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The Loop

Let the 2007-08 season begin

August 31, 2007

It was only eighty-nine days ago that we put a wrap to the 2006-07 college golf season, crowning the Stanford men as the NCAA champions at Golden Horseshoe GC in Williamsburg, Va.--just eight days after watching the Duke women claim their third straight national title at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Yet next week, a half-dozen teams will compete in the Topy Cup, kick-starting the 2007-08 campaign. (Scary how time flies.)

Amazingly next week we'll also see our first head-to-head competition between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the just released Golf World/Nike Golf men's coaches' polls: Stanford and Alabama. The two other men's teams competing are No. 9 Clemson (without U.S. Walker Cupper Kyle Stanley) and No. 17 Duke (Women's teams: No. 18 Denver and No. 23 Virginia).



Golf World's annual preview of the coming season appears in this week's (Aug. 31) issue, with everything also online. Click here to link to the preseason men's poll and click here for the women's poll. You can also get a look at our top 50 men's and top 50 women's players to watch.

The preview also had a story exploring 10 questions to ponder for the coming season. In that same vein, I'll be looking at five more questions over the next few days to get you primed for the season. Afterward, I'll also offer previews of all the major conferences, with predictions on where all the teams will finish come next spring.

Check back daily for all the information you need regarding the start of the season!