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Julie Williams

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Back in contention: Grimmer posts 59 at Pinehurst

Will Grimmer, 16, went 11 under at Pinehurst No. 1 on Wednesday to climb back into contention at the North & South Junior.

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Notes: In the Southeast, Murray is the player to beat

Grayson Murray can identify the difference between striking the ball well and scoring well. Murray’s ballstriking has been reliable over the past year, but it took some low scores to get the Raleigh, N.C., teen in a frame of mind that could make him a consistent contender.

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Cathrea's 'bubble' mentality yields low-am honors

In her first U.S. Women’s Open start, Casie Cathrea finished as the low amateur, and that’s mostly because her first sub-par round came together Sunday at Sebonack.

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Park doubles Open lead in familiar fashion

At some point, the image of Inbee Park running away from the field, at a major such as the U.S. Women's Open or otherwise, begins to feel like deja vu.

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Korda sisters make cut together at Sebonack

For all the dreariness that greeted the 41 players who arrived at Sebonack early Saturday morning to finish the fog-delayed second round of the U.S. Women's Open, much depended on those final few holes.

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Wie withdraws, citing illness, during 2nd round

Play was suspended late Friday evening because of fog at the U.S. Women's Open, leaving Michelle Wie one hole to play. She withdrew before play resumed Saturday morning, citing illness.

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Notes: I.K. Kim finds early lead Friday at USWO

Second-round notes from the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack: I.K. Kim in the lead after the morning wave, Lizette Salas back at the top of the leaderboard in a major championship and more.

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Park exploits 'generous' Sebonack for 1st-round 67

Perhaps more surprising than Inbee Park’s opening 67 was a gift from the USGA to the U.S. Women's Open field: Sebonack played about 300 yards shorter than the advertised 6,821 yards.

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Backup plan on hold as Echeverria opens strong

Paz Echeverria speaks often of her back-up plan, which was made possible by her college degree. Thursday, the Chilean didn't seem to need it, with a 3-under 69 in her first U.S. Women's Open.

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Inkster does some late work at Sebonack

After her participation in an early-week charity event in Rhode Island, Juli Inkster, 53, needed Wednesday's practice round, not for the repetition but because she was one of three players to land at Sebonack Golf Club mid-week.

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Dickinson takes unique route to U.S. Women's Open

Karinn Dickinson could have turned pro long ago, but the former University of Washington star chose to stay amateur to "grind on the game" and she feels more prepared for her pro future as a result.

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Park, Chen lead large USC contingent at USWO

Local favorite and NCAA champ Annie Park and USC teammate Doris Chen will try to remember their collegiate successes as they take on Sebonack at the U.S. Women's Open.

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Choi walks like a champion at Sebonack

Defending U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi says she will carry herself with good posture and confidence at Sebonack, taking the small signs of progress all season into this week's major championship.

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Ariya Jutanugarn (shoulder) WDs from USWO

Ariya Jutanugarn never even made it to New York. Two days before the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, the 17-year-old remains on the West Coast with a sore shoulder, unable to make her first Women’s Open start as a professional.

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A. Jutanugarn's status unknown; O'Toole in

A bit of horseplay, and a subsequent sore shoulder, could cost Ariya Jutanugarn a second major start this week at the U.S. Women’s Open. The 17-year-old injured her left shoulder early week at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship.

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Park's playoff birdie earns NW Arkansas victory

World No. 1 Inbee Park sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against So Yeon Ryu, capping her final-round rally and winning the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.

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Commercial appearance costs Pieri amateur status

Scott Pieri, an accomplished amateur in Fort Wayne, Ind., appeared recently in a commercial for a golf store, and forfeited his amateur status because of it.

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Sass, Raines tame Cog Hill at Golfweek Midwest Jr.

Michael Sass knows the fairways of Cog Hill’s Dubsdread Course from watching PGA Tour players tackle it during the BMW Championship in years past. But television only took the 16-year-old so far.

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Pratt leaves Tulane for associate position at Auburn

Andrew Pratt has resigned as the head women’s golf coach at Tulane and will be the associate head golf coach at Auburn.

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Georgetown's Brophy picks up bag for Gonzales

Georgetown women's golf coach Katie Brophy got a call from childhood friend Andres Gonzales on May 25 when the Web.com Tour player needed a looper in Potomac, Md.

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Jutanugarn injures shoulder in Wegmans practice

Ariya Jutanugarn opened her week at the Wegmans LPGA Championship with a tumble down a hill at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

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USC wins national title in record-breaking fashion

USC’s national championship will go down in the books next to a number of descriptors, blowout and runaway chief among them. But a 21-shot victory on Friday at the University of Georgia Golf Course amounted to something else for the Trojans: a final endurance test.

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USC opens up commanding 17-shot lead at NCAAs

USC will take a 17-shot lead into the final round of the NCAA Championship, but the Trojans know that weirder things have happened, thus they must remain focused.

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Miss. State's McDonald thrives with competition

Mississippi State's Ally McDonald has a competitive fire that has led her into contention for an NCAA title.

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Stanford's Stackhouse returns home for NCAAs

Stanford gets to spend a week in the life of freshman Mariah Stackhouse while at the NCAA Championship. The Stackhouse home is about 90 miles from the course, which was close enough for the Cardinal to pile in the team van early week and take in a home-cooked meal.

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Freshman Park leads USC to big lead at NCAAs

Behind freshman Annie Park, USC took complete control at the NCAA Women's Championship on Wednesday, opening a 12-shot lead over Alabama after the morning wave.

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De Guzman leads San Jose St. to share of lead

The San Jose State Spartans posted a 4-under 284 Tuesday morning and watched it hold up for a share of the NCAA women's championships' first-round lead as USC pulled evening during the afternoon wave.

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5 Things: Alabama takes winning streak to Athens

Alabama is aiming for national title No. 2, season victory No. 8 and consecutive victory No. 6 this week at the NCAA Women's Championship. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Monday's practice rounds in Athens, Ga.

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Burger makes the most of her Georgia career

Georgia senior Emilie Burger has made the most of her four years as a Bulldog, especially her fourth year, as new head coach Josh Brewer moved in to take over the reigns. She will compete in her first and last national championship in her backyard of Athens, Ga.

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Dulman brings a spark and a smile to Rollins roster

Annie Dulman capped her freshman season at Rollins with Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. It signals good things to come.

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Pullman Regional: Cal claims 11th season title

Cal’s 20-shot rout at Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash., is the Golden Bears' 11th victory of the 2012-13 season. Cal had tied the unofficial NCAA record of 10 with its Pac-12 victory.

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Tempe Regional: UCLA advances by 17 shots

UCLA won its third stroke-play title of the season at the NCAA Tempe Regional, and claimed its fifth regional title in the past decade. The Bruins finished 17 shots ahead of the next-closest teams.

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Lynn edges Nova SE for D-II national title

Lynn edged defending champion Nova Southeastern at the NCAA Division II Women's National Championship, establishing itself as yet another South Florida women's golf powerhouse.

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West: USC wins regional by one over Purdue

USC won its fourth consecutive regional on Saturday, this time with major help from two freshman – Annie Park and Kyung Kim. The top-ranked Trojans finished one-shot ahead of Vanderbilt to win.

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Central: Duke claims its 8th NCAA regional victory

Eight always is a significant number at NCAA regionals – it’s the number of teams that gets to advance to the NCAA Championship – but particularly special this year for the Blue Devils. Mississippi State's Ally McDonald won the individual title.

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Central: Oklahoma leads on home turf

Oklahoma remained steady in Round 2 of the NCAA Central Regional, a day when many other teams lost ground.

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West: Vandy leads in maiden trip to West Regional

Vanderbilt is getting a new look at NCAA regionals from the West Coast. The Commodores lead top-ranked and top-seeded USC by a shot.

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Central: Florida leads, even without senior Lendl

Florida leads after the first round at the NCAA Central Regional, even without standout senior Isabelle Lendl in the lineup.

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NCAA report: Gambling widespread in men's golf

According to the survey findings, 21.3 percent of Division I men’s golfers reported wagering on sports, a violation of NCAA rules, more than any of the other 10 Division I men’s programs surveyed.

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Detroit enters postseason with nine season victories

Detroit enters the NCAA Central Regional searching for its 10th victory this season. The Titans are coming off a win at the Horizon League Championship.

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St. Edward's coaches kick off regional with half marathon

The St. Edward's men’s golf team opened its trip to the NCAA South Central/West Regional with a sleepy Sunday morning in Eastern Washington. While players slept in, however, the coaches were getting a look at the countryside.

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Meet Taylor Coleman, star of North Texas LPGA

Taylor Coleman was the talk of Las Colinas after storming to the top of the leaderboard as a little-known Texas teenager.

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USC, Duke, 'Bama women grab regional top seeds

USC, Duke and Alabama will take the No. 1 seeds into their respective regionals as NCAA postseason play begins May 9. They are among the 72 teams that will make up three NCAA Regional fields around the country.

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Young plays 'smart' and lands Junior Invitational title

Carson Young started the day within three shots of the lead and opened his round with two bogeys, but was able to rebound for a final-round 70 that landed him a two-shot victory over four others at the Junior Invitational.

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Sage Valley: Hoey, field will need to catch Horsfield

Rico Hoey is one of eight players within three shots of the lead at the Junior Invitational, but only have 18 holes left to catch 36-hole leader Sam Horsfield.

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Sage Valley: Burns, Shelton back in contention

Sam Burns and Robby Shelton put so-so rounds on Friday behind them by posting 68s on Saturday to move to 2 under overall and only three shots off the lead.

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Sage Valley: Horsfield takes lead; Fitzpatrick in contention

A pair of Englishmen -- Matthew Fitzpatrick at 1 under and leader Sam Horsfield at 4 under -- were able to tame the tough Sage Valley track on Friday during the first round of the Junior Invitational.

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Sage Valley: No. 2 wallops Junior Invitational field

The damage on the par-3 2nd hole at Sage Valley? One sextuple bogey, four quadruple bogeys, three triple bogeys and seven doubles -- meaning 15 of 54 players posted worse than bogey.

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First Tee players use Sage Valley for inspiration

The Junior Invitational is unique in its limited, elite field and has built itself around a desire to provide the very best experience in junior golf.

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Sage Valley: Sigg shucks caddie suit to chase title

Every caddie in the Sage Valley shack wanted Greyson Sigg’s bag this week, but neither Sigg nor looper Bernard Dent know exactly how they ended up together.

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