Monday Top 5: PGA Tour pros show school spirit
The college season is creeping up on us and we thought it was time to bring back our popular Monday's top 5 things in the world of college golf.
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1. It always seems that college golf's spring season comes when most of the country is still experiencing the cold of winter.
I am certain Kent State is still seeing winter-like conditions, however the Lady Golden Flashes made the trip south to Sorrento, Fla., to face the University of Central Florida in a 36-hole match. UCF won the match by seven shots with UCF's Carolin Pinegger claiming low honors at 1-under 143.
Notable teams near the .500 mark (with ranking, overall W-L-T record and percentage)
- 21. Texas Tech, 26-23-1, .530
- 40. Oklahoma, 27-25-0, .519
- 36. Kent St., 30-30-2, .500
- 32. USC, 23-24-1, .489
- 59. Penn St., 33-35-1, .485
- 34. Florida St., 25-27-1, .481
- 73. Pacific, 29-32-2, .476
- 79. UNCG, 32-36-1, .471
- 46. Baylor, 22-26-0, .458
- 89. UC Irvine, 24-29-1, .454
- 66. Coastal Car., 23-28-0, .451
- 42. Oregon, 30-37-0, .448
- 90. BYU, 22-28-1, .441
- 54. SMU, 23-33-1, .412
- 45. Clemson, 21-31-1, .406
- 84. Minnesota, 24-40-1, .377
- 38. Arizona St., 16-29-0, .356
- 52. TCU, 14-27-1, .345
- 48. Tennessee, 17-34-3, .343
- 87. Arizona, 11-31-0, .262
- 93. ETSU, 12-37-0, .245
2. Why college golf?
You get to play great courses. For the second consecutive season Jacksonville University will host an invitational on the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The field, which continues to get better, includes defending champion East Tennessee State, Florida, North Florida, Wake Forest and Clemson.
3. Twenty teams have decided to start their spring seasons in Hawaii. . . and two of those teams are ranked No. 1.
UCLA is the top team in men's Division I golf and will be competing alongside top-ranked Division II powerhouse Western Washington. We saw some great performances this past fall from teams at the Division II level.
Remember the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs finishing ahead of 17 Division I teams to win the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational? Where do you think Western Washington finishes in this field? My guess: 15th.
4. The University of Arizona will host the Arizona Invitational beginning Monday.
If the Wildcats ever needed a home contest, now is the time. Arizona finished the fall season with a head-to-head record of 11-31 - well below the .500 mark needed to be eligible for postseason play.
5. It's not often you hear a lot about college golf when watching the PGA Tour.
This past Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, you heard a little more than normal. That's because Saturday was designated "University Day" with the low scorer earning money for his alma mater's golf team.
Arizona State's Phil Mickelson and Illinois' D.A. Points shared low round honors with a 4-under 68 on Torrey Pines' South Course. A total of $12,500 will be given to the Illini golf program, while Mickelson gave his money to the University of San Diego, where his brother, Tim, is the head men's golf coach.
It would be great to see more of this in the future.