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. UNLV: The Rebels, ranked 24th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, won the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on March 9 for their second victory of the season and fifth win at Southern Highlands in seven years. UNLV finished atop a field that included seven of the top 10 teams as ranked by by Golfweek. (Click here to read more about the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.)
2. USC: The 23rd-ranked Trojans won for the first time this season March 11 at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic. USC shot 12-under 852 to finish seven shots clear of the field. (Click here to read more on USC’s victory.)
3. Illinois: The seventh-ranked Illini survived a final-round charge by LSU to win the Louisiana Classics on March 11. Illinois finished at 25 under, six shots ahead of the 31st-ranked Tigers. (Click here to read more on Illinois’ win.)
4. Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders got final-hole birdies from three players to help rally past Kent State and win the General Hackler Championship on March 11. Middle Tennessee State shot 20-over 884 to edge the Golden Flashes by two shots. (Click here to read more about MTSU’s comeback win.)
1. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford: The Stanford junior, who announced last week that he will turn pro following this season, won Southern Highlands for his third victory of the season and eighth win of his college career. Rodgers, the world’s top-ranked amateur and Golfweek’s fifth-ranked collegiate player, shot 1-over 217 to win by two shots, claiming medalist honors at Southern Highlands for the second straight year. (Click here to read more about the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.)
2. Myles Lewis, LSU: Playing as an individual, Lewis carded a 10-under 206 at the Louisiana Classics on March 11 to win by three shots over teammate Curtis Thompson, and Illinois players Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry.
3. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State: The junior won his fourth collegiate title March 11 at the Tiger Invitational, shooting 10-under 206 to win by one shot over Mississippi State’s Chad Ramey.
4. Jonathan Sanders, Washington: Despite the 12th-ranked Huskies finishes third at the Bandon Dunes Championship behind No. 50 Missouri and No. 67 UC Davis, Washington got an individual title from Sanders on March 11 at Pacific Dunes. Sanders shot 2-under 210 to finish one shot clear of runner-up Matt Hansen of UC Davis. (Click here to read more about Sanders’ victory.)
5. Xander Schauffele, San Diego State: Schauffele bookened a second-round, 1-under 71 with two 67s en route to winning the San Diego Classic. He finished at 11-under 205, two shots ahead of USC freshman Rico Hoey, to win his first tournament of the season.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
1. Alabama: T-4, Southern Highlands
2. Oklahoma State: T-2, Southern Highlands
3. California: eighth, Southern Highlands
4. Georgia Tech: 12th, Southern Highlands
5. Georgia: sixth, Southern Highlands
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared: