News & ToursApril 30, 2009

The Fab Five - team edition

Back by popular demand, the Fab Five returns with the NCAA postseason so close you can read its license plate.

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The Bulldogs broke par each of the three rounds at Frederica GC en route to their SEC title. No player finished worse than 15th as the team earned its fifth team title of the 2008-09 season. This is the depth you want to see heading into regionals.

Next event: NCAA Regionals, Site TBD, May 14-16

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Closing 68-66 at Big 12 Championship suggests Morgan Hoffmann's issues finishing up tournaments have been rectified. The Cowboys' team title at Prairie Dunes was helped by Peter Uihlein(two top-10s in last two starts) sudden emergence in Stillwater.

Next event: NCAA Regionals, Site TBD, May 14-16

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The Huskies handled the pressure of playing Pac-10s at home and the expectations that come with that, by walking off with the title by 18 strokes. With medalist Darren Wallace and Tze Huang Choo stepping up to assist Nick Taylor and Richard Lee, UW is no longer a dark horse but a flat out contender for the NCAA title.

Next event: NCAA Regionals, Site TBD, May 14-16

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The Tigers have broken par in five of their last six rounds, which is encouraging this time of the year. Their three-shot loss to Georgia Tech at the ACC Championship two weeks ago is disappointing but hasn't totally killed their momentum after winning the U.S. Collegiate earlier in the month.

Next event: NCAA Regionals, Site TBD, May 14-16

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5. Georgia Tech (NR)

The Yellow Jackets love Old North State Club, winning their third ACC title there in four years. Time now to see if the win was an example of courses for horses or if Cameron Tringale, Chesson Hadley, John-Tyler Griffin and James White are starting to hit their strides at just the right time.

Next event: NCAA Regionals, Site TBD, May 14-16

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Pac-10 triumph evens the Sun Devils head-to-head record with UCLA at 3-3 but I give extra credit for the victory in the conference championship. Three ASU players in the top five individually bodes well for the squad, particularly with Carlota Ciganda winning her first tournament.

Next event: NCAA West Regional, Karsten Course at Arizona State, Tempe, Ariz., May 7-9

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With a sixth-place finish at Ping/ASU followed by a third-place showing at Pac-10s, the Bruins are moving in the wrong direction. Still, there is too much talent on this team to think they can't turn things around in the next few weeks.

Next event: NCAA Central Regional, Scarlet Course at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, May 7-9

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Home cooking might have helped in the dominant performance at the Big Ten Championship, but the Boilermakers haven't finished worse than second in their last three starts. With three straight victories, senior Maria Hernandez can control the national player of the year race with her play at regionals and nationals.

Next event: NCAA Central Regional, Scarlet Course at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, May 7-9

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The Cowgirls placed all five players in the top 15 while winning their seventh Big 12 title in school history. Nervous about injuries continues, but has become offset by the excitement of having five quality starters with a lot of confidence.

Next event: NCAA Central Regional, Scarlet Course at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, May 7-9

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Runner-up at Pac-10s is the eighth top-five finish in nine starts for the defending NCAA champs. Perhaps they don't have the positive vibes they did a year ago, but their team scoring average is actually better this season (despite having no wins) than a year ago.

Next event: NCAA West Regional, Karsten Course at Arizona State, Tempe, Ariz., May 7-9

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