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Russell Henley is one of four former Georgia Bulldogs to have earned more than $1.2 million on the PGA Tour this season.
Russell Henley is one of four former Georgia Bulldogs to have earned more than $1.2 million on the PGA Tour this season.

The Rivals Cup is a website that promotes college affiliations of pro athletes by ranking NCAA programs and seeing what university is having the biggest impact in pro sports.

In order for a player to qualify for the Rivals Cup, the athlete must have played at their respective school for a minimum of one year and recorded earnings in the prior year on the PGA Tour (in this case in 2013).

The earnings are based on the 2013-14 PGA Tour wraparound season.

Currently, the Georgia Bulldogs have made the most money on the PGA Tour through the 2014 Valero Texas ...

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March 31, 2014 | 11:36 a.m.

Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 8)

Emma Talley
Emma Talley
Emma Talley

Hey Y’all

A lot of things have happened since last time. My play in Hilton Head was a little rough again, but I learned a lot about my game. Right after the tournament, I found out I was selected to be on this year’s Curtis Cup. The news I got was so exciting! I cannot wait for the opportunity to play for my country. My past experiences playing for the USA have been incredible and I know this will be nothing but amazing. To be picked with the group of girls that got chosen is an honor in ...

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Golfweek Staff
Ron Balicki (center) with several Golfweek staffers current and past -- Asher Wildman (from left), Lance Ringler, Jay Coffin and Eric Soderstrom -- getting into the spirit of the 2007 NCAA Championship in Williamsburg, Va.
Ron Balicki (center) with several Golfweek staffers current and past -- Asher Wildman (from left), Lance Ringler, Jay Coffin and Eric Soderstrom -- getting into the spirit of the 2007 NCAA Championship in Williamsburg, Va.

Longtime college and amateur writer Ron Balicki passed away Tuesday at the age of 65. His mark will be left on both the golf community as a whole, but also on our current staff, which learned a lot from the big-hearted veteran.

Here are some words and memories from staffers who worked closely with Balicki:

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Lance Ringler, Golfweek assistant editor

I will never forget the first time I spoke with Ron Balicki. It was actually on a conference call. I was on one end, trying to introduce a new ranking system for college golf to the biggest media figure the ...

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Joel Stalter
California senior Joel Stalter
California senior Joel Stalter

The last two weeks have been pretty hectic for the Golden Bears, competing in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters and last week in Tucson, Ariz., for the National Invitational Tournament. On top of that, most of us had midterms and projects due, which kept us very busy on the road.

UNLV’s tournament is definitely one of the most prestigious events and arguably one of the best fields we see all year. It is a fantastic test of golf and a great opportunity to compete with some of the best amateurs in the world.

The vibe was a bit different ...

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Categories: Blog U., College, Men, Cal Bears
March 23, 2014 | 8:56 p.m.

Arizona State leads salute to Ron Balicki

Andy Zunz
Arizona State players pinned a green ribbon to their hats in honor of Ron Balicki, who is battling cancer.
Arizona State players pinned a green ribbon to their hats in honor of Ron Balicki, who is battling cancer.

Tim Mickelson was only an 11-year-old kid in 1988, but he couldn't help but be intimidated by Ron Balicki.

"My biggest memory of him was that he was a damn tall guy and he was skinny," Mickelson, the head coach at Arizona State, said with a laugh.

"A tall, skinny guy that, for whatever reason, intimidated me. It was his height (around 6 feet 3 inches), not his intimidation factor, but I remember him being a very friendly guy that was always at the big tournaments Phil (Mickelson) was playing in, and he was the only one. He was ...

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Todd Eckstein
Todd Eckstein
Todd Eckstein

When I was in seventh grade, we had a rather tedious project for geometry: build a structure with toothpicks and marshmallows that could support a baseball. I thought I had built myself a great little contraption, but it only worked if you put the baseball on at a certain angle. Knowing my teacher would test it in as many ways as possible, I spent an hour adding several awkwardly-placed supports that eventually didn’t work, meaning I had to deconstruct and start over after wasting an hour trying to salvage a faulty design.

I learned in that moment that “band-aid ...

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Andy Zunz
Fanny Cnops, shown at the UCF Challenge, earned a sponsor exemption to the Symetra Tour's IOA Golf Classic.
Fanny Cnops, shown at the UCF Challenge, earned a sponsor exemption to the Symetra Tour's IOA Golf Classic.

Fanny Cnops has earned her spot as the top golfer for Central Florida this spring, posting three top-three finishes in as many tournaments. Her nine rounds of par or better, 71.7 stroke average and win at the UCF Challenge lead the team.

Her performance on the course has helped her gain the right kind of attention, as she earned a sponsor exemption to the Symetra Tour's IOA Golf Classic at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood, Fla. The tournament, which is a half-hour drive away from the UCF campus, will be played March 28-30.

