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Tee Direct Inc.: Introduces a redesigned website for its Tef Tee product, improving online purchasing capabilities and simplifying brand messaging.
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GolfTalk Live: Radio show to broadcast from Blue Bell Country Club, in Blue Bell, PA, and feature special guest Arnold Palmer, who designed the Blue Bell course that is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
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Tharanco Lifestyles: Hires Joe Westby for the newly-created eastern regional sales manager position for Greg Norman Collection and Dunning Golf.
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Golf Course Builders Association of America: Approved Frontier Golf for Certified Builder membership, while Formost Construction Co. and Mike Roach Inc. became the association's first two Certified Golf Irrigation Contractors. The three newest members receiving GCBAA certification joined 28 other companies that were recertified after completing renewal applications last fall.
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RBC: Announces that 10 PGA Tour and LPGA players have launched #RBCGolf4Kids, a new online challenge designed to raise money and awareness for several children's charities. The players - and their charities (in parentheses) - are Stephen Ames (Hull Services), Graham DeLaet (Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan), Luke Donald (Ronald McDonald House Charities / Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana), Ernie Els (Els For Autism), Jim Furyk (Blessings in a Backpack), David Hearn (Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada), Hunter Mahan (Blessings in a Backpack), Graeme McDowell (Children's Medical Research Foundation), Morgan Pressel (Blessings in a Backpack), Brandt Snedeker (Our Kids) and Mike Weir (Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation).
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Palmer Cup: Teams for both the United States and Europe were announced for the annual Ryder Cup-style competition, to be played June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. The United States team includes Cameron Wilson (Stanford), Ollie Schniederjans (Georgia Tech), Robby Shelton (Alabama), Wyndham Clark (Oklahoma State), Brandon Hagy (California), Rico Hoey (Southern California), Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), Anthony Maccaglia (Oglethorpe), Trey Mullinax (Alabama) and Stewart Jolly (LSU). The European team includes Jon Rahm (Arizona State / Spain), Ricardo Gouveia (UCF / Portugal), Erik Oja (Arizona / Sweden), Thomas Detry (Illinois / Belgium), Pep Angles (Central Arkansas / Spain), James Ross (Houston / Scotland), Paul Dunne (UAB / Ireland), Grant Forrest (San Diego . Scotland), Louis Tomlinson (UCLAN Myerscough / England) and Jack McDonald (Stirling / Scotland).
» Courses
Estonian Golf and Country Club / Tallinn, Estonia: Becomes a Golf Environment Organization certified course after demonstrating sustainable business practices.
» Tours / Tournament
Manulife Financial LPGA Classic: Receives commitments from Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko and Natalie Gulbis to play the third annual tournament, June 4-8 at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ... United States Golf Association: Announces the opening of entries on Thursday, April 24, for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships. In 2015, The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, will host the first men's competition and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, in Bandon, Ore., will host the first women's competition. Players can register through 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

5 Things: Kuchar co-leads; lefty Langley goes low
Despite cool weather and tough conditions, Matt Kuchar manages bogey-free 66 and is joined in the RBC Heritage lead by William McGirt and Scott Langley.
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Day out 3 weeks with thumb injury
Jason Day has a cast on his left hand to immobilize his injured thumb and isn't expected to return to competition until The Players Championship in three weeks.
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Watson's growth transcends his rise as a golfer
Golfweek's James Achenbach on Bubba Watson: At 35, Watson has reached a point in his life where he can clearly and thoroughly explain his feelings and emotions. He can talk about his principles and beliefs. He has joined hands with a world far beyond golf.
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Ageless master Toski settles into the right position again
Bob Toski continues to have an amazing effect on the golf world.
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Taylor, Marino looking to follow Stefani's Tour path
Vaughn Taylor has traveled the globe in 2014, but a two-hour drive to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage has been the highlight of his year. Meanwhile, Steve Marino is using this week to reintroduce himself to the Tour.
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Westwood takes early lead at Malaysian Open
Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead at storm-affected Malaysian Open.
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Trio tied for lead in LPGA Lotte tournament
South Korea's Se Ri Pak, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu each shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after a breezy first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.
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Maccaglia relishes Palmer Cup opportunity
Oglethorpe junior Anthony Maccaglia is the first Division III player to join the U.S. Palmer Cup team - an opportunity he's happy to seize.
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Boilermaker Invitational hosts 6 top-50 teams
It will be a competitive and familiar field at the Boilermaker Invitational Saturday and Sunday at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex's Kampen Course, with seven Big Ten teams set to compete.
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Campbell's Crooks wins 120th collegiate title
There are winners in college golf, and then there's John Crooks. A 30-stroke victory at the Big South Conference women's championship on Tuesday gave the Campbell coach his 120th college title. That's 75 for the women's program and 45 on the men's side.
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Troy takes Sun Belt title for 1st time
The Troy Trojans became Sun Belt champions after finishing six strokes ahead of Texas State at 32-over 896 in Loxley, Ala.
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Ringler: Use match play in conference postseason
There is no denying that match play has created buzz at the men's NCAA Championships during the past five years, so why haven't more conference championships adopted the style of play? Golfweek's Lance Ringler says they should.
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