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Tennessee, Pepperdine tied at Conference Challenge

Tennessee carded the best round of the day, a 9-over 297, Tuesday at Red Sky Golf Club to join Pepperdine in the lead at 6 over entering the final round of the Golfweek Women's Conference Challenge.

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Golfweek event puts live scoring in players' hands

Volunteers are sometimes hard to come by in college golf, and it can take a small army of them to man a live-scoring operation. A new movement in scoring eliminates that problem, and turns the game into a self-sufficient enterprise: Put live scoring in players’ hands.

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Notebook: A.J. Newell relishes Red Sky, more

A.J. Newell appreciates her role as a senior for the Tennessee Volunteers after recovering from back surgery, and more notes from the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Vail, Colo.

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Preview: Golfweek Women's Conference Challenge

Pepperdine enters the Golfweek Women's Conference Challenge having won three of five titles in the event's history.

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UNLV's Finkelstein fueled by underdog status

At 5-foot-2, UNLV senior Dana Finkelstein may be one of the most underrated players in women’s college golf.

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Cougar Classic draws top teams to Yeamans Hall

As Yeamans Hall Golf Club’s reputation grows in college-golf circles, more and more teams flock to the Powerade Cougar Classic each year.

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Notebook: Stith returns home as Iowa's head coach

Tyler Stith took the helms at Iowa shortly before the season began, returning to his alma mater as the men's head golf coach.

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Stewart Jolly ready to emerge in senior season

LSU senior Stewart Jolly has improved each year in college, flying under the radar despite playing against the likes of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

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Jolly medals, LSU wins by 11 at Conference Challenge

Led by medalist Stewart Jolly and underclassman Eric Ricard, LSU won the Golfweek Conference Challenge by 11 shots Tuesday at Spirit Hollow.

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Conference Challenge puts head-to-head records on table

Our Julie Williams is on the road this season covering the Golfweek Collegiate Series. This is the latest installment in blogging her road trip.

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Smotherman keys SMU, but LSU's lead grows

SMU couldn't mount a comeback against LSU during a wet Monday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, but it wasn't for lack of leadership from junior Austin Smotherman.

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Williams: Cell phones weave into college events

How quickly a leaderboard can change in college golf. Without live scoring data, we’d pay much less attention to it. Now, all plugged in, it’s part of the game.

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LSU, Jolly take lead at Conference Challenge

LSU leads by eight shots after the first round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge while Tigers' senior Stewart Jolly leads by one shot individually at Spirit Hollow.

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Korte, 23, takes coaching reins at Austin Peay

Dustin Korte, 23, turned professional in November, but knew that his alma mater, Austin Peay, needed a head coach after Kirk Kayden left to go to Mercer. And now he's considering a long-term future at the helm with the Govs.

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Conferences collide Sunday at Spirit Hollow

LSU and Iowa highlight the field slated to compete at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, which begins Sunday at Spirit Hollow in Burlington, Iowa.

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Notes: Hester gets 1st win; Houston debuts

Kelley Hester picked up her first team title as Furman's women's head coach at the Golfweek Program Challenge while Houston made its women's golf debut at the "Mo"Morial.

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Williams: True Blue gives green light to low scores

True Blue gave players at the Golfweek Program Challenge a green light to push the limits – perfect for the beginning of the season. And Jacksonville State's Tomasz Anderson took full advantage with a 12-under 60 in the final round.

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Old Dominion, Furman win Program Challenge titles

Old Dominion won the men's title Tuesday at the Golfweek Program Challenge en route to winning the overall combined championship while Furman took the women's title.

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Anderson fires 60, medals at Program Challenge

Jacksonville State senior Tomasz Anderson fired a final-round 12-under 60 Tuesday at True Blue Plantation en route to his second individual victory at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

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Williams: Rain doesn't sink collegians' spirits

Rain kept falling before the second round of the Golfweek Program Challenge, eventually allowing players to scatter across two courses for a rare shotgun start with some unusual ground rules in play.

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Campbell, Jacksonville lead Program Challenge

The Campbell women saw Furman cut their lead in half Monday at the Golfweek Program Challenge while the Jacksonville men held off Old Dominion to lead after two rounds.

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Williams: Co-ed nature defines Program Challenge

On the road with Julie Williams for Golfweek Collegiate Series coverage, the rarity of men’s and women’s teams traveling together ups the ante at squads open their seasons at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

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Valparaiso leads Golfweek Program Challenge

Good things happen when the No. 5 man on the roster posts the best round of the day. For Valparaiso, it meant a shattered program scoring record and the first-round lead at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

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At Program Challenge, advantage is Campbell's

No program the three-year history of the Golfweek Program Challenge has managed to unseat Campbell from the top spot at Caledonia and True Blue golf clubs, and it’s played out many different ways.

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Women's countdown: Williams' preseason top 30

Another college golf season is upon us with the fall season getting underway. During the next 10 days, Golfweek will countdown the top 30 women's teams in its preseason rankings.

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Phillips wins UA/Jordan Spieth title in playoff

Chandler Phillips topped Charles Kim in a playoff Thursday to capture the AJGA Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship.

