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US cruises to Curtis Cup title

Jennifer Johnson toppled Rachel Jennings, 5 & 4.
Manchester, MA (Sports Network) - The United States won its seventh consecutive Curtis Cup on Sunday after it split the eight singles matches with the Great Britain & Ireland team.

In great place after a sweep of all six matches on Saturday, the U.S. won 12 1/2 - 7 1/2 to run its all-time record to 27-6-3.

The U.S. needed only a 1 1/2 points in the eight singles Sunday to retain the Cup, but two to win it outright.  continue>>

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McDowell Wins Open

Graeme McDowell closed with a three-over 74.
Pebble Beach, CA (Sports Network) - Graeme McDowell tapped in for par, pumped his fists and looked toward the sky. Then, he exhaled.

The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland had every reason to be relieved.

McDowell became the first European in 40 years to win the U.S. Open, closing with a three-over 74 on Sunday that gave him a one-shot victory over Gregory Havret of France.  continue>>

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Tubert Wins Women's Publinx

Emily Tubert wins her first national championship.
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2, in Saturday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Tubert, 18, used an amazing run on the front nine during the first 18 holes to take a commanding lead. She was 2-down after a McCloskey birdie at the fifth, but Tubert won the next seven holes to move 5-up and played those seven holes in five-under par.

McCloskey made up one hole and was 4-down at the break at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame.  continue>>

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Creamer wins U.S. Women's Open

Paula Creamer finished at three-under-par 281.
Oakmont, PA (Sports Network) - Paula Creamer played the final 23 holes of the U.S. Women's Open at two-under par Sunday, more than enough to earn her first major championship.

Creamer closed with a two-under 69 and was the only player to finish in red figures at Oakmont Country Club as she claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title. She ended at three-under-par 281, four strokes clear of Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.  continue>>

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Kim bests McDaniel for title

Lion Kim won his first USGA title.
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Lion Kim defeated David McDaniel, 6 & 5 in Saturday's 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park.

There was a nearly seven-hour weather delay, but, at 9:06 p.m. (et), Kim holed the winning putt for his first USGA title.

Kim was 2-up through 12 holes on Saturday when the horn sounded, stopping play. After a second storm rolled through the area, the delay lasted even longer, but just before 5:00 p.m., the championship resumed and Kim pounced.  continue>>

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Liu becomes youngest USJA champ

Jim Liu rallied from an early deficit.
Ada, MI (Sports Network) - Jim Liu earned a 4 & 2 victory over Justin Thomas on Saturday to become the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Liu rallied from an early deficit and never trailed after the seventh hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.

The 14-year-old from Smithtown, N.Y., beat Tiger Woods' record to become the youngest winner in championship history.

Woods, who won three straight U.S. Juniors from 1991-93, set the previous mark at 15 years, six months and 28 days when he captured his first championship. Liu doesn't turn 15 until the middle of August.  continue>>

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Chen wins U.S. Girls' Junior

Doris Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday.
Village of Pinehurst, NC (Sports Network) - Doris Chen defeated Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 & 2, on Saturday to win the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

Chen, a 17-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., wrapped up the victory when both players birdied the par-three 16th at The Country Club of North Carolina. It was the 34th hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.

Riding a wave of momentum that increased throughout the week, Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday by only a shot. It marked her second consecutive strong showing at the championship following a semifinal loss in 2009.  continue>>

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Langer beats Couples to win Senior Open

Bernhard Langer captured his second
consecutive major on the Champions Tour.
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Bernhard Langer parred his last 12 holes for a three-under 67 on Sunday to beat Fred Couples by three shots and win the U.S. Senior Open.

Langer finished 72 holes at Sahalee with an eight-under 272, capturing his second consecutive major on the Champions Tour with a final round that included just three birdies.

He was coming off a win at last week's Senior British Open, his first major on the 50-and-over tour.  continue>>

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Kang wins Women's Amateur title

Danielle Kang collected her first USGA title.
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Danielle Kang birdied the 35th hole Sunday to beat Jessica Korda 2 & 1 in the 36-hole final at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

In the battle of 17-year-olds, it was Kang who collected her first USGA title.

"It's so awesome. I don't know, but I even told myself I don't understand why people cry when they win stuff, but now I do," Kang said. "You're just so happy you did it."  continue>>

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Uihlein wins U.S. Amateur

"Shocked and surprised," said Uihlein. "It's so surreal."
University Place, WA (Sports Network) - Peter Uihlein defeated David Chung, 4 & 2 on Sunday to win the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay.

It will be a happy 21st birthday for the Oklahoma State University star.

"I hope everybody in Stillwater stays awake tonight because I'm coming back," Uihlein said in a television interview.

