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.
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know
1. Purdue: A season-opening victory at the Michigan State-hosted Mary Fossum Invitational helps the Boilermakers establish some early-fall bragging rights in the North, and in the Big Ten.
2. Iowa State: The Cyclones were winless last year after a historic three-win season in 2010-11. They broke that streak with a victory at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.
3. Washington: In a battle of the Northwest schools, Washington claimed an overwhelming 25-shot victory at the Oregon State Invitational. Note that Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore., is no easy track.
4. Florida: After the Gators won their season opener at the Cougar Classic on Sept. 11, they returned a week later to finish runner-up at the Dale McNamara Invitational. It’s one of the best starts among the few teams in the country who have played more than once this season.
5. Texas State: Two Bobcats have claimed individual medalist honors in the team’s two starts this season. Senior Valdis Jonsdottir was co-medalist at the Chris Banister Classic and senior Krista Puisite won the Mary Fossum Invitational.
1. Isabelle Lendl, Florida: The Dale McNamara title was the senior’s first collegiate victory since the 2010 Central District Invitational. Read: A long time coming. Lendl’s game seems to be coming around for her final season as a gator.
2. Daniela Ordonez, Arizona State: She finished runner-up to Lendl at the Dale with three consecutive rounds of 1-under 71. Ordonez becomes the first Sun Devil since Carlota Ciganda in 2009 (NCAA West Regional) to shoot under par for all three rounds of a tournament.
3. Jennifer Coleman, Colorado: The Buffs lost three key members of the team that last year qualified for the NCAA Championship for the first time in history, but junior Coleman is keeping Colorado in headlines with her Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational victory. She won by eight shots.
4. Cajssa Persson, Iowa State: The freshman was the low Cyclone in Iowa State’s victory at the Branch Law.
5. Annie Dulman, Rollins: She earned a top-5 finish in her Rollins debut at the Cardinal Cup. Her Division II team held its own against a Division I dominant field.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared
• 1. Alabama: DNP
• 2. UCLA: DNP
• 3. Duke: DNP
• 4. USC: DNP
• 5. Arizona: DNP
How the top 5 players in the Golfweek preseason rankings fared
• 1. Lindy Duncan, Duke: DNP
• 2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: DNP
• 3. Erynne Lee, UCLA; DNP
• 4. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma: DNP
• 5. Emily Tubert, Arkansas: DNP
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Tournament (team champion; individual winner)
Mary Fossum Invitational (Purdue; Krista Puisite, Texas State)
Dale McNamara Inviational (Arizona State; Isabelle Lendl, Florida)
Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational (Iowa State; Jennifer Coleman, Colorado)
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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn.
The field: Arizona, Chattanooga, Georgia, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest
The skinny: Keep an eye on Pac-12 visitors Arizona, Stanford and Oregon. Kentucky enters this event after a season-opening win and Vanderbilt, of course, has the home-course advantage.
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Golfweek Conference Challenge
Red Sky GC, Vail, Colo.
The field: UCLA, UC Davis, Oklahoma, Florida State, San Diego State, Mississippi, Tulsa, Pepperdine, Denver, Texas San Antonio, Campbell, Georgia State, East Tennessee State, South Florida, Nebraska, San Jose State, Missouri State, Furman
The skinny: Oklahoma will try for a title defense with major competition likely coming from UCLA and Pepperdine.
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U-M GC, Anne Arbor, Mich.
The field: Akron, Bucknell, Butler, Delaware, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Florida International, Georgetown, Grand Valley State, Illinois, Michigan, North Texas, Toledo, Xavier
The skinny: Host Michigan could be tough at home, but this will also be a good proving ground for a young Illinois squad. Eastern Michigan and Florida International also have the talent to win the title here.