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Beth Ann Nichols

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Stacy Lewis raises bar for 2015 LPGA season

Stacy Lewis raises bar for 2015 LPGA season

Despite a banner year in 2014, Stacy Lewis wants more. That mindset provides a glimpse into what makes Lewis such an incredible player. She’s never satisfied.

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Refreshed Michelle Wie ready for 2015

Refreshed Michelle Wie ready for 2015 on LPGA Tour

Refreshed, healthy and eager to get started, Michelle Wie begins her seventh full season on the LPGA at the inaugural Coates Golf Championship.

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Pancake's Waffle House partnership boosts LPGA

Brooke Pancake's Waffle House partnership boosts LPGA

The recent marriage of the LPGA's Brooke Pancake and Waffle House so far seems like a win-win for everyone.

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Dryburgh finds mentor in fellow Scot Matthew

Tulane's Gemma Dryburgh finds mentor in fellow Scot Catriona Matthew

Tulane senior Gemma Dryburgh visited with Scottish LPGA golfer Catriona Matthew during the offseason to learn more about professional golf.

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Korda chases another season-opening LPGA title

Relaxed Jessica Korda chasing another season-opening LPGA title

Jessica Korda, 21, will begin the 2015 LPGA season in Ocala, Fla., next week, refreshed after enjoying a month-long break from golf.

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Coates Golf debuts big at PGA Show, LPGA event

Coates Golf goes big with PGA Show debut, LPGA sponsorship

Randall and Mollie Coates debuted their new equipment company, Coates Golf, on Day 1 of the PGA Merchandise Show. The Coateses will sponsor an LPGA event in Ocala, Fla., later this month.

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Pillers pay it forward with fellowship

Martin and Gerina Pillar hosted the first College Golf Fellowship retreat for women in early January to combine faith and sports.

Martin and Gerina Piller hosted 30 female college golfers from Texas-based universities for a three-day College Golf Fellowship retreat in early January.

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Waffle House flips for LPGA's Brooke Pancake

Waffle House flips for LPGA's Brooke Pancake

The LPGA's Brooke Pancake, a former Alabama All-American, has announced a sponsorship deal with Waffle House.

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Brooks de-commits from Florida, leads the Sally

Sierra Brooks de-commits from the University of Florida, and leads the South Atlantic Amateur

Sierra Brooks might be leading the South Atlantic Amateur after two rounds, but she is doing so while looking for a new university. She de-committed from Florida in late November.

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Korda battles conditions at the Sally for 2nd-round 74

Nelly Korda fights hard at the South Atlantic Amateur to stay near top of the leaderboard after two rounds

By the sound of it, Nelly Korda shot a million. At the end of the day, she fought hard to stay four shots back of winning back-to-back titles at The South Atlantic Amateur.

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Mitchell leads Louisville contingent at The Sally

Katie Mitchell leads Louisville contingent at The Sally with rounds 69-77 at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Louisville head coach Country Trimble wanted her players to play tournament in the offsesaon. This week at The Sally, five players are in the field with two in contention to win.

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Lydia Ko trades glasses for contact lenses

LPGA player Lydia Ko trades glasses for contact lenses

Word has it Lydia Ko will be sporting a new look in 2015. The LPGA sophomore has traded her signature glasses for contacts, giving the prodigious teen a more grown-up look.

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Symetra Tour's '15 schedule showcases impressive growth

Symetra Tour's 2015 schedule showcases impressive growth

Golfweek has learned the Symetra Tour’s 2015 schedule will have a minimum of 23 events, up from 15 two years ago.

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Korda comes of age with Harder Hall win

Nelly Korda comes of age with Harder Hall Women's Invitational win

Nelly Korda, little sister of LPGA star Jessica Korda, overcame early obstacles to win the 2015 Harder Hall Women's Invitational.

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Lang searches for the calm to secure 4th USGA title

Diane Lang searching for the calm to bring home fourth USGA title

Diane Lang, a three-time U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, is 60 and still searching. She's among the decorated veterans teeing it up at Harder Hall.

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LPGA top 10: Could 2014 script read any better?

LPGA top 10: Michelle Wie's major moment; Stacy Lewis sweeps; Lydia Ko's jackpot

At times during the 2014 LPGA season, it was hard to imagine how the script could read any better. Beth Ann Nichols recalls some of the highlights.

