College Players of the Week, Oct. 18-24
Alex Kang, San Diego State
It's not often that a player closes with rounds of 67 and 68 and can be disappointed. Of course, that's what happens when you shoot an opening-round nine-under 62 the way the junior from Oak Park, Calif., did at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational last week at Meadow GC in Fairfax, Calif. Kang's 16-under 197 broke the previous Aztez's 54-hole school record (set by Aaron Goldberg in 2006) by four strokes as he claimed his second career individual title, beating teammate Todd Baek and California's Ben An by one stroke.
While the team finished in second place to California by two strokes, Kang's performance--which included 16 birdies and an eagle offset by two bogeys--helped SDSU set the team 54-hole score best with a 46-under 806.
Honorable mention: Michael McGowan, North Carolina
The sophomore shot a college best 66 in the second round of the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate, then matched the score again in the final round at Forest Oaks CC in Greensboro, N.C., to help the Tar Heels claim the team title by seven strokes over eighth-ranked Auburn. McGowan finished third individually at 13-under 203, his best ever finish at UNC.
Tiffany Lua, UCLA
The sophomore (right) claimed a share of the individual title at the Landfall Tradition after shooting a even-par 72 at the CC of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C., and helped the Bruins take top honors in the team competition, the school's first victory of the 2010-11 season. UCLA finished with a 16-over 880 total, five strokes better than North Carolina. Lua posted a two-under 214 total.
Honorable mention: Brittany Altomare, Virginia
For the second time this fall, the Cavalier sophomore has claimed at least a share of medalist honors, joining Lua at two-under 214 at CC of Landfall. She is the third UVa player to win multiple individual titles in a single season, joining Calle Nielson and Leah Wigger. Virginia finished fifth as a team, 12 strokes back of UCLA.