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.
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know now . . .
1. USC: Ranked second in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the Trojans won their school-record eighth straight team title Feb. 11 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, an event that featured seven teams in Golfweek‘s top 10. USC won by seven shots over runner-up Duke to win the tournament for a third time in the last five seasons. (Click here to read more about USC’s victory)
2. Central Florida: The Knights edged Iowa State to capture their home event, the UCF Challenge, on Feb. 11 in Orlando, Fla. The victory was the second of the spring for UCF, which also won the one-day Florida Shootout last month. The No. 22 Knights have not finished worse than fifth in six events this season.
3. Duke: Ranked third by Golfweek, the Blue Devils were runner-up at the competitive Regional Challenge. Duke carded a 5-over 289, the second-best total of the final round, to finish seven shots back of team champion USC. While the Blue Devils couldn’t seal a second victory of the season, they still notched their fifth top-4 finish in as many events this season.
4. UCLA: The Bruins entered their spring opener at the Regional Challenge as the top-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, and with the top-ranked individual, as well, in freshman Alison Lee. But UCLA capped the three-round event with a 16-over 300 and finished T-4 along with Washington at 29 over, 15 shots behind first-place USC. Making matters more disappointing, the Bruins were the two-time-defending champions of the event and had won the tournament four times, more than any other team in the field. UCLA was also searching for its third victory of the season.
5. Cal State Northridge: There’s nothing like playing close to home and the Matadors used that to their advantage in winning their host event, the Matador Invitational, on Feb. 11. But Cal State Northridge, playing its first home event in six years, didn’t just win the event; it dominated, finishing 36 shots clear of second-place BYU. For a team that will surely need to win its conference tournament to make it into regionals, the Matadors, ranked 146th by Golfweek, couldn’t have started the spring season much better. (Click here to read more about Cal State Northridge’s victory)
1. Annie Park, USC: While her team notched its school-record eighth straight win at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Park, the defending NCAA individual champion, recorded her school-record tying fifth career individual title. Park, ranked 10th individually by Golfweek, finished seven shots clear of the competition.
2. Fanny Cnops, Central Florida: The junior made a crucial par putt on her final hole to help the Knights win the UCF Challenge by a shot. Cnops, ranked 68th by Golfweek, also took home medalist honors, finishing three shots ahead of second-place Casey Kennedy of GRU Augusta for her best finish of the season. (Click here to read more about Cnops and Central Florida’s victory)
3. Hayley Davis, Baylor: Davis’ runner-up finish at the Regional Challenge was the junior’s 10th top-3 finish of her collegiate career. Her second-place showing is also the highest finish for the Bears so far this season. Davis is No. 351 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, but that is sure to improve drastically once the new rankings are released.
4. Alison Lee, UCLA: Golfweek‘s top-ranked individual was searching for her third individual title of the season at the Regional Challenge, but instead tied for 18th, her worst collegiate finish to date. Lee didn’t finish worse than T-8 in four fall events.
5. Clariss Guce, Cal State Northridge: The senior took home her third career individual title and second of the season with a four-shot victory at the Matador Invitational. Guce, who won the Wyoming Cowgirl Intercollegiate in the fall, was one of three Matadors in the top 6 individually.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
- UCLA: T-4, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
- USC: Won, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
- Duke: Second, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
- Washington: T-4, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
- Stanford: DNP
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
- Alison Lee, UCLA: T-18, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
- Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: DNP
- Erynne Lee, UCLA: T-28, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
- Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson: DNP
- Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: DNP