Uihlein took the lead at the second hole of their 36-hole final. He built a 3-up cushion, but Chung closed the gap to 2-down with his win at 11.  continue>>

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From The Sports Network

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 14th through Thursday, Sept. 16th
Site: Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa, California
Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus (2001)
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,726

Hole-By-Hole:
Hole Par Yards Hole Par Yards
1 4 434 10 4 397
2 5 525 11 3 207
3 3 175 12 4 441
4 4 476 13 4 404
5 3 188 14 3 157
6 4 422 15 5 537
7 4 339 16 4 301
8 4 411 17 3 194
9 5 568 18 5 550
35 3,538 36 3,188

Biennual: 9th
Television: None
Schedule of Play:
The field of golfers will play 18 holes on each of three stroke play rounds Sept. 14-16 (Tuesday-Thursday). The two lowest scores from each three-person team constitute the team score for each round. The three-day total is the team's score for the Championship.
Defending Champion: Pennsylvania
Runner-up: Kansas
Championship Record:
413 (7 under - Tennessee, 2003)
416 (10 under - Minnesota, 1997)
36-Hole Record: 273 (Massachusetts, 2003)
18-Hole Record:
135 (9 under - South Carolina, 2005)
(7 under - Iowa, 1997)
(7 under - Nevada, 1997)
(5 under - California, 2003)
Lowest 18-Hole Individual Record:
64 (7 under - Steve Sheehan, Nevada, 1997)
(7 under - Jon Troutman, Kansas, 2009)
(6 under - Ricky Jones, Maine, 2003)

2009 Finish
State ScoreStateScore
Pennsylvania 417Georgia 428
Kansas 420Massachusetts428
Illinois 422Washington 430
Rhode Island 424Tennessee 430
South Carolina 424California 433
Texas 433

Past USGA Men's State Team Championship Results
YearWinner (Score) -- Runner-up
2009Pennsylvania (417) -- Kansas
2007Texas (422) -- Georgia
2005Texas (422) -- Alabama
2003Tennessee (413) -- California, North Carolina
2001Minnesota (432) -- Virginia, Wisconsin
1999Texas (280) -- Virginia, Minnesota
1997Minnesota (416) -- California
1995Virginia (424) -- Florida

NOTES
Pennsylvania's Mike Van Sickle, Nathan Smith and Sean Knapp posted a 9-under- par total of 417 to defeat Kansas by three shots and capture the 2009 USGA Men's State Team Championship. Played at the Lewis and Clark Course of the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo., Van Sickle turned in a 4-under 67 on the last day, coupled with Knapp's 73, proved to be enough to claim the title. Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C. earned medalist honors, edging Van Sickle by one shot.

Smith and Knapp return to defend the state of Pennsylvania's title, along with Artie Fink Jr. Van Sickle graduated in 2009 and has since turned professional.

Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled for Sept. 14-16 (Tuesday- Thursday) with lowest two of the three individual scores counting as the team's score for the round. The team with the lowest aggregate score through 54 holes is the champion.

Texas became the first three-time winner and first back-to-back victor of this championship in 2007. Led by Trip Kuehne's final round 67, Texas defeated Georgia by one shot. Trailing second-round leader Alabama by two, Texas received scores of 67 by Kuehne and 72 by Terrence Miskell to finish the championship with a 422 total, the same number they scored in 2005. Jonathan Mathias was the third player for Texas, but his final round 75 did not count toward the final tally. Alan Bratton of Oklahoma, which finished tied for sixth, was the medalist with a 207 total. Kuehne was a member of the victorious 2007 Walker Cup team and later that year captured the U.S. Mid- Amateur.

Miskell posted three straight sub-par rounds to lead the state of Texas to the title in 2005 at Berkeley Hall's South Course in South Carolina. Texas, who joined Minnesota as the only two-time champions of this event, won by four shots over Alabama and seven over 2003 winner Tennessee. Miskell's three-day total of 208 was the low individual scorer for the championship. Alan Hill and Steve Galko joined Miskell on the winning team.

The State Team Championships grew out of the celebration of the USGA Centennial in 1995 and was fashioned after the biennial World Amateur Team Championships. Each state is invited to send its three best players. State associations are given the option to choose their teams by any method, with one restriction: college players are ineligible because of NCAA bylaws. Some states use a point system to select a team. Others use the top finishers in their state championships or conduct qualifying tournaments. A few states employ a selection committee to determine team members. Just as in the World Amateur Team Championships, the State Team Championships format mean that only the best two scores of each state's three players are counted in each of three days. The inaugural State Team Championships proved to be such a popular competition that the decision was made to conduct the championships every two years, in odd-numbered years.

