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Julie Williams

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Women's Midweek Report: Gators win, Tigers close

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 and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend:

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Walker Cup: White and Smith enjoy moment

In the wake of American victory at the Walker Cup, Todd White had decided to let someone else decide what his place on this team meant for the mid-amateur.

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GB&I licks its wounds from first-day thumping

As the wind picked up at National Golf Links, the defending Walker Cup champion GB&I team exited foursomes with a 1-point lead on the U.S. But a surprising shift in momentum saw the visitors trail badly in Southampton.

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GB&I takes early advantage; Thomas-Rodgers win point

Justin Thomas’ best shot of the day came at a most crucial time. Lodged in a fairway bunker with a high wall at National Golf Links’ 17th, Thomas climbed in and left the U.S. team with 4 feet for the victory.

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At the Walker Cup, Niebrugge big on family

Rod Niebrugge was supposed to be in Cancun this weekend, celebrating his 50th birthday. He finds himself instead in the Hamptons – house rented, preparing for the arrival of five of his siblings, strolling the grounds at National Golf Links on a sunny Friday morning.

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George W. Bush spends time with Walker Cuppers

Secret Service agents lingered around National Golf Links on Thursday as former president George W. Bush paid a visit to U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cuppers.

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Edwards returns after midweek visit with ill father

Late Thursday afternoon, Nigel Edwards rode a roofless golf cart to the base of National Golf Links’ landmark lighthouse and greeted Max Orrin, the last Great Britain & Ireland player left on the course.

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5 Things: Pettersen wins Safeway as Tseng sputters

Suzann Pettersen outlasted a deep field Sunday to win the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. Here are 5 Things to know from Pettersen’s West Coast victory:

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Denver hits the high life with a range of options

Denver provides golfer plenty to choose from, from CommonGround Golf Course to Inverness, the site of this year's Junior Solheim Cup.

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Hank Haney leaves Hilton Head junior academy

A change of leadership is underway at the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Lead instructor Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former coach, has parted ways with the academy and will be replaced by Kevin Smeltz.

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Lang, Barrand win Golfweek New England Junior

Jackson Lang and Katie Barrand won the Golfweek New England Junior on a soggy Thursday in Baltic, Conn.

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Solheim Cup, Europe: Player-by-player grades

After an impressive 18-10 victory by Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club, here is a player-by-player look at the European squad, including grades and record.

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Hull, rookies help Europe expand Solheim lead

Teenager Charley Hull showcased her fearlessness and indifference to pressure Saturday in helping Europe take a commanding lead Saturday at the Solheim Cup. And she wasn't the only rookie who stepped up for the Europeans.

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Notes: Nordqvist aces; U.S. rallies; more

When Anna Nordqvist holed a 7-iron at the par-3 17th, it ended all chances of a comeback from Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda. The Europeans put their first, and only, full point on the board courtesy of that shot as the Americans rallied to within half a point.

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5 Things: Controversial ruling steals spotlight

A ruling that allowed Carlota Ciganda to take an improper drop -- which came to light after the round and did not change the outcome of the match -- became the post-round focus after Europe took a 5-3 lead after Day 1 at the Solheim Cup.

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Korda loses her breakfast, wins first Solheim point

As soon as Jessica Korda exited the gauntlet of screaming, costumed fans at No. 1 tee, she popped the first bite of a banana in her mouth. Halfway down the fairway, once partner Morgan Pressel had hit the approach, Korda knew that banana wasn’t staying down.

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Pettersen guides Euros into afternoon with 3-1 lead

Twenty-four hours ago, Suzann Pettersen helped carry European team rookie Carlota Ciganda through pre-tournament press conferences. On Friday morning, Pettersen put a European point on the board with another rookie, Beatriz Recari.

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Wide-eyed Hull provides youthful boost for Euro squad

Charley Hull addressed the media at the Solheim Cup with such wide eyes and upright posture that she served as a refreshing reminder not only of youth, but also a blissful mix of inexperience and naivete.

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U.S. earns Junior Solheim title with key singles play

Behind legend Kathy Whitworth, the U.S. enjoyed a stellar singles day at the Junior Solheim Cup on Wednesday, pushing it to a 14.5-9.5 victory over Europe.

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Bama's Talley captures U.S. Women's Amateur title

Emma Talley withstood a long afternoon in the blazing heat to defeat Yueer Cindy Feng, 2 and 1, and capture the U.S. Women's Amateur in Charleston, S.C.

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Experience lands Feng a spot in Women's Am final

Yueer Cindy Feng will face Alabama sophomore Emma Talley in the 36-hole final on Sunday. It will be her first trip to the final in a U.S. Golf Association championship, and comes two weeks after falling in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

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U.S. Women's Amateur field to four in Charleston

An NCAA champion, a USGA champion and the World No. 2 amateur fell Friday in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Only four players remain – Doris Chen, Yueer Cindy Feng, Alison Lee and Emma Talley – for Saturday’s semifinals.

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Park prevails in battle of the Long Islanders

It’s been a few years since Annie Park and Kelly Shon played head to head. The third round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur was kind of like a reunion.

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Experience pays off for A. Lee in Round of 32

By playing in her 15th U.S. Golf Association event this week at the U.S. Women's Amateur, Alison Lee relied on experience to get her into the Round of 16.

