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Commentary: Lehman thrives in homeland

Minnesota’s own Tom Lehman, mayor for the week here at Hazeltine, is doing his best to concentrate on golf.

Home sweet Minnesota

Just a few more hours until I leave the comfy confines of Golfweek Headquarters for the PGA Championship.

No fine for Woods

In the ongoing slow play saga that erupted Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods said today at the PGA Championship that reports of a fine from the PGA Tour were “erroneous.”

Commentary: Consulting the Golf Gods

Dan Mirocha is going straight to the Golf Gods to figure out this year's major let-downs.

Commentary: A relaxed Reynolds thrives at Open

Jean Reynolds doesn’t stick out of the crowd here at the U.S. Women’s Open. She doesn’t wear flashy clothes or travel with an entourage. If she didn’t have one of those player badges around her neck, you might mistake her for your next-door neighbor. On the course, she chats about movies and music more than pin positions and wind direction.

A new outlook for Schepperle

The last time I saw Candace Schepperle, she was in tears at the NCAA Women’s East Regional after failing to qualify or help Auburn quailfy for the NCAA Championship.

Ekey's pro debut

Recent Alabama grad Kathleen Ekey is making her debut as a professional at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Alternate keeps fingers crossed

Ah, the life of a U.S. Women’s Open alternate.

Diaz in the dark

Count Laura Diaz among the players who didn’t find out about the infamous dinner at Jamie Farr or the letter to the LPGA Board of Directors until Golfweek broke the news Monday.

The most entertaining sight from the Open

Most entertaining site so for on Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Open . . . Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen wearing a USGA caddie bib and a ear-to-ear smile while lugging recent Sun Devils grad Azahara Munoz’s large staff bag to the first tee.

Quiet before the Open

All is quiet on the Eastern front. Like, seriously quiet.

Creamer throws first pitch

Paula Creamer threw out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game last night.

Juniors in spotlight as Open nears

Pays to be a junior at the U.S. Women’s Open. Well, at least in the eyes of the local media.

Bivens talk dies down at Open

In the wake of Golfweek’s report that LPGA players are asking for commissioner Carolyn Bivens’ resignation, Cristie Kerr led her Tuesday afternoon press conference with a prepared statement.

Luellen loops for Munoz

Most entertaining site so for on Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Open . . . Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen wearing a USGA caddie bib and a ear-to-ear smile while lugging recent Sun Devils grad Azahara Munoz’s large staff bag to the first tee.

Stanford mum on Bivens

Angela Stanford tip-toed around the issue of Carolyn Bivens’ resignation Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Teens make front page news at U.S. Women's Open

Pays to be a junior at the U.S. Women’s Open. Well, at least in the eyes of the local media.

Top juniors paired together at Open

Talk about a power group.

Early success

In her first event as a professional, Amanda Blumenherst is off to a fantastic start.

Blumenherst off to a good pro start

The Duke grad and three-time college player of the year carded five birdies in a 4-under 68 Thursday at the Duramed Futures Tour’s Michelob Ultra Futures Players Championship. She was was a shot off the lead midway through the first round at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Illinois.

Campillo to debut at BMW

Indiana grad Jorge Campillo will make his debut as a professional at the European Tour’s BMW International Open at the end of June.

Campillo signs with IMG

Indiana grad Jorge Campillo will make his debut as a professional at the European Tour’s BMW International Open at the end of June.

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Devils deliver: ASU wins NCAA title

Purdue’s Maria Hernandez shot a 1-under 71 Friday for a one-stroke victory in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, and Arizona State beat UCLA by eight shots for its seventh team title.

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Connelly enjoying ride at NCAAs

Central Florida’s Stephanie Connelly got a Harley-Davidson as a graduation present. Now she has a chance to ride home with an NCAA title, only 40 miles from her hometown.

Commentary: Connellly enjoying ride at NCAAs

Central Florida’s Stephanie Connelly got a Harley-Davidson as a graduation present. Now she has a chance to ride home with an NCAA title, only 40 miles from her hometown. Connelly is in fifth place with one round remaining at Caves Valley.

Nice shot!

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – If you’re thirsty for a root beer this evening at Caves Valley, put it on Courtney Harter’s tab.

Battle never ends for Trojans

USC is in a familiar position. The Trojans are second to UCLA at the NCAA Championship, and they’re “tired of it,” says sophomore Lizette Salas. Winless this season, USC has finished second five times and is trying to rectify that by defending their national title.

ASU struggles early at NCAAs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Just watched Arizona State, UCLA and Denver play the 396-yard par-4 first, their 10th hole of the second round of the NCAA Women’s Championship. It’s a beautiful hole. From the elevated tee box, the hole drops steeply to a generous fairway. The green is perched on a rise with a bunker guarding the left front of the surface.

