Women's Midweek Report: UCLA, Lee take Mason
Welcome to Golfweek’s Women’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women’s college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend:
THE BIG 5
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1. UCLA: The Bruins opened the season Sept. 22 with a 20-shot victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship. UCLA shot 11-under 277 in the final round to finish at 14-under 850 at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. To put that in perspective, UCLA’s final round at the Mason was seven shots better than the lowest team round at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Championship, also played at the Legends Club. Junior Erynne Lee was the individual medalist for the Bruins, and freshman Alison Lee was runner-up.
2. Pepperdine: The Waves won the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational on Sept. 21 to start the season, then piled onto a plane to start the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Pepperdine won by 10 shots, and claimed three players inside the top 5.
3. Arkansas: Emily Tubert led the Razorbacks to their first title of the season Sept. 22 – and their first title since the LSU Golf Classic last March – at the rain-shortened Mercedes Benz Collegiate. The Razorbacks were the only team under par in the 17-team field, and at 5-under 563 for 36 holes, won by eight shots.
4. Wisconsin: The Badgers scored a big win at the Lady Paladin Invitational on Sept. 22 by making up 11 shots in the final round. Wisconsin entered Day 3 trailing Georgia Regents Augusta and Clemson and after a final-round 7-under 281, won by two shots. Wisconsin is becoming famous for the final-round rally after climbing into the seventh spot on the NCAA Central Regional leaderboard at the last minute in May and advancing to the NCAA Championship.
5. Daytona State: The community college won its own tournament Sept. 22, and beat defending Division II national champion Lynn to do it. The Falcons shot 19-over 595 at LPGA International’s Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla., and finished 17 shots ahead of Lynn. Three Daytona State players placed within the top 4 individually.
1. Erynne Lee, UCLA: The junior won her third collegiate title with a 7-under 209 (73-68-68) at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Lee finished one shot ahead of teammate Alison Lee.
2. Emily Tubert, Arkansas: The senior won her first individual title since the Puerto Rico Classic last February by posting 5-under 137 (69-68) at the Mercedes-Benz. The victory comes after Tubert devoted increased time and focus to her game over the summer.
3. Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson: The Tigers get their first individual win courtesy of freshman Ramsey. She posted 7-under 209 (68-71-70) to win the Lady Paladin by three shots. In her first rounds on the Clemson roster, Ramsey has shot par or better in each.
4. Mallory Kent, Washington State: The senior posted 4-under 212 (70-70-72) at the Washington State Cougar Cup to win by seven shots over Gonzaga’s Alice Kim. It’s Kent’s second career victory, and her effort led the team to a 12-shot victory over Gonzaga.
5. Meghan Potee, Kansas: Potee won the individual title at Kansas’ own Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational on Sept. 24, and together with teammate Thanrut Boonraksasat, the individual runner-up, led the Jayhawks to the team title. It’s the second consecutive year Kansas has won this event, and the fifth time since 2004. It was the first individual title of Potee’s career.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared:
1. USC: DNP
2. Alabama: Eighth, Mason Rudolph Championship
3. UCLA: Won, Mason Rudolph Championship
4. Duke: T-3, Mason Rudolph Championship
5. Oklahoma: DNP
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared:
1. Annie Park, USC: DNP
2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: Fourth, Mason Rudolph Championship
3. Emma Talley, Alabama: T-13, Mason Rudolph Championship
4. Sophia Popov, USC: DNP
5. Erynne Lee, UCLA: Won, Mason Rudolph Championship