Cnops and Alabama commit Nicole ...

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Cassie Stein
Robert Morris sophomore Halley Morell tees off on No. 8 at LPGA International during the Lonnie Barton Invitational.
Robert Morris sophomore Halley Morell tees off on No. 8 at LPGA International during the Lonnie Barton Invitational.

Editor’s note: Cassie Stein graduated from Robert Morris in 2012 and played on the golf team from 2008 to 2010.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Wiping away tears, Robert Morris head coach Jerry Stone found it hard to talk about the school's women’s golf team, which will disband at the end of the spring season.

It was hard for me to hear it. It’s almost like it wasn’t true until hearing it in person.

In December, the women’s team and six other programs at Robert Morris had a meeting with athletic director Craig Coleman and university ...

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Cassie Stein
UCLA sophomore Jonathan Garrick
UCLA sophomore Jonathan Garrick

LAS VEGAS – Life’s a gamble – especially in Sin City.

UCLA's Jonathan Garrick had a one-stroke lead heading into the daunting par-3 17th at Southern Highlands Golf Club during the final round of the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters on Sunday.

Tied with playing competitor Patrick Rodgers for the lead heading to the 16th, Garrick saw that the Stanford junior had to take a penalty on 16 after his ball was deemed unplayable in the trees, putting Garrick in the driver's seat.

Garrick and the third player in the group, UNLV’s Kurt Kitayama, were already on the tee ...

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Cassie Stein
UCLA's Jonathan Garrick is two-shots back heading into the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
UCLA's Jonathan Garrick is two-shots back heading into the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

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LAS VEGAS – UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick will try to chase down Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers on Sunday in the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

It’s a daunting task for the UCLA sophomore who has one collegiate victory under his belt (the Cal Poly SLO Invitational) compared with Rodgers’ seven career wins, but he believes it's doable.

“The way I look at my win last year is that a win's a win and I did what I had to do down the stretch,” he said, "and I took a lot from that ...

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Cassie Stein
Alabama freshman Robby Shelton shot an even-par 72 in the first round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
Alabama freshman Robby Shelton shot an even-par 72 in the first round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

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LAS VEGAS – Freshman Robby Shelton and seniors Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett turned a potential nightmare round for Alabama into something they can work with heading into Saturday’s second round.

Before making the turn at Southern Highlands Golf Club, things weren’t going the Tide’s way. As a team, they were 16 over.

Then the tide turned – pun intended.

First, Whitsett (1-over 73) holed out for eagle at the par-4 11th, and then Wyatt (4-over 76) did the same on the par-4 16th. Shelton (72) hit a laser 2-iron into the green from 228 yards ...

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Brentley Romine
Washington junior Cheng-Tsung Pan tied for second at an Open Series Qualifying event in Thailand to qualify for the 2014 Open Championship.
Washington junior Cheng-Tsung Pan tied for second at an Open Series Qualifying event in Thailand to qualify for the 2014 Open Championship.

Washington junior Cheng-Tsung Pan qualified for the 2014 Open Championship on Friday in an Open Series Qualifying event in Chonburi, Thailand.

Pan finished tied for second at the qualifier, shooting a pair of 2-under 70s, and was one of four players to advance to this summer's major championship July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Japan's Hiroshi Iwata was medalist while China's Ashun Wu and Japan's Tohinobu Tsukada also advanced.

“I’m still in a state of shock but at the same time I’m really happy with how I have played considering how tough ...

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March 5, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

Updated Palmer Cup rankings released

Cassie Stein
Georgia's Joey Garber
Georgia's Joey Garber

The first spring Palmer Cup rankings were released on March 5.

The Palmer Cup is annual event between 10 players from the United States and Europe. The top six golfers in the rankings at the end of the college golf season secure spots on the each team.

This year’s event will be at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, June 26-28.

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Team USA

  1. Joey Garber, Senior, Georgia

  2. Robby Shelton, Freshman, Alabama

  3. Brandon Hagy, Senior, California

  4. Cameron Wilson, Stanford, Stanford

  5. Trey Mullinax, Senior, Alabama

  6. J.T. Poston, Junior, Western Carolina

  7. Wyndham Clark, Sophomore, Oklahoma State

  8. Bobby Wyatt, Senior ...

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Cassie Stein
Patrick Rodgers won the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters in 2013 after a three-man playoff.
Patrick Rodgers won the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters in 2013 after a three-man playoff.

The tournament may not start until Friday, but there is still plenty of hype heading into the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.

There are seven top-10 teams, and all 15 teams are ranked inside the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Alabama is playing at the SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate before the team heads to Vegas. If the Tide can pull off a victory, it will be the team’s 13th consecutive tournament win.

Cal, Oklahoma State and Stanford are all coming off victories in the last two weeks and will look to continue those winning ...

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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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