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Denver’s dream run continues

Denver took the first-round lead Tuesday at the NCAA Women’s Championship, then hoped the Denver Nuggets could upset the Lakers. Coach Sammie Chergo and her team are trying to pull an upset of their own this week, writes Dan Mirocha.

Local girl in the mix at NCAAs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The second ball in the air this morning for the first round of the NCAA Championship was struck by local girl Stephanie Connelly. The Central Florida senior, who just graduated two weeks ago, grew up about 40 minutes from Caves Valley in Pasadena, Md., and had a sizable gallery on the first tee that included family and friends.

Media friendly at Caves Valley

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The media room at Caves Valley is in a large indoor hitting bay at the far end of the driving range.

Spotlight group at NCAAs

EN ROUTE TO BALTIMORE – My featured grouping for Round 1 at the NCAA Women’s Championship: UCLA, Denver, Arizona State, which go off from 12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Tuesday at Caves Valley. Playing with two powerhouses, the Pioneers can prove early if they’ve got enough pop to produce.

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Arseneault left off Cavs’ NCAA lineup

Jennie Arseneault will end her career at Virginia on the sidelines. The All-ACC selection wlll not be at Caves Valley for the NCAA Championship. The senior was left out of Virginia’s NCAA regional lineup last week, too, after struggling with her swing over the past month.

NCAA Women’s Championship preview

Shine your shoes and tuck in your shirt, the NCAA Women’s Championship kicks off Tuesday at Caves Valley. Golfweek.com gives you everything you’ll need to know about the national championship.

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East: Pioneers pave way with title

How many teams play Ultimate Frisbee to prepare for a golf tournament? Denver did and now they’re the East Regional champs. That light attitude could now carry them to a national title. Who else is heading to the Big Dance? Dan Mirocha has the story.

UNC, Austin heading to NCAA finals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Great to see North Carolina coach Sally Austin get one more hurrah. Her Tar Heels advance to the national championship Saturday at the East Regional. Austin will retire at the end of the season after 16 years in Chapel Hill.

Heading home

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Stephanie Connelly is heading home for the NCAA Championship.

The life of an Ivy Leaguer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Even though Susannah Aboff didn’t advance to the national championship (she was playing as an individual at the East Regional), the Princeton senior did have something to look forward to.

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East: Auburn on ropes after Day 2

Auburn is in a fight for its postseason lives at the East Regional. Despite stellar play from junior Candance Schepperle, the Tigers are in 12th place after two rounds and six shot outside of the top 8. Dan Mirocha reports.

UNC's Austin hoping for one more day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –North Carolina coach Sally Austin is doing her best to concentrate on golf. But knowing Saturday could be her last day coaching the Tar Heels has been weighing on her mind.

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Arseneault confident in Cavs at NCAAs

Virginia senior Jennie Arseneault just wants what’s best for her team. That’s why she and coach Kim Lewellen decided it would be best for the All-ACC first-teamer to sit out of the Cavaliers’ lineup at the NCAA Women’s East Regional.

Unsung Pirates sail to East lead

No one gave the East Carolina women a chance entering the East Regional except East Carolina. Spurred by two, 2-under 68s from Ana Maria Puche and Abby Bools, the 43rd-ranked Pirates surprised several big names Thursday. Dan Mirocha has the scoop.

Amanda and Oprah

So, who’s speaking at Duke's commencement address?

Florida not off to good start at home

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Any hope Florida had of getting of to a good start at home for the East Regional was squashed Thursday. The 11th-seeded Gators shot 25-over par and are tied for 14th.

Denver having a blast at East Regional

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The loosest team at the East Regional has to be Denver.

Nice digs at UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Not saying I had it rough last year at the Women’s East Regional at the University of Georgia, but the event set its media area up in a storage room at the course’s driving range. I shared a desk with a bucket of range balls.

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Cavs enter NCAAs without Arseneault

Virginia senior All-ACC selection Jennie Arseneault did not make the trip with the Cavaliers to Gainesville, Fla., for what coach Kim Lewellen says was a mutual decision.

Arseneault not with Cavs for regionals

Spoke with Viriginia coach Kim Lewellen today after finding out senior Jennie Arseneault will not be with the Cavs at the East Regional.

Commentary: Notes: Hernandez cements Big Ten legacy

Purdue senior Maria Hernandez is a front-runner for Player of the Year, but she’s not losing sleep over the tight race. After all, she’s got more important things on her mind. As Dan Mirocha explains, just two events remain in her historic college career.

Commentary: Buzz surrounds Huskies at Pac-10s

It’s been a circus at Washington as the Huskies prepare for the Pac-10 Championship. And for good reason. The team is coming off a big victory and is hosting the event. Dan Mirocha previews the Pac-10, and three other conference showdowns.

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