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Ray McCarthy

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Recruiting case studies

Though the trend is for many top junior players to bypass official visits and commit to colleges before their senior year of high school, here’s a look at two players who took several official (and unofficial) visits and say the process helped immensely in making their decisions.

Sawgrass is Spieth-less this week

Jordan Spieth is conspicuously absent from the Junior Players Championship this week.

Johnson dominates competition

Here’s a stat from the department of ridiculousness:

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Focused Song powers into Am finals

It’s easy to draw parallels between Jennifer Song’s decision to watch the hyper-active, hyper-violent action flick “Shooter” Friday night and the fact that she cruised into the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Saturday afternoon.

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A championship for the ages?

History has been tracking Alexis Thompson for some time now, and yet again, the 14-year-old finds herself in a position to make it at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Song, Salas face off at AM

The day’s most compelling story fell short in the drama department.

Tanco suffers blow at Am

It’s an exhausted old adage, but nothing really describes match play better than “expect the unexpected.”

Keating has fun in Orlando

Stacey Keating had a good week in Orlando recently.

Two marathons at Women's Am

Major props to Mallory Fraiche.

Teens stealing show at Women’s Am

The chasm that once separated junior golfers from elite amateurs is rapidly narrowing.

Interesting matches at Women's Am

There are a few interesting match-ups in the first round.

Medalist in danger at Women's Am

Medalist Danielle Kang is following up with an equally up-and-down first-round match against Amelia Lewis.

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Say it ain’t so: Song vs. Salas

Whatever way you cut it, either Jennifer Song or Lizette Salas will be eliminated from the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Thursday.

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Kang, 16, medals at Women’s Am

A little money on the line sometimes does more than a good lesson or productive warm-up session.

Na turns up on LET

One of the most impressive – but somewhat unknown in the U.S. – players at last year's Women's Am was Australian Stephanie Na.

Old Warson playing tough

It's worth mentioning the damage that Old Warson is doing to this year's field.

Driver plagues Song at Am

Jennifer Song isn't too worried about an uncooperative driver.

Determining Women's Am match-play cut

It's tough to tell where the Women's Am cut will fall.

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Lee prepped for Women’s Am run

As the golf world prepares for the Women’s Amateur next week at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., many will assume there will be a teen who makes a run at the championship title. Last year, that was Erynne Lee.

Song psyched for Women's Am

Jennifer Song loves USGA championships.

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Spieth sparkles with U.S. Junior title

As the country’s top-ranked junior golfer, Jordan Spieth is by default one of the faces of junior golf in America.

Disappearing flagstick

During yesterday’s semifinals, there was a strange incident as Jordan Spieth and Logan Harrell approached the 12th hole of the New Course at Trump National.

Underdog makes a case

So much for the underdog.

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Spectacular Spieth in U.S. Junior final

When Donald Trump tells you he’s enjoyed watching you play, you must be doing something right.

Spieth savors the pressure

For the second year in a row, Jordan Spieth has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Junior.

What do the rankings say?

The Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings of the four semifinalists in the U.S. Junior are:

Spieth moves into quarterfinals at Junior

The rain that fell on Tuesday at the U.S. Junior Amateur paled in comparison to the persistent showers that blanketed Trump National Golf Club on Thursday.

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McCarthy: Merkulov’s heartfelt journey

The heart is often used as a symbol of courage in the face of a daunting challenge. Yaroslav Merkulov has heart.

Chung vs. Tanco: A match to see

A must-see match is on the docket for the Round of 16.

Liu isn't showing his age

Jim Liu is the youngest player left in the U.S. Junior field, but the 13-year-old – who turns 14 on August 9 – isn’t playing to his age.

Lendl drops 93 foot bomb to win

Isabelle Lendl overcame a big hurdle in the first round of match in the form of 2006 U.S. Girls' champ Jenny Shin.

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Big names get bounced at Junior

U.S. Junior Amateur experience doesn’t always translate into U.S. Junior Amateur success. That was apparent on Wednesday when players who once enjoyed the glory of advancing deep at the event were upset in the Round of 64.

Coaching tips

It's fair to say Anthony Paolucci takes the U.S. Junior pretty seriously.

Scores are soaring

Whether it's the pressure or the unrelenting, rainy, breezy conditions, scores are considerably higher today in the second round of stroke-play qualifying.

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Grillo dialed in at U.S. Junior

The U.S. Junior and U.S. Girls’ Junior may very well become an Argentine affair.

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Cantlay craving his U.S. Junior chance

Patrick Cantlay is a future-minded golfer. He takes his time as a junior golfer seriously, but is always focusing on the next step in his progression through golf.

The golf gods taketh away

Golf will only give you so much.

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Vogel, Tanco shine at Rolex

One wasn’t even close. The other couldn’t have been closer. Victoria Tanco cruised to a nine-shot victory Saturday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, while T.J. Vogel chipped in for eagle in a playoff to win.

Confident Vogel surging at Rolex

T.J. Vogel knows it’s now or never. Winless in his AJGA career, the 18-year-old took the third-round lead Friday at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. In the girls’ division, Karen Chung is chasing leader Victoria Tanco.

Timing’s right for Gooch at Rolex

After disappointing finishes in his past two AJGA invitationals, Talor Gooch is on point at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. The Oklahoma native shot 69 Thursday and leads the boys’ division by two shots. Victoria Tanco is pacing the girls’ division.

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Tanco on tear at Rolex

Victoria Tanco (pictured) and Alexis Thompson played in the same group during Wednesday’s first round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Tanco shot 6-under 66 to take the field. Michael Weaver leads the boys field.

In-depth: Men’s regionals

Hold on to your visors and grab your trusty lob wedge, the postseason is here.

Shindler to caddie for Hamilton

Conrad Shindler is still riding an immense high from winning the NCAA Championship with his Texas A&M squad, but Shindler's high is continuing at the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament this week.

FootJoy sleepers

Looking for two players who can come out of nowhere at the FootJoy Boys Invitational?

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Day in the Life: Billy Horschel

Former President George W. Bush made an impression on Florida senior Billy Horschel when he visited the White House with the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team two years ago.

Tanco sporting all-pro attitude in ’09

It wasn’t enough for Victoria Tanco to play in the U.S. Women’s Open. She had to steal the show for a couple minutes.

Women’s Am has international flavor

Friends to face off at Women’s Am

Blumenherst wins U.S. Women’s Am

Raising the stakes