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. UCLA: After finishing behind USC and losing its No. 1 ranking at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge two weeks ago, second-ranked UCLA got its revenge on the Trojans. The Bruins shot 21-under 843 and placed all five starts in the top 20 en route to winning the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate on Feb. 25, while USC finished runner-up, six shots back. (Click here to read more about UCLA’s victory)
2. USC: We just touched on the Trojans’ runner-up finish in New Orleans. But even more significant than USC finishing behind UCLA is that the second-place performance by the Trojans snaps USC’s school-record eight-tournament winning streak. The defending national champs, USC has still won 12 of its past 15 events, though.
3. Stanford: The fifth-ranked Cardinal won their second straight tournament to start the spring, capturing the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 25. Stanford was the only team not over par, carding an even-par 864 and finishing 13 shots better than runner-up Texas A&M. Last spring, the Cardinal won three straight tournaments. (Click here to read more about Stanford’s victory)
4. Ohio State: The No. 33 Buckeyes set a school record with a 26-under 838 en route to winning the Westbrook Invitational on Feb. 24. It was the first team title for Ohio State since the 2012 Lady Buckeye Spring Invite. The 838 bested the previous 54-hole school scoring record, set at the 2005 NCAA East Regional, by 18 shots. (Click here to read more about Ohio State’s victory)
5. Florida: After starting the spring with a fourth-place finish at the Florida Challenge and 10th-place showing at the Regional Challenge, the 23rd-ranked Gators bounced back by finishing third at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. Florida, USC and winner UCLA were the only three teams under par at the event. The Gators’ 6-under 858 total was their lowest of the season and fifth lowest in program history.
1. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: Stackhouse won the UC Irvine Invitational for her fourth career collegiate victory and seventh top 10 of the season. She also received a sponsor exemption into the LPGA’s Kia Classic, to be played March 27-30.
2. Marta Sanz, Auburn: Sanz, a senior and ranked 98th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, shot 8-under 208 to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, the second individual title of her collegiate career. The Sugar Bowl field boasted eight of Golfweek‘s top 10-ranked individuals.
3. Jessica Porvasnik, Ohio State: The freshman used her first career hole-in-one to help capture her first individual collegiate victory. She shot 13-under 203 to win the Westbrook Invitational by four shots. Her ace came in Round 2 at the 163-yard par-3 second hole at Westbrook Villages in Peoria, Ariz.
4. Leighann Cabush, Memphis: The freshman shot 4-over 220 to win medalist honors and lead the Tigers to victory at the USA Women’s Invitational on Feb. 25. It was Cabush’s first collegiate victory and the first individual title for Memphis this season. (Click here to read more about Memphis’ victory)
5. Tonje Daffinrud, Denver: Expect the 31st-ranked player in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings to rise after a runner-up finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
- 1. USC: Second, Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
- 2. UCLA: Won, Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
- 3. Duke: DNP
- 4. Washington: 11th, Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
- 5. Stanford: Won, UC Irvine Invitational
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
- 1. Annie Park, USC: T-8, Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
- 2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: T-22, Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
- 3. Alison Lee, UCLA: T-3, Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
- 4. Yu Liu, Duke: DNP
- 5. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: Won, UC Irvine Invitational