Power rankings: College kids at the majors
Monday, April 5, 2010
Hello everyone, and welcome back to my den. I hope everybody had a great holiday weekend, and you don’t get too confused when you see my men’s power rankings.
This week, I thought I would rank the college players getting ready to compete at Augusta. However, if you look at the field it is rather disappointing to see that their are only two... or, actually, one current U.S. college participant.
1.) Ben Martin. Finishing runner-up at the U.S. Amateur is no easy task. The Tigers’ senior will have the great thrill to play one of the most cherished places in all of golf.
2.) Brad Benjamin. Even though he is now a recent college grad of Memphis, I had to include him. Benjamin surprised many by winning the U.S. Publinx, but will he be able to surprise anyone else on the biggest golf stage in the world?
The rest of the power rankings will be questions for Augusta.
3.) Can the winner of the NCAA Championship be awarded a Masters invite... Please?
4.) How about a tournament only for college players based on rankings? Let’s say a field of the top 100 and the winner gets invited to Augusta?
5.) What if the winner of the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions got an invite? The tournament does its best to get all the state-am winners, and there’s a good chance a college player could win that. Besides, they give out a green jacket, too!
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Now let’s rank how the girls did at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
1.) Jennifer Song. After the cut it looked this Trojan had a real chance at making some noise over the weekend. Unfortunately, a 76 on Saturday cost her a top 5-to-10 finish. Finishing 21st gets her a first place in my poll, though.
2.) Jennifer Johnson. The ASU frosh made the cut, but never really looked all that comfortable. Johnson shot 74-76-76-79, but got great experience and the ability to go back to school bragging she made the cut at a major.
3.) Kim Kim. No stranger to competing in majors “K Squared” got off to a rocky start in Round 1 with an 81, but had a six-shot improvement in round two with a 75.
4.) Candace Schepperle/Cydney Clanton. I’ll admit that I was a bit surprised these two did not make the cut. However, the two teammates can now go back to Auburn to be Kim Evans’ 1-2 punch for the Tigers in their hopes to win a national championship.
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