Welcome to Golfweek’s Mid-Week Report. We wanted to use this Hump Day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.
THE BIG 5: Stories you need to know
1.) Florida: The Gators entered a Cougar Classic field with seven of Golfweek’s preseason top 10 teams and came out on top. It’s the first team title for Florida (preseason No. 14) since the Gator Women’s Invitational in March.
2.) Alabama: In its first tournament since winning last spring’s NCAA Championship – and with a preason No. 1 ranking – the Crimson Tide finished eighth at the Cougar Classic. Chalk it up to start-of-the-year nerves?
3.) Campbell: A 40-shot victory at the Golfweek Program Challenge says a lot for the Camels. To the Campbell men (who finished eighth in their division): Thank these ladies, because that stunning victory is a big reason the school took home the overall title for a second consecutive year.
4.) SMU: For the second year in a row, SMU won its season opener at the Chip-N Club Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. Freshman Alexandra Rossi led that effort with individual medalist honors.
5.) Texas Tech: Red Raider returners claimed the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 spots on the Colonel Wollenberg’s Ram Classic leaderboard as Texas Tech won the title. The two remaining players finished T-20. Not a bad team effort.
1.) Amy Anderson, North Dakota State: The senior opened the season with a couple of runner-up finishes. At the season-opening Cobber Open, she was sandwiched in a 1-2-3 North Dakota State sweep. She finished second again at the Chip-N Club.
2.) Emily Tubert, Arkansas: The junior finished T-7 at the Old Waverly Intercollegiate, but that was only third best on the Arkansas squad. The Razorbacks were third.
3.) Isabelle Lendl, Florida: The senior ended last year’s NCAA Championship with a final-round 66. In this season’s opening act, she shot a first-round 67 at the Cougar Classic on the way to a top-5 finish.
4.) Brooke Bellomy, Campbell: In her freshman campaign, she was fourth on the team in scoring. She started her sophomore year with a win at the Golfweek Program Challenge.
5.) Freshmen: Seems appropriate to reserve this spot for three freshman who delivered in a big way for their teams. Ashley Xiao posted a 68 for Duke at the Cougar Classic, and Rossi led SMU at the Chip-N Club. Arkansas’ Gabriela Dominguez (runner-up) was the low player for the Razorbacks at the Old Waverly Intercollegiate.
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BEST OF THE BEST:
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared:
1.) Alabama: eighth, Cougar Classic
2.) UCLA: DNP
3.) Duke: second, Cougar Classic
4.) USC: 3rd, Cougar Classic
5.) Arizona: DNP
How the top 5 players in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared:
1.) Lindy Duncan, Duke: second, Cougar Classic
2.) Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: T-22, Cougar Classic
3.) Erynne Lee, UCLA: DNP
4.) Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma: DNP
5.) Emily Tubert, Arkansas: T-7, Old Waverly Intercollegiate
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Golfweek Program Challenge (Campbell; Brooke Bellomy, Campbell)
Cougar Classic (Florida, Camilla Hedberg, Florida)
Old Waverly Intercollegiate (Kentucky; Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane)
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Mary Fossum Invitational
Forest Akers GC, East Lansing, Mich.
The field: Bowling Green State, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Kent State, Louisiana Monroe, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oakland, Purdue, Texas State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Wisconsin
The skinny: Many of the top North and Midwest schools will open their season at the Mary Fossum, so it’s a good early look at where the talent lies among these teams. Host Michigan State will be tough, but the Spartans will have to get past Big Ten rival Purdue.
Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire InvitationL
UNM Championship Course, Albuquerque, N.M.
The field: New Mexico, Baylor, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, TCU, UC Davis, UNLV, Texas-El Paso and Wyoming
The skinny: Defending champion Baylor returns with a young squad. Keep an eye on Pepperdine, and also Northwestern – two teams that have a good mix of veteran players.