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Apr. 19, 2012

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Character, integrity lead Frittelli, White
to win Byron Nelson Award

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Dylan Frittelli of Texas and James White of Georgia Tech have been named co-recipients of the 2012 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Friends of Golf and the GCAA. Candidates for the award must be a graduating senior, and the selection committee considers equally a nominee's entire collegiate academic and golf career and his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee's good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career. More

Related Item: Golf Digest highlights Byron Nelson Award winners

USGA, The R&A add clarity to new definition of 'Addressing the Ball'
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The United States Golf Association and The R&A issued a clarification of the new definition of "Addressing the Ball" with respect to the revised edition of the Rules of Golf, which took effect worldwide on Jan. 1. The clarification to the new definition, referenced on page 22 of the Rules of Golf, deals specifically with the phrase "immediately in front of or immediately behind the ball." More

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The Syllabus: SEC filings
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Texas is the top men's golf team in the country right now, but right behind the Longhorns are three SEC schools. Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn will all play in the SEC Championship, which begins April 20 in Sea Island, Ga. The pressure is on all three to begin the postseason with a big victory. On the women's side, UCLA continues to dominate as the top-ranked team after collecting its sixth victory of the season. The Bruins will play in the Pac-12 Championship beginning April 27 in Pullman, Wash. More

Texas' Spieth to compete in his fifth PGA Tour event
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Texas freshman Jordan Spieth will be teeing off at the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. This marks Spieth's fifth PGA tournament, as the two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion and top-ranked collegiate individual previously played in the 2012 Northern Trust Open, 2010 FedEx St. Jude Classic and 2011 and 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championships. More

Virginia State looking for 2nd straight title at 2012 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship
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The Virginia State University men's golf team rallied to capture the Division II men's title in the 25th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management last year. Coach Jeff Hamilton, who led the Trojans to a third-place finish in both 2008 and 2009, and a second-place finish in 2010, finally watched his team break through with a seven-stroke victory over Lincoln (Mo.) University. The 2012 edition of the event will be May 11-13 and will feature more than 180 participants from more than 40 colleges and universities. More

HJGT launches highly anticipated Collegiate Amateur Tour
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This summer the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is excited to host a series of four collegiate amateur tournaments at prestigious PGA Tour-quality venues. All events consist of 54 holes and are scheduled around major USGA qualifiers and championships. The Hurricane Collegiate Amateur Tour has been requested by our alumni and was created to give both men and women the opportunity to compete on a high level at premier courses with the unmatched professionalism the HJGT prides itself on. More

Texas Wesleyan's Anderson named NAIA golfer of the week
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Texas Wesleyan's Nathan Anderson has been named the NAIA National Men's Golfer of the Week, the national office announced. Anderson was selected based on his performances from April 9–15 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group golfer of the week selections. The honor is the first such award for Texas Wesleyan men's golf since it began in 2011. More

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World Amateur Golf Ranking
Top 10 Men as of April 19

Source: The R&A and USGA


1. Patrick Cantlay

2. Patrick Rodgers

3. Jordan Spieth

4. Hideki Matsuyama

5. Corbin Mills

6. Chris Williams

7. Dylan Frittelli

8. Jake Higginbottom

9. Daan Huizing

10. Cheng-tsung Pan

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NGA alums searching for 16th PGA win in last 12 months
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So far in 2012, NGA Pro Golf Tour alumni have made up well over 60 percent of each Nationwide Tour field, and NGA alums seem to have no problem making it to the final rung on the golfing ladder either, the PGA Tour. In this week's Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, Texas, nearly half of the field has ties to the NGA Tour, including four 2011 members who were college golfers: Russell Knox of Jacksonville University, Will Claxton of Auburn, Billy Hurley of Navy and Diego Velasquez of Oregon State. More

Georgia men's golf coach Haack: Watson's Masters victory the 'cherry on top' of great year
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"Bubba won the Masters?" Georgia men's golf coach Chris Haack asked about his former player Bubba Watson. Watson won his first green jacket by capturing the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in a two-hole playoff victory against South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. "It is exciting for the golf program. It's awesome for the university as a whole. It's awesome for all the Georgia alums [and] it is a great source of pride for all of us," Haack said. "It has been a very neat thing." More

