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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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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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USGA - U.S. Mid-Amateur Preview
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Dates: Saturday, September 25th through Thursday, September 30th
Site: Atlantic Golf Club, The Bridge, Bridgehampton, New York
Course Architects: Atlantic Golf Club - Rees Jones (1992);
The Bridge - Rees Jones (2002)
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,044 (Atlantic)

Atlantic Hole-By-Hole:
Hole Par Yards Hole Par Yards
1 5 577 10 4 459
2 4 437 11 3 128
3 4 359 12 4 379
4 3 217 13 5 565
5 4 451 14 4 408
6 5 523 15 3 178
7 3 164 16 4 458
8 4 350 17 4 332
9 4 448 18 5 611
36 3,526 36 3,518

Par: 72
Yardage: 7,352 (Bridge)

Bridge Hole-By-Hole:
Hole Par Yards Hole Par Yards
1 4 460 10 5 530
2 3 208 11 4 484
3 4 439 12 4 409
4 4 414 13 4 474
5 3 161 14 3 180
6 4 464 15 4 439
7 5 522 16 3 226
8 4 407 17 4 383
9 5 585 18 5 567
36 3,660 36 3,692

Annual: 30th
Television: None
Schedule of Play: Stroke Play - Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26
(field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play).
Match Play - Monday, September 27 - First Round
Tuesday, September 28 - Second & Third Rounds,
Wednesday, September 29 - Quarters and Semis,
Thursday, September 30 - Championship Match
Defending Champion: Nathan Smith
Runner-Up: Tim Spitz
Lowest Medalist Score (36 holes): 132 (Bert Atkinson, 1997; Jeff Wilson, 2001)
Lowest Medalist Score (18 holes): 63 (Jim Wilson, 2000)

Last Year's Results
Nathan Smith def. Tim Spitz, 7 & 6
Nathan Smith def. Robert Gerwin, 1-up
Tim Spitz def. Patrick Carter, 3 & 2
Nathan Smith def. Christopher Martin, 1-up
Tim Spitz def. Tripp Davis, 1-up (20 holes)
Patrick Carter def. Todd Burgan, 4 & 3
Robert Gerwin def. Steve Wilson, 2-up

Past U.S. Mid-Amateur Results
2009 Nathan Smith def. Tim Spitz, 7 & 6
2008 Steve Wilson def. Todd Mitchell, 5 & 4
2007 Trip Kuehne def. Dan Whitaker, 9 & 7
2006 Dave Womack def. Ryan Hybl, 1-up
2005 Kevin Marsh def. Carlton Forrester, 10 & 9
2004 Austin Eaton III def. Josh Dennis, 1-up
2003 Nathan Smith def. Bryan Norton (Conceded due to injury)
2002 George Zahringer def. Jerry Courville, Jr, 3 & 2
2001 Tim Jackson def. George Zahringer, 1-up
2000 Greg Puga def. Wayne Raath, 3 & 1
1999 Danny Green def. Jerry Courville Jr, 2 & 1
1998 John "Spider" Miller def. Chip Holcombe, 1-up
1997 Ken Bakst def. Rick Stimmel, 1-up
1996 John "Spider" Miller def. Randy Lewis, 3 & 2
1995 Jerry Courville Jr def. Warren Sye, 1-up
1994 Tim Jackson def. Tommy Brennan, 1-up
1993 Jeff Thomas def. Joey Ferrari, 1-up
1992 Danny Yates def. David Lind, 1-up
1991 Jim Stuart def. Bert Atkinson, 1-up
1990 Jim Stuart def. Mark Sollenberger, 1-up
1989 James Taylor def. Bill Hadden, 4 & 3
1988 David Eger def. Scott Mayne, 2 & 1
1987 Jay Sigel def. David Lind, 1-up (20 holes)
1986 Bill Loeffler def. Charles Pinkard, 4 & 3
1985 Jay Sigel def. O. Gordon Brewer Jr, 3 & 2
1984 Michael Podolak def. Bob Lewis Jr, 5 & 4
1983 Jay Sigel def. Randy Sonnier, 1-up
1982 William Hoffer def. Jeffrey Ellis, 3 & 2
1981 Jim Holtgrieve def. Bob Lewis Jr, 2-up

In 1981, the USGA inaugurated its first new championship in 19 years, the U.S.

Mid-Amateur. The Mid-Amateur, for amateur golfers of at least 25 years of age, provides a formal national championship for the post-college amateur, for whom the game is truly an avocation. Before the arrival of the Mid-Amateur, the post-college player could compete in the Amateur Championship, sometimes successfully, but these older amateurs faced greater odds. While they fit their golf around their work and families, they were most often competing against college golfers, for whom the game is close to a full-time activity.

High profile past winners of this event are: Jay Sigel (1983, 1985, 1987), Jim Holtgrieve (1981), David Eger (1988), Jerry Courville (1995) and John "Spider" Miller (1996, 1998). The USGA accepted 3,860 entries for the 2010 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.

Last year, Nathan Smith captured this championship for the second time, as he crushed Tim Spitz, 7 & 6. Smith, who also won in 2003, dominated the match, opening up an 8-up advantage after the morning round. Smith won three of the first four holes and played the opening 18 in 3-under-par without making a bogey. After halving the first five holes in the afternoon, Spitz finally won his first hole of the match on the 24th hole. On the 30th hole, Smith knocked his wedge approach to within six inches of the hole to close out the match.

Canada was the only other nation, aside from the United States, represented in the 264-player field.

Steve Wilson dominated Todd Mitchell in 2008, 5 & 4 to capture the 28th edition of the Mid-Amateur Championship at Milwaukee Country Club. Wilson never trailed in the match, taking an early 2-up advantage after six holes.

Mitchell squared the match with back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th holes, however Wilson reclaimed the lead for good, winning holes 13 and 15.

Wilson held a 2-up lead after the morning 18 and then increased his lead to 5- up after 25 holes. Wilson closed out the match on the 32nd hole with a par after one-putting for the 14th time. Medalist Skip Berkmeyer lost in the second round to Chris Lange, who had reached the quarterfinals before losing to Mitchell.

In 2007, Trip Kuehne hammered Dan Whitaker in the final, 9 & 7, to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. This was Kuehne's first USGA title after losing to Tiger Woods, 2-up, in the 1994 U.S. Amateur final. Kuehne, whose brother Hank and sister Kelli have won USGA titles, represented the United States three times in the Walker Cup.

Kevin Marsh cruised to a 10-and-9 win over Carlton Forrester in the 2005 championship match. Marsh was 3-up after seven holes and a whopping 10-up after the morning 18. Marsh, a reinstated amateur, closed out the match on the 27th hole with a four-footer for par. Marsh defeated 1997 Mid-Amateur winner Kenny Bakst and the defending champion, Austin Eaton III en route to the title.

In 2003, Nathan Smith became the youngest champion in event history, as he defeated Bryan Norton. Smith, at 25, was four-up as they played the ninth hole when Norton suffered a calf muscle injury which forced him to concede the remainder of the match. The concession was the first time in the history of the USGA that a final match was conceded due to injury or illness.

Prior to 2001, the championship match was 18 holes. In 1983, Sigel became the first golfer in 53 years to win two USGA events in the same year, when he won this event just 32 days after capturing the U.S. Amateur.

The 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Texas and followed by Conway Farms Golf Club (IL) in 2012.

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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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