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Conference championship previews, Part III

The NCAA D-I Women's Committee makes its selections for regionals on Monday (men's selections are set for May 4). An updated list of conference winners thus far is below. Meanwhile, here's a link to a story I wrote yesterday for the website about how the conference championship season helps give unheralded programs a real chance to make their mark.


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Mission Inn Resort

Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla.

April 24-26

Field: Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's, Temple, Xavier

Defending champion: Charlotte (27-under 837) by 23 strokes over Dayton; Dayton's Rob Chappell (11-under 205) by one stroke over Charlotte's Corey Nagy

Skinny: Charlotte is trying to become the first four-time repeat A-10 champion since Penn State did it in 1986-91, but the 49ers should find some competition from Xavier.


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Atlantic City CC

Northfield, N.J.

April 24-26

Field: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale

Defending champion: Columbia (48-over 900) by nine strokes over Yale; Penn's Michael Blodgett (five-over 218) by three strokes over Brown's Larry Haertel

Skinny: It's been five years since Yale last won the title, but the Bulldogs appear to be the favorites.


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Celebration, Fla.

April 24-26

Field: Canisius, Fairfield, Iona, Loyola, Manhattan, Niagara, Rider, St. Peter's, Siena

Defending champion: Loyola (15-over 879) by 14 strokes over Rider; Loyola's Michael Mulieri (five-under 211) by six strokes over Rider's Tyler Brewington

Skinny: Loyola remains the class of the conference.


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West Point, N.Y.

April 25-26

Field: Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Navy

Defending champion: Navy (61-over 925) by 17 strokes over Bucknell; Navy's Erich Schoen (seven-over 223) by two strokes over Colgate's Richard Hayes

Skinny: Bucknell is the preseason favorite and Navy is the defending champion, but Army claimed the title the last time it hosted the championship in 2002.


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__[Ohio Valley Championship

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Crooked Creek GC

London, Ky.

April 23-25

Field: Austin Peay State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Murray State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech

Defending champion: Jacksonville State (70-over 934) by 21 strokes over Murray State; Jacksonville State's Laura Cutler (14-over 230) by one stroke over Jacksonville State's Mercedes Huarte

Skinny: It would appear Jacksonville State's run of four-straight OVC titles will end this season as Murray State (130), Tennessee Tech (144) and Morehead State (153) all have better Golfstat rankings than the Gamecocks (168) entering the championship.


[__Big Ten Championship


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Kampen Course

West Lafayette, Ind.

April 24-26

Field: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Defending champion: Purdue (17-over 1,169) by 24 strokes over Michigan State; Purdue's Maria Hernandez (seven-under 281) by 10 strokes over Purdue's Christel Boeljon

Skinny: Purdue would have been the prohibitive favorite even without the home course advantage it's getting from playing at the Kampen Course. Look for the Boilermakers to win their third Big Ten title in four years and Hernandez to claim a second straight individual win.

__Conference head-to-head records:

__Purdue, 21-0, 1.000

Michigan State, 23-7, .766

Ohio State, 19-9, .678

Indiana, 23-12, .657

Michigan, 22-16, .578

Minnesota, 18-22, .450

Wisconsin, 16-21, .432

Northwestern, 16-23, .410

Iowa, 9-25, .264

Illinois, 9-27, .250

Penn State, 6-20, .230


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Rawls Course

Lubbock, Texas

April 24-26

Field: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Defending champion: Oklahoma State (48-over 912) by 27 strokes over Texas A&M; Oklahoma State's Jaclyn Sweeney (nine-over 225) by four strokes over Oklahoma State's Karin Kinnerud

Skinny: Oklahoma State is the only conference team ranked inside to top 35 by Golfstat. Provided none of the Cowgirls starting five is hurt (or gets injured), look for the Stillwater squad to repeat.

__Conference head-to-head records:

__Oklahoma State, 8-0, 1.000

Baylor, 18-5, .782

Colorado, 16-7-1, .687

Nebraska, 15-11, .576

Texas A&M, 4-3, .571

Texas Tech, 15-12-2, .551

Oklahoma, 12-12, .500

Texas, 7-8, .466

Iowa State, 12-14, .461

Missouri, 11-13-1, .460

Kansas, 6-14-1, .309

Kansas State, 2-28-1, .080



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Atlantic City CC

Northfield, N.J.

April 24-26

Field: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale

Defending champion: Harvard (26-over 890) by 10 strokes over Columbia; Princeton's Susannah Aboff (nine-under 207) by 11 strokes over Harvard's Emily Balmert

Skinny: Harvard won its first six tournaments of the season until finishing second at the Roar-ee Invitational earlier this month. I don't know ... I think I like the Crimson in this spot.


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__[Mid-American Championship

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Longaberger GC

Longaberger, Ohio

April 24-26

Field: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan

Defending champion: Kent State (25-over 1,177) by 51 strokes over Eastern Michigan; Kent State's Kirby Dreher (three-over 291) by three strokes over Kent State's Tara Delaney

Skinny: No school is a more prohibitive favorite to claim its conference title than Kent State, the 10-time defending champion, is in the MAC.


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Hershey, Pa.

April 24-26

Field: Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (N.Y.), Saint Francis (Pa.), Wagner

Defending champion: Fairleigh Dickinson (120-over 984) by two strokes over Sacred Heart; Central Connecticut State's Lucie Sarochova (13-over 229) by eight strokes over Saint Francis (Pa.)'s Samantha Milosh

Skinny: Saint Francis (Pa.) is the perennial conference power and is hungry to get its title back from last year's first-time winner, Fairleigh Dickinson.


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Stanford GC

Palo Alto, Calif.

April 24-26__

Field:__ Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State

Defending champion: USC (eight-over 860) by 26 strokes over UCLA; USC's Paola Moreno (one-under 212) by four strokes over Arizona State's Anna Nordqvist

Skinny: This could be the most exciting conference championship of them all, men or women, with UCLA, Arizona State and USC ranked in the top three in the country all season long. I give a slight edge to the Bruins, although I think ASU's Azahara Munoz will claim medalist honors.

__Conference head-to-head records:

__UCLA, 27-3, .900

Arizona State, 19-4-1, .812

USC, 20-10-1, .661

Oregon, 14-13-1, .517

Stanford, 13-15, .464

Arizona, 10-16, .384

Washington, 6-13-1, 325

California, 9-19, .321

Oregon State, 6-17, .260

Washington State, 0-14, .000