News & ToursApril 18, 2010

Conference Championship previews, Part II

Second installment of the conference previews. Remember for the men, schools in italic do NOT have a .500 or better winning percentage.

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MEN

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__[Big East Championship

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Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.

April 18-20

Field (Golfstat ranking): Cincinnati (201), Connecticut (179), De Paul (157), Georgetown (195), Louisville (75), Marquette (159), Notre Dame (88), Rutgers (181), Seton Hall (191), St. John's (174), South Florida (168), Villanova (NA)

Defending champion: Louisville (-17/847) by five strokes over Marquette; Louisville's Adam Hadwin (-9/208) by three strokes over Notre Dame's Doug Fortner, Louisville's Karsten Clements and Marquette's Mike Van Sickle

Skinny: It's been a bit of a down year for the conference, with the two top teams—Louisville and Notre Dame—both likely needing the automatic berth for winning the conference championship to get an invite to regionals.

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[__Southern Conference Championship

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](http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=204767895)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

CC of South Carolina, Florence, S.C.

April 18-20

Field: Appalachian State (165), Charleston (135), Chattanooga (34), Davidson (154), Elon (162), Furman (49), Georgia Southern (56), UNC Greensboro (97), Samford (163), Western Carolina (136), Wofford (92)

Defending champion: Chattanooga (-12/852) by two strokes over Georgia Southern; Georgia Southern's Drew Lethem (-6/210) by one stroke over Chattanooga's Fredrik Qvicker and Western Carolina's Tanner Briele

Skinny: This is the 74th year the conference is hosting the championship. Chattanooga is favorite to win a fourth straight title, but don't sleep on Furman or Georgia Southern.

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[__West Coast Conference Championship

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](http://www.wccsports.com/ot/2010-wcc-golf-tourney-central.html)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Hiddenbrooke GC, Vallejo, Calif.

April 19-20

Field: Gonzaga (187), Loyola Marymount (177), Pepperdine (33), Portland (160), St. Mary's (103), San Diego (27), San Francisco (109), Santa Clara (99)

Defending champion: San Francisco (-2/862) by one stroke over Loyola Marymount; Loyola Marymount's Greg Moss (-7/209) by one stroke over San Francisco's Domingo Jojola

Skinny: San Diego has all the momentum heading to Hiddenbrooke. A second WCC title in three years is a better than even proposition.

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[__Atlantic Sun Championship

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](http://www.atlanticsun.org/mgolf/championship/)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Legends Cse at Chateau Elon, Braselton, Ga.

April 19-21

Field: Belmont (N/A), Campbell (104), East Tennessee State (31), Florida Gulf Coast (N/E), Jacksonville (147), Kennesaw State (94), Lipscomb (250), Mercer (150), North Florida (20), Stetson (111), USC Upstate (N/E)

Defending champion: Campbell (+3/867) by seven strokes over North Florida; East Tennessee State's Michael Stewart (-3/213) by one stroke over Campbell's Vaita Guiliaume

Skinny: North Florida and East Tennessee State look to be the clear favorites. I give the slight edge to Ospreys only because the Bucs have been hot and cold this spring.

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[__Big South Championship

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](http://www.bigsouthsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4800&ATCLID=204801378)The Patriot GC, Ninety-Six, S.C.

April 19-21

Field: Charleston Southern (114), Coastal Carolina (65), Gardner Webb (N/A), High Point (185), Liberty (82), Presbyterian (N/E), Radford (158), Winthrop (143)

Defending champion: Coastal Carolina (+27/891) by 29 strokes over Liberty; Coastal Carolina's Zack Byrd (+5/221) by three strokes over Coastal Carolina's David Dannelly and Sam Lyons

Skinny: While having only one win and three top-threes in 10 starts this season, plus a sub-.500 win-loss record, Coastal Carolina is still a heavy favorite to win its seventh consecutive Big South title.

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](http://www.swac.org/sports/m-golf/swac-m-golf-body.html)Links on the Bayou, Alexandria, La.

April 19-21

Field:Alabama A&M (280), Alabama State (264), Alcorn State (286), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (276), Grambling State (N/A), Jackson State (248), Mississippi Valley State (N/A), Prairie View A&M (281), Texas Southern (275)

Defending champion: Jackson State (+26/890) by three strokes over Alabama State; Alabama State's John Montgomery (E/216) by one stroke over Jackson State's Brett Benson and Texas Southern's Devaughn Robinson

Skinny: No reason to believe it won't be Jackson State winning the title again in 2010.

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__[Big East Championship

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Innisbrook Resort (Island Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.

April 18-20

Field: Cincinnati (138), Georgetown (136), Louisville (28), Notre Dame (39), Rutgers (159), St. John's (154), South Florida (77)

Defending champion: Louisville (+12/876) by nine strokes over Notre Dame; Notre Dame's Lisa Maunu (-1/215) by three strokes over Louisville's Sara-Maude Juneau

Skinny: Neither Louisville or Notre Dame are coming in with much momentum, but it will once again come down to these two schools for conference bragging rights. It's a coin flip and mine wind up picking ND.

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[__Big West Championship

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](http://www.bigwest.org/sports/golf/info/champs/)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

San Luis Obispo GC, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

April 18-20

Field: Cal Poly (104), CSU Fullerton (193), CSU Northridge (111), Long Beach State (80), UC Davis (31), UC Irvine (40), UC Riverside (150)

Defending champion: Long Beach State (+65/929) by one stroke by UC Irvine and UC Davis; Cal Poly's Stephanie Yocum (+9/225) by three strokes over four others

Skinny: UC Davis has had an impressive run in 2009-10, with three tournament wins and seven top-fives. Says here it continues with its first Big West title

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[__Conference USA Championship

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](http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/championships/10-w-golf-championship.html)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Canebrake GC, Hattesburg, Miss.

April 18-20

Field: UAB (185), UCF (62), East Carolina (74), Marshall (170), Memphis (119), SMU (117), Southern Mississippi (137), UTEP (96), Tulane (32), Tulsa (51)

Defending champion: Tulane (+69/933) by 23 strokes over UCF; Tulane's Daniela Holmqvist (+9/225) by 10 strokes over Tulsa's Sarah Elliot

Skinny: Tulane caught some people off guard when it won last year's title in the first year back after Hurricane Katrina. A victory this year not only won't take anyone by surprise but is expected.

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[__Missouri Valley Conference Championship

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](http://www.mvc-sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7600&ATCLID=204930010)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Rolling Hills CC, Newburgh, Ind.

April 18-20

Field: Bradley (125), Creighton (199), Drake (110), Evansville (210), Illinois State (85), Indiana State (130), Missouri State (91), Northern Iowa (161), Southern Illinois (165), Wichita State (144)

Defending champion: Illinois State (+57/921) by 12 strokes over Drake; Illinois State's Stacey Miller (+9/225) by one stroke over Drake's Olivia Lansing

Skinny: Drake's Lansing comes into the tournament on a role, having won a league-best three tournaments in 2009-10 and conference golfer of the week honors four times.

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[__Southern Conference Championship

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](http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=204773144)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Moss Creek GC, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

April 18-20

Field: Appalachian State (171), Charleston (70), Chattanooga (36), The Citadel (226), Elon (97), Furman (50), UNC Greensboro (71), Samford (128), Western Carolina (86), Wofford (151)

Defending champion: Furman (+52/916) by 22 strokes over Chattanooga; Furman's Stefanie Kenoyer (+7/223) by four strokes over Elon's Danielle Mills

Skinny: Furman's Kenoyer is looking to be the first player in conference history to win the individual title three straight years.

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[__Summit League Championship

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](http://www.thesummitleague.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=3900&ATCLID=1283279)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

The Oaks CC, Tulsa, Okla.

April 19-20

Field: Centenary (228), IPFW (239), IUPUI (N/A), North Dakota State (195), Oakland (163), Oral Roberts (65), South Dakota State (165), Southern Utah (197), UM-Kansas City (156), Western Illinois (177)

Defending champion: Oral Roberts (+43/619) by 38 strokes over UM Kansas City; Oral Roberts' Christy Carter (+4/148) by three strokes over Oral Roberts' Amber Hensley

Skinny: It's impressive that Oral Roberts has won the title the last 12 years. Even more impressive is that the team's average winning margin is 42 strokes.

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[__West Coast Conference Championship

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](http://www.wccsports.com/ot/2010-wcc-golf-tourney-central.html)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Hiddenbrooke GC, Vallejo, Calif.

April 19-20

Field: Gonzaga (105), Pepperdine (11), Portland (173), San Francisco (42), Santa Clara (112)

Defending champion: Pepperdine (+41/905) by 18 strokes over San Francisco; Pepperdine's Jayvie Agojo (+5/221) by seven strokes over Pepperdine's Kaitlin Drolson and Santa Clara's Miki Ueoka

Skinny: I like the improvement from San Francisco but it's not enough to keep Pepperdine from winning a ninth straight title.

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[__Big Sky Championship

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](http://www.bigskyconf.com/sports/2009/6/5/09GLFCHRES.aspx?tab=golf2)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Octotillo Resort, Chander, Ariz.

April 19-21

Field: Eastern Washington (218), Idaho State (N/A), Montana (142), Montana State (180), Northern Arizona (102), Northern Colorado (171), Portland State (118), Sacramento State (109), Weber State (191)

Defending champion: Northern Arizona (+50/914) by six strokes over Sacramento State; Northern Colorado's Ali Nelson (+6/222) by three stroke over Northern Arizona's Alexa Kim and Weber State's Emily Copier

Skinny: Northern Arizona brings in the conference's top freshman, Stephanie Kim, as the teams gets ready to make a repeat attempt.

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[__Pac-10 Championship

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](http://www.pac-10.org/championships/2010-wgolf.html)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Eugene CC, Eugene, Ore.

April 19-21

Field: Arizona (7), Arizona State (2), California (24), Oregon (34), Oregon State (101), Stanford (14), UCLA (1), USC (5), Washington (38), Washington State (107)

Defending champion: Arizona State (E/852) by nine strokes over USC; ASU's Carlota Ciganda (-3/210) in playoff over USC's Jennifer Song

Skinny: The focus is going to be on the showdown between UCLA, Arizona State and USC but Arizona could prove to be a dark horse.

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[__Southland Conference Championship

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](http://www.southland.org/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90006&SPID=10809&temp_site=NO&DB_OEM_ID=18400&ATCLID=204930177)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Raven Nest GC, Huntsville, Texas

April 19-21

Field: Central Arkansas (N/E), Lamar (139), McNeese State (169), Nicholls State (N/A), Sam Houston State (115), Stephen F. Austin (207), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (160), Texas State (90), UT-San Antonio (83)

Defending champion: Texas A&M Corpus Christi (+48/912) by one stroke UT San Antonio; UTSA's Allie Jordan (+6/222) by two strokes over Texas A&M's Corpus Christi's Ashley Watkins

Skinny: UT San Antonio enters as the top ranked school, but the Roadrunners have never won the conference title.

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__[SWAC Championship

](http://www.swac.org/sports/w-golf/swac-w-golf-body.html)__Links on the Bayou, Alexandria, La.

April 19-21

Field: Alabama State (234), Grambling State (N/A), Jackson State (213), Mississippi Valley State (N/A), Prairie View A&M (241), Southern (N/A), Texas Southern (N/A)

Defending champion: Jackson State (+66/642) by 98 strokes over Alabama State; Jackson State's Jennifer Sells (+10/154) by three strokes over Jackson State's Mereille LeBlanc

Skinny: There might be no more certain winner of their league title in any Division I conference than Jackson State in the SWAC.

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[__Sun Belt Conference Championship

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](http://www.sunbeltsports.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4100&ATCLID=204930144)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

RTJ Golf Trail at The Shoals, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

April 19-21

Field: Arkansas State (122), Arkansas-Little Rock (69), Denver (18), Florida Atlantic (146), Florida International (84), Louisiana-Monroe (N/A), Middle Tennessee State (88), North Texas (99), South Alabama (147), Troy (135), Western Kentucky (175)

Defending champion: Denver (-5/859) by 14 strokes over UALR; UALR's Mallory Fraiche (-3/213) by one stroke over UALR's Sara Wikstrom

Skinny: It's been a disappointing year for Denver, expected to be a national contender. That said, the Pioneers should roll in Alabama for their seventh straight Sun Belt title.

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[__WAC Championship

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](http://www.wacsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=10100&ATCLID=204928719)   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)

Longbow GC, Mesa, Ariz.

April 19-21

Field: Boise State (145), Fresno State (93), Hawaii (108), Idaho (47), Nevada (98), New Mexico State (131), San Jose State (44)

Defending champion: San Jose State (+6/870) by 19 strokes over Idaho; San Jose State's Erica Moston (-2/214) by three strokes over Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro and Fresno State's Louisa Lies

__Skinny:__Should be an entertaining competition between San Jose State (three time WAC champion, all time) and Idaho (one time winner, 2007).

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