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Notebook: Ohio State opens facility, logs victory

In Big 10 country, considerable stock is placed in the quality of golf that can be created away from the elements. As Ohio State’s indoor facility nears completion, the Buckeyes’ stock is also rising.

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Annika Award Watch List: Feb. 28, 2014

An easy way to focus on the process is to forget about the prize waiting at the finish line. Stanford sophomore Mariah Stackhouse has done all throughout this Annika Award race and last week when she won the UC Irvine Invitational for a sponsor's exemption into the LPGA's Kia Classic.

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Martin's life story heavy in golf, service to country

Walt Martin was part of a distinct foursome on the Gulfport (Miss.) High School golf team. It's only part of Martin's intriguing life story, which is heavy in golf and service to his country.

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Women's notebook: Tenacity defines MSU culture

With last fall's graduation of Caroline Powers, one of the best players in Michigan State history, this season could have been a rebuilding year. Instead, a different culture has emerged on a team with three determined seniors.

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Annika Award Watch List: Feb. 21, 2014

As the spring season progresses, Golfweek is monitoring the race for the inaugural Annika Award. An award update will be posted each Friday on Golfweek.com.

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Notebook: All eyes on Park, USC as victories pile up

The deeper USC plays into the season, the more its story becomes like a riddle. How many different fivesomes can head coach Andrea Gaston create out of a roster with seven very capable competitors?

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Curtis Cup practice session proves to be successful

Two years ago, the eight-woman U.S. Curtis Cup team was locked in well before the end of January. But here we are in a Curtis Cup year, blazing through February with only a vague idea of what players might make that team.

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Palm Springs offers something for everyone

While a nighttime skins game at Indio Municipal GC is a wacky diversion in the Palm Springs area, Pete Dye’s Stadium Course at PGA West is a true bucket-list item for any golfer heading to Southern California.

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Cathrea leaves Oklahoma State

Casie Cathrea won’t return to the Oklahoma State roster this spring. Instead, the 18-year-old will remain at home in California, perhaps playing in some pro events with her main focus on the Curtis Cup.

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Women’s spring preview: West Coast Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the West Coast Conference.

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Women’s Spring Preview: SEC

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Southeastern Conference.

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Women’s spring preview: Pac-12 Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Pac-12.

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Deja Wu: Bethany Wu repeats as Annika champ

Bethany Wu successfully defended her Annika Invitational title Monday at Reunion Resort's Watson course.

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Sharpe, Rollefson prevail at cold Senior National

Stephen Sharpe, Jim Rollefson and Ray Damstadt won the three divisions of the Golfweek Senior National Championship on Jan. 18 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

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Williams on Big Ten: Conference has plenty of depth

With Northwestern and Michigan State both in the top 25, neither can rest easy as a jumbled Big Ten is up for grabs this spring says our Julie Williams.

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Women's spring preview: Big Ten Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Big Ten women.

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Williams on Big 12: Oklahoma, Okla. St. lead pack

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are the powerhouses in the Big 12's current makeup, and one of them will likely win the title again this spring, says Julie Williams.

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Women’s spring preview: Big 12 Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Big 12.

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Williams on ACC: Liu steps up for Duke

When Lindy Duncan graduated from Duke last spring, it left a sizable hole in the Blue Devil roster. Enter freshman Yu Liu, who had three top-10 finishes and led the team in scoring.

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Women’s spring preview: Atlantic Coast Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the 2014 spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Number Crunching 2013: Melissa Eaton

A victory at the Florida's Natural Charity Classic spurred a big jump in the rankings for the LET's Melissa Eaton in 2013.

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My Year in Golf: Julie Williams

Julie Williams takes an outside-the-ropes look at her year, which included stops at the Kraft Nabisco, Walker Cup, Bandon Dunes and an attempt at qualifying for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

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Number Crunching 2013: Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith led the LPGA in driving distance, but otherwise struggled during her rookie campaign on the LPGA tour.

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USGA invites 14 to 1st Curtis Cup practice session

The U.S. Golf Association released its list of invitees for the first Curtis Cup practice session, which will take place Jan. 31, 2013 to Feb. 2, 2014 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.

UNF's Huber, 2 relatives die in plane crash

“She had this calmness about her, and she had this drive, this inner drive and desire to be the best for herself and best for the team.”

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Ko, 16, signs with IMG Worldwide for management

Days removed from her fifth professional victory, 16-year-old Lydia Ko has signed with IMG Worldwide for management.

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Q&A: Kathleen Ekey, LPGA tour card-winner

LPGA golfer Kathleen Ekey entered Q-School to try to improve her status for 2014. It worked -- she tied for seventh and earned full status for next season.

