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CI Podcast/Washington's Chris Williams

Chris Williams headshot.jpegFor the first podcast of the 2012-13 college season, thought it was only appropriate to have on the No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world—and the No. 1 golfer on the Golf World college players to watch list. Washington senior Chris Williams has a chance to claim most of the Husky career scoring records if he maintains his level of play from this first three years in Seattle. With his win at the Western Amateur in August and his quarterfinal showing at the U.S. Amateur, the 21-year-old from Moscow, Idaho, earned the McCormack Medal and exemptions into next year's U.S. Open and British Open. He'll also be playing for the United States at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey next month.

Williams and I had a friendly discussion about his golf accomplishments and what he's looking forward to for this season ... plus he explains why the game "Cornhole" has become all the rage with the Husky golf team.

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CI Podcast/UCF's Brad Schneider

Brad Schneider head shot.jpegI serve on the GCAA committee that helps pick the recipient of the David Toms Award, which is given to a golfer who has overcome adversity to achieve excellence in college golf. It's humbling work, reading entries that describe heart-wrenching tales of accidents and tragedies you wouldn't wish on anyone. Yet somehow, these individuals manage to persevere and move on with their lives, in all cases returning to college golf and using the sport to help give their lives some normalcy.

My podcast guest is Brad Schneider, the 2012 David Toms Award winner. The fifth-year senior at UCF sports a 71.9 stroke average as he leads his team into NCAA Regionals this week. Schneider sat down with me last week to retell his sad yet inspiring story of overcoming injury and family heart-break to become one of the stand out players in college golf.


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CI Podcast/NCAA chair Velvet Milkman

Velvet Milkman head shot.jpgOn April 30, the NCAA Women's Division I golf committee will announce the 27 conference champions and 45 at-large selections that will be competing next month at the NCAA Regionals. Today's podcast guest is Velvet Milkman, women's coach at Murray State and the chair of the golf committee, to talk about the selection process and what it will be like for the six-person committee as the members wade through Golfstat data and decide who is in and who is out of the NCAA postseason.

As part of our conversation, Milkman, in her last year as the committee chair, discusses the possibility of the ".500 rule" coming to the women's game as well as the potential for match play down the road.

Meanwhile, the selections will be announced via a webcast that will start at 9 p.m. Eastern time on April 30 at www.NCAA.com


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CI Podcast/San Diego St.'s J.J. Spaun

JJ Spaun action.jpegAs he begins play today at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford GC, San Diego State senior J.J. Spaun is riding a three-tournament winning streak and has become a dark-horse candidate for national player of the year honors. The 21-year-old from San Dimas, Calif., has played in eight events during the 2011-12 season, posting four top-three finishes, five top-10s, just one showing outside the top-12 and a 70.63 stroke average.

Does he deserve POY consideration? Listen to the podcast and you be the judge.

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CI Podcast/Clemson's Corbin Mills

Corbin Mills headshot.jpegIt's become a yearly tradition here at the Podcast for me to interview a college golfer who is preparing to play in the Masters. This time around, it's Clemson junior Corbin Mills, winner of the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship last July at Bandon Dunes.

Thus far in the 2011-12 season, the 21-year-old from Anderson, S.C., has carded a 71.1 stroke average, with one win (Jerry Pate), two top-fives and five top-15 finishes in seven starts.


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CI Podcast/Alabama's Stephanie Meadow

Stephanie Meadow head shot.jpegIn just 16 starts since enrolling at Alabama in the fall of 2010, sophomore Stephanie Meadow has won five tournaments, had eight top-five finishes and posted a 72.35 stroke average. Her last win came last weekend at the inaugural Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at Long Cove Club, where she experienced a homecoming of sorts. The native of Northern Ireland attended the International Junior Golf Academy in high school on Hilton Head Island before going to Tuscaloosa.

Meadow joins me on this week's podcast, where she discusses her college success and how the Crimson Tide's disappointing team finish at last year's NCAA Championship has helped serve as motivation this season. She also talks about the potential of facing her college teammate Brooke Pancake at this summer's Curtis Cup and just what Alabama coach Mic Potter has suggested the pair should do to see which player he will "root for" during the matches.

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CI Podcast/UNLV's Dwaine Knight

Dwaine Knight head.jpegWith their seven-stroke victory over Texas Tech at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate this week, the UNLV men claimed their four title of the 2011-12 season. Seemed only appropriate then that Rebel coach Dwaine Knight join me on this week's podcast.

The GCAA Hall of Fame coach talks about what's been clicking for the Rebels, how Derek Ernst, Kevin Penner and Blake Biddle might be the most underrated trio in college golf and what he expects from his squad as they host one of the best fields of any college tournament at the upcoming Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters next week.

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CI Podcast/LSU's Karen Bahnsen

K Bahnsen.jpgThe LSU Tigers are one of the more intriguing team in the women's college game. When they're good, they're very good: in seven starts thus far during the 2011-12 season, the Tigers have three victories, including the Lady Puerto Rico Classic earlier this month. And when they're not good, they can be bad: twice last fall they finished outside the top-10.

Joining me on today's podcast is LSU coach Karen Bahnsen, who has been overseeing the program for 26 years. She discusses the impact of Austin Ernst winning the NCAA individual title had on the program and how her team is moving in the right direction as the spring season moves along.


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CI Podcast/Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora

MSZ.jpegWhen I was putting together the Golf World Mid-Season Awards package last November, I struggled with writing about Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora. In four fall starts for the Bulldogs, she had two top-12 finishes in four starts with a 73.58 stroke average. It wasn't a horrible showing but not what I'd come to expect from the woman who claimed the NGCA college player of the year honors the previous season. Ultimately, I listed her as a question mark for the coming spring season, asking the obvious: will she turn it around and return to her impressive 2010-11 form?

With her victory this past week in Puerto Rico, it would appear that Silva Zamora is well on her way to doing just that. I was able to get Marta on the phone for this week's Campus Insider Podcast to talk about what happened last fall and what to expect as she closes out her college career.


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CI Podcast/USC's Jeffrey Kang

Jeffrey Kang.jpegUSC sophomore Jeffrey Kang claimed his first college title last week at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii, defeating Texas' Jordan Spieth in a playoff after the pair shot 11-under 205s. It was the second straight top-six finish for Kang, a 20-year-old from Fullerton, Calif., and the fifth top-six finish of his young college career.

Kang joins me on today's podcast to talk about the victory and about why this year's Trojans squad might actually be better than last year's Pac-10 champions.

Here is a look at Kang's record during the 2011-12 season:

Jeffrey Kang's 2011-12 record.jpg


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