Thirty teams. All with one main goal in mind: win the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship.
That quest begins this Tuesday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and come Sunday, June 3, only one will hoist the championship trophy.
Which one is pretty much anyone’s guess. Consider all 30 teams are among the top 55 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Nine of them are ranked in the top 10, 12 in the top 15, and 18 in the top 25.
But before the first tee shot is hit, let’s take a look at the starting field, and which teams might be the contenders and which ones are the pretenders.