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Ron Balicki

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Fox, Weaver to meet in U.S. Am final

Michael Weaver and Steven Fox entered the U.S. Amateur as long shots, but now they're in the final. That's the beauty of this championship.

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Thomas rallies to advance at U.S. Am

Justin Thomas has struggled to get off to a good start at the U.S. Amateur, but he continues to finish in style, advancing with a 2-up victory.

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Gouveia efficient in advancing at U.S. Amateur

Meet Ricardo Gouveia

Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia has been efficient in his trip to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals, requiring only 45 total holes to win three matches.

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Tide's Wyatt, Thomas to face off at U.S. Amateur

Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas have played together in plenty of friendly matches at Alabama, but the two stars will face off in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur.

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Stroke-play medalist Wyatt seems unstoppable

After earning stroke-play medalist honors to start the week at the U.S. Amateur, Bobby Wyatt is cruising through the match-play bracket at Cherry Hills.

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Two generations of Pleats make U.S. Am start

Pleat family legacy

Philip and James Pleat this week became just the fourth father-son duo to compete in the same U.S. Amateur.

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Hanzel, 55, keeping pace in match play

Senior Hanzel keeps up

Some might call Doug Hanzel a dinosaur, but the 55-year-old remains competitive this week in his 10th U.S. Amateur start.

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Pieters, Williamson advance in 17-player playoff

NCAA champion Thomas Pieters and former Dartmouth star Peter Williamson advanced to match play at the U.S. Amateur.

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Wyatt ties U.S. Am record to take medalist honor

Wyatt wins medalist

Alabama's Bobby Wyatt tied a U.S. Amateur record by going 9 under to secure medalist honor and the top seed heading into Wednesday's match-play portion at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Washington's Pan takes mid-day lead at U.S. Amateur

Pan leads U.S. Amateur

Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan grabs clubhouse lead at U.S. Amateur after the morning wave, with Jordan Spieth and Zac Blair not far behind.

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Gilliam wears two hats at U.S. Am: Player and FootJoy rep

Balicki on Nick Gilliam

Nick Gilliam didn't make the cut at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, but he'll be sticking around for the rest of the week representing his "day job" as a promotions manager for FootJoy.

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Alabama's Wyatt takes U.S. Amateur lead

Wyatt leads U.S. Amateur

Alabama standout Bobby Wyatt jumps out to the early lead at the U.S. Amateur, using a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over five others, including Chris Williams and Justin Thomas.

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Williams holds off Russell for Western Am title

Balicki on Western Amateur

Chris Williams fought off the championship-match jitters to knock off Jordan Russell for a 1-up victory at the Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club on Saturday.

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It's Williams vs. Russell in Western Am final

Western Am final

Chris Williams and Jordan Russell will meet in the match-play final of the Western Amateur Saturday afternoon at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.

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Williamson advances to Western Am semifinals

Balicki on Western Amateur

Peter Williamson has made the most of his first summer playing major amateur golf. He continued his success Friday, advancing to the semifinals of the Western Amateur.

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Williams advances at Western Am match play

Balicki on Western Amateur

Chris Williams avoided an early exit from the match-play portion of the Western Amateur, with the 2012 stroke-play medalist routing Richard Lamb as the field heads to the Elite 8 this afternoon.

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Williams repeats as Western Am medalist

Western Amateur

Chris Williams claimed medalist honors at the Western Amateur for the second straight year. His performance Thursday included capping a record-breaking 17-under 271.

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Ancer takes second-round lead at Western Am

Ancer leads Western Am

Abraham Ancer avoided the bad holes that have hindered him recently, taking the lead after two rounds of qualifying at the Western Amateur.

Balicki: It's a Wyn-win for Southern Am

says Wyn Norwood's goal as a member of the Southern Golf Association was to get the Southern Amateur to Arkansas. And after a beautiful week at Chenal Country Club, his dream came true.

Wyn Norwood's goal as a member of the Southern Golf Association was to get the Southern Amateur to Arkansas. And after a beautiful week at Chenal Country Club, his dream came true.

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Williamson wins Southern Amateur in playoff

Williamson wins Southern Am

Peter Williamson is having a banner summer, picking up his second amateur win by outlasting Bobby Wyatt in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Southern Amateur on Saturday.

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Wyatt, Williamson lead Southern Amateur

Southern Amateur

Alabama's Bobby Wyatt and recent Darmouth grad Peter Williamson are tied for the lead heading into the final round at the Southern Amateur Championship.

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Georgia's Mitchell takes lead at Southern Amateur

Balicki on Southern Amateur

Harris English is playing in the Open Championship this week, but his old bag is being used stateside. Former teammate Keith Mitchell took the lead at the Southern Am Thursday with the defending champ's bag.

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Schniederjans, Mitchell lead Southern Amateur

Southern Amateur

Oliver Schniederjans (Georgia Tech) and Keith Mitchell (Georgia) have made the Southern Amateur a battle for the Peach State after opening 4-under 68s on Wednesday.

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Amateur legend Simson inducted into SGA HoF

Balicki on Paul Simson

Amateur legend Paul Simson was inducted into his sixth Hall of Fame earlier this week, and was outspoken about how special it was to be honored by the Southern Golf Association.

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Jackson has become U.S. Senior Open veteran

Balicki on Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson circles the U.S. Senior Open on his calendar each year, and the 53-year-old amateur has made a name for himself with his performance on the USGA's biggest senior stage.

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Texas, Alabama highlight Preview field

Ping/Golfweek Preview

Defending national champion Texas and runner-up Alabama will headline the 15-team field for the Ping/Golfweek Preview on Sept. 23-25 in Alpharetta, Ga.

