Welcome to Golfweek’s Men’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest men’s college news.
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know now . . .
1. Alabama: The top-ranked Crimson Tide notched its second victory of the fall, winning by 16 shots over second-ranked Texas A&M at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala. It was the second straight win at the Jerry Pate for Alabama, which has now won the event six times in the last eight years. The win also marks just the second time in program history that Alabama has opened the fall with two straight victories – the 2006-07 squad began the year with three straight wins.
2. Stanford: The Cardinal rebounded from a fifth-place finish in its fall opener at Olympia Fields to win the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in Hartford, Wis. Stanford placed four golfers in the top 10 individually, including medalist Patrick Rodgers, and shot 13 under as a team to finish eight shots ahead of UCLA, which was making its fall debut.
3. Mercer: Senior Hans Reimers and freshman Emmanuel Kountakis each shot 9-under 207 to share individual medalist honors and lead the Bears to arguably their biggest victory in program history, a two-shot victory at the Brickyard Collegiate in Macon, Ga. Mercer outdueled a field that included third-ranked Georgia Tech, Georgia, Virginia Tech and South Florida. it was the Bears’ first team victory since the 2011 Frito Lay Intercollegiate.
4. Southeastern Louisiana: The Lions cruised to a 16-shot victory at the David Toms Intercollegiate at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La., shooting 4-under 860 and defeating a field that included tournament host LSU, Houston and Iowa State. “This is undoubtedly one of the biggest wins in school history and in my 25 years of coaching,” Southeastern Louisiana head coach Tim Baldwin said. Grady Brame, a Hammond, La., native, took medalist honors for the Lions, carding rounds of 72-69-68 to finish with a 7-under 209 total, three shots ahead of his teammate, junior Eamon Bradley.
5. East Tennessee State: The Bucs rallied from a three-shot deficit in the final round to win the Wolfpack Intercollegiate at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C. East Tennessee State ended up with a 21-under 843 and an 11-shot victory over second-place UNC Greensboro. The Bucs had four players finish T-11 or better, including sophomore Gudmundur Kristjansson, who finished second individually.
1. Brian Campbell, Illinois: Campbell carded rounds of 64-67-66 to finish with a 13-under 197 total and capture individual medalist honors at the Macdonald Cup by three shots over Hartford’s Evan Russell. It was the junior’s first collegiate victory as he posted the first sub-200 54-hole total in program history, breaking Scott Langley’s 54-hole school record by four shots. Illinois won the team title, as well.
2. Carter Jenkins, UNC Greensboro: In just his third collegiate tournament the UNC Greensboro freshman captured medalist honors at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate. Jenkins posted a school-record 13-under 203, breaking the previous mark of 205 set by Andy Bare during the 2006-07 season. He also tied the program’s 18-hole record with a second-round 9-under 63 and became the school’s first medalist since Robert Hoadley won the 2011 Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
3. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford: Rodgers shot 7-under 209 (68-72-69) to take medalist honors at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate by three shots over Ryan McCormick of St. John’s. It was the sixth win of the Stanford junior’s career.
4. Wilson McDonald, Alabama-Birmingham: The junior won his first collegiate individual title by winning the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. McDonald shot 8-under 202 to top Alabama’s Trey Mullinax by three strokes. With the victory, McDonald became the first Blazers golfer to capture an individual crown since Sam Love won the Invitational at the Ocean Course in 2011.
5. Seth Reeves, Georgia Tech: While Georgia Tech finished second at the Brickyard to end its winning streak to start the fall at two events, Reeves earned a share of medalist honors for the second time this season. The senior carded rounds of 70-68-69 to finish with a 9-under 207 total. The victory marks the Duluth, Ga., native’s third career college win and fifth career victory in a college or amateur event.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
1. Alabama: Won, Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
2. Texas A&M: Second, Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
3. Georgia Tech: Second, Brickyard Collegiate
4. California: DNP
5. Illinois: Won, Macdonald Cup
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How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
1. Ben Crancer, Texas A&M:T-8, Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
2. Robby Shelton, Alabama: T-4, Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
3. Cameron Wilson, Stanford: T-6, Erin Hills Intercollegiate
4. Brandon Hagy, California: DNP
5. Bryson Dechambeau, SMU: T-3, Erin Hills Intercollegiate