OOLTEWAH, Tenn. – The talk through the 2009-10 season was on the strength of the Pac-10 Conference. The league led the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings with five teams in the top 10. A total of eight teams were in the top 30.
The question now is, where are they on the leaderboard at the NCAA Championship?
Round 2 is currently in a lightning delay, but Arizona State and Washington are the only teams from the conference in the top eight! Washington is barely hanging, tied for seventh at 1 over. ASU is currently T-7, but 3 over so far on the day.
USC played better Wednesday, but is still struggling. The Trojans are tied for 19th with Cal, which is still on the course. UCLA and Stanford are in the mix tied for 12th, but aren’t these guys suppose to be better than “in the mix?”
Before we arrived at The Honors Course, many were calling this tournament the Pac-10 Championship East. Instead, it truly has been a national championship.
Based on the rankings, the Pac-10 is suppose to be reigning supreme. Instead we are seeing a level playing field. Perhaps too much hype and attention was given to the West Coast guys, because right now teams from the Central and East are representing just fine.
I am fairly confident at least one team from the Pac-10 will make the top eight, but it’s possible none could make it. Right now these teams would be out: Oregon, Oregon State, USC, UCLA, Stanford and Cal.
Something just doesn’t seem right. Maybe too much attention went to teams who play each other so often throughout the year.
This week at The Honors Course we are seeing which teams can handle a championship golf course. So far, the Pac-10 is not dominating the way it has throughout the year.