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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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Dates: Monday, July 19th through Saturday, July 24th
Site: The Country Club of North Carolina, Village of Pinehurst, NC
Course Architect: Ellis Maples and William Byrd (1963)
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,395

Hole Par yds Hole Par yds
1 4 384 10 4371
2 4 369 11 4381
3 3 123 12 5555
4 4 341 13 3195
5 5 448 14 4372
6 4 375 15 4395
7 4 418 16 3177
8 3 155 17 4362
9 5 534 18 5440
36 3,147 36 3,248

Annual: 62nd
Golf Channel - Saturday -- 12-2 a.m. (et) - taped,
Saturday -- 4-6 p.m. (et) - taped
Schedule of Play: Stroke Play - Monday, July 19th and Tuesday, July 20th
(field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play).
Match Play - Wednesday, July 21st - First round,
Thursday, July 22nd - Second and third rounds
Friday, July 23rd - Quarterfinals and Semifinals
Saturday, July 24th - Championship match
Defending Champion: Amy Anderson (Not defending)
Runner-Up: Kimberly Kim
Lowest Medalist Score (36 holes): 130 (Taylore Karle, 2005)
Lowest Medalist Score (18 holes): 62 (Christina Kim, 2001; Kimberly Kim, 2007)

Last Year's Results
Amy Anderson def. Kimberly Kim, 6 & 5
Amy Anderson def. Luz Zlejandra Cangrejo, 1-up (19 holes)
Kimberly Kim def. Doris Chen, 5 & 4
Amy Anderson def. Victoria Tanco, 2 & 1
Kimberly Kim def. Jennifer Johnson, 1-up
Luz Alejandra Cangrejo def. Kimberly Kaufman, 4 & 3
Doris Chen def. Ariya Jutanugarn, 3 & 2

Past U.S. Girls' Junior Results
2009 Amy Anderson def. Kimberly Kim, 6 & 5
2008 Alexis Thompson def. Karen Chung, 5 & 4
2007 Kristen Park def. Ayaka Kaneko, 4 & 3
2006 Jenny Shin def. Vicky Hurst, 1-up (37 holes)
2005 In-Kyung Kim def. In-Bee Park, 5 & 4
2004 Julieta Granada def. Jane Park, 1-up (20 holes)
2003 Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff def. In-Bee Park, 1-up
2002 In-Bee Park def. Jennifer Tangtiphaibootana, 4 & 3
2001 Nicole Perrot def. Whitney Welch, 3 & 2
2000 Lisa Ferrero def. Ina Kim, 3 & 1
1999 Aree Wongluekiet def. Nancy Abiecunas, 2-up
1998 Leigh Ann Hardin def. Brittny Straza, 2-up
1997 Beth Bauer def. Candie Kung, 4 & 2
1996 Dorothy Delasin def. Grace Park, 5 & 4
1995 Marcy Newton def. Andrea Cordova, 4 & 3
1994 Kelli Kuehne def. Molly Cooper, 2 & 1
1993 Kellee Booth def. Erika Hayashida, 1-up
1992 Jamie Zoizumi def. Alicia Allison, 5 & 4
1991 Emilee Klein def. Kimberly Marshall, 3 & 2
1990 Sandrine Mendiburu def. Vicki Goetze, 3 & 2
1989 Brandie Burton def. Carrie Hoshina, 1-up
1988 Jamille Jose def. Debbie Parks, 5 & 4
1987 Michelle McGann def. Lynne Mikulas, 7 & 6
1986 Pat Hurst def. Adele Moore, 1-up (20 holes)
1985 Dana Lofland def. Amy Fruhwirth, 4 & 3
1984 Cathy Mockett def. Michike Hattori, 1-up
1983 Kim Saiki def. Buffy Klein, 2 & 1
1982 Heather Farr def. Caroline Keggi, 2 & 1
1981 Kay Cornelius def. Kim Simmons, 2 & 1
1980 Laurie Rinker def. Libby Akers, 5 & 4
1979 Penny Hammel def. Amy Benz, 2 & 1
1978 Lori Castillo def. Jenny Lidback, 4 & 2
1977 Althea Tome def. Melissa McGeorge, 3 & 2
1976 Ilar Dorado def. Kelli Doherty, 3 & 2
1975 Dayna Benson def. Kyle O'Brien, 1-up
1974 Nancy Lopez def. Lauren Howe, 7 & 5
1973 Amy Alcott def. Mary Lawrence, 6 & 5
1972 Nancy Lopez def. Catherine Morse, 1-up
1971 Hollis Stacy def. Amy Alcott, 1-up (19 holes)
1970 Hollis Stacy def. Janet Aulisi, 1-up
1969 Hollis Stacy def. Jane Fassinger, 1-up
1968 Margaret Harmon def. Kaye Beard, 3 & 2
1967 Elizabeth Story def. Liana Zambresky, 5 & 4
1966 Claudia Mayhew def. Kathleen Ahern, 3 & 2
1965 Gail Sykes def. Mary Louise Pritchett, 5 & 4
1964 Peggy Conley def. Laura MacIvor, 6 & 5
1963 Janis Ferraris def. Peggy Conley, 2-up
1962 Mary Lou Daniel def. Mary Sawyer, 2-up
1961 Mary Lowell def. Margaret Martin, 1-up
1960 Carol Sorenson def. Sharon Fladoos, 2 & 1
1959 Judy Rand def. Marcia Hamilton, 5 & 3
1958 Judy Eller def. Sherry Wheeler, 1-up
1957 Judy Eller def. Beth Stone, 1-up (20 holes)
1956 JoAnne Gunderson def. Clifford Ann Creed, 4 & 3
1955 Carole Jo Kabler def. JoAnne Gunderson, 4 & 3
1954 Margaret Smith def. Sue Driscoll, 5 & 3
1953 Mildred Meyerson def. Holly Jean Roth, 4 & 2
1952 Mickey Wright def. Barbara McIntire, 1-up
1951 Arlene Brooks def. Barbara McIntire, 1-up
1950 Patricia A. Lesser def. Mickey Wright, 4 & 2
1949 Marlene Bauer def. Barbara Bruning, 2-up

