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July 11, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
LANCASTER, Pa. - The previous women's major golf tournament, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, was played in the suburbs of the country's biggest city at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. This week, the best women in the world are out here in the country - Amish country to be precise - for the U.S. Women's Open. You would think the big city would outdraw this isolated pastoral setting where horse-and-buggy sightings are common place, but that's not the case. In fact, the number of people who are going to walk the Lancaster Country Club course this week is going to dwarf the crowds that were in New York a month ago. The players are noticing, too. "It's awesome," North Jersey native Marina Alex said after shooting a 4-under 66 to share the lead with 41-year-old Australian Karrie Webb following the morning rounds.
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July 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LANCASTER - Lydia Ko is still only 18. It just seems as if the New Zealand export has been one of the best female golfers for way longer than her age would suggest. She's already been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Yet the LPGA media guide says that one of the things she really wants is a puppy. The problem is persuading her parents to let her bring one home. Apparently, being ranked second - after spending some four months earlier this season at No. 1 - can't alter the reality that she's a teenager living under someone else's roof.
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July 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LANCASTER - LPGA Hall of Famer Karrie Webb is playing in her 20th Women's U.S. Open. She won this major twice, in 2000 and in 2001, when she closed with three rounds in the 60s at Pine Needles in North Carolina. Yesterday the 40-year-old Australian shot a 4-under par 66 at Lancaster Country Club, which left her tied for the early lead with 24-year-old northern New Jersey native Marina Alex, who's playing in this championship for the second time and first as a professional. Play was suspended at 6:03 for dangerous weather and called at 8 p.m. as storms persisted.
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July 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1988, the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs gave Carolyn Lowe Hartman-Lunn its Cecilia Gaines Holland Award, which, its website states, is "the highest honor that can be bestowed on a New Jersey clubwoman. " She was not unfamiliar with such honors. In 1973, the Runnemede Women's Club named her its Woman of the Year, her daughter Linda Ackley said. "She was very active," Ackley said. The awards were "all for her community service for the area. " On Saturday, July 4, Mrs. Hartman-Lunn, 79, of Runnemede, died of complications of breast cancer at her home.
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July 10, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - The United States Golf Association had planned for Lancaster Country Club to play firm and fast over all of its 6,483 yards for the 70th U.S. Women's Open, but the weather hasn't cooperated. Championship director Ben Kimball said Wednesday the fact that nearly eight inches of rain fell in these parts during June, combined with spotty showers in July that haven't allowed the course to dry out, means the tees will be moved up on some holes. "It's a relatively soft golf course, so to speak, so it's probably playing a little bit longer than that (6,483)
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July 9, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For PGA Tour star Jim Furyk, one of the best things about having played golf for Manheim Township High School was getting to practice and play his home matches at Lancaster Country Club. "I probably played two or three days a week there in the fall during the high school golf season. It was a treat that our school was allowed to call Lancaster CC home," the 22-year tour veteran said in an e-mail response to questions about the course asked by The Inquirer. Given his familiarity with the course, Furyk likes that it will be in the spotlight this week when it hosts the U.S. Women's Open beginning Thursday.
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July 9, 2015
I WAS wrong. Bill Cosby didn't deserve the benefit of the doubt. He cheated on his wife, Camille. He cheated on his kids. He cheated on the people who fell in love with Dr. Huxtable, because they couldn't see any line of demarcation between him and his alter ego. He cheated on Philadelphia. He broke my heart. It's not as if my heart hasn't been broken before. I almost married a man who claimed to be something he was very clearly not - an honorable person. I grew up in a milieu where drinking and adultery and all the other "if it feels good do it" vices were common currency in the social market.
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July 9, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - When it comes to playing in the pressure-packed atmosphere of a major championship, Inbee Park truly knows what it takes to get "in the zone" to reach a level that many of her fellow LPGA Tour competitors cannot achieve. An example can be drawn from the final round of last month's KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the season's second major. Park began the day with a 2-stroke lead and calmly carved out a bogey-free 5-under-par 68 at Westchester Country Club in suburban New York to win by 5 and finish at 19-under for the event.
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July 8, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Christie Rampone took the field for the United States in the 86th minute of the Women's World Cup final on Sunday evening, slipping on the captain's armband one last time, the reverberations in Vancouver's BC Place stadium were also the echoes of the cheers that followed the first rock stars of women's soccer in this country, the 1999 national team. Rampone was the final remaining vestige of that team, which was, at least until Sunday, the standard by which all succeeding teams have been measured.
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July 7, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
REVENGE WAS always the easy narrative for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. When the tournament started a month ago, Team USA had no guarantee that it would make the final, much less face Japan, the team that beat it for the title four years ago. With powerhouse teams like Germany, France, Brazil and Sweden in the field, a rematch of the 2011 final was not something many would have counted on. Ultimately, however, there...
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