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LPGA legend Mickey Wright celebrates 80th birthday

LPGA legend Mickey Wright celebrates 80th birthday

Mickey Wright turned 80 this Valentine’s Day. Considered by many – including Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson – to have the greatest swing in golf history, Wright won a record 13 times in 1963.

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Rhonda Glenn, 68, elevated women's golf as USGA publicist

Rhonda Glenn, 68, elevated women's golf as USGA publicist

Rhonda Glenn worked tirelessly to ensure that golfers got their due, from the giants in the game to the little-known amateurs. Glenn died Feb. 12 at the age of 68.

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Suggs, 91, still a pioneer as one of first female R&A members

Louise Suggs, 91, remains a pioneer as one of R&A's first female members

Louise Suggs, a co-founder of the LPGA and a member of its Hall of Fame, was among a handful of women granted membership to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

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Lexi turns 20, leaves list of talented teens

Lexi Thompson turns 20, leaves list of talented teens

Lexi Thompson celebrates her 20th birthday, leaving her stay as a superstar teenager on the LPGA.

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N.C. State senior Augusta James to turn pro

N.C. State senior Augusta James to turn pro, play Symetra Tour

N.C. State senior Augusta James will leave school to pursue a career in professional golf.

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LPGA loses Mobile stop in '15, hopes remain for '16

LPGA loses Mobile stop in '15, hopes remain for '16

After months of discussion, John Cannon, chairman of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Foundation, said it became obvious late last week that the LPGA would not be playing in Mobile, Ala., this spring.

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Symetra Tour adds seven new events to schedule for 2015

The LPGA's developmental tour, the Symetra Tour, adds seven new events to the schedule in 2015 for a total of 23

For a glimpse of recent growth in the women’s game, look no further than the Symetra Tour. The LPGA’s developmental tour released its schedule on Feb. 5 and it boasts 23 events in 2015, up eight from two years ago.

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Lydia Ko's view from the top: 'I’m trying to just go with it'

Lydia Ko's view from the top of the LPGA: 'I’m trying to just go with it'

Lydia Ko became World No. 1 on Monday at the tender age of 17. The position came with some advice from LPGA star Stacy Lewis.

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LPGA's North Texas Shootout gets new title sponsor

Volunteers of America named title sponsor of LPGA's North Texas Shootout

The LPGA announced that Volunteers of America, a national, nonprofit organization will serve as title sponsor for the North Texas Shootout.

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Choi wins Coates, but Ko steals show as World No. 1

Na Yeon Choi wins Coates, but Lydia Ko steals show as World No. 1

How will Lydia Ko handle her new title as World No. 1? Chances are the 17-year-old will take it in stride, like many of the other accolades she has earned.

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Ko leads at Coates Golf Championship; could take over No. 1 ranking

Lydia Ko, 17, leads at the Coates Golf Championship and could take over No. 1 ranking with a victory

The stage is set for history to be made at the inaugural Coates Golf Championship. Lydia Ko is 18 holes away from becoming the youngest player to ascend to No. 1 in the world. In fact, no teenager has ever held the honor.

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A. Lee playing like a veteran at Coates Championship

LPGA rookie Alison Lee is playing like a veteran this week at the Coates Golf Championship

Alison Lee doesn’t look like a pro. She’s still sporting a UCLA visor and carry bag, but her game at the Coates Golf Championship, however, looks like that of an LPGA veteran.

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Lewis remains in contention at Coates Golf Championship

Stacy Lewis shot a 70 in the second round of the Coates Golf Championship to stay in contention

Stacy Lewis has remained in contention at the LPGA's season-opening Coates Golf Championship as she builds off her successful 2014 season.

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During ascent to No. 1, Ko clearly sees road ahead

During her quick ascent to world-No. 1, Lydia Ko clearly sees the road ahead of her starting at the Coates Golf Championship

Lydia Ko took a month off from golf for the first time in her young life and came back so rusty, but now only trails second-round leader Stacy Lewis by one at the Coates Golf Championship.

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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.