This event has proven to be a springboard for success for LPGA talent over the years. Past champions of this championship include: Mickey Wright, JoAnne Carner, Hollis Stacy, Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott, Pat Hurst, Michelle McGann, Brandie Burton, Kelli Kuehne, Dorothy Delasin, Beth Bauer, Inbee Park and Julieta Granada. Stacy was a three-time champion while Lopez captured this event twice. Paula Creamer lost to Granada in the semifinals in 2004. Morgan Pressel lost in the quarterfinals in 2004 and in the third round in 2005.

Last year, stroke-play medalist Amy Anderson rolled to a 6 & 5 victory over Kimberly Kim in the final to win this championship. Anderson, from Oxbow, North Dakota, never trailed in her scheduled 36-hole match against Kim, a decorated USGA player who made only one birdie over the 31 holes they played. Her advantage reached as high as 7-up late in the match, but Anderson really took control with a string of good holes on the back nine of the opening 18. She held a 2-up lead after the morning session, then moved 3-up with a birdie at No. 1 when the pair returned to the course for the second 18 holes. Anderson clinched the victory with a par on the 13th at Trump National -- the 31st hole of the match -- to become the first stroke-play medalist to win this event since Granada in 2004. Kim had previously won the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur at the age of 14 -- the youngest-ever winner of that championship. She was playing in her third USGA amateur final. Anderson is not eligible to defend her title, as she turned 18 years old.

In 2008, Alexis Thompson became the second-youngest winner in championship history, as she defeated Karen Chung, 5 & 4 at Hartford Golf Club in Connecticut. At 13 years, 5 months and 17 days, Thompson was only two months older than 1999 champion Aree Song Wongluekiet, who was 13 years, 3 months, 7 days. Chung, also 13, would have been nine days older than Wongluekiet. The final marked the first time two 13-year-olds had competed for the championship. For the first time in championship history, the event was completed on Sunday.

Only two golfers have won consecutive titles - July Eller (1958-59) and Hollis Stacy (1969-1971). Lopez also won two championships, in 1972 and 1974, but not consecutively.

Jenny Shin defeated Vicky Hurst in 2006 on the 37th hole of the scheduled 36-hole match, the first 36-hole final in championship history. Shin won the 33rd and 36th holes to square the match and then her opponent, after hitting into a water hazard and then a greenside bunker, conceded the match on the 37th hole.

This tournament is open to female amateur players who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 24, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4. The USGA accepted a record 1,005 entries in 2010. The old record for most entries, 999, was set in 2009.

The 2010 U.S. Girls' Junior will be the 26th USGA championship conducted in the state of North Carolina. This is the second USGA championship played at The Country Club of North Carolina. The club hosted the 1980 U.S. Amateur, won by Hal Sutton. This is the third time that the Girls' Junior is being held in the state. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines hosted the 1989 event, won by Brandie Burton, and Carmel Country Club in Charlotte staged the 2006 tournament, won by Jenny Shin.

The 2011 U.S. Girls' Junior will be held on the South Course at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

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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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Kansas wins Men's State Team

Joining Byran Norton(right) on the winning Kansas team were Charlie Stevens(left) and Tyler Shelton.
Santa Rosa, CA (Sports Network) - Bryan Norton fired a three-under 68 Thursday to lead Kansas to a four-shot win at the USGA Men's State Team Championship.

Kansas captured the three-day championship for the first time ever, finishing with a three-under 423 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Mayacama Golf Club.

Rhode Island, North Carolina and Florida tied for second place at one-over 427, while Illinois and Alabama finished another shot further back at 428 and Virginia was seventh at 429.  continue>>

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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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