I don’t know about you, but it just seems a bit early in the year for me to be shifting into fifth gear with college golf. That’s exactly what it feels like after reviewing the scores from the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii. The field at this event was strong. In fact, it ranked as the No. 5 tournament in terms of strength of field (with 12 or more teams) for all tournaments during the 2009-10 season to date.
The biggest story to come out of this event is seeing a new No. 1 player in men’s golf. Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley has found the top spot even though he hasn’t even swung a club this spring. Alabama begins play Feb. 21 at the Puerto Rico Classic.
Cauley, who has played in three tournaments this year and averaged 71.3 strokes, moved up from his No. 2 ranking because Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein tied for 85th in the 120-player field at the Amer Ari. Uihlein finished the fall ranked No. 1, but posted rounds of 80-75-79 in Hawaii for his worst outing of the year. His finished dropped him to No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
I think it’s a good bet Uihlein will contend again this spring.