THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLF COACHES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
GCAA Hall of Fame member Jack Jensen dies suddenly March 28
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Jack Jensen, who taught and coached at Guilford for 45 years, died suddenly March 28, after returning from a collegiate golf tournament. He was 71. Jensen coached men’s basketball for 29 years until 1999 and was in his 33rd season as coach of the golf team. His teams won four national championships: the 1973 NAIA men's basketball title, the 1989 NAIA golf title and the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Division III golf titles. In his career, Jensen coached future NBA players M.L. Carr '73, World B. Free '76 and Greg Jackson '74 as well as Greensboro's Lee Porter '89, who spent six years on the PGA Tour. More
What we learned at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship
Ron Balicki, GCAA Contributor Share
So, what did we learn from last month's Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, just outside of Tucson, Ariz.? Pretty much nothing that we already didn't know. First, match play is in a different realm than stroke play and you are more often than not going to see some unpredictable — and sometimes very surprising — results. That certainly was the case this year from start to finish.
The first round alone proved to be, well, for many, a bit upsetting. Consider that of the eight opening matches among the 16 teams competing, four double-digit seeds came out victorious and the second round saw top-seeded Stanford sent to the loser's bracket. The championship match between New Mexico and Southern Cal was probably the ultimate example. More
The GCAA is pleased to introduce this week the first article in its Instructional Series featuring top PGA of America Instructors. Each month, the College Golf Connection will highlight one of the outstanding teachers in the game with his or her thoughts on how to better prepare today's young players for the next steps in their careers. We encourage our readers to submit questions to the featured instructor using the Submit a Question area at the bottom of the newsletter.
Giuliani's Duke golf lawsuit dismissed
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A federal judge has shot down a claim by the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani that Duke University breached a contract when it kicked him off the golf team. Andrew Giuliani claimed in a July 2008 lawsuit that in cutting him from the team, Duke reneged on a contract that promised him golf team membership and a lifetime of access to Duke's "state-of-the-art" golf facilities. More
USGA provides grant to match Junior Golfers' fundraising efforts
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A USGA Grant benefiting the AJGA's Leadership Links program will provide matching funds for junior golfers raising money for junior golf charities. Leadership Links gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA's youth development. In 2009, juniors raised money for a range of causes, such as the Special Olympics, cancer research and treatment, and junior golf programs. Participants raising money this year for junior golf charities through the Leadership Links program will receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1,000 for each donation made to their local junior golf charities. More
Odessa College wins bid to host NJCAA national tournament
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Wayne Baker believes that the city of Odessa, Texas, has plenty to offer visitors. And Odessa College's first-year athletic director just landed a prime opportunity to showcase his new city next spring. Odessa College has been awarded the bid to host the 2011 NJCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at the Links Course on the Odessa Country Club from May 15 to May 20 next year. More
Specifications, ramifications: USGA rules can have big effect
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The United States Golf Association has rules, but it has no enforcement division to make sure they are followed except in the 13 national championships it conducts. "In the end," says David Fay, the USGA's executive director, "the golfers themselves will have to decide how important golf's rules are to the game they play." That includes rules applying to golf equipment. In a friendly game at the local club or municipal course, a golfer could play anything, whether it conforms or not, as long as the other golfers in the group don't mind. More
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