Has the bubble finally popped for Eastern Michigan?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Can I talk about a team being on the bubble in October? Sure I can, especially when the team could be the poster child for college golf’s bubble boys.

For the past two years, the NCAA has been selecting teams for postseason at-large bids based on national ranking. And during that time, Eastern Michigan has lived on the bubble.

The Eagles were ranked No. 79 two seasons ago. Last year, they were 74th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Before the Eagles play this week at the Windon Memorial Classic - no surprise here - the Eagles were No. 74. Here we go again, however . . . if the Eagles are in position to earn an at-large bid next spring, one may be able to point a finger to Oct. 5 on the schedule. Because Monday, Bruce Cunningham’s squad placed fourth at the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.

Behind the play of junior Nick Carbary (T-12), the Eagles topped a few names we are used to seeing in regional action and expect to see in the future.

Eastern Michigan was six shots better than Michigan - a team that advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Championship last spring. Eastern Michigan was nine shots better than Tennessee - winners of the Carpet Capital Collegiate. Others that finished behind the Eagles: Coastal Carolina, Minnesota, Indiana, UC Davis, California and Tulsa.

Maybe the bubble just popped - in early October.

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