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My Year in Golf: Beth Ann Nichols

My Year in Golf: Michelle Wie blossoms, Stacy Lewis opens the books

Beth Ann Nichols' year began in the nursery of Mason Kerr, and the ride continued. Nichols recalls her best moments from a year covering the LPGA tour.

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Number crunching: Julieta Granada

Number crunching: Intensity drives Julieta Granada's big year on LPGA Tour

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Julieta Granada.

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Charitable passion for Africa drives Betsy King

Charitable passion for Africa drives Betsy King

Former LPGA Tour great Betsy King now works to raise $100 million through her organization, Golf Fore Africa.

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Number crunching: Beatriz Recari

Number crunching: Injuries slow Beatriz Recari in 2014

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Beatriz Recari.

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Number crunching: Jenny Shin

Number crunching: Improved putting fuels Jenny Shin's strong 2014

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, we highlight Jenny Shin.

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LPGA pros' hard choice: When to walk away

Life after golf: For LPGA players, next chapter comes quickly

For LPGA players, who compete for smaller purses, difficult family choices and a second career come quickly.

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Grad chart: A closer look at LPGA card-getters

Q-School grad chart: At closer look at LPGA card-getters

LPGA Q-School is in the books for 2014, and 20 players emerged with full LPGA status. Get to know them here.

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Cheyenne Woods' LPGA card a product of resilience

Cheyenne Woods' LPGA card a product of resilience

Nobody handed Cheyenne Woods an LPGA card. She earned it the old-fashioned way, playing on developmental tours to earn her stripes and then grinding over a 3-footer for par on her 90th hole of LPGA Q-School to realize a lifelong dream.

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Lee's solid play could bring UCLA career to a close

LPGA Q-School: Alison Lee's solid play could end UCLA career

Alison Lee, who plans to leave UCLA mid-year should she earn her LPGA Tour card at Q-School, is tied for second after a 67 Friday.

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Cheyenne Woods bounces back at LPGA Q-School

Cheyenne Woods bounces back at LPGA Q-School

Cheyenne Woods showed the kind of resolve it takes to survive LPGA Q-School; One day after posting a head-scratching 79, Woods came to the more forgiving Jones Course at LPGA International and notched seven birdies.

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Notes: Jutanugarn sisters back at it for Q-School

Notes: Jutanugarn sisters back at it for LPGA Q-School

Undoubtedly one of the most talented teens in the world, Ariya Jutanugarn powered her way around LPGA International's Jones Course at LPGA Q-School.

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Hull's priorities in check as she pursues LPGA card

Charley Hull keeps priorities in check as she pursues LPGA card

Charley Hull doesn’t want to grow up. Not faster than she has to, anyway. The English charmer said the world wouldn’t end if she failed to earn her LPGA card this week.

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Notes: LPGA Q-School field deep in talent

Notes: LPGA Q-School field exceptionally deep in talent

You could toss a ball onto the practice green Wednesday morning at LPGA Q-School and hit a future star. There’s never been a qualifying school so deep in worldwide talent.

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Lydia Ko takes ownership of her swing

For Your Game: Lydia Ko takes ownership of her swing

Lydia Ko received a fair amount of criticism last winter for leaving the only coach she’d ever known, just weeks after turning professional.

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Ko wins CME crown in Naples; Lewis sweeps honors

Lydia Ko wins CME crown in Naples; Stacy Lewis sweeps LPGA postseason honors

Stacy Lewis swept LPGA postseason honors, winning Rolex Player of the Year, the Vare Trophy and the money title, but she had to share the spotlight with Lydia Ko, who won the CME Group Tour Championship and the CME Race to the Globe bonus check Sunday in Naples, Fla.

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Granada leads LPGA finale, drama heightens

Granada leads CME Championship as $1 million drama heightens

Julieta Granada won the first $1 million payout in LPGA history as a rookie in 2006 at the ADT Championship. Funny how Granada has found her way back to the top now that a $1 million prize has returned to the tour.

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For Lewis, LPGA finale all about scenarios

For Stacy Lewis, LPGA finale becomes a number-crunching game

It didn’t take long for Stacy Lewis to start crunching numbers. Moments after she wrapped her post-round interview, Lewis headed to the back of the room to look at a closer breakdown of Race to the Globe scenarios.

