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I say this without much pride, but the 2012-13 women's college golf season has me all confused. Who's good? Who's not so good? Who's gaining momentum? Who's

Amid my confusion, there are a couple story lines that have flown under the radar that are worth a mention.



____My look at the top five teams in the country right now



__1. California __(Last week: 1)

If you're not a believer right now, you're never going to be in the Golden Bears. A 13-stroke victory at Southern Highlands, against the top-heavy field the team faced, is like a 20- or 25-shot win at a "regular" event. Biggest question is whether burnout or fatigue hits the team at some point before the postseason arrives.

Next event: Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, ASU Karsten GC, Tempe, Ariz., April 5-7


2. Alabama (2)

A share of second at Southern Highlands would ordinarily seem great, except that it was behind you know who and would lead you to believe there is still a decent size gap between No. 1 and No. 2. If Crimson Tide takes away positives from Vegas, however, they'll appreciate they're in good shape for mid-March, specifically with the Schenkel next where they'll attempt to defend their title.

Next event: Schenkel Invitational, Forest Heights CC, Statesboro, Ga., March 15-17


3. UCLA (4)

A busy week saw the Bruins finish fourth at Southern Highlands and T-5 at Bandon Dunes. Not bad when both tournaments are being held the same days. Coach Derek Freeman will have a tough lineup decision to make soon as the Pac-12 title draws closer.

Next event: Anteater Invitational, El Niguel CC, Irvine, Calif., March 25-26

The only squad to claim outright victory in a tournament California played in besides Cal, the Lobos had another nice run in Las Vegas, tying for second with UCLA. The Lobos are for real and the quicker we all accept that, the better we'll all be.

Next event: Don Puckette NIT, Omni Tucson National, Tuscon, March 16-17


5__. Washington__ (3)

A season-high 310 in the first round at Bandon Dunes essentially cut the Huskies chances of winning along the Oregon coast next to zero. Hoping that some rest this weekend willl help what request to advertisers is make sure the check clears

Next event: Oregon Duck Invitational, Eugene CC, Eugene, Ore., March 25-26


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1. USC (1)

The top-end of the Trojans lineup has proven itself throughout the spring, but it's a freshman that has only played four rounds this year, Ellie Chai, who might have the most inspirational story on Andrea Gaston's squad, as this video feature from the school shows.

Next event: SDSU Farms Invitational, The Farms of Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., March 31-April 2


__2. Alabama __(2)

A impressive final round at Long Cove, with Stephanie Meadow carrying the team on her back with a closing 67, gave the Crimson Tide a boost with a come-from-behind win at the Darius Rucker. The question now is whether the squad can build some real momentum from the performance.

Next event: SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational, Mark Bostick GC at U. of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., March 15-17


3. UCLA (3)

A little breather on the schedule followed by a working vacation to Hawaii comes at a good time for the Bruins, who have convinced everyone that the fall was just a bad dream.

Next event: Hawaii Spring Invitational, Kapalua Bay Course, Maui, Hawaii, March 25-27


4. Oklahoma(NR)

All five Sooners finished in the top 25 at the Clover Cup, propelling the team to its third title of the 2012-13 season. Even Emily Collins, playing as an individual had a stellar showing (T-3). Don't look now but OU is ranked fourth in the Golf World/WGCA coaches' poll, its highest position in school history. #canyousaysleeper

Next event: SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational, Mark Bostick GC at U. of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., March 15-17


5. Duke (5)

It's the calm before the storm for the Blue Devils will have been off 30 days but the time they tee it up at the Bryan National. That event, however, begins a three-tournament in four-week stretch that includes a trip to Arizona State and the ACC Championship.

Next event: Bryan National Collegiate, Bryan Park GC (Champions), Greensboro, N.C., March 29-31



Difference in the average individual score for the California men during the 2012-13 season (71.33) compared to the second ranked team in the country, UCLA (72.61), according to Golfstat.

By comparison, the different between the No. 1 ranked women's Division I school, Oklahoma, and the No. 2 team, Alabama, is 0.34 (73.38 to 73.72).

For another basis of comparison, say you added 1.28 strokes to the UCLA men's scoring mark, getting you to an average of 73.89. That score would leave you ranked 44th in the country. Meaning, the difference between the No. 1 and No. 2 men's programs is the same as the difference between the country's No. 2 and the No. 44 programs.


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*—Missouri senior Jace Long, a four-time individual winner in 2012-13, as his team prepared played the opening two rounds of the San Diego Classic this past Monday. Come on big fella, it's not all that bad, right. The All-American candidate would go on to shoot a 72-75 en route to a T-20 finish. He has just one more 36-hole day in his college career, April 8, when his own school hosts the C.O.G. Mizzou Intercollegiate.  *



__Saw lots of Tweets yesterday (March 14) about how it was P(ie) Day. Funny I've always been partial to the Ides of March.



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Anderson, a member of the 2012 U.S. Curtis Cup team, has three chances at breaking the mark before the NCAA postseason begins. Her team plays at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational March 22-24, followed by the Kansas City Kangaroo Invitational April 8-9. Anderson then will compete April 22-24 in the Summit League Championship (where she's the two-time defending champion).



Border Olympics

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Laredo CC, Laredo, Texas

March 15-16

Host: Houston

Defending champion: Lamar (+6/870) by five strokes over Baylor; Lamar's M.J. Daffue (-5/211) by two strokes over Louisiana-Lafayette's Philipp Fendt

Field: Baylor, Central Arkansas, Houston, Lamar, McNeese State, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma, Rice, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin State, Texas State, UT Arlington, UT San Antonio, Washington State

Skinny: This is the second tournament of the week for Houston after the Cougars finished fifth at the Tiger Invitational Monday and Tuesday

Seminole Intercollegiate__

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Southwood GC, Tallahassee, Fla.

March 15-17

Host: Florida State

Defending champion: Florida State's (-23/829) by one stroke over Georgia Tech; Florida State's Brooks Koepka (-9/204) by one stroke over Florida State's Chase Seiffert

Field: Boston College, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Florida State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, USF, Troy

Skinny: Why do I feel like this event has FSU sophomore Daniel Burger's name written all over it?

__Schenkel Invitational

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Forest Heights CC, Statesboro, Ga.

March 15-17

Host: Georgia Southern

Defending champion: Alabama (-47/817) by 22 strokes over Virginia; Virginia's Ben Kohles (-18/198) by three strokes over Auburn's Blayne Barber

Field: Alabama, College of Charleston, Florida, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Florida, North Texas, Notre Dame, Texas, UAB, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia

Skinny: A fun tournament that's rich in tradition and maintains a quality field with regional and national appeal.

Don Puckette NIT__

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Omni Tucson National, Tucson

March 16-17

Host: Arizona

Defending champion: San Diego State (-5/859) by one stroke over UNLV; San Diego State's J.J. Spaun (-15/201) by four strokes over BYU's Zachary Blair

Field: Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, San Diego, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, UTEP, UNLV, Wyoming

Skinny: In the event's 10 year history, the host Wildcats have won the team title only once (2003) while only one U of A player has claimed medalist honors (Jonathan Khan, 2011)


SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational__

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Mark Bostick GC at U. of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

March 15-17

Host: Florida

Defending champion: Florida (+24/864) by one stroke over Alabama; Florida State's MAria Salinas (-4/206) by two strokes over Florida's Camilla Hedberg and USF's Christina Miller

Field: Alabama, Baylor, Chattanooga, Florida, Florida International, Florida State, Kent State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, USF, Virginia

Skinny: Tournament poses a great opportunity for the host Gators to assert that they are still a force nationally with three top-five programs (Alabama, Oklahoma and North Carolina)

Insperity Lady Jaguar Invitational__

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Forest Hills GC, Augusta, Ga.

March 15-17

Host: Augusta State

Defending champion: UT San Antonio (+16/880) by six strokes over Augusta State; Purdue's Paula Reto (-9/207) by 10 strokes over Augusta State's Casey Kennedy

Field: Augusta State, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Columbia, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Illinois, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Lamar, Maryland, Memphis, Notre Dame, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, Texas, UT-San Antonio, Vanderbilt

Skinny: We've got the rubber-match this year between Purdue's Paula Reto and Augusta State's Casey Kennedy. Kennedy was the 2011 champ, with Reto the runner-up. They flopped spots in 2012.


BYU ____at Entrada Classic

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Entrada at Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah

March 18-19

Host: BYU

Defending champion: Texas State (+28/892) by eight strokes over Oklahoma State; Oklahoma State's Kelsey Vines (E/216) by three strokes over Illinois' Hailey Koschmann and Texas State's Krista Puisite

Field: Boise State, BYU, CSU Fullerton, Dixie State, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oral Roberts, Southern Utah, Utah Valley, Weber State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Skinny: The host Cougars are hoping a home event will reverse their 2012-13 fortunes, as the squad as yet to finish better than eighth this season.