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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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February 27, 2014 | 10:10 a.m.

Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 7)

Emma Talley
Emma Talley
Emma Talley

Hey Y’all

We have played a lot of golf the past couple weeks, which means I’ve got plenty of school to get caught up on. Our Alabama team traveled to Puerto Rico for our first tournament of the spring and then got home and went to New Orleans for the next one. We only have a little bit of time before we leave again next Wednesday to South Carolina for the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. All of the traveling makes for tons of schoolwork we have to make up, but our academic staff here does a great job keeping ...

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Brentley Romine
Arkansas' Taylor Moore
Arkansas' Taylor Moore

Taylor Moore notched two top 10s in five starts for Arkansas during the fall.

He's already equaled that total in two starts this spring.

The sophomore from Edmond, Okla., tied for fourth to help the Razorbacks win their spring opener, the Gator Invitational. Then on Sunday, Moore wrapped up a T-10 finish at the Bayou City Collegiate.

"I actually didn't play that bad during the fall," Moore said. "I didn't score that well, though, and it always seemed like I'd have that one bad round that would knock me out of a top-5 or top-10 finish ...

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Andy Zunz
James Ragan, a former Rice golfer, impacted people through his foundation, Triumph Over Kid Cancer.
James Ragan, a former Rice golfer, impacted people through his foundation, Triumph Over Kid Cancer.

Former Rice golfer James Ragan died in Corpus Christi, Texas, Monday at the age of 20. Ragan battled with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, since the age of 13.

Ragan played in two seasons for the Owls, appearing in three events. But his biggest impact may have been off the course, where he founded Triumph Over Kid Cancer, a foundation that raised more than $750,000 through donations and events. The money was raised with the goal of finding treatments for orphan diseases, diseases that have not been adopted by pharmaceutical companies.

Duncan College master Luis Duno-Gottberg met Ragan ...

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February 17, 2014 | 9 a.m.

By the numbers: Arkansas, 68

Emily Tubert fired a 68 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic.
Emily Tubert fired a 68 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic.

For Arkansas, 68 was a great number this weekend.

Senior Sebastian Cappelen and sophomore Taylor Moore both shot 2-under 68s in the final round of the Gator Invitational, giving the Razorbacks the win at the star-studded tournament.

But the Arkansas women's golf team also benefitted from a round of 68. Senior Emily Tubert fired a 4-under 68 in the first round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico, Sunday. The senior's performance put the Razorbacks in the lead by seven strokes.

"We are off to a good start," Arkansas women's head coach Shauna ...

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Brentley Romine

When Arkansas started its spring season Saturday at the SunTrust Gator Invitational, it marked the first spring competition in nearly two years for sophomore Kolton Crawford.

Crawford, of Mansfield, Texas, red-shirted last season while working on swing changes. The previous year, Crawford was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team after playing in 10 tournaments and notching two top 10s during the 2011-12 season.

Without Crawford, the Razorbacks advanced to the NCAA Championship last spring. Now, adding to a lineup that includes Taylor Moore, Sebastian Cappelen and Nicolas Echavarria, Crawford has a chance to be a key piece for coach ...

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Wilson McDonald is one of three seniors on an Alabama-Birmingham roster that looks to advance past the NCAA Regionals this year.
Wilson McDonald is one of three seniors on an Alabama-Birmingham roster that looks to advance past the NCAA Regionals this year.

The summer meant the start of something new for the Alabama Birmingham men’s golf team.

The Blazers were happy to leave their ninth-place finish at the Baton Rouge Regional behind last spring and focus on improvement as the weather heated up in the deep South.

That’s exactly what happened.

“Last year was a big disappointment for everyone. We certainly had higher expectations for the season,” said Alan Murray, UAB’s head coach. “Sometimes, when you get your ass kicked a little bit that can spur you on to work harder.

“The five guys that started every tournament, they ...

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Nick Masuda

The Div. 1 Championships/Sports Management Cabinet approved changes to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship format on Wednesday, effective in 2015 at the Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla.

Following the same path as the men's tournament, the women's individual title will now consist of 54 stroke-play holes, a cut to the low 36 players (and ties) and then 18 final holes on the fourth day of competition.

Meanwhile, on the third day of competition, the top eight teams will be determined for match-play competition. Team play will subside on the fourth day to put a focus on ...

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February 11, 2014 | 3:07 p.m.

Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 6)

Emma Talley
Emma Talley
Emma Talley

Hey Y’all,

Well we are back to golf season! Even though it has been oddly cold in Alabama, it has been much warmer than my hometown in Kentucky. Our team has been able to practice almost every day despite the weather conditions. My teammates and I have been working really hard this off-season and I hope that it pays off this spring! Our first tournament is the Puerto Rico Classic, which we won last year. The only thing we can do going into our first tournament is to play one shot at a time and have fun. The preparation ...

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Brentley Romine
Alabama's Trey Mullinax
Alabama's Trey Mullinax

Four Alabama players and three Cal players were included on the 2014 Ben Hogan Award watch list, which was released Wednesday.

In all, 30 players were named to the list for the award, which is given annually to the top college men's player. Results in college and amateur events in the past 12 months are considered.

The list of 10 semifinalists will be released April 16. The three finalists will be named May 7. The winner will be announced during a banquet May 18 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, before the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza ...

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