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Lewis looks to sweep LPGA postseason honors

Lewis sets sights on sweeping LPGA's postseason honors

Stacy Lewis fought off tough conditions at the CME Group Tour Championship Friday to stay under par for the tournament and in line for the LPGA Tour's postseason honors.

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Red-carpet star Wie climbs leaderboard in Naples

After dazzling on red carpet, Michelle Wie climbs leaderboard in Naples

No one can cause a stir on the red carpet like Michelle Wie. And when she follows an evening of glamor with a smooth 67 to vault up the leaderboard at the CME Group Tour Championship, well, it’s doubly fantastic for the LPGA.

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Lewis, Park gear up for Race to CME Globe battle

Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park gear up for Race to the CME Globe showdown at the LPGA's season finale

It's a tight race for the for the $1 million prize for the Race to the CME Globe this week in Naples, Fla., and Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park are gearing up for quite a showdown at the LPGA's season finale.

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LPGA secures new major sponsor, bigger purses

LPGA secures new major sponsor, bigger purses for 2015

The LPGA announced its 2015 schedule at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., and it will include 33 events plus an increase of more than $4 million in prize money.

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Christina Kim begins 'second act' with Ochoa victory

Christina Kim begins 'second act' with Lorena Ochoa victory

Christina Kim calls this her second act. The 30-year-old ended a nine-year victory drought Sunday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

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Redman family moves forward after tragic loss

Redman family moves forward after tragic loss

Susie Kirk, who played the LPGA tour for years as Susie Redman, and her oldest son John Redman have worked to move forward with their lives after the tragic loss of John's fiancee.

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Lewis, Park battle for Rolex POY as season closes

Lewis, Park battle for Rolex POY as LPGA season nears end

Stacy Lewis holds a slim lead over Inbee Park in the Rolex Player of the Year race with two events remaining in the LPGA Tour season.

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Ko named Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year

Lydia Ko named LPGA's Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year for 2014

The LPGA announced that Lydia Ko has clinched the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, making her the youngest winner in tour history at 17 years old.

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Joint Legends, Symetra event to bridge generations

Joint Legends, Symetra event to bridge generations in 2015

At the 2015 Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial tournament, fans will get two tours for the price of one. Legends Tour players will compete alongside Symetra players for the first time.

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Paige Mackenzie scripts return to the LPGA

Back on track: Paige Mackenzie scripts return to LPGA

After a taste of TV work, a recuperated Paige Mackenzie seeks her own big break with a well-scripted return to the LPGA.

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Sapp returns home, builds winning culture at UNC

Andrew Sapp makes Tar Heel State turnaround at North Carolina

North Carolina head coach Andrew Sapp hopes to revitalize his alma mater with talent from the Tar Heel state.

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Lewis' POY lead not safe as LPGA season nears end

Stacy Lewis' Player of the Year lead not safe as LPGA season nears end

With four tournaments remaining on the LPGA schedule, Stacy Lewis holds a 30-point lead over Inbee Park in the Rolex Player of the Year race.

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Klein-Gille's goal: rebuild Tulsa women's golf

Emilee Klein-Gille's goal: rebuild Tulsa women's golf

Former Arizona State star and LPGA Tour winner Emilee Klein-Gille turns her focus to the Tulsa women's golf program, which she hopes to restore to its past glory.

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LPGA names UL title sponsor of International Crown

LPGA names Underwriters Laboratories title sponsor of International Crown

The LPGA announced UL (Underwriters Laboratories) as title sponsor of the International Crown. The 2016 event will be played July 18-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., while the 2018 staging will take place in South Korea.

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LPGA stars bringing awareness to breast cancer

LPGA's Pressel and Kerr promote breast-cancer awareness

The LPGA's biggest stars, including Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel, continue to raise money and awareness around breast cancer, even honoring one of their own in Lisa Ferrero last month.

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Women's golf enjoys football success at Miss. St.

Women's golf enjoying football success at Mississippi State

The recent success of Mississippi State on the gridiron has excited the women's golf program, which has enjoyed a turnaround of its own during the past five years.

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Creamer's game plan for Korea includes time at DMZ

Paula Creamer emerges as America's secret weapon in Korea

Paula Creamer spent Monday with the Army's 2nd Infantry Division along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea, touring several camps and spending time with soldiers and their families.

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