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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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Cassie Stein
Cal's Brandon Hagy
Cal's Brandon Hagy

The Golf Coaches Association of America announced the five finalists of the 2014 Byron Nelson Award April 8.

The finalists are California teammates Brandon Hagy and Joel Stalter, Northwestern’s Jack Perry, Alabama’s Cory Whitsett and Stanford’s Cameron Wilson.

The requirement for the Nelson Award is that it is a graduating senior from their respective university. The selection committee also considers an entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as character and integrity.

The winner will be named May 1.

Brentley Romine
Florida junior Eric Banks won the 2014 David Toms Award.
Florida junior Eric Banks won the 2014 David Toms Award.

It has taken some time, but Eric Banks is finally feeling more comfortable on the golf course.

Banks, a junior at Florida, is almost two years removed from open-heart surgery in June of 2012 and just more than a year into his return to college golf.

"I was a little nervous when I first returned (last spring)," Banks said. "I've been a little protective (of my chest), especially through impact, but my backswing has gotten longer and I'm swinging faster. It's nice to not have to be so worried, and I feel a lot more comfortable."

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Brentley Romine
Oliver Goss, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee and the 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up, will be one of six amateurs competing in the 2014 Masters.
Oliver Goss, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee and the 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up, will be one of six amateurs competing in the 2014 Masters.

Six amateurs will compete in the 2014 Masters, all of them making their first start at Augusta National.

Here is a closer look at each of the six amateur participants:

• • •

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Age: 19

Hometown: Sheffield, England

How he qualified: U.S. Amateur champion

Buzz: Fitzpatrick first made major headlines when he qualified for last year's Open Championship and earned low-amateur honors at Muirfield. He then won the U.S. Amateur title later that summer before beginning his freshman year at Northwestern. His college career was short-lived, however, as he spent just one semester at Northwestern. Fitzpatrick, who plans ...

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Julie Williams
Georgia sophomore Manuela Carbajo Re
Georgia sophomore Manuela Carbajo Re

Josh Brewer had decided to transform the Liz Murphey Collegiate even before the final word came out last fall that the NCAA Women’s Championship would transition to match play in 2015. Brewer, head women’s coach at Georgia, was looking for a way to make the Bulldogs’ home event, one of the longest-running women’s events on the East Coast, look a little different in its 42nd year. The result is a high-stakes, late-season battle among some of the nation’s top teams for trophy, pride and, ultimately, ranking.

In place of a traditional 54-hole stroke-play event, Brewer has ...

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Cassie Stein
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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