Spring primer: NCAA Division I

Toni Hakula

Women's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Alison LeeUCLA  69.96 
2Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.17 
3Gaby LopezArkansas  70.29 
4Noemi JimenezArizona St  70.31 
5Celine BoutierDuke  70.40 

Women's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Southern California 70.64  13 
2UCLA 70.83  12 
3Duke 70.89  11 
4Stanford 71.74  13 
5Arizona State 71.75  12 

Men's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Casey FernandezSo. Miss.  66.31 
2Tomasz AndersonJ'Ville St  67.12 
3Chase KoepkaUSF-Bulls  67.27 
4Hunter StewartVanderbilt  67.27 
5Maverick McNealyStanford  67.32 

Men's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1South Florida 68.18 
2Illinois 68.90 
3SE Louisiana 69.66 
4Florida State 69.78 
5Baylor 69.89 

Spring pick ’em

Golfweek’s college experts make their predictions:

Men

NCAA champion, Player of Year, Surprise team

Ron Balicki...........................California, Justin Thomas- Alabama, Texas A&M

Sean Martin.........................California, Patrick Rodgers- Stanford, Illinois

Lance Ringler.....................California, Cheng-Tsung Pan- Washington, SMU

Women

NCAA champion, Player of Year, Surprise team

Beth Ann Baldry..............Alabama, Stephanie Meadow- Alabama, Purdue

Julie Williams....................USC, Erynne Lee- UCLA, Campbell

Lance Ringler.....................Florida, Isabelle Lendl- Florida, Michigan State

• • •

Keep an eye on . . .

Three men’s and three women’s teams to watch come the postseason:

Men

New Mexico: Flew under the radar despite a No. 4 fall ranking, but their Arizona Invitational win over No. 1 Cal in the spring season opener raises expectations considerably.

Texas: Can the defending national champions remain a contender without the departed Jordan Spieth?

Liberty: Don’t look now, but last year’s Cinderella team at Riviera is ranked 23rd. Don’t be surprised if the Flames burn a few more teams this spring.

Women

Washington: Everyone is eager to see if the Huskies – a stunning No. 1 this fall – can continue their strong play (15-2 vs. top-25 teams).

Florida: Gators’ top three (Camilla Hedberg, Isabelle Lendl, Mia Piccio) form an explosive trio, but they need a little more help from Nos. 4 and 5 to contend for the national title.

UC Davis: A confident team – and for good reason. The No. 12 Aggies have four players ranked in the top 140.

• • •

On the rise

Teams that will move into the top 30 after less-than-fabulous fall seasons:

Men

North Florida (No. 35): With senior Sean Dale back in the lineup, the Ospreys are bound to improve.

Houston (No. 37): In his third season as head coach, Jonathan Dismuke has Houston heading in the right direction, and with a challenging spring schedule, the Cougars can make their mark.

UNLV (No. 41): The Rebels always perk up in the spring, usually thanks to a good showing at their home event, the loaded Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

Women

Pepperdine (No. 31): With one of the best coaches (Laurie Gibbs) and players (Grace Na) in college golf, the Waves should crest higher this spring.

Texas (No. 34): Martha Richards’ Longhorns have made a habit of peaking as the postseason nears.

UCLA (No. 36): The Bruins, who never had their best five together in the fall, are no doubt better than their ranking. A healthy Tiffany Lua will make a huge difference.

• • •

Cinderella stories

Teams that will surprise at regionals and land berths to the NCAA Championship, where a possible glass slipper awaits:

Missouri men: Tigers are used to winning and will be a regional threat thanks to Jace Long, a senior Player of the Year candidate.

Oklahoma State women: After poor regional showings the past two seasons, the Cowgirls will get the job done under second-year head coach Alan Bratton.

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification