Women's Mid-Week Report: Arizona remains perfect
Welcome to Golfweek’s Mid-Week Report. We wanted to use this Hump Day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know...
1. Arizona: After winning the Windy City Collegiate by three shots, the Wildcats remain flawless this season. Arizona also won its season opener, the Mason Rudolph Championship. Next up on the schedule is the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 19-21), which will be a good test against a heavily Pac-12 field.
2. SMU: The Mustangs might not have a flawless season going, but with a victory at the Johnnie Imes Invitational on Oct. 2, they now have two wins in three starts. Team titles at the Imes and the Chip-N Club Invitational sandwich a sixth-place finish at the Dale McNamara.
3. Missouri: Could the Tigers be on the rise? Missouri put together a solid hometown appearance at the Johnnie Imes, finishing runner-up to SMU. The Tigers led the field in birdies, winning the “Birdies for a Cure” component of the event, which raises money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
4. East Tennessee State: Here’s a quiet program to keep an eye on. East Tennessee State wins the award for best runaway victory this week, finishing 24 shots ahead of runner-up Maryland at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic.
5. North Dakota State: The Bison won the Jackrabbit Invitational as senior Amy Anderson won the individual title.
1. Camilla Hedberg, Florida: Represented the college game (and her native Spain) well at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship with her T-2 finish. The Florida sophomore, who already won the Cougar Classic this fall, was the low college player at the event.
2. Sophia Popov, USC: Give Popov, a USC junior, credit for helping lead her German team to the second spot on the team leaderboard at the Women’s World Amateur Team. She also was sixth individually.
3. Amy Anderson, North Dakota State: The collegiate victories keep piling up for the North Dakota State senior. She won her 16th title on Oct. 1 at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational as older brother Nathan (also a senior) won his second career title at the same event.
4. April McCoy, TCU: The sophomore won her first tournament title at TCU, carding four birdies in a seven-hole stretch during a final-round 69 at the Windy City Collegiate. Her 2-under 214 total left her two shots ahead of UC Davis’ Demi Runas and Notre Dame’s Lindsey Weaver.
5. Kelly Shon, Princeton: Call her the queen of the Ivy League. Shon, who has qualified for te U.S. Women’s Open each of the past two years, finished second at the Nittany Lion Invitaitonal on Sept. 29 and fourth at the Yale Invitational before that. Keep an eye on the Princeton junior, especially in Ivy League-dominant fields.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared
1. Washington: Runner-up, Windy City Collegiate
2. Arizona: Won, Windy City Collegiate
3. Texas Tech: 8th, Windy City Collegiate
4. Purdue: DNP
5. Duke: DNP
How the top 5 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared
1. Lindy Duncan, Duke: DNP
2. Camilla Hedberg, Florida: T-2 individually, Women’s World Amateur Team Championship
3. Charlotte Thomas, Washington: T-23, Windy City Collegiate
4. Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech: T-14, Windy City Collegiate
5. Gaby Lopez, Arkansas: DNP
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Tournament (team champion; individual winner)
Windy City Collegiate (Arizona; April McCoy, TCU)
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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash.
The field: Fresno State, Gonzaga, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Seattle, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UNLV, Washington
The skinny: A West-Coast field on a difficult course. Host Washington, Golfweek’s No. 1 ranked team through the first part of the season, is coming off a strong runner-up finish at the Windy City. Also keep an eye on Pac-12 schools Stanford and Oregon – both should have shaken the rust off by now.
Liz Murphey Fall Preview
University of Georgia GC, Athens, Ga.
The field: Alabama, Auburn, California, Denver, Duke, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Purdue, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia
The skinny: The Fall Preview is the event of the fall season as a strong field turns out to take a look at this spring’s national championship venue. UCLA handily won last year’s preview, and will be back to full strength after the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. So will Alabama, a team that opened with a surprising eighth-place finish at the Cougar Classic last month. Lindy Duncan and Duke will return after just one start this season (runner-up at the Cougar Classic) and so will USC (third at the same event).