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Three Team Canada Athletes Transition to Professional Ranks

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:24 Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:15

Austin Connelly(Tyler Costigan/Golf Canada) — With the amateur season coming to a close, three of Team Canada’s National Amateur Squad athletes have decided to turn professional.

Austin Connelly, a dual-citizen, will forego joining the University of Arkansas team next season in favour of turning professional this week leading up to the Mackenzie Tour’s Great Waterway Classic in Kingston, Ont.

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Rahm-Rodriguez, Maguire Win McCormack Medals

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:15 Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:10

Jon Rahm-Rodriguez and Leona MaguireFAR HILLS, New Jersey, and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (USGA and The R&A) — For the first time since the inception of the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR), two European golfers will receive the Mark H. McCormack Medals as the No. 1 male and female players in the world.

Jon Rahm-Rodriguez, 20, of Spain, a quarterfinalist in last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, joins Leona Maguire, also 20, of the Republic of Ireland, as recipients of this prestigious honor. Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013), of England, the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion, is the only previous European recipient.

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PGA Secretary Suzy Whaley to be Honored with Margo Dydek Award

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:54 Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:46

Suzy WhaleyUNCASVILLE, Connecticut (PGA of America) — The Connecticut Sun will honor its 2015 Women of Inspiration, during a pregame reception and halftime ceremony on Saturday, August 29, when the Sun host the New York Liberty at Mohegan Sun Arena at 7:00 p.m.

This year’s recipients are Marcy MacDonald, Sarah Gallardo, and Suzy Whaley, who will receive the Margo Dydek Award.

“This event is one of the highlights of our summer,” Connecticut Sun vice president and general manager Chris Sienko said. “We are excited to honor three truly amazing women, who engage, challenge and inspire every day. They are wonderful role models, and we feel privileged that they have agreed to be a part of this special night.”

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Ernie Els Given Payne Stewart Award

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 06:56 Friday, 21 August 2015 06:49

Ernie Els Payne Stewart AwardATLANTA, Georgia (PGA TOUR Charities) — The PGA TOUR and Southern Company recognized Ernie Els – a four-time major champion – as the recipient of the 2015 Payne Stewart Award. Els – who is known for his off-the-course philanthropy, in particular his devotion to improving the lives of those with autism spectrum disorder as well as development of junior golf talent in his native South Africa – will be honored on Tuesday, September 22, in conjunction with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta. The ceremony will be televised live on Golf Channel as part of a “Golf Central” special from 7-8 p.m. ET.

The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Stewart’s steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999. Southern Company, the “Official Energy Company of the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour,” was the TOUR Championship sponsor the year of Stewart’s passing. A year later, the PGA TOUR created the Payne Stewart Award in his honor, and Southern Company has supported the annual presentation since its inception.

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Spieth, Johnson Take Their Competition to the Ballpark

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 23:40 Wednesday, 19 August 2015 23:33

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — This time, no clubs for Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson. Just a pair of famous diamonds.

The golfers each threw out a ceremonial first pitch at a major league game on Tuesday night. They spent much of the day trash-talking on Twitter, finally arriving at a bet of a $5,000 to the major winner with the best result at the ballpark.

“I think we might get a nice Zach Johnson check coming our way,” Spieth said after his left-handed pitch at Globe Life Park.

“As long as you don’t bounce it, I think it’s a success. And got it over the strike zone too, so that was nice.”

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