News & ToursOctober 24, 2008

This week's syllabus: Oct. 24-30


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




  1. Oklahoma State (Last week: 1)

With Rickie Fowler back after shooting the low score at the World Amateur Team Championship in Australia, the Cowboys seem to be in position to do something they have never done: win the title at Isleworth. In the first four editions of the event, OSU has been second twice and fourth twice.

Next event: Isleworth-UCF Invitational, Isleworth CC, Windermere, Fla., Oct. 26-28


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  1. Georgia (2)

Conversely, the Bulldogs have won outside of Orlando three of the four times the event has been play ... and by an average score of nearly 13 strokes. With the Brickyard victory helping to build momentum, UGa looks ready to make it four of five.

Next event: Isleworth-UCF Invitational, Isleworth CC, Windermere, Fla., Oct. 26-28



  1. Illinois (3)

It's time to see what the Fighting Illini is really all about when they compete at Isleworth. A good finish will validate the three victories this fall. A so-so finish and teams (including the one in Urbana-Champaign) will spend the winter break wondering just how good Illinois really is.

Next event: Isleworth-UCF Invitational, Isleworth CC, Windermere, Fla., Oct. 26-28



  1. USC (4)

Having only played one event thus far in 2008-09, it's hard to figure out just how good the Trojans are ... or might be. In that sense, how things play out in Isleworth might be more intriguing for these California boys than any other team set to tee it up next week.

Next event: Isleworth-UCF Invitational, Isleworth CC, Windemere, Fla., Oct. 26-28



  1. Colorado State (NR)

The Rams made it four wins in five starts when they closed out their fall season with a one-stroke victory at the Sycuan Collegiate Invitational last Tuesday. While their strength of schedule isn't as strong as most nationally ranked teams, CSU has shot a combined 82 under par in its four victories (27 under at Gene Miranda; 13 over at Wyoming; 41 under at Del Walker; and 27 under at Sycuan. Bottom line: scores don't lie, and those red numbers are pretty impressive.

Next event: Concluded fall play





  1. UCLA (1)

Another victory for the Bruins, this time at the Stanford Intercollegiate, makes them a perfect three-for-three this fall. Even better news for UCLA fans was that Ryann O'Toole, playing as an individual in Palo Alto, finished T-5. If you're sixth golfer is posting top-five finishes, you know you've got things rolling.

Next event: Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, Ginn Reunion Resort, Kissimmee, Fla., Nov. 2-4



  1. USC (3)

The Women of Troy have lost to just one other school--crosstown rival UCLA--all fall. The problem, of course, is that they've lost to them three times. Still, a 42-3 record for a team that lost two All-Americans from last year's starting line-up bodes well in their quest to repeat as NCAA champions.

Next event: Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, Ginn Reunion Resort, Kissimmee, Fla., Nov. 2-4



  1. Arizona State (2)

With junior Anna Nordqvist set to compete at the final stage of LPGA Q School in December, the question looms whether this the Derby will be the Swede's last tournament as a Sun Devil?

Next event: The Derby Invitational, Auburn University Club, Auburn, Ala., Oct. 24-26



  1. Oklahoma State (4)

Never mind just why Laura Matthews so unexpectedly resigned as coach last week. The real question for the Cowgirls is how they'll respond to the abrupt change at the top. A fourth-place showing last weekend at Stanford suggests they have the ability to overcome the off-course drama with their on-course talent.

Next event: Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Boulder Creek GC, Boulder Creek, Nev., Oct. 27-29



  1. Purdue (NR)

With their second straight win, a 17-stroke victory on their home course at the Lady Northern, the Boilermakers not only reasserted themselves as the team to beat in the Big Ten but suggested they continue to belong among the elite nationally as well.

Next event: Concluded fall play




The score, in relation to par, that Wichita State junior Dustin Garza has shot in his five fall tournaments for the Shockers after winning this week's Sycuan Collegiate Invitational with a 16-under 200 at Willow Glen GC in El Cajon, Calif. Garza won four of his five starts and finished the fall with a 68.53 stroke average. Garza shot a then career best 66 at the VCU Shootout earlier this month, then shot a 65 in his next start, the Wolf Pack Classic, only to shoot a 61 this week at the Sycuan Collegiate. There's still obviously a half a year left before All-American awards are handed out ... here's hoping (again) that a guy at a lower-profile school doesn't get looked over.



  • They might as well rename the Big West Conference's player of the month award after Kay Hoey. The Long Beach State senior won the honor in September--for the ninth time in her career--and if she plays well this week at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, after finishing T-3 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational early in the month, she could capture No. 10 in October. Hoey came in under the radar this season, having redshirted last year despite earning second-team All-American honors as a freshman during the 2004-05 season and as a junior in the 2006-07 season. Having won the CU/Heather Farr Memorial in her first start back, her eighth career individual title, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native doesn't seem to have slipped with her year away from competitive golf.

  • Take a moment to go to Big South Conference's web site in the next few days. The conference is celebrating its 25th anniversary and in conjunction is running a weekly video feature highlighting the top 25 "best of the best" moments in its history. This week's profile is on Dustin Johnson, recent PGA Tour winner who finished up his career at Coastal Carolina last spring. The conference touts Johnson as one of the best golfers to ever play in the conference. It's a quality piece and a nice tribute to a talented player. There's also an opportunity to vote for Johnson as the "best" of the best of the best Big South moments.




Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges

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The Ridges G&CC, Jonesborough, Tenn.

Oct. 24-26

Host: East Tennessee State

Field: UAB, Auburn, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Kent State, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest

Defending champion: Virginia Tech and Tennessee (12-under 852); Tennessee's Chris Paisley (10-under 206) by two strokes over Kent State's John Hahn and Maryland's Chris Gold

Skinny: Six players in the field have already shared or won individual titles outright this fall: UAB's Zack Suchar (Shoal Creek), East Tennessee State's Rhys Enoch (Shoal Creek), N.C. State's Matt Hill (Hartford Hawks), Ohio State's Vaughn Snyder (Memphis Invitational), Tennessee's Robin Wingardh (Ping/Golfweek Preview), Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow (VCU Shootout).

Landfall Tradition

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CC of Landfall (Nicklaus course), Wilmington, N.C.

Oct. 24-26

Host: UNC Wilmington

Field: Davidson, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Iowa, UNC Wilmington, Tulsa, VCU, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky, William & Mary, Wisconsin, Xavier

Defending champion: Virginia Tech and Tulsa (eight-over 872), Hokies winning tiebreaker of non-counting, final-day scores; Tulsa's Nicolas Geyger (nine-under 207) by five strokes over Ohio State's Kyle Coconis

Skinny: Geyger, a senior, is looking to three-peat as medalist after also claiming a share of the individual title in 2006.

Isleworth/UCF Collegiate Invitational

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Isleworth CC, Windermere, Fla.

Oct. 26-28

Host: UCF

Field: Alabama, Arizona, Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Texas Tech, UCF,  UCLA, USC

Defending champion: Georgia (23-under 841) by 21 strokes over Clemson; Georgia's Harris English (11-under 205) by three strokes over USC's Jamie Lovemark

Skinny: With perhaps the exception of the Ping/Golfweek Preview, no fall tournament has a deep field; eight of the top nine teams in the most recent Golf World/Nike Golf coaches' poll will be competing, and 13 of the top 25.

Baylor Intercollegiate

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Royal Oaks CC, Dallas (Par 71, 7,068 yards)

Oct. 27-28

Host: Baylor

Field: Arkansas, Baylor, BYU, Charleston, Houston, Kansas, Lamar, New Mexico, Oklahoma, SMU, St. Mary's (Texas), Texas A&M

Skinny: The tournament returns after a two-year hiatus, moving from Waco where the host Bears last one the event in 2005, to much-lauded Royal Oaks in Dallas.

UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate

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Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, N.C.

Oct. 27-28

Host: UNC Greensboro

Field: Duke, Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, UNC Greensboro, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, South Alabama, Toledo,

Defending champion: Louisville (four-under 860) by three strokes over Mississippi State; Louisville's Derek Fathauer (10-under 206) by five strokes over Kent State's Brett Cairns

Skinny: Forest Oaks was the site of the PGA Tour's stop in Greensboro from 1977 to 2007.

ODU/Seascape Invitational

Seascape GL, Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Oct. 27-28

Host: Old Dominion

Field: Binghampton, Campbell, Drexel, Elon, George Mason, George Washington, James Madison, Liberty, ODU, Radford, USC-Upstate, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's , Temple, Towson.

Defending champion: Hartford (nine-over 569) by three strokes over Campbell; Richmond's Jordan Utley (three-under 137) by one stroke over three strokes over Hartford's A.J. Oleksak, Wofford's Garrett Medeiros and Elon's Jimmy Lytle

Skinny: Tournament is celebrating its 29th playing.

Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate

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Canabrake CC, Hattiesburg, Miss. (Par 72, 6,902 yards)

Oct. 27-28

Host: Southern Mississippi

Field: Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Illinois State, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Longwood, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State, New Orleans, Rhode Island, Southern Mississippi, St. John's, Texas-Pan American, Troy, Winthrop

Defending champion: UAB (six-over 858) by one stroke over Southern Mississippi; ULM's David McKendrick (10-under 203) by two strokes over New Orleans' Jose Toledo

Skinny: The event is named after a former Southern Mississippi player and two-time coach with the Eagles, who won more than 300 tournaments as an amateur in the Gulf States area.

Roadrunner Invitational at Comanche Trace

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Comanche Trace, Kerrville, Texas

Oct. 27-28

Host: UT-San Antonio

Field: Arkansas-Little Rock, Boston College, Central Arkansas, DePaul, Florida Gulf Coast, Louisiana Lafayette, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, South Florida, Southeast Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, UTSA

Defending champion: St. John's (20-under 844) by three strokes over SMU; Western Kentucky's Brent Long (16-under 200) by one stroke over St. John's Mike Ballo Jr.

Skinny: Course hosts the event for a third year and will also host the men's Southland Conference Championship next spring.

Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

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New Mexico State GC, Las Cruces, N.M. (Par 72, 7,074 yards)

Oct. 27-28

Host: New Mexico State

Field: Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Cal Poly, Colorado, Denver, Idaho, Iowa State, Kansas State, Miami (Ohio), Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, UTEP, Utah, Washington State, Weber State

Defending champion: Texas Tech (21-under 831) by four strokes over UT-Arlington; Texas Tech's Sergio Franky (11-under 202) by two strokes over Kansas State's Joe Ida

Skinny: Host Aggies are riding high after winning the Wolf Pack Classic in their last start.



Derby Invitational__

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Auburn University Club, Auburn, Ala.

Oct. 24-26

Host: Auburn

Field: Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Florida State, Furman, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tulane, UCF, Virginia

Skinny: Event, named in honor of former Auburn standout Virginia Derby Grimes, returns after a one-year hiatus. No non-SEC school has claimed the team title in 11 playings.

The Landfall Tradition

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CC of Landfall (Nicklaus course), Wilmington, N.C.

Oct. 24-26

Host: UNC Wilmington

Field: East Carolina, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, N.C. State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tulsa, Wake Forest

Defending champion: Wake Forest (14-over 878) by nine strokes over Purdue; Wake Forest's Nannette Hill (one-over 217) by one stroke over Michigan State's Laura Kueny

Skinny: The tournament, entering its seventh year, is considered by many the best of all the events that feature concurrent men's and women's competitions.

Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown

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Boulder Creek GC, Boulder Creek, Nev. (Par 72, 6,265 yards)

Oct. 27-29

Host: UNLV

Field: BYU, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa State, Long Beach State, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UNLV, Washington

Defending champion: Denver (six-under 858) by 11 strokes over Arizona; Denver's Katie Kempter (eight-under 208) by three strokes over Arizona's Alison Walshe and Denver's Chelsea Benton

Skinny: Diverse mix of schools from around the country will make for an interesting tournament.

Kent Youel Invitational

Kapolei GC, Honolulu (Par 72, 6,140 yards)

Oct. 28-29

Host: Hawaii

Field: Cal Poly, CSU-Northridge, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Southern Illinois, Stanford, UC Irvine, UC Riverside

Defending champion: UCLA (17-over 881) by four strokes over USC; UCLA's Maria Jose Uribe and Tiffany Joh (one-over 217)

Skinny: Our guess for team most excited about playing in Hawaii: Southern Illinois. Projected high on Oct. 28 in Hawaii is 84 degrees. Back on campus it's supposed to be 62.

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