Welcome to Golfweek’s Women’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women’s college news:
THE BIG 5
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1. USC: The Trojans took their winning streak to six Oct. 27 with a victory at the Stanford Intercollegiate. That list is an impressive one, considering that it includes last spring’s postseason sweep, in addition to all three of this fall’s starts (two in the Midwest, one in the Pac-12 heavy Stanford event). Another interesting tidbit: USC has won each fall event with a different lineup, and even won when defending national champion Annie Park was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. That’s deep.
2. Alabama: The Crimson Tide earned their first victory in their final start of the fall season. Alabama won the Landfall Tradition on Oct. 27 in wire-to-wire style and edged Duke by eight shots. All five Crimson Tide players were T-11 or better.
3. Oklahoma: The Sooners also will end the fall on a high note after a record-breaking victory at the Alamo Invitational. Oklahoma broke 18- and 54-hole program records at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio as it bounded out of a second-round tie with LSU and won by eight shots. Oklahoma posted 24-under 840, which is eight shots lower than the previous 54-hole record, posted at the 2012 Alamo.
4. San Diego State: The Aztecs jumped on freshman Sirene Blair’s shoulders to win the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, shortened to 36 holes because of intense wind that knocked out the second round. San Diego State posted a 3-over 579 total to win by two. Two other Aztecs (Emma Henrikson and Paige Spiranac) finished inside the top 15.
5. Kansas: The Jayhawks earned title No. 2 of the fall season at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. All five Kansas golfers finished in the top-25 of the 99-player field, a first for the season. At 12-over 876, Kansas was three ahead of Georgia State.
1. Alison Lee, UCLA: Days before winning the AJGA’s Rolex Player of the Year award, Lee won her second title as a collegian at the Stanford Invitational. Lee has transitioned seemlessly from junior golf, and is the top female in Golfweek’s rankings.
2. Alexandra Kaui, Oklahoma: The freshman from Hawaii led Oklahoma to its Alamo victory. Kaui posted 10-under 206 (68-73-65) that tied the program-best 54-hole total. Her final-round 65 is an 18-hole record. That round included seven birdies and 11 pars.
3. Sirene Blair, San Diego State: Blair, a freshman who hails from Utah, had eight birdies during a final-round 67 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Blair held off a late charge by UCF’s Ashley Holder and won by two shots.
4. Class of 2013: The previous three entries are proof that college golf is feeling the influence of this year’s freshman class. Aside from that trio, Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey is No. 4 in Golfweek’s rankings with two individual titles this fall. Yu Liu, No. 13, and Caroline Nistrup, No. 14, are also near the top of the rankings. There are 10 freshmen inside the top 50.
5. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: Conversely, Meadow might be the poster child for experience. The senior won the eighth title of her college career at the Landfall Tradition. Meadow, a serious contender for player of the year last spring (and likely to be again this year) continues to extend her own record at Alabama.
BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
1. UCLA: Second, Stanford Invitational
2. USC: Won, Stanford Invitational
3. Stanford: Fourth, Stanford Invitational
4. Duke: Second, Landfall Tradition
5. Washington: Third, Stanford Invitational
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
1. Alison Lee, UCLA: Won, Stanford Invitational
2. Kyung Kim, USC: T-23, Stanford Invitational
3. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State: T-13, Landfall Tradition
4. Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson: T-8, Landfall Tradition
5. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: T-5, Stanford Invitational