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Beth Ann Nichols

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Brown helps LPGA legends support sick kids

University of Indianapolis junior Ashtyn Brown, a two-time cancer survivor, knows what it is like to be diagnosed at a young age, and extra time giving back to sick kids.

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Kraft Nabisco won't be LPGA sponsor after '14

The first major of the LPGA season will lose Kraft Nabisco as a sponsor after 2014, commissioner Mike Whan told the local newspaper.

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Kraft Nabisco invites Nelly Korda, 8 other amateurs

Nine amateurs will compete on sponsor exemptions at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 3-6 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., including 15-year-old Nelly Korda, who made the cut at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

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After breast cancer, Ferrero advises women to act

LPGA player Lisa Ferrero was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 8 at age 31. On Valentine’s Day, she had a mastectomy to remove a tumor that was 9 centimeters.

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Founders Cup lands new title sponsor

The Founders Cup has landed a new title sponsor for 2014, Golfweek has learned. JTBC, a South Korean cable television network, has signed on to replace RR Donnelley.

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USGA announces U.S. Women's Open international qualifying

The USGA announced it will introduce international qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open – starting this year – in a press release sent on Monday morning.

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Joy, relief for Creamer in Singapore win

A lot has happened to Paula Creamer, 27, since she won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont. She has experienced heartbreak and loss both on and off the course, but Sunday's HSBC Women's Champions victory gave her a lift.

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Stoic Clark helps Oklahoma State win 4th in a row

Oklahoma State won the John Hayt Collegiate on Feb. 25 at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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Furman reinstates men's golf program

Men's golf will not end at Furman after all. The university approved a plan submitted by the school's golf alumni and supporters to provide short-term operating money and establish an endowment to fund the program.

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Furman coach: Players 'feeling the pressure'

Leading Furman's efforts at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, one Paladins freshman said he already has spoken with several coaches about transferring while awaiting his team's fate. "You think you’re done with all that," he said of thinking about teams.

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Hello, world: Cheyenne Woods' game speaks for itself now

Cheyenne Woods, fresh off her first professional victory on a major tour in Australia, headlines the Symetra Tour’s season-opening event this week in Mesa, Ariz.

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Furman alumni make pitch to save men's golf

There is hope for men’s golf at Furman. Right now it’s only a glimmer, but a conference call Monday between a group of passionate alumni and administrators led to a proposal sent Feb. 19 to the school’s Board of Trustees.

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Korda shows unselfishness amid LPGA win

Jessica Korda gave her golf ball to two girls after winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Grant Price saw the gesture unfold from home, and later praised his student for being unselfish during her big moment.

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LPGA notes: Pettersen debuts; Webb rushes; more

Suzann Pettersen makes her season debut this week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; Karrie Webb rushes through the scorer's tent and into an inadvertent DQ; plus more this week from the LPGA.

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Cheyenne Woods' win creates ripple effect

Cheyenne Woods’ break-out victory in Australia created enough buzz to adjust TV schedules in the U.S. -- and the ripple effect is likely to carry over to LPGA sponsor exemptions.

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Furman alumni, donors fret about loss of men's golf

The outcry over Furman University’s decision to eliminate men’s golf after the spring season came in the form of an online petition with more than 1,500 names and scores of emotionally-charged comments.

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Q&A: LPGA's Stacy Lewis shares interesting facts

Stacy Lewis, an eight-time winner on the LPGA and the tour’s top-ranked American, recently sat down with Golfweek at the JW Marriott Phoenix, site of next month's LPGA Founders Cup.

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Stadler's win sets up father-son Masters

Kevin Stadler was 2 years old when his dad won the 1982 Masters. Craig Stadler would have stopped playing at Augusta years ago – but he’s been waiting on Kevin to join him. Well, this is the year.

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Watson's theme in 2014: To rejoice

Bubba Watson’s theme for the year is to rejoice in all circumstances. So when he found his ball lying under a bush on the 13th hole at TPC Scottsdale, he rejoiced in finding a burrowing hole there. He has a two-shot lead heading into the final round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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No more fun on 16 for Mickelson at Phoenix

Phil Mickelson’s football fun on the 16th hole appears to be finished. Mickelson said he thought about playing quarterback for several holes leading up to No. 16 and completely lost focus, leading to a double bogey.

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Danielle Downey left spirited, winning legacy behind

Jenny Gleason sat in her bedroom in Clearwater, Fla., the one Danielle Downey helped her paint a couple of Thanksgivings ago, and reminisced on her free-spirited friend. Downey died in a car crash on Thursday in Auburn, Ala. She was 33.

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LPGA notes: Lewis' momentum; Francella's gig; more

Stacy Lewis' second thought: 'I'm doing a lot of stuff right' amid strong momentum, while Meghan Francella takes on a new gig and Lydia Ko sets up her schedule -- plus more in Beth Ann Nichols' LPGA notes this week.

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Korda's closing birdie wins in Bahamas

Jessica Korda’s second career victory was a close shave, as she held off a hard-charging Stacy Lewis to win the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic by one stroke.

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5 Things: Choi leads; Lewis' new shoes; more

The stars are stacked on the leaderboard here at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic with Na Yeon Choi leading the way after three rounds. Here are 5 Things you need to know.

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Wie 2 back of Bahamas lead; Ko slips

Michelle Wie led the afternoon highlight reel in the Bahamas, posting a bogey-free 65 to move within two strokes of leader Jessica Korda as Lydia Ko slipped to a tie for fifth.

