Could men’s college golf get any more bizarre?
Monday, March 15, 2010
The college golf world right now is certainly in Bizzaro Land!
Nothing should come as a surprise going forward the rest of the year. We have seen what we thought were the very best teams not play like the very best, and the individual standings are quite possibly more wide open than any year in recent memory.
It’s like a fun house with all of those mirrors - I am seeing all kinds of images.
For example (and these are all just from the last week):
• After two rounds at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Oklahoma State was in last and no player broke par in the final two rounds.
• Oregon whipped the field at the USC Collegiate and then the next week tied for fourth in Fresno, which is not bad. However, BYU, the team that won the event in a playoff, was ranked outside the top 50.
• Augusta State is ranked No. 3 in the country and could be closing in on the top spot.
• Florida Southern, which failed to advance to the NCAA Division II finals a year ago, wins a Division I tournament - beating a top-30 Division I team in Middle Tennessee.
• One of these names could be named player of the year: Brooks Koepka, Diego Velasquez, Dustin Garza, Nils Floren, Ben Kohles or J.T. Griffin.
And how fitting that all of these out-of-the-norm things are happening in year No. 2 of match play at the national championship, when I can almost promise the unthinkable happening at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., in June?