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. North Carolina: With their Liz Murphey Fall Preview victory, the Tar Heels broke a winless streak that dates back to the 2011 ACC Championship. North Carolina overtook Auburn and Alabama in the final round, and on this year’s national championship venue (University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.), no less. That performance justifies the removal of last season’s “underachievement” tag.
2. Kansas: The Jayhawks won a second consecutive tournament at the Prices Give ‘Em Five Intercollegiate. Kansas also won its own Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Sept. 25. It’s the first time since 1991 Kansas has won more than one event in the same season.
3. UCLA: After finishing ninth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with just four players because of the Women’s World Team Amateur and injury, UCLA finished T-8 with a full roster at the Fall Preview. Still, it’s too early in the year to sound the alarm bells.
4. Washington: The Huskies won their own event, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, for the first time in program history. It follows a victory at the Oregon State Invitational and a runner-up at the Windy City Collegiate.
5. Hawaii-Hilo: The Vulcans won the Western Washington Invitational on Oct. 9, just a week after Hawaii-Hilo’s men claimed their own Northwest victory at the Golfweek Division II Fall Invitational in Sunriver, Ore.
1. Kaitlyn Oster, Idaho: Without superstar Kayla Mortellaro (she graduated in the spring with a record 10 career victories), the Vandals need another player to step up. Sophomore Oster could be that player after a runner-up finish at the Price’s Give ’Em Five Intercollegiate.
2. Juliet Vongphoumy, Maryland: The sophomore earned her first collegiate victory at a rain-shortened Lady Pirate Invitational. You may remember Vongphoumy from junior golf, as she set an AJGA record (since broken by Emma Talley) of three consecutive tournament victories.
3. SooBin Kim, Washington: Playing as an individual, Kim won the Edean Ihlanfeldt by twelve shots. Her Huskies won the team title at home.
4. Casey Grice, North Carolina: The junior was the low Tar Heel as North Carolina claimed an important victory at the Liz Murphey Fall Preview.
5. Lindsay Gahm, LSU: The Tiger roster took a hit after last spring with the loss of Austin Ernst, Tessa Teachman and Jacqueline Hedwall. Gahm, a junior, finished T-5 at the Fall Preview as LSU finished T-14. It was the first top-5 finish of Gahm’s career,
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared
1. Washington: Won, Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
2. Arizona: DNP
3. Florida: DNP
4. Arizona State: DNP
5. Duke: T-6, Liz Murphey Fall Preview
How the top 5 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared
1. Camilla Hedberg, Florida: DNP
2. Lindy Duncan, Duke: T-5, Fall Preview
3. Gaby Lopez, Arkansas: DNP
4. Isabelle Lendl, Florida: DNP
5. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver: T-5, Fall Preview
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Tournament (team champion; individual winner)
Liz Murphey Fall Preview (North Carolina, Mary Michael Maggio, Texas A&M)
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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel
UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill, N.C.
The field: Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Central Florida, Virginia, Wake Forest
The skinny: North Carolina and Auburn carry the most momentum in this field after the Fall Preview, but Duke also scored a top-6 finish there. Florida is back in action after a first- and second-place finish to start the year, too. Michigan State adds solid competition from the North.
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Susie-Maxwell Berning Classic
Jimmie Austin OU GC, Norman, Okla.
The field: Coastal Carolina, Denver, Kansas, Kansas State, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Redlands Community College, SMU, South Florida, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa
The skinny: Host Oklahoma will be tough at home, but will have a tough test from a handful of teams that have put together solid starts to the season: Middle Tennessee State, Texas Tech, Texas State and Kansas.