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In Austin, Rose Huang hits mainland stride

Rose Huang left her home in Honolulu 34 days ago, and in that time has played competitive golf 18 days on the “mainland,” as she refers to the upper 48. The AJGA’s Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship is her last competitive event before she returns home on Aug. 15.

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Phillips, Cooper take control at UA/Spieth

A humble Chandler Phillips pointed to many intangibles when asked about his success through two rounds of the AJGA’s Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship.

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As AJGA host, Spieth making quick return to roots

Jordan Spieth’s returned to Austin for his first time hotsing an AJGA event bearing his name. Nearly a dozen PGA and LPGA tour players did something similar in 2014 in conjunction with the AJGA.

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Eklund, Cooper steal 1st-round spotlight at UA/Spieth

Jacob Eklund and Hailee Cooper stole the show at the University of Texas Golf Club on Tuesday at the Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship.

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Preview: Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship

We take a look at some of the notable players in the latest AJGA event hosted by a PGA Tour player, the Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship at the University of Texas.

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At Marshfield, third time is a charm for DiPetrillo

Sophie DiPetrillo and Brent Ito won the Golfweek New England Junior Invitational on Aug. 5 at Marshfield (Mass.) Country Club.

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Schulert, Kim rally to win Golfweek Midwest Junior

Devan Schulert and Katie Kim both staged significant comebacks Wednesday to win their divisions at the Golfweek Midwest Junior. Schulert jumped from ninth to first in the boys division while Kim simply grew her margin of victory.

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Winner's bag: Princess Mary Superal, U.S. Girls' Junior

A look inside the bag of Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines, who won the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on Saturday at Forest Highlands Golf Club.

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Superal oulasts Navarro for Girls' Junior title

Princess Mary Superal outlasted Marijosse Navarro in 37 holes to win the 2014 U.S. Girls' Junior title in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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Superal leads 1 up after 18 holes at U.S. Girls' Junior final

Princess Mary Superal took a 1-up lead over Marijosse Navarro after 18 holes of the U.S. Girls' Junior on Saturday.

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Superal will face Navarro in U.S. Girls' Junior finale

Princess Mary Superal knocked off Cindy Ha in the U.S. Girls' Junior semifinals, while Marijosse Navarro slipped past Shelly Shin to set up an international final on Saturday.

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Notes: Ha, Superal, Navarro, Shin advance to semis

Cindy Ha saw her 4-up lead over Brigitte Dunne disappear on the 17th hole, only to come back and win the 18th to advance to the semifinals at the U.S. Girls' Junior on Friday.

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Ha knocks off medalist Yin at U.S. Girls' Junior

Cindy Ha took down medalist Angel Yin late Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Girls' Junior after being iced by a weather delay for more than an hour.

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Notes: Dunne shows growth in victory at Girls' Junior

Brigitte Dunne admits she got in her own way in missing match play at the 2013 U.S. Girls' Junior. This year, she is attempting to remain calm under pressure, and it paid off in a 19-hole victory over Hailee Cooper in the Round of 32 on Thursday.

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Meet Mary Janiga, a name you shouldn't forget

Mary Janiga isn't a household name on the junior circuit, but her play at the U.S. Girls' Junior is garnering attention as she advanced to the Round of 32 on Wednesday.

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Wagner, Tardy look to go out on top at Girls Junior

Samantha Wagner is hoping to go out in style with her first U.S. Girls Junior Amateur victory. Bailey Tardy, another veteran of the championship, is trying to do the same.

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Angel Yin takes medalist honors at U.S. Girls Junior

Angel Yin didn’t breathe a visible sigh of relief until her final hole on Tuesday, nevermind that it ended in a three-putt. Yin still tied the course record of 65, still hit every par 5 in two, and still earned medalist honors at the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur.

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Notes: Wu builds confidence; Zeng learning quickly

UCLA commit Bethany Wu won two critical matches at the 2013 U.S. Girls Junior, and that has brought some newfound confidence in 2014 as she chases the crown.

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Yin leads U.S. Girls' Junior after first round

“Tired but excited” from a quick turnaround after the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, Angel Yin opened up a 3-shot lead in the first round of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Arizona.

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Polished O'Sullivan contends at U.S. Girls' Junior

Hannah O’Sullivan made headlines when she qualified for the San Francisco City Amateur at age 11, but couldn't play because of its age limit. In her home state, she's contending for a U.S. Girls Junior title at age 16.

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Hokies' Vincent earns comeback Players Am win

Scott Vincent prevailed on a day when half a dozen amateur players had a real chance to claim the 2014 Players Amateur title and the RBC Heritage exemption that goes with it.

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Rank leads by 6 after 54 holes of Players Amateur

Who said golf wasn't an endurance sport? Less than a week after qualifying for the U.S. Amateur, Garrett Rank will take a six-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Players Amateur, then hop on a plane to make his Monday-morning tee time at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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McNealy relaxed, recharged at Players Amateur

Relaxed and recharged after a busy stretch of golf, Stanford's Maverick McNealy is 4 under after 36 holes of the Players Amateur, and one of a handful of players within reach of leader Garrett Rank.

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With record 62, Rank rises to Players Am lead

Garrett Rank would only take back one shot from a nearly perfect Friday morning at Berkeley Hall Golf Club, where he carded a second-round 10-under 62 to grab a five-shot lead at the Players Amateur.

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