Memories of a young Bubba Watson
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A number of years ago, before he made his way to the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson was playing the Nationwide Tour's Rheem Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Ark. Golfweek's Ron Balicki happened to be at the event that week, working on a few future feature stories. During a practice round while heading back to the media center, Balicki heard Watson say, "Don't you want to talk to me?" He just smiled and answered jokingly, "Why would I want to talk to you?" Watson's reply was, "Because I'm the best left-handed Bubba from Bagdad, Fla., in the field." More

Jackson State's O'Neal revives game during trip to Morocco
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Tim O'Neal's career has been resurrected in the unlikeliest of places. O'Neal, a former Jackson State standout who once was financed by actor Will Smith as he tried to join Tiger Woods as a second black golfer on the PGA Tour, has been dominant in a recent trip to Morocco after two years out of the professional game. O'Neal has won three of seven starts in two recent trips to Morocco. More

Constable rules at Terra Cotta Invitational
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Former University of Minnesota standout David Constable survived a tense duel and claimed the Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club recently. Constable posted a final-round, even-par 72 to shoot 4-under-par 212 to win by a shot over Tae Wan Lee, Jim Liu and Mike Miller. Constable, 23, completed his eligibility at Minnesota last spring, when he earned All-Big Ten second-team honors. He began his college career at Texas before transferring to Minnesota during his junior year. More

Provided by the Nationwide® Tour

The Nationwide Tour travels east this week before playing two events in Georgia — the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta (April 26-29) and the Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens (May 3-6).

ALEX ARAGON IS TPC STONEBRAE SURVIVOR — With constant delays due to rain and fog, it was a minor miracle the TPC Stonebrae Championship completed 72 holes on time Sunday. Stanford grad (2001) and Mexico City-born Alex Aragon did the best job of anyone, slogging his way through it all to capture his first Nationwide Tour victory in his 41st start. It wasn't an easy week on the golf course or off it. From Thursday through Sunday he played 18, 0, 33 and 21 holes, respectively. On Thursday, he managed to lock his keys in his car on the way to TPC Stonebrae, but thanks to a two-hour fog delay didn't miss his tee time. Then on Friday, he left his wallet at a gas station and when he returned, it was gone.

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Junior Invitational sports 'PGA Tour atmosphere'
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It was about this time last year when the Junior Invitational made its debut to the junior golf world. Word of the event circulated quickly, and in the next few weeks more comments came in singing its praises. Several college coaches are expected to be here recruiting at a field that includes 26 of the top 30 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings. More

Chinese golfer, 13, to make European Tour history
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Most 13-year-old boys would be happy to win their local golf club's junior tournament. But Guan Tian-Lang isn't like other boys. The Chinese prodigy is set to make history this week when he smashes the record for the youngest player in a European Tour event. The world junior champion will tee off at the Volvo China Open at the tender age of just 13 years and 177 days, shattering the record set by Taiwan's Lo Shih-Kai — who was 103 days older when he played at the 2003 Hong Kong Open. More

Burgess secures first AJGA victory with win at Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship
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After a rain-shortened nine-hole final round, Ryan Burgess of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., finished at a 6-over 182 to win the Boys Divsion of the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship at the Gleneagles Country Club. Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, finished at 5-over 184 and nabbed her second win in seven days in a sudden-death playoff. More

McCoy, Wagner finish strong to claim victory at Exide Technologies Junior Open
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Lee McCoy of Clarkesville, Ga., and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., came out as champions at the 2012 Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno at The Country Club of the South. McCoy shot a 2-under 70 in the first round, and was the only player in the Boys Division to finish both rounds under par after carding a 1-under 71 in the final round. Wagner held onto her lead by finishing the second round with a 2-under 70, to put her two-round tournament total at 6-under 138, also the only player in her field to finish both rounds under par. More

Cecere captures 1st victory at Preseason Junior at Oak Valley
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Anthony Cecere of Newport Coast, Calif., shot a final-round 2-over 74 for a tournament total 144 to win the Boys Division by one shot at the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley. In the Girls Division, Melissa Leo of La Canada, Calif., and Jamie Donizio of Henderson, Nev., took medalist honors with two-day total of 9-over-par 153. More


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