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UNF golfer Huber dies in plane crash

North Florida women’s golfer Tess Huber was among three people killed, along with her father and sister, in a small-plane crash in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Notes: Joh surfs on; Feng misses; more

After a season in which she made only five cuts in 14 events and finished 117th on the money list, Tiffany Joh regrouped to earn her LPGA card at Q-School; Yueer "Cindy" Feng misses by a shot; more news.

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Despite fatigue, Green steady at LPGA Q-School

For Jaye Marie Green, cue the Groundhog Day references. Seventy-two holes in at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School, Green has a nine-shot lead. Thus, the fatigue is more in the monotony than the stress.

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AJGA's Stephen Hamblin reminisces on 30 years

The AJGA's Stephen Hamblin reminisces on his 30 years with the AJGA, and how he was given an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant endowment in his name for over $100,000 for his long-time service to the company.

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Lee, Meadow lead Annika Watch List

The following players made the first edition of the Annika Watch List thanks to their fall play.

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Lee, Scheffler careers come full circle with POY award

Alison Lee was seconds into her Rolex Player of the Year acceptance speech when these words marked the end of an era in junior golf.

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Jutanugarn won't play final stage of LPGA Q-School

As a shoulder injury continues to nag Ariya Jutanugarn, the Thai teen has withdrawn from the final stage of LPGA Q-School, according to a family friend. Jutanugarn underwent surgery for the injury in July, but five months later, can only make half swings.

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Growing the game: Club golf participation soars

For Jim Silva, college golf means tossing a duffel and a golf bag in the back of a 15-passenger van with seven of his friends and driving to the nearest golf tournament. It’s something of a grassroots approach to the game, and a far cry from the traditional life of a collegiate golfer.

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Tardy, Garza prevail at Golfweek Junior Invitational

Tardy won the Golfweek Junior Invitational on Nov. 3 by two shots. Her first-round 3-under 69 at Shingle Creek gave her a three-shot cushion entering the final round.

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Tardy, Garza prevail at Golfweek Junior Invitational

Tardy won the Golfweek Junior Invitational on Nov. 3 by two shots. Her first-round 3-under 69 at Shingle Creek gave her a three-shot cushion entering the final round.

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USC's national title team to chase No. 7 in Hawaii

Whether or not they knew it at the time, the Trojan fivesome that won last spring’s NCAA Women’s Championship simultaneously secured a round-trip ticket to Hawaii.

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Preview: Golfweek Junior Invitational

The Golfweek Junior Invitational will be played Nov. 2-3 at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Here is a look at the field.

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Brickyard's legacy lives on in its past champions

After a seven-year run as one of the top tournaments in college golf, the Brickyard Collegiate will not return in 2014 due to loss of sponsors and volunteers.

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Women's Midweek Report: USC keeps streak alive

Welcome to Golfweek’s Women’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women’s college news.

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Race begins for inaugural Annika Award

The start of the 2013-14 college season also means the start of a new female player of the year race. For the first time this year, female collegians are playing for the inaugural Annika Award, to be presented to the outstanding player in NCAA Division I.

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Women's Midweek Report: Victory for UC Davis, Chen

Welcome to Golfweek’s Women’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women’s college news:

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Dalke catches up to his legend

Deep in the video archives at the Jim McLean Junior Academy lies practice-range footage of Brad Dalke, circa 2007. He wears oversized shoes, tan golf slacks and a loose-fitting polo shirt, and he chokes the life out of an iron.

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Central Florida climbs rankings with deep roster

Like all good coaches, Emily Marron knows that the key to success is in a competitive schedule. It’s that thinking that led Marron’s Central Florida team West last week, to the Edean Ihlanfelt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash.

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Palmer returns to women's golf at Birmingham Southern

Betty Palmer’s Birmingham Southern team knows her heart lies in Alabama. That much is evident by the thick southern accent. But Palmer’s history with the Crimson Tide is so much deeper than that.

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Women's Midweek Report: Stanford, Duke win big

Welcome to Golfweek’s Women’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women’s college news.

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Oglethorpe closes fall with 19-shot victory at Raven

With a 10-shot lead on the eve of the final round at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational, Oglethorpe’s strategy shifted. The beginning of the week had been based on the team’s sheer determination to redeem itself after a nightmarish end to last year’s national championship. On Tuesday, the Stormy Petrels heeded their coach’s words to play smart.

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Methodist redeems itself with Baytowne victory

By the time his team had completed a title defense at Sandestin Resort’s Baytowne Golf Club on Tuesday, Methodist head coach Tom Inczauskis couldn’t help thinking, this is the way it should have been.

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Washington-St. Louis cuts Methodist lead at Sandestin

After two rounds at the Golfweek Division III Invitational, only one team is within 20 shots of Methodist.