Winning for themselves & their teams

October 24, 2011

__Golf World College Players of the Week

Oct. 17-23__


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Eugene Wong, Oregon

The senior from North Vancouver, B.C., made just four bogeys over 54 holes at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, finishing with a 18-under 195 to win his third college title and first since the 2010 Western Intercollegiate.

Wong cruised to a five-stroke individual victory thanks in large part to a college-best 63 he shot in the second round at Meadow GC in Fairfax, Calif.,

Additionally, after watching California's Max Homa roll in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Wong made a six-foot birdie putt of his own that gave the Ducks a share of the team title with the Bears. It was Oregon's third straight team win and kept the squad undefeated in 2011-12.

Honorable mentions:

Andrew Noto, Louisiana-Lafayette

Earned first college title with four-stroke victory at David Toms Intercollegiate

Harold Varner, East Carolina

Wire-to-wire victory at Collegiate Classic, his second college title

Matt Thompson, Michigan

Final-round 65 (including birdies on three of last four holes) gives him Windon Memorial title by two strokes

Jeff Wibawa, Rice

Overcame four-stroke deficit entering final round of Lone Star Invitational to win with closing 72 (average final-round score: 78.46)


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Stephanie Meadow, Alabama

Only 15 tournaments into her sophomore year, the Northern Ireland native broke the Crimson Tide all-time career victory mark with her fourth title after claiming medalist honors at the Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac-12 Challenge. Additionally, her five-under 211 showing at Holtson Hills CC in Knoxville, Tenn., also spurred Alabama to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked UCLA in the team competition, U of A's first win of the 2011-12 season as they closed out their fall schedule.

"Steph needed to make a couple of changes in her golf swing to be the great player she wants to be, and that is what she has been working on early in the year," said Alabama women's coach Mic Potter. "Those little swing changes have really helped her. I have never seen her hit the ball as well as she is right now. Then to be able to put it under pressure and see it hold makes me feel like she has arrived again."

*__Honorable mentions:

__*Becca Huffer, Notre Dame

Medalist at Hoosier Fall Invitational after posting tourney-best round of 71 over final 18

Three-stroke victory at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic (-6/210; one of two golfers under par); helped Sooners take team title