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Ai Miyazato takes break from longtime caddie

Struggling and needing a kickstart, Ai Miyazato is taking a break from longtime caddie Mick Seaborn, although it might be only temporary.

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With heart full, Creamer makes a move in Bahamas

Paula Creamer started her day with a double bogey, but responded with 10 birdies to fire an 8-under 65 to sit just a shot off the lead at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

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Ko fires opening 68 for share of Bahamas lead

Lydia Ko has endured an offseason of change, but her results were much the same during a 5-under 68 in her LPGA rookie debut, giving her a share of the early lead at the Pure-Silk Bahamas Classic.

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LPGA notes: Lewis and Twitter; Ko's changes; more

Stacy Lewis ends her break from Twitter in time for the season's start; rookie phenom Lydia Ko lined up some changes before her LPGA debut; plus more in this week's news and notes from senior writer Beth Ann Baldry.

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Ko, two-time winner, enters pros with humor

Lydia Ko plans to retire at age 30. That’s right; the 16-year-old kid who played in her first tournament as a professional last November already has an exit strategy. “I’ve played golf for 11 years,” she said. “Twenty-five years, I think, is enough.”

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Ladies first at Pinehurst's tournament

There’s no shortage of opinions from LPGA players on the concept of back-to-back U. S. Opens in 2014. Golfweek asked several marquee players for their take on following the men at Pinehurst No. 2 in June, and the message was clear: Ladies first!

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Lincicome enjoys LPGA media blitz to fullest

LPGA players don’t often take on a New York City media blitz like the one Brittany Lincicome and Lexi Thompson enjoyed last week. One text Lincicome sent out amid it all: 'This is crazy,' with a trio of smiley faces.

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Meghan Stasi wins Harder Hall Invitational

With a final-round 70, Meghan Stasi won her first Harder Hall Invitational title on Saturday. She became the first mid-amateur to win the title since 1997.

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Offseason spent giving back reveals Wie's big heart

Michelle Wie has been in the public eye for most of her life and she is determined to use that fame to help out those who are less fortunate, giving her new perspective on and off the course.

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Hally Leadbetter's revised lesson plan takes shape

When Hally Leadbetter took up golf, the daughter of noted instructor David ran from her father's advice. Competing for the Rollins Tars, she's reversed course on that source of knowledge.

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LPGA offers season title with bonus: $1 million

The LPGA’s announcement of its new Race to the CME Globe, a season-long points competition within the schedule that boasts a $1 million unofficial payout, is the cherry on commissioner Mike Whan's sundae.

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Number Crunching 2013: Gerina Piller

Gerina Piller missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the 72nd to force a playoff on the LPGA this season, but played on the USA Solheim Cup team and is on the rise for 2013.

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Number Crunching 2013: Jessica Korda

Consistency was the hallmark of Jessica Korda’s third year on the LPGA. She hasn’t missed a cut since the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open and increased her number of top-25 finishes to 13 this season from five in 2012.

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My year in golf: Beth Ann Baldry

For Golfweek's Beth Ann Baldry, 2013 was quite the year. She got engaged, will be married Dec. 21, traveled to New Zealand . . . oh, and played Augusta National.

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Number Crunching 2013: Yani Tseng

Former World No. 1 Yani Tseng ready to come out of ‘hiding’ and work her way back to the top.

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Q&A: LPGA Legends roundtable

Five LPGA legends – Jan Stephenson, Pat Bradley, Nancy Lopez, Beth Daniel and JoAnne Carner – sat down with Golfweek at the recent LPGA Legends Tour event at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Karrie Webb prides herself on personal life

Karrie Webb, who has navigated a no-wake zone of privacy, charts her legacy in the game with an excursion into more-open waters.

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Green, 19, takes Q-School in runaway fashion

Nineteen-year-old Jaye Marie Green set an LPGA Q-School record with a 29-under 331 total over 90 holes, beating the field by 10 strokes.

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Despite aches and pains, Rankin rises to challenge

Reilley Rankin was nearly paralyzed and told she would never walk again. Now, 14 years later, Rankin has defied the odds and is trying to regain her LPGA card at Q-School this week.

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Green fires 62 in 1st round of LPGA Q-School

With dad Donnie on the bag and her old shafts back in play, Jaye Marie Green -- 29th on the 2013 Symetra Tour money list -- posted a course-record 10-under 62 on the Jones Course to open the final stage of LPGA Q-School.

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5 Things: Feng wins in Naples; Lewis takes Vare

Shanshan Feng wins the CME Group Titleholders and its $700,000 prize, largest on the LPGA tour; Stacy Lewis claims the Vare Trophy "to get American golf on the map;" plus more.

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Inbee Park's POY speech proves to be inspirational

Winner of three consecutive majors and six tournaments overall, Inbee Park's acceptance speech for Player of the Year honors was candid and moving.

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Gulbis looks to cap memorable year with victory at Titleholders

Looking to cap memorable year with victory, Natalie Gulbis is tied for the third-round lead at the CME Group Titleholders.

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Course-record 63 puts Lewis in position to make history

Stacy Lewis needs to finish nine shots better than Suzann Pettersen this week at the CME Group Titleholders to win the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. A course-record 63 has Lewis eight shots ahead of the Swede entering Sunday's final round.

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Titleholders a special ending for Prammanasudh

This week at the CME Group Titleholders will mark the end of 11 years on the LPGA Tour for Stacy Prammanasudh.