The 2003 championship was captured by Tennessee, as the team of Danny Green, Tim Jackson and Brandt Snedeker posted a four-shot win over teams from California and North Carolina. Trailing by three shots at Charles River Country Club in Newton Centre, Massachusetts on the final day, Green carded a 3-under 67 while Jackson added a 70 and Snedeker a 71, going from three down to Massachusetts to a four-stroke winning margin. The best two scores counted each day toward the team total.

The championship is open to male amateur golfers as selected by each state golf association or administrative body. At present, collegiate players are not eligible to compete in this championship. The NCAA rules state that a player may only play in an international team competition when that team is sponsored by the national governing body, such as the Curtis Cup Match (female), Walker Cup Match (male) or the World Amateur Team Championships. Any infraction of that rule means the collegiate player may be declared ineligible for the remainder of the season and the following season.

Fifty-two teams - all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico - are entered in the Men's State Team Championship.

Starting this year, the Men's State Team and Women's State Team Championships will be played in alternate years, beginning with the Men in 2010 and followed by the Women in 2011.

The club, located in the Sonoma foothills of northern California's wine country, hosted U.S. Open local qualifying in 2008 and 2009. In addition, the Northern California PGA Professional Championship was held at Mayacama in 2007 and 2009.

The 2012 championship will be staged at Galloway National Golf Club in New Jersey, set amongst the pine barrens and coastline in southeastern New Jersey, near Atlantic City.

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Stasi wins for 3rd time

Meghan Stasi clinched the match with a par on the last hole.
Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Meghan Stasi defeated Carol Robertson, 2-up, on Thursday to capture the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur for a record-tying third time.

Stasi, a 32-year-old from Oakland Park, Fla., never trailed in the scheduled 18-hole final at Wichita Country Club. She clinched the match with a par on the last hole, becoming just the third player to win this championship three times.

"To have three is incredible," Stasi said. "The win today ranks up there with all the other wins. It's been an incredible journey."  continue>>

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Smith wins for 2nd year in a row

Nathan Smith is a three-time men's Mid-Am winner.
Bridgehampton, NY (Sports Network) - Nathan Smith cruised to a 7 & 5 victory Thursday over Tim Hogarth to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship for the second year in a row and third time overall.

Smith, a 32-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pa., took the lead for good with a birdie on the second hole of the scheduled 36-hole match play final at Atlantic Golf Club.

He sealed the win with a birdie at the 31st hole, joining Jay Sigel as the only three-time winners in men's Mid-Amateur history.  continue>>

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Simson beats Tallent

Paul Simson never trailed in the 18-hole final.
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Paul Simson defeated stroke-play medalist Pat Tallent, 2 & 1, to win the USGA Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday for his third national title of the year.

Simson never trailed in the 18-hole final at Lake Nona, but he needed to fend off a late rally from Tallent, a familiar opponent, to win the championship.

A four-foot birdie putt at No. 9 gave Simson a 4-up lead around the turn. He protected that advantage for three holes until Tallent knocked his tee shot at the par-three 13th to six feet for a birdie.  continue>>

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Hardin wins SWA

This was the first USGA victory for Mina Hardin.
Fort Myers, FL (Sports Network) - Mina Hardin defeated Alexandra Frazier, 2 & 1 on Thursday to win the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship at Fiddlesticks Country Club.

This was the first USGA victory for Hardin, 50, but ended a great run from Frazier.

She was the last qualifier for the match-play portion of the championship and knocked off medalist Leigh Klasse on Monday, then knocked off defending champion Shelly Herman on Wednesday. Frazier could've been the first No. 64 seed to win a USGA championship, but Hardin was too much for her on Thursday.  continue>>

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Record-setting South Korea wins

Jung-Eun Han posted a two-under 70.
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - South Korea etched its name into the record book Saturday en route to a huge victory at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.

The team shot a five-under 139 in the final round and finished at 30-under 546 to establish a new tournament scoring record, obliterating the former mark of 558 set by the United States in 1998.

The South Koreans won by an eye-opening 17 strokes over the U.S., but their margin of victory only tied the second-largest ever in championship history. The '98 American team won by a shocking 21 shots.  continue>>

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France wins World Am Team title

Alexander Levy carded a round of 72.
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - France captured the rain-shortened World Amateur Team Championship on Sunday, winning by four shots over Denmark.

Alexander Levy and Johann Lopez-Lazaro both carded rounds of 72 to give France an even-par 144 for the final round. Teammate Romain Wattel shot a 74 that was dropped from the day's total.

France ended 54 holes with a seven-under 423, winning the championship for the first time.  continue>>


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