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August 22nd, 2012

Obama gets Ryder Cup invite from US captain Love   by Anker Brown

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama has an invitation to the Ryder Cup, delivered in-person from the U.S. team captain.

Davis Love III said Thursday he encouraged the president to attend next year’s U.S.-Europe showdown at Medinah Country Club, near Chicago, during a White House visit.

Love, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson made the short trip Wednesday from Congressional to the Oval Office, where they spent about 15-to-20 minutes with the president.

“We invited him to come to the Ryder Cup in his hometown,” Love said. “Hopefully, he’ll come.”

Love said the three golfers also gave Obama some clubs and a bag for the president’s upcoming round with House Speaker John Boehner on Saturday.BANDON, Ore. (AP) — Qualifying medalist Corbin Mills advanced to the U.S. Amateur Public Links quarterfinals Thursday, beating NCAA champion John Peterson and Talor Gooch on Bandon Dunes’ Old Macdonald course.

Mills, the 21-year-old Clemson player from Easley, S.C., beat Peterson, the LSU star from Fort Worth, Texas, 1-up in the second round. In the third round, Mills topped Gooch, an Oklahoma State player from Midwest City, Okla., 4 and 2.

In the quarterfinals Friday morning, Mills will face University of Oregon player Andrew Vijarro, a 2-and-1 winner over Robert Hoadley of Southern Pines, N.C. Vijarro is from Bend, Ore.

In the other third-round matches in the upper bracket, Harris English, a Georgia player from Thomasville, Ga., beat James Erkenbeck of San Diego 1-up, and J.J. Spaun of Los Angeles edged Herbie Aikens of Pembroke, Mass., 3 and 2.

In the lower-bracket quarterfinals, Jonathan Randolph of Brandon, Miss., will face Todd Baek of San Diego, and Derek Ernst of Clovis,http://www.uniquegolfclubs.net/Calif., will play Daniel Miernicki of Santee, Calif. Ernst won the 2010 and 2011 Mountain West Conference titles for UNLV, while Miernicki plays for Oregon. Baek and Spaun are teammates at San Diego State.

Randolph, a former Mississippi player, beat Kevin Miller of Dover, Ohio, 5 and 4; Baek edged T.J. Howe of Osceola, Pa., 3 and 1; Ernst topped Alex Edfort of Somerset, N.J., 4 and 3; and Miernicki beat Jack Schultz of Whitefish Bay, Wis., 4 and 3.

The tournament is limited to players who don’t hold privileges at any course that doesn’t extend playing privileges to the general public.HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Heritage Classic golf tournament announced Thursday that RBC will serve as its new title sponsor, ensuring the PGA tour will continue to make an annual stop in South Carolina for the next five years.

Officials said the tournament at Hilton Head Island will be renamed the RBC-Heritage through 2016. Boeing Co., which has opened a massive production plant in the state, will serve as a local sponsor.

RBC is the name used by the umbrella company that includes the Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries.

Traditionally played the week after the Masters, the Heritage is often associated with the iconic lighthouse near the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Links. It had been looking for a title sponsor since Verizon pulled out after last year’s tournament.

The Heritage, a PGA Tour fixture since 1969, had been without a title sponsor and desperately seeking the $8 million or so it would take to underwrite the tournament. Tour and event officials had called it imperative to find a backer for the world’s best golfers to return in 2012.

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