the NCAA Men's Championship will walk off the course with a new honor to add to their respective resumes.

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, as well as Alabama's Bobby Wyatt and Robby Shelton headline the Division 1 Ping First-Team All-Americans for 2013-14.

Here is a look at the 10-player squad:

Division I PING First-Team All-Americans

  • Julien Brun, TCU
  • Greg Eason, UCF
  • Brandon Hagy, California
  • Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
  • Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
  • Robby Shelton, Alabama
  • Joel Stalter, California
  • Scott Vincent, Virginia Tech
  • Cameron Wilson, Stanford
  • Bobby Wyatt, Alabama

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Nick Masuda
Sean Covich (center) was named men's golf head coach at West Virginia.
Sean Covich (center) was named men's golf head coach at West Virginia.

With West Virginia slated to start its first season as a varsity sport on July 1, 2015, the school has announced its men's golf coach in Sean Covich, an assistant coach at Mississippi State for the last three seasons.

“Sean has experienced tremendous success in his eight years as a golf coach. He is a relentless recruiter who has been known to find diamonds in the rough out on the recruiting trails," West Virginia Director of Athletics Oliver Luck said in a press release.

Covich helped the Bulldogs to NCAA Championship appearances in 2013 and 2014, with Mississippi State ...

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Nick Masuda
Tim Crouch of the Florida Southern men's golf team.
Tim Crouch of the Florida Southern men's golf team.

It was a big day for Tim Crouch on Wednesday, as the Florida Southern standout snagged two prestigious honors from the GCAA.

Crouch received the Div. II Arnold Palmer Individual National Champion Award for earning medalist honors at the Div. II NCAA Championships, becoming the third player to win back-to-back medalist honors. Valdosta State's Briny Baird was the last in 1994-95.

Crouch was also named a first-team Ping All-American along with seven other Div. II standouts.

Division II PING First-Team All-Americans

  • Tim Crouch, Florida Southern
  • Alistair Docherty, Chico State
  • Derek Oland, Midwestern State
  • Brandon Robinson-Thompson, USC-Aiken
  • Spencer Schindler, Flagler ...

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Cassie Stein
TCU junior Julien Brun will play in his first PGA Tour even this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
TCU junior Julien Brun will play in his first PGA Tour even this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Julien Brun, a junior out of TCU, earned the right as an individual to advance to the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club on May 17 as his teamed failed to qualify for one of the five spots. Down the stretch the team went 4 over on the final hole compared to UCLA’s even par on the difficult par-4.

“It’s upsetting,” Brun said. “We came to the last hole with a shot advantage and came up a little short.”

Instead, Brun has earned and accepted a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at ...

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Cassie Stein

Mississippi head coach Ernest Ross will not return to the university for the 2014-15 season, athletic director Ross Bjork announced Thursday.

“Ernest has provided steady and successful leadership of our golf program for a long time, and we appreciate both of his stints as our head coach,” Bjork said in a release. “As a member of our M-Club Hall of Fame, Ernest has made tremendous contributions to our program, and we wish him and his family the best as they move forward.”

In 17 seasons at Mississippi over two tenures, Ross led the Rebels to seven NCAA Championship appearances. The ...

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Golfweek Staff

Defending champion Mary Hardin-Baylor will look to win its second NCAA Division III women's championship in program history May 13-16 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., beginning the week as the No. 6 seed. Washington-St. Louis has the top seed, followed by 2013 third-place finisher Methodist and 2013 runner-up Texas-Tyler.

Here is the complete list of teams and individuals headed to Mission Inn's El Campeon course:

Teams

  • 1. Washington-St. Louis
  • 2. Methodist
  • 3. Texas-Tyler
  • 4. Williams
  • 5. Ithaca
  • 6. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • 7. DePauw
  • 8. Rhodes
  • 9. George Fox
  • 10. Olivet
  • 11. St. Thomas-Minnesota
  • 12. Carthage
  • 13. Wartburg
  • 14. Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • 15 ...

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Cassie Stein

Cindy Trout, women’s head golf coach at Western Michigan, has announced her retirement.

Trout has been the head coach since the program’s inception in 1998-99 season.

"We cannot thank Cindy enough for her 16 years of dedication to Western Michigan Athletics and the Bronco women's golf team," Western Michigan Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard said in a release. "She built this program from the ground up and leaves it in great position to have success in the very near future."

"I was given the opportunity 16 years ago to start this program and I am very proud ...

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Lance Ringler

In the past decade, not much change has occurred in the postseason process for women’s college golf. Change is on the horizon, however. Today, 72 teams will learn where they are headed for NCAA regional competition. Later this month, 24 teams and six individuals will make up the NCAA Championship field to be played at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.

This year, the path to a national title is similar to what we have seen since the first championship in 1982. In the beginning, the top 17 teams in college golf were invited to play in the championship. The first ...

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Golfweek Staff

The 2014 NCAA Division II men's tournament regionals field is set, with 80 teams and 32 individual qualifiers competing at four sites May 5-7 for a trip to the championships. Defending champion Barry will compete in the South Region, as well 2012-13 runner-up Lynn.

Here is the breakdown:

• • •

Atlantic/East Regional

Edgewood Country Club, Charleston, W.Va.

ATLANTIC REGION

Teams

  • 1. Indiana (Pennsylvania)
  • 2. California (Pennsylvania)
  • 3. Charleston (West Virginia)
  • 4. West Chester
  • 5. Millersville [Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference]
  • 6. West Liberty
  • 7. Gannon
  • 8. Concord
  • 9. Mercyhurst
  • 10. Virginia State [Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association]

Individuals

  • 1. Jess Ferrell ...

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Andy Zunz
Jordan Niebrugge will play for back-to-back titles at the Amateur Public Links Championship in July.
Jordan Niebrugge will play for back-to-back titles at the Amateur Public Links Championship in July.

Jordan Niebrugge will go for back-to-back titles in the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship – and will be the first golfer to attempt back-to-back wins at the event since 2009, according to the USGA.

The sophomore at Oklahoma State has filed his entry into the tournament and will defend his title at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., July 14-19. Niebrugge, who missed the cut at the Masters after his Public Links win had earned him a spot.

A win would make Niebrugge the first multi-year winner since Ryan Moore (2002, 2004). Last year, Niebrugge defeated ...

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April 16, 2014 | 2:48 p.m.

Ben Hogan Award semifinalists announced

Cassie Stein
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans

The 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Ben Hogan Award were announced Wednesday.

The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA, NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competition over a 12-month span.

In order of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking:

• 1. Joey Garber, Georgia, senior

• 2. Robby Shelton, Alabama, freshman

• 3. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford, junior

• 4. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech, junior

• 5. Cameron Wilson, Stanford, senior

• 6. Brandon Hagy, California, senior

• 9. Greg Eason, Central Florida, senior

• 11. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, senior

• 19. Bryson Dechambeau, SMU ...

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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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Julie Williams
A view of the 16th hole at Pasatiempo Golf Club.
A view of the 16th hole at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – A bright cobalt letterman’s jacket hangs in the golf office at San Jose State, but only until April each year. It comes off the hanger then to wait for its wearer at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

A letterman’s jacket, head coach John Kennaday reasons, is the quintessential symbol of college athletics. In early April, the green jacket is the quintessential sign of golf. Since the TransAmerica/WFG Western Intercollegiate and the Masters share the same dates, on Alister Mackenzie layouts separated by thousands of miles, Kennaday thought it the perfect tribute to the Western winner.

“It ...

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