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Leona Maguire prevails in familiar friendly match

Conventional thinking may suggest that it’s more difficult to face a friend (or a sister) in match play, but Leona Maguire is used to it. Stephanie Meadow became her latest “friendly” victim on Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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Prince beats Danielson in 20 holes at Women's Am

Kendall Prince will take her talents to Arizona in the fall, but was able to get a taste of what she'll be up against with a 20-hole victor over Stanford's Casey Danielson at the U.S. Women's Amateur on Wednesday.

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14-year-old sets Women's Am record with 64

A key to Yumi Matsubara’s bogey-free 64 on Tuesday was in Andrew Shaw’s pocket. Shaw, a 27-year-old local caddie, had to figure out how to communicate with a player who speaks no English, and quickly.

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Feng finds rhythm in nomadic amateur life

One of the most recurring questions in Yueer Cindy Feng’s young golf career has been in reference to her first name. It’s one nobody seems able to pronounce quite right, which is why Feng has developed a recurring answer.

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Mid-ams Woodard, Stasi tame CC of Charleston

Dawn Woodard’s bright purple shirt, hat and golf bag contrasts sharply with the manicured turf at Country Club of Charleston. Her color choice is a bold statement of local prowess. Furman ties run deep for Woodard, the 38-year-old who even had Paladin head coach Kelley Hester on the bag.

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Tubert on the verge of great golf in Charleston

Emily Tubert is on the back end of a changing of the guard in women’s amateur golf.

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5 Things: U.S. Women's Amateur, Sunday

From 10-year-old Lucy Li to a USC Trojans contingent to the U.S. Girls' Junior champ and more, here are 5 Things to Know from practice Sunday for the U.S. Women's Amateur in Charleston, S.C.

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Then carries TaylorMade in U.S. Girls' Junior win

Gabriella Then, who captured the U.S. Girls’ Junior on July 27 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., used several TaylorMade clubs in her victory.

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Lakareber Abe falls short in rally for USGA history

Lakareber Abe’s legacy at the U.S. Girls’ Junior will be one of determination. The 17-year-old is proof that even a seemingly insurmountable lead is not safe in a U.S. Golf Association Championship.

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Then rallies to regain lead, defeats Abe at Girls' Jr.

Gabriella Then wasn’t entirely certain she would play the U.S. Girls’ Junior, but is happy she did after winning the title in a thrilling match against Lakareber Abe.

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Then, Abe chart equally tough roads to Girls' Jr. final

This is the one for which Gabriella Then has been searching. Four times a competitor at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, Then had never made it past the quarterfinals until now. She’ll tee it up in the final against Lakareber Abe on Saturday.

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Abe powers through Girls' Jr. bracket; to face Wu in semis

Lakareber Abe arrives at Alabama in a little more than a year, but already cries of “Roll, Tide!” can be heard when Abe does something good on the golf course.

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5 Things: Bonanno surprises at Girls' Jr.; Wu endures

If there’s an “it” girl around Sycamore Hills Golf Club this week, a good case could be made for Sabrina Bonanno.

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Morales moves on to next stage of young career

This time next year, Nicole Morales will be too old to play in the U.S. Girls’ Junior, so part of her career ends with Thursday's loss -- but the Alabama commit has big plans ahead nonetheless.

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Notes: Medalist Tardy wins close one; Cathrea rallies

Bailey Tardy’s first-round match at the U.S. Girls’ Junior was so emotional, she punctuated her post-round interview with tears. Tardy had just won three of her final four holes to knock off good friend Abbey Carlson.

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Then to wrap junior golf career at Sycamore Hills

The U.S. Girls’ Junior will be Gabriella Then’s final junior tournament, and she really means it this time.

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Despite rough ending, Tardy medals at Girls' Junior

Bailey Tardy, a University of Georgia commit, was not convinced her 6-under 138 would hold for the medalist honor – but no other player could catch her at the U.S. Girls' Junior.

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Lee advances at Girls' Jr.; grandma along for the ride

There is only a short window of time in which to win a U.S. Girls’ Junior title, and defending champion Minjee Lee’s is closing.

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Lexi Thompson, Sycamore Hills star in USGA videos

For fans who aren’t so familiar with Sycamore Hills Golf Club, the U.S. Girls' Junior venue, the U.S. Golf Association has created a course introduction video.

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U.S. Girls' Junior: Five players to watch

The U.S. Girls’ Junior begins today at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., a familiar site for a handful of players in the field. Sycamore Hills hosted the Junior PGA Championship for the past three years.

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Cheyenne Woods falls off the pace at Open de Espana

Cheyenne Woods’ second round at the Open de Espana was about as far from her first as possible. After a career-low 64 to take the first-round lead, Woods struggled to find a birdie on Day 2.

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LPGA watch: Creamer, Walshe early story in Toledo

This week’s Marathon Classic on the LPGA tour is the last event before LPGA players head to Scotland for their own Women’s British Open, to be played Aug. 1-4.

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Notes: After Trans victory, Suh could be next Cal star

Hannah Suh, U.S. Women's Open qualifier and recent winner of the Women's Trans National Amateur, could be the next great Cal player.

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Cheyenne Woods posts 64 in Spain for clubhouse lead

Amid all the British Open chatter, Tiger Woods’ niece deserves some Thursday-morning press for posting 8-under 64 in Round 1 of the Ladies European Tour’s Open de Espana.

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Porras earns feel-good victory at Judson Collegiate

Maribel Lopez Porras made a special trip from her home in Bogota, Colombia to be at the Judson Collegiate this week. The cause was that close to her heart.

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Humble Park shares pre-St. Andrews thoughts

There’s been much ado about the quest for a grand slam since Inbee Park won the U.S. Women’s Open on June 30, her third consecutive major.

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