124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Campus review, Oct. 19

October 19, 2006

__GOLF WORLD Players of the Week


__Week of Oct. 9-15


Colt Knost, SMU



Angela Oh__, Tennessee





My look at the top five teams right now in the country__


__1. Alabama __—The win streak ends at three after the fourth-place showing at the Bank of Tennessee but the Crimson Tide’s confidence continues to grow.

2. Oklahoma State—The Cowboys face a stand-out field this weekend at the Isleworth/UCF Invitational, the perfect setting to show the defending NCAA champs aren’t going anywhere.

__3. UCLA __—Could sophomore Lucas Lee (two second-place finishes in two starts this fall) be the go-to guy Coach O.D.Vincent has been looking for?

4. Florida—Isleworth will show whether the young Gator squad has been reading all the press generated from their win at the Ping Preview or been continuing to work on their games in Gainesville.

__5. Stanford __—Win at the Gopher Invitational was nice start, but this week’s victory over UCLA at The Prestige suggests the Cardinal is for real (see below).




1. Georgia—The Bulldogs couldn’t pull it out in the playoff with Tennessee at the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship, but another solid showing leaps them over Duke.

2. Duke—The Blue Devils will have to play without Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee, both in South Africa representing the U.S. at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, this week at the Stanford Invitational. The flip side is freshmen Rebecca Kim and Yu Young Lee will get the chance to make their college debuts.

3. Arizona State—The Sun Devils will sit out the Stanford event with Anna Nordqvist and Azahara Munoz also in South Africa at the WATC. Meanwhile, sophomore Jennifer Osborn (three top-10s this fall) continues to prove she’s among the toughest players in the college game.

4. UCLA—The top of the line-up is solid for the Bruins with Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Hannah Jun. Difference in being able to have a good or great season will be in the production from the No. 4 and 5 spot.

__5. Auburn __—The Tigers had the lead entering the final round of the Mercedes-Benz last Sunday only to fall two shots shy of the Tennessee-Georgia playoff. Haven’t finished worse than third in their first three starts.









"It's a shame for Webb to have to miss out on this," Kirk told Campus Insider Thursday morning regarding the WATC. "He's a good friend of mine and I talked to him yesterday. It was a big shock to me [to hear about the injury], but I'm excited. I feel like my game is in good shape to help [the U.S.] team." Kirk, meanwhile, will miss the Isleworth tournament for the Bulldogs and the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship the following week in Fort Worth.




Oct. 22-24

Isleworth CC, Windermere, Fla. (For live results, click here)

Field: Arizona, Central Florida, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Wake Forest.

Defending champion: Georgia (eight-over 872); Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State (four-under 212)

Skinny: In just three years, this tournament has become one of the most prestigious on the fall docket. Martin, trying to win the title for a third straight year, can remember fondly his close in the final round at Isleworth a year ago when hit arguably the best shot of the 2005-06 college season. On the par-5 17th, he reached the green in two with a 4-iron from 224 yards, the ball rolling within an inch of the hole. The tap-in eagle allowed Martin to hold holding off his ’04 co-medalist, Chris Kirk of Georgia, by two shots.