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CPT: A summer home for collegians

says the Collegiate Players Tour provides college players a chance to compete at an affordable price.

The Collegiate Players Tour provides college players a chance to compete at an affordable price.

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Shin defeats Russell in Northeast Am playoff

Shin wins Northeast Am

Justin Shin's sudden-death victory at the Northeast Amateur marks the biggest victory of his career. That he came from behind to do it is even more special.

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Russell maintains lead at Northeast Amateur

51st Northeast Amateur

Jordan Russell maintained his lead at the Northeast Amateur, but his cushion got a lot smaller as the field heads to the final 18 holes on Saturday.

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Russell leads by 3 midway through Northeast Am

Russell leads Northeast Am

After a second-round 3-under 66, Jordan Russell is 3 strokes ahead of the competition at 9 under midway through the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club.

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Russell's 63 leads Northeast Amateur

Northeast Amateur

After a disappointing senior season, Jordan Russell opens the Northeast Amateur with a 6-under 63 and a three-shot lead. Ron Balicki.

Veerman opens Northeast Amateur with 66

Johannes Veerman injured his thumb launching rockets but has made a comeback, shooting 3-under 66 in the opening round of the Northeast Amateur.

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Cozby's life in golf merits Father of the Year award

Father of the Year

Longtime head pro Jerry Cozby, who nurtured three sons into positions in the golf industry, is Golfweek’s Father of the Year.

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St. Jude notebook: Guthrie, Fly wasting no time

St. Jude notebook

Luke Guthrie and Jonathan Fly, who completed their college careers last week, will earn their first paychecks Sunday after the St. Jude Classic.

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Balicki: Frittelli provides Hollywood ending

Balicki on Texas' win

You couldn't have drawn Sunday's finale at the NCAA Championship - where Dylan Frittelli drained a 30-footer for birdie to lead Texas to the title - any better, even if you were a Hollywood screenwriter, says Ron Balicki.

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Balicki: NCAA final pits No. 1 vs. No. 2

NCAA Match Play

For the first time since the format was changed to stroke/match play in 2009, the NCAA Championship final will pit the nation's No. 1 team (Texas) against No. 2 (Alabama) . . . Who could ask for anything more exciting than that? Ron Balicki.

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Balicki: Texas backs up lofty credentials

Balicki on Texas' romp

Texas had to make a Thursday run to even make match play. Now the Longhorns are two matches away from their first title sine 1972 says Ron Balicki.

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Illinois' Pieters cruises to NCAA individual title

Pieters wins NCAA title

Ron Balicki: For the second time this collegiate season, Illinois' Thomas Pieters won on a prestigious course known for hosting PGA Tour events. This win gave the Belgian an NCAA title.

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Alabama leads NCAAs as match-play race heats up

Alabama leads NCAAs

Alabama and UCLA held steady on Wednesday, with the Tide holding a four-shot advantage after two rounds. But it will be the race to get into the top eight that will provide epic theater Thursday.

Oldest coach to have a team competing at NCAAs?

NCAA Championship

At 75-years-old, UAB's Alan Kaufman might be the oldest coach to have a team competing in the NCAA Championship. If anyone knows of a coach older than 75 who brought a team to college golf’s national finals, let our Ron Balicki know.

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'Bama authors a day of surprises at Riviera

Alabama at NCAAs

Alabama's scorecards had as many twists Tuesday as a well-written novel. But for Hunter Hamrick and his teammates, that's typical Crimson Tide golf.

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McCumber leads Gators to top morning round

Gators top morning

Led by Tyler McCumber, Florida posted the lowest score Tuesday among the 15 teams in the morning wave of the NCAA Championship. Head coach Buddy Alexander knows there's lots of golf left.

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NCAAs: Bill Murray yuks it up at players dinner

Bill Murray speaks at NCAAs

USC alumnus Scott Simpson was the scheduled speaker at a players dinner on Monday night, but it was his guest, Bill Murray, who stole the show, says our Ron Balicki.

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NCAAs: May the Tide be with them . . .

Balicki's predictions

Only one team can win the NCAA Championship . . . and our Ron Balicki, a.k.a. 'Wrong Ron,' predicts this year's victor will be Alabama.

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Balicki: Playing 'Did You Know?' for the NCAAs . . .

Sure, Oklahoma State won't be at Riviera this year. But let's learn more about who will be at the NCAA Championships . . .

Oklahoma State won't be at Riviera this year, but let's learn more about who will be at the NCAA Championship . . .

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NCAAs: Balicki breaks down the odds

Balicki on NCAA field

Check out how our Ron Balicki breaks down the field, from which team is a "best bet" to which ones will need to "wish upon a star" this week at the NCAA Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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Southwest: Washington's win ends recent woes

Southwest Regional

After struggling in recent weeks, Washington conquered strong winds and top-ranked Texas to win the Southwest Regional by four strokes Saturday in Norman, Okla.

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Balicki: IUPUI pulls off a record-setting season

Balicki on IUPUI

IUPUI is not likely headed to the NCAA Championship in L.A., but it can take solace in a breakthrough season.

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Southwest: Washington vaults into the lead

Washington leads Southwest

Cheng-Tsung Pan and his Washington Huskies took on the Oklahoma wind and came out with a four-shot lead over Florida State at the Southwest Regional.

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Southwest: Florida State, Texas share lead

NCAA Southwest Regional

Florida State's team unity and confidence showed in round 1 of the NCAA Southwest Regional Championship, as the Brooks Koepka and his teammates share a six-shot lead with Texas.