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Ping/Golfweek Invitational: A closer look

The fifteen teams competing in the Ping/Golfweek Invitational.
The fifteen teams competing in the Ping/Golfweek Invitational. ( Golfweek Staff )

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


College Golf | Ping/Golfweek Invitational preview

Lance Ringler and Asher Wildman preview the Ping/Golfweek Invitational.

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Where: Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, Bremerton, Wash.

When: Sept. 27-28

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Team: Oklahoma State

Coach: Mike McGraw

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 2nd

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 1st

Top Players: Morgan Hoffmann, Peter Uihlein, Trent Whitekiller

Ringler’s Take: Despite the loss of Rickie Fowler and Trent Leon, the Cowboys may again have the most talented roster in college golf. Expect to see Oklahoma State contend for a tournament title each time it tees it up.

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Team: Southern California

Coach: Chris Zambri

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 16th

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 3rd

Top Players: Matt Giles, Steve Lim, T.J. Vogel

Ringler’s Take: Trojan golf has a much different look than what we have been used to seeing the last few years. However, Matt Giles, a junior, is back and will try to keep the USC name amongst the teams that are mentioned as national contenders.

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Team: Washington

Coach: Matt Thurmond

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 3rd

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 4th

Top Players: Nick Taylor, Richard Lee, Darren Wallace

Ringler’s Take: Expectations are high in Seattle. Last year Washington made its name known throughout the entire season, but ended the year disappointed with a first round match play loss at the NCAA Championship. Confidence should be at an all-time high with Player of the Year candidate Nick Taylor leading the way.

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Team: Arizona State

Coach: Randy Lein

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 5th

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 11th

Top Players: Tristan Bierenbroodspot, Chan Kim, Scott Pinckney

Ringler’s Take: Here we go again. The Sun Devils are coming off a big win at the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational and are certainly one of the best teams in the country. But the big question is, Will Arizona State stay away from its annual roller-coaster ride and find consistency this season?

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Team: Texas A&M

Coach: J.T. Higgins

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 4th

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 12th

Top Players: Cameron Peck, Andrea Pavan, John Hurley

Ringler’s Take: On paper the Aggies may be better than last year’s team that won the national championship. Expect to see this young team get better as the year goes on.

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Team: Indiana

Coach: Mike Mayer

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: N/R

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 21st

Top Players: David Erdy, Alex Martin, Chase Wright

Ringler’s Take: Life without Jorge Campillo has started for the Hoosiers. Indiana will need Alex Martin and David Erdy to step up big if the Hoosiers want to find a spot in the top 30.

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Team: TCU

Coach: Bill Montigel

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: N/R

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 16th

Top Players: Travis Woolf, Tom Hoge, Pontus Gad

Ringler’s Take: TCU returns all five starters from last years team that won the Mountain West Conference Championship and competed at the NCAA Championship. Don’t be surprised if Horned Frog golf is talked about this year.

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Team: Colorado State

Coach: Jamie Bermel

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 23rd

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 27th

Top Players: Zahkai Brown, Riley Arp, Bryce Hanstad

Ringler’s Take: Last year was a breakout year for the Rams, which managed to remain in the top 25 throughout the season. Four starters return and with a beefed up schedule, Colorado State could again be a team that garners some attention.

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Team: Kent State

Coach: Herb Page

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: N/R

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 52nd

Top Players: John Hahn, Brett Cairns, J.P. Paiement

Ringler’s Take: The Golden Flashes will rely heavily on All-American candidate John Hahn. Kent State will need to find production at the bottom of the lineup to be competitive with the nation’s elite.

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Team: Chattanooga

Coach: Mark Guhne

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: N/R

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 25th

Top Players: Stephan Jaeger, Fredrik Qvicker, Derek Rende

Ringler’s Take: There might not have been much expected this year out of the Mocs, but after a runner-up finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate maybe Mark Guhne’s team has a surprise for us this season.

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Team: Alabama

Coach: Jay Seawell

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 9th

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 10th

Top Players: Bud Cauley, Hunter Hamrick, Scott Strohmeyer

Ringler’s Take: Alabama has been of the top programs in college golf the last few seasons, but will need a full team effort to remain near the top this year. Alabama is strong at the top with Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick, but needs its youth to step up in a big way this year.

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Team: North Carolina State

Coach: Richard Sykes

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 26th

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 22nd

Top Players: Matt Hill, Brad Revell, Mitchell Sutton

Ringler’s Take: All eyes will be on Matt Hill. Hill, last year’s Player of the Year, will have to be big again this year if the Wolfpack are to make any noise.

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Team: LSU

Coach: Chuck Winstead

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 12th

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 19th

Top Players: John Peterson, Sang Yi, Clayton Rotz

Ringler’s Take: Head coach Chuck Winstead has recruited well to Baton Rouge, but now is the time for those recruits to start posting low numbers and giving LSU golf fans something to talk about.

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Team: UNLV

Coach: Dwaine Knight

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: 29th

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 23rd

Top Players: Derek Ernst, Colby Smith, Eddie Olson

Ringler’s Take: UNLV has missed advancing to the national championship in each of the last three years. A sense of urgency is expected out of the Rebels, who should be out to prove something. A big win to start the year at the Tucker is a step in the right direction.

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Team: New Mexico

Coach: Glen Millican

2009-10 Golfweek Preseason Rank: N/R

2008-09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rank: 37th

Top Players: Nick Geyer, James Erkenbeck, Brandon Putnam

Ringler’s Take: Last year the Lobos were up-and-down and this year will rely on new players to round out their lineup. New Mexico does return three of its top five from last year’s team that advanced to regional play. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.