College Women

Women's Midweek Report: Arkansas, Stanford win

Emily Tubert was one of three Arkansas players who finished in the top 4 as the Razorbacks won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
Emily Tubert was one of three Arkansas players who finished in the top 4 as the Razorbacks won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Welcome to Golfweek’s Women's Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women's college news.

• • •

THE BIG 5

Stories you need to know now . . .

TEAMS

  1. Arkansas: The Razorbacks, ranked seventh in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, notched the most impressive victory of the week, winning by 14 shots at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 18. Arkansas placed three players in the top 4 and finished atop a field that included No. 8 Alabama, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 19 North Carolina State and No. 21 Northwestern. (Click here to read more about Arkansas' win)
  2. Stanford: The fifth-ranked Cardinal defended their title at the Peg Barnard Invitational, winning by 16 shots on Feb. 16. It was Stanford's eighth victory in the event since 1995. Three players finished T-4 or better, too, for the Cardinal. (Click here to read more about Stanford's victory)
  3. South Carolina: The 14th-ranked Gamecocks finished two shots better than No. 12 Clemson in winning the Florida State Match-Up on Feb. 16. All five players notched top-20 finishes for South Carolina. (Click here to read more about South Carolina's win)
  4. Vanderbilt: The 15th-ranked Commodores notched their first victory since 2007, capturing the Central District Invitational on Feb. 18. Vanderbilt set a new program 54-hole scoring record with a final score of 844, which also broke the tournament scoring record by 13 shots. (Click here to read more about Vanderbilt's victory)
  5. Alabama: The eighth-ranked Crimson Tide did not win this week. Instead, Alabama, which won in its fall finale, tied for sixth at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and finished a disappointing 26 shots back of winner Arkansas.

INDIVIDUALS

  1. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: While Alabama tied for sixth at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Meadow, Golfweek's second-ranked individual, closed with two straight 68s to share medalist honors at 5-under 211. It was Meadow's ninth individual title, which adds to her school-record total.
  2. Simin Feng, Vanderbilt: The freshman notched her first collegiate victory at the Central District Invitational. Feng shot 9-under 207, the lowest total in the event's 14-year history, and earned medalist honors via a scorecard tiebreaker over Michigan State's Allyssa Ferrell.
  3. Matilda Castren, Florida State: The freshman won the Florida State Match-Up by six shots over South Carolina's Sarah Schmelzel. It was Castren's first individual title and the first for the Seminoles since 2012.
  4. Dana Finkelstein, UNLV: Finkelstein recorded her second career victory, winning the Peg Barnard Invitational with a total of 5-under 137. Her final-round 68 matched her career-best single round.
  5. Aurora Kan, Purdue: Kan was the other co-medalist along with Alabama's Stephanie Meadow at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The junior birdied