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Ron Balicki

Senior Writer

Ron Balicki joined Golfweek in 1983 and covers college and amateur golf. He was raised in New Britain, Conn., and attended Central Connecticut State. Prior to Golfweek, Balicki worked as a sports editor at the North Florida Daily News. He lives in Mount Ida, Ark., with his wife, Debbie, and enjoys bird watching and spending some quiet time on Lake Ouichita with friends and family.
 
• Favorite interview: Byron Nelson
• Favorite story you’ve written: Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters
• Favorite golf memory: Playing in the Mercedes Championship pro-am with Peter Jacobsen, Jack Whitaker of ABC Sports and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
• Best golf shot seen live: Robert Gamez holing out a 7-iron shot from fairway to beat Greg Norman at 1990 Nestle Invitational at Bay Hill

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Balicki: Howard’s end came with personal dignity

Ron Balicki passed away after an eight-month battle with cancer on Tuesday. He is best known for the man that he was, but he could also write with the best of them, including this award-winning feature on Barclay Howard.

Yestingsmeier remembered for college support

Many times when a college golf coach retires, he or she creates some distance from the program. Not so with Earl Yestingsmeier. He had been as faithful to Ball State in retirement as he had been in 36 years as coach.

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Balicki: Yestingsmeier was and will be Ball State golf

Senior writer Ron Balicki reflects on his time with former Ball State head coach Earl Yestingsmeier, who died Jan. 9 at his home in Muncie, Ind. Balicki says Yestingsmeier was and always has been Ball State golf.

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My year in golf: Ron Balicki

For amateur and college golf senior writer Ron Balicki, 2013 was a year of a glass half full and a glass half empty – as his season and his life changed dramatically during a pivotal week.

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McCoy wins his lifelong dream: a USGA title

Mike McCoy has been a dominating presence in his home state of Iowa for nearly a quarter century. Now he has added the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship to his resume.

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Niebrugge wins Western Am, eyes Walker spot

Jordan Niebrugge won the rain-delayed Western Amateur, capping an incredible three-week run by the Oklahoma State sophomore who now hopes for a Walker Cup berth.

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Rain stops Dale vs. Niebrugge Western Am final

Two lengthy weather delays Sunday will bring about a Monday finish as Jordan Niebrugge and Sean Dale compete for the 111th Western Amateur title.

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Niebrugge into semis at Western Am; Rodgers out

Sean Dale -- a Walker Cup hopeful and recent North Florida grad -- made his case for a spot on the U.S. squad with a 2-up victory over Patrick Rodgers on Saturday at the Western Amateur, sending the tournament's stroke-play medalist and two-time Walker Cup selection home a bit prematurely.

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Stanford's Rodgers medals at Western Amateur

The Stanford junior closed with a 3-under 69 – his fourth consecutive round in the 60s – earning him medalist honors with a Western Am qualifying-record 18-under 270.

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Niebrugge among trio of Western Am leaders

Three players shared the lead Wednesday at the halfway point of Western Amateur stroke play. Seth Reeves, who was tied with two others after an opening 65 at Alotian Club, along with Patrick Rodgers and Jordan Niebrugge sat atop the leaderboard at 9-under 135.

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