A year from now, Duke senior-to-be Jennifer Pandolfi could be the answer to an interesting question: Who is the only player in women's college golf history to have been on four different NCAA championship teams?
Serious, would you bet against the Blue Devils making it four in a row next May in Albuquerque? Not unless two-time national player of the year Amanda Blumenherst suddenly decided to turn professional, something she insists won't happen. Duke is too deep to bet against at this point and until proven otherwise, I'm not sure anyone else is quite ready to stand up against the Blue Devils. If anything, this year they might separate themselves from the rest of the competition even more.
All that said, here's a peek at what we might see next season. One school missing from my top-10 is Georgia, although yesterday's hiring of former UGa player Kelley Hester as its new coach certainly puts the Bulldogs on solid ground for the coming season. It's just that Hester must replace Taylor Leon and Whitney Wade, a tough task for anyone.
My VERY, VERY, VERY early top 10 for the 2007-08 season:
1) Duke (NCAA finish: Win)
2) Arizona State (NCAA finish: 13th)
3) UCLA (NCAA finish: third)
__4) Purdue (NCAA finish: second) __
__5) Oklahoma State (NCAA finish: T-14) __
6) Arizona (NCAA finish: T-14)
__ 7) Florida (NCAA finish: Did not play) __
__ 8) Southern California (NCAA finish: fourth)__
__ 9) Tennessee (NCAA finish: T-17)__
__10) Auburn (NCAA finish: ninth) __