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From the Fringe: Toledo Champions Literacy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 05:11 Friday, 10 April 2015 04:43

Esteban ToledoBILOXI, Mississippi (Amy M. Wilson of Tulane University and Susan Lamey) — One professional golfer and 15 4-year-olds equals a morning of fun and learning.

Champions Tour professional Esteban Toledo took time to read “Count on Golf” to a group of preschoolers at ABC Child Development Center while in Biloxi, Mississippi, to play in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire.

The event was an effort to support the Excel by 5, an innovative early childhood community certification process focusing on a community's young children. The program emphasizes the important role parents and early childhood educators play in the lives of children during their most formative years — birth to five. Biloxi is currently a certified EB5 community among many others on the coast.

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R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament Returns to St. Andrews

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 03:50 Monday, 06 April 2015 03:47

altThe annual R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament returns to St. Andrews next week with an international field of 60 student golfers set to play the Eden and Castle courses.

A place on the European Palmer Cup team that will face the United States at Rich Harvest Farms in June is at stake in the men’s division, and the winner of the ladies competition will be invited to play in a Ladies European Tour event.

Two-time defending champion Paula Grant of Ulster will lead a strong ladies field competing in the 54-hole tournament. The 21-year-old, a past winner of the Irish Ladies Close Championship, won her second consecutive title last year on the Old Course and will be aiming for a third victory in St Andrews.

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USGA Members Program Turns 40

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 03:46 Monday, 06 April 2015 03:38

altIn 1975, the fall of Saigon led to the end of the Vietnam War. “The Godfather Part II” won the Academy Award for best picture. Marvin Hamlisch earned the Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year, and McDonald’s boasted a new sandwich made with “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun.”

In golf news that year, Lee Elder became the first African American to play in the Masters. Jack Nicklaus claimed his fifth of six Masters victories and also captured the PGA Championship, at Firestone Country Club. Lou Graham won the U.S. Open and the USGA unveiled a mechanical golfer named “Iron Byron” to launch golf balls at a specified set of launch conditions to measure their distance.

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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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