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San Diego State University women's golf team
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The Lady Aztecs of San Diego State use hands, feet, clubs and even clothes in their new trick-shot video.
Here at, we enjoy bringing you fun videos of trick shots – and over the past year or two, we've found plenty of them to share. The vast majority of them feature guys, but we all know that there are plenty of women who know their way around a golf club, too.
And today, we ran across this: A new trick-shot video from the women's golf team at San Diego State University. 
The Lady Aztecs base their routine on Tiger Woods' famous ball-bouncing trick, but add several of their own twists to it. They even do a couple versions of the old hidden-ball trick, and close with a pretty cool exhibition of inline putting.
So give it a look – it is well worth the 55 seconds of your time to check out. And if you want to see the Aztecs in action, they open their spring schedule on Feb. 23 at the UC-Irvine Invitational in Santa Ana, California.
Dell Curry and Stephen Curry
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Golden State guard Stephen Curry had a memorable NBA All-Star Weekend with his dad, Dell Curry, who introduced him to golf as a child.
Golden Star guard Stephen Curry had a weekend to remember in New York – he topped LeBron James to win then NBA All-Star fan vote, then won the Three-Point Contest, and his Western Conference team won the All-Star Game.
Curry, a self-admitted golf freak, recently admitted that he sometimes daydreams about golf when he's sitting on the bench during games. We don't know what was on his mind while he and his teammates were beating the East, but he couldn't be blamed for thinking about golf at some point – after all, he's getting a brand-new putter to mark the occasion.
Bettinardi Golf took a BB Zero blade putter and touched it up in Golden State colors. Curry's name is on the back of the face, and the sole features Curry's number and commemorates that his fan vote victory.
The BB line of putters is classic Bettinardi – Curry's is a heel-toe-weighed blade made of mild carbon steel with what Bettinardi calls its "hyper honeycomb" pattern on the face. The standard vesions retail for $299.99.
No word yet on when Curry will get to take his new baby out to the course – he is an avid player during the NBA offseason, but says he only gets to play a couple times during the season. When he does, though, let's hope his All-Star memories don't distract him from what's really important – his putting!
Here's a look at his putter:
Peter Lawrie
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"I went from such a high on sugar to such a dramatic low" as he tried to quit drinking "liters a day" of soft drinks, says Peter Lawrie.
Peter Lawrie tied for 16th at the Maybank Malaysia Open a week ago, and couldn't have been happier. The 40-year-old Irishman wasn't celebrating a mere top-20 finish – he was celebrating the fact that his golf game is rounding back into shape after he kicked an addiction that had taken over his life. 
Lawrie, it turns out, had become addicted to soft drinks – so much so, he told the Irish radio station Newstalk, that he was drinking several liters per day of fizzy sodas. And when he tried to stop, it almost ruined him.
"I wouldn't say I went for a breakdown, but I definitely got exceptionally emotional" as he tried to quit cold turkey, he said in an interview that aired over the weekend. "Even in the hottest country, like Malaysia," he added, he would drink soda on the "golf course because I was addicted to it."
Lawrie – no relation to 1999 British Open winner Paul Lawrie of Scotland – was in the top 200 in the world after he tied for 10th place in the 2013 Irish Open. Soon after, he began trying to wean himself off the carbonated drinks, and his struggle sent him plummeting down the ranking – he fell as low as No. 909 after missing the cut in the South African Open in January.
"I went from such a high on sugar to such a dramatic low" in the weeks and months after the Irish Open, "and I never recovered from it," he said. "I lost all confidence in myself."
His results over the past 18 months or so dramatically illustrate how much trouble he was having. From that tie for 10th in the 2013 Irish Open through the end of 2014, he missed 33 cuts and had only eight finishes in the money. In 2014 alone, he made only six cuts in 27 European Tour starts and earned only $63,870.
"It was very difficult to deal with all of the situations coming at me," he told the radio station. 
This year, though, he's turned the corner. He's feeling better and his results on the course are rebounding. He's made each of his last three cuts, and he's already won almost as much money this year as he did in all of 2014.
Now, he says, he's only drinking two or three cans of soft drinks per day. And his tie for 16th place in Malaysia a week ago was his best finish since his ordeal began.
February 16, 2015 - 11:46am
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Gloria Resorts
Gloria Hotels and Resorts
Gloria Hotels and Resorts has two championship 18-hole courses on site.

During last month's PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, there were several booths sponsored by national tourism boards, each touting their country as a top golf destination.

Not surprisingly, Scotland, Ireland and Wales were represented, along with Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Turkey. 

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Turkey? If you didn't realize it, Turkey's one of the hottest new golf destinations, especially for Europeans trying to find a warm winter vacation spot. And the country has responded to that demand by offering all-inclusive golf packages that have been welcomed in a big way.

David Clare, a former national coach of the Turkish golf team and current golf director at the Gloria Hotels and Resorts, said it's hard to imagine how quickly Turkey has caught on as a golf mecca -- given that the first course in the Belek region didn't open until 1995.

"The hotels there had no winter business, so there was a market for it," Clare said. "The golfers started coming from Europe because the temperatures in Turkey between November and March are 60 to 70 degrees. There's no snow at all.

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"Couple that with the all-inclusive packages with the hotels -- at about $1,000 a week for lodging and five rounds of golf -- that's the reason it grew so fast in places like Germany, Scandinavia, Great Britain, where the winter weather is bad."

For most parts of Europe, the flight to Antalya is between two and three hours. Because North America has its own winter destinations -- think Arizona, Florida and the Caribbean -- Turkey's not nearly as affordable, or accessible. Still, Clare said he sees a growing number of Americans visiting his resort.

If there's an untapped market for Turkey, it could be Asia, Clare said.

How popular has golf in Turkey become? Clare has some eye-popping stats.

"At the end of 2014, there were 600,000 rounds played on 17 courses from September through to May," Clare said. "We're No. 1, with 85,000 rounds during the season over three courses. No. 2 is Anatayla Golf Club."

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That's the home of the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course, which hosts the European Tour's Turkish Airlines Open. And where Tiger Woods played in the fall of 2013, a development that caught the world's attention.

Suddenly, everyone in the industry wanted to know more about Turkey.

"What's interesting is what happened after we did the Tiger Woods event and the publicity that received," Clare said. "I had been coming to this show for six years and after that, suddenly people were coming up to the booth and asking us more about it. We've noticed a difference since then."

What makes the golf course industry in Turkey so unusual is that the country owns the land, and the hotel resorts lease the property over a 50-year period.

Clare said the sandy soil is perfect for golf. It drains well, Bermuda takes to it, and it can be overseeded. 

The fact that Turkey's golf industry has grown expotentially in two decades is good thing, but it's also created one problem.  

"We're actually full," Clare said. "The government isn't giving permission to build additional courses now. And the hotels know building one course in one area just won't do it.

"In order for it to be a destination, you need four or five courses. There's land available elsewhere on the coast. It would just need two or three hotel owners to say, 'Let's throw the money in and create a new destination.'"

February 15, 2015 - 3:57pm
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Jim Furyk stands precariously on the side of a cliff while trying to assess his situation.

Third-round leader Jim Furyk found himself in a rocky situation Sunday at Pebble Beach, literally.

His tee shot on the par-5 sixth hole went right and over the cliffs overhanging the beach. His ball stopped on top of an outcropping about midway down, and Furyk was able to scramble down and assess the situation.

Here's how it looked from the broadcast, and how Furyk was able to extricate himself from it: 



Amazingly, Furyk was able to not only escape what looked like a harrowing situation, but save par in the process.

Earlier in the tournament, Ryuji Imada had a similar situation on the seventh hole -- and found a way to get up and down.

February 15, 2015 - 1:30pm
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Michael Huff and Alex Lane are all smiles after their amazing round of golf Feb. 7.

On a weekend when most of the country is just dreaming about getting outside to golf, a pair of golfers in Oklahoma recently had consecutive shots you couldn't conjure up in any of your wildest dreams.

Michael Huff and Alex Lane, playing in the same foursome at Oak Hills Golf and Country Club on Feb. 7, made eagle putts on the eighth hole and promptly turned around and made back-to-back holes-in-one on the ninth.

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The amazing event was chronicled first by Huff's cellphone, and then by a piece written by sports editor Jeff Cali in the Ada (Okla.) News. Here's the photo of the two balls in the hole taken by Huff as proof:




So how did this all happen?

According to Cali's story, there's a group of 12 golfers at Oak Hills who play scratch from the gold tees. This particular foursome included local architect Huff, a member of the country club; Lane, a former Ada High golfer and freshman in college; Russell Lowry, who graduated from Ada High in the 1970s; and Justin Powell, son of the current Ada High golf coach.

All four golfers reached the green at the par-5 eighth in two, but only Huff and Lane made their eagle putts, Huff sinking a 30-footer and Lane finding the bottom of the cup from five feet out.

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That brought the foursome to the next hole, a 150-yard par-3.

"The green has a high front, a valley in the middle and a high back, and the pin was hidden in the middle," Huff told Cali. "The right side of the green is also higher than the left, feeding everything from right to left."

Lane hit a pitching wedge that landed, turned left and disappeared behind the ridgeline. Huff's shot followed the same trajectory.

"I've seen that kind of shot a hundred times and somebody always says, 'You might have made that one.' It never happens," Huff was quoted as saying. "We never see one on that hole. They are always maybe a foot short or three feet long. There is a reason that holes in one are rare."

But when they reached the green, only two balls were visible. That's because the other two -- Lane's and Huff's -- were in the hole.

"When the rest of my playing partners saw what had happened, chaos erupted," Huff said in the article. "There was lots of yelling and high-fives and bear hugs.

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"I had a post on Facebook before we even were done with the hole. This was Alex's first ace and my second, but first on my home course."

And just to top off a crazy day, two other golfers made an ace on No. 9, bringing the total to four.

According to the National Hole-in-One Golf Registry, the odds of two members of the same foursome making a hole-in-one on the same hole is 17 million-to-1. So just imagine how astronomical the odds must be for consecutive eagle-aces.

That's one dream every golfer would love to experience in real life.