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LPGA Tour Extends Commissioner Mike Whan’s Contract

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 22:32 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 22:27

LPGA Commissioner Mike WhanCanadian Press

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (AP) — LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan has agreed to a six-year contract extension through 2020.

Mike Trager, the chairman of the tour’s board of directors, announced the deal Tuesday in a letter to players and staff.

“I was honored to be asked,” Whan said at the ANA Inspiration, the major championship at Mission Hills. “I always say in board meetings, ‘I’m proud to be part of this crazy family.’ Because that is what it is. It’s kind of a crazy traveling family. I feel like I’m part of the family, and I feel like we’ve got a long way to go.”

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Stricker, Out Since December, Plans Return at Masters

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:45 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:41

Steve Stricker

Canadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) Steve Stricker intends to play the Masters next week, his first competition since back surgery four months ago.

Stricker recently returned from Naples, Florida, where he tested his swing and his strength. He had surgery two days before Christmas on a bulging disk in his lower back that was causing recurring hip problems.

“I was playing, walking, just to see what I had,” Stricker told The Associated Press by phone Monday. “It’s the first time I played since December, and it was good. It felt good. Just a little stiffness here and there. I walked the last three days just to play like I would be playing.”

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PGA of America Launches Junior Golf Camps

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 06:59 Monday, 30 March 2015 06:53

altSACRAMENTO, California — The PGA of America recently unveiled the initial launch of its PGA Junior Golf Camps. The camps, which are slated to begin operations this summer at 25+ nationwide locations, are part of the association’s continued support of developing young golfers. All camps will be taught by PGA Members and are open to boys and girls between the ages of 7-17 and of all ability levels. Both full and half day camps will be offered.

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Cristie Kerr Rallies to End Victory Drought on LPGA Tour

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 23:38 Sunday, 29 March 2015 23:31

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CARLSBAD, California (AP) — The birdie putts had not even reached the hole when Cristie Kerr marched right after them because she knew they were going in. The final round at the Kia Classic had a familiar feeling to Kerr, even though so much in her life has changed.

Four birdies in a five-hole stretch helped Kerr erase a three-shot deficit in the final round at Aviara Golf Club. Four straight birdies on the back nine enabled her to pull away from Mirim Lee and 17-year-old Lydia Ko.

Kerr closed with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot victory, the 17th of her career, this one different from all the others. Before posing with the trophy, Kerr first clutched her 15-month-old son, Mason, to celebrate her first win as a mom.

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Canada’s Sue Kim Wins Symetra Tour Event

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 20:15 Sunday, 29 March 2015 20:07

Sue KimLAKE WALES, Florida — Sue Kim of Langley, B.C., made a 25-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to seize the lead and never looked back as she carded a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic at 5-under 211. Kim earns her second-career Symetra Tour victory and moves to the top spot on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.

With the $18,750 first place check, Kim has now accumulated $20,201 through three events.

“It feels great,” said Kim. “I’ve had some great finishes at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic and it feels great to finally win it.”

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