1.) Oklahoma State (women). Despite not having last year’s player of the year Caroline Hedwall, the Cowgirls took care of business in the Big XII-heavy field at the Johnie Imes Invitational. With a 15-shot victory over Colorado and Oklahoma, Oklahoma State never trailed in the event, and its scores got better with each round (293-286-284). Perhaps the most impressive part of the victory were the two Cowgirls that finished as co-medalists. Courtney McKim and Victoria Park both finished at 4-under 212. Park was 7 under in the final round.
2.) Arkansas (men). The Razorbacks won in dominating fashion at the Cabo Invitational, defeating Houston by a whopping 22 strokes. Arkansas finished the tournament at 10 under for three rounds and was the only team to finish the tournament under par. Four Razorbacks finished in the top 10, lead by medalist Jamie Marshall. Finishing tied for second was Austin Cook, T-7 was Josh Eure, and Ethan Tracy placed T-9. Now that is what I call a dominating effort.
3.) Notre Dame (women). The Irish won in their backyard at their home event, the William K. Warren Irish Invite. Notre Dame won by five shots over Kent State and was 16 shots better than third-place Ohio State. Some may think home course advantage came into play, but I am not buying that. Defeating a team like Kent State is no easy task. The Irish also picked up head-to-head wins over Louisville, Georgia State, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.
1.) Nebraska (women). Nebraska started the year with a 13th-place finish out of 15 teams at the Chip-N Club Invitational. They then rebounded with a fourth-place showing at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. But this week, the Cornhuskers finished last out of 15 teams at the Johnie Imes Invitational. The Big XII looked like it was going to be an open race as to who had the best team. After this event, though, we might see where teams are ranked in the conference. Oklahoma State finished first, Colorado and Oklahoma tied for second, Kansas State was seventh, Kansas placed eighth, Baylor was 10th and Missouri was 14th. By shooting 79 over for three days, Nebraska finished 80 shots back of the winning Cowgirls.
2.) Lamar (men). Entering the Cabo Invitational, the Cardinals were a favorite to win the event. When it was all said and done, Lamar finished eighth out of 12 teams. Only two players finished in the top 50, and only one placed in the the top 25. Lamar will look to get back on track net month at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
3.) VCU (men). The Rams are off to a rough start this fall. VCU finished 15th out of 15 teams to start the year at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The Rams then went home and came in 10th at their own VCU Shootout. Now, most recently, the Rams finished 14th at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and picked up head-to-head losses to Rhode Island, Arkansas-Little Rock, Memphis, Western Carolina and Division II Lynn University. VCU hopes to get things turned around quickly next week at the Rod Myers Invitational.