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Conference Championship previews, Part V


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Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

April 30-May 2

Field (Golfstat ranking): Charlotte (49), Dayton (212), Duquesne (269), Fordham (N/A), George Washington (184), La Salle (N/A), Rhode Island (186), Richmond (147), St. Bonaventure (234), St. Joseph's (256), Temple (236), Xavier (117)

Defending champion: Charlotte (+20/872) by 10 strokes over Xavier; Charlotte's Corey Nagy (-1/212) by four strokes over Charlotte's Stefan Wiedergruen

Skinny: Charlotte is trying to become the first team to win the title five straight years since Penn State accomplished the feat in 1986-91. Similarly, Corey Nagy could become the first repeat individual winner since Xavier's Steve Dixon in 1998-99.


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Windsong Farm GC, Maple Plain, Minn.

April 30-May 2

Field (Golfstat ranking): Illinois (18), Indiana (60), Iowa (41), Michigan (48), Michigan State (106), Minnesota (110), Northwestern (52), Ohio State (78), Penn State (61), Purdue (71), Wisconsin (133)

Defending champion: Illinois (+13/1,149) by 13 strokes over Minnesota; Northwestern's Eric Chun (-1/283) by one stroke over Penn State's Kevin Foley

Skinny: Can Minnesota provide outgoing coach Brad James a going away present? Going to be tough to keep Illinois from repeating as champs.


[__Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship


]( GC, Celebration, Fla.

April 30-May 2

__Field (Golfstat ranking): __Canisius (259), Fairfield (263), Iona (252), Loyola (222), Manhattan (271), Niagara (272), Rider (N/A), St. Peter's (270), Siena (249)

Defending champion: Loyola (Md.) (+43/907) by five strokes over Siena; Loyola's Michael Mulieri (+7/223) in playoff over Canisius' Drew Creighton

Skinny: Loyola is one of only five schools to ever win the MAAC title, claim top honors 11 times since 1990.


[__Mid-American Conference Championship


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Longaberger GC, Nashport, Ohio

April 30-May 2

Field (Golfstat ranking): Akron (131), Ball State (145), Bowling Green State (158), Eastern Michigan (67), Kent State (53), Miami (127), Northern Illinois (192), Ohio (174), Toledo (125)

Defending champion: Kent State (-16/1,136) by 19 strokes over Eastern Michigan; Kent State's John Hahn (-9/279) by four strokes over Kent State's Brett Cairns

Skinny: Looks once again to be a two-school race between Kent State and Eastern Michigan. One of the two has been MAAC champs ever year since 2005.


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__[Northeast Conference Championship

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ChampionsGate GC, ChampionsGate, Fla.

April 30-May 2

__Field (Golfstat ranking): Central Connecticut State (221), Fairleigh Dickinson (N/A), LIU-Brooklyn (268), Monmouth (N/A), Mount St. Mary's (265), Robert Morris (261), Sacred Heart (226), St. Francis (N.Y.) (279), Saint Francis (Pa.) (N/A), Wagner (N/A)

__Defending champion: Sacred Heart (+19/883) by 26 strokes over Central Connecticut State; Central Connecticut State's Eric Hawerchak (-4/212) by two strokes over Bryant's Jason Thresher

Skinny: Sacred Heart's two-year run as champs is likely to be challenged by in-state rival Central Connecticut State.


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Mission Viejo CC, Mission Viejo, Calif.

May 3-4

Field (Golfstat ranking): Cal Poly (143), CSU Fullerton (219), CSU Northridge (105), Long Beach State (115), Pacific (90), UC Davis (86), UC Irvine (55), UC Riverside (180), UC Santa Barbara (129)

Defending champion: UC Davis (-3/861) by seven strokes over Pacific and UC Irvine; UC Davis' Austin Graham (-3/213) in playoff over UC Davis' Ramie Sprinkling

Skinny: UC Irvine's John Chin should help the Anteaters win back the title from UC Davis. Chin's a likely candidate to claim medalist honors, too.


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__[Western Athletic Conference Championship

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Rio Secco, GC, Henderson, Nev.

May 3-5

Field (Golfstat ranking): Boise State (154), Fresno State (54), Hawaii (213), Idaho (137), Louisiana Tech (99), Nevada (77), New Mexico State (121), San Jose State (140), Utah State (189)

Defending champion: New Mexico State (+6/870) by one stroke over Fresno State; New Mexico State's Travis Reid (-7/209) by three strokes over Fresno State's Grant Doverspike

Skinny: It's been since 2003 that Fresno State last won the WAC title. The six-year drought should end next week.


[__Mountain West Conference Championship


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Omni Tucson National, Tucson

May 6-8

__Field (Golfstat ranking): Air Force (164), BYU (58), Colorado State (35), New Mexico (46), San Diego State (30), TCU (24), UNLV (13), Utah (172), Wyoming (120)

Defending champion:__ TCU (-8/844) in playoff over San Diego State; Steve Saunders (-9/204) by four strokes over UNLV's Ji Moon

Skinny: Hard to believe that UNLV hasn't won a conference title since 2002. The Rebels have a good shot of ending the streak this time around, but keep an eye on New Mexico.

Meanwhile, here is the latest results grid: