News & ToursSeptember 26, 2008

This week's syllabus: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

__THE FAB FIVE

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

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1.  Chattanooga (Last week: 3)

The Carpet Capital win was the eye-opener we were all looking for from the Mocs. They get tested again, however, this weekend in Ohio.

Next event: Golfweek/Ping Preview, Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 28-29

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  1. USC __ (NR)

Last of the preseason favorites to have not played yet. Lets see how the Trojans respond to all the other supposed big boys struggling to start the season.

Next event: Golfweek/Ping Preview, Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 28-29

__3. Oklahoma State __ (2)

Third-place finish at Olympia Fields isn't so bad considering how UCLA (12th place), Arizona State (sixth) and Florida State (seventh) got their seasons off to slower than hoped for starts.

Next event: Golfweek/Ping Preview, Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 28-29

__4. Clemson __ (4)

OK, Tigers. I'm putting my faith in you again that your teams overall talent is better than you've showed in the last year or so. Try not to make me regret it at the Preview.

Next event: Golfweek/Ping Preview, Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 28-29

5. Illinois (NR)

Impressive win at Olympia Fields puts the Illini into a list I didn't think I'd see them in, at least before the end of September.

Next event: Windon Memorial Classic, North Shore CC, Glenview, Ill., Oct. 5-6


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  1. Arizona State __ (1)

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This weekend in Tennessee is the last we get to see the Sun Devils in action until end of October ... curious to see just how strong this team really is.

Next event: Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 26-28

2. UCLA (2)

Bruins look to defend their title this weekend. Senior All-American Tiffany Joh makes her 2008-09 debut.

Next event: Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 26-28

__3. Georgia __ (3)

Early season grit is impressive from the Lady Bulldogs. Will lack of depth become a problem down the road?

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

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  1. USC__ (4)

Underrated sophomore Lizette Salas is coming off her best college finish with her third-place showing at the NCAA Preview.

Next event: Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn., Sept. 26-28

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  1. Virginia__ (5)

Solid nucleus of upperclassmen look like they mean business.

Next event: Lady Tar Heel Invitational, UNC Finley Course, Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 3-5

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR__

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  • Texas A&M senior Bronson Burgoon got off to a strong start with his seven-stroke victory at the Adams Cup this past weekend, setting a tournament record with a 12-under 204 total. You get this impression this might be the springboard for a big season from the 21-year-old Texas native. A third-team All-American as a sophomore, Burgoon's career took a bit of a tumble last season as a junior but he has too much talent not to be able to step up again. I'm sure people are tired of my Colt Knost story (he was my last cut in our players to watch list a few years ago before going on to be the U.S. Amateur champion and a All-American), but I faced a similar dilemma when I left Burgoon off this year's list. Hope the kid makes me pay for it.

  • I'd holding out one more week before I make a big to-do about it, but it is surprising how how slow out of the gate some of the "top" men's team have played. They've got the Ping Preview to redeem themselves this weekend, and I think that most definitely will (specifically UCLA and Georgia).

  • I also know people are probably tired of me talking about college players taking a crack at PGA or LPGA tour Q schools, but in case you didn't see it, USC senior Tom Glissmeyer got through the PGA Tour's prequalifying stage last week and gets to move on to the first stage of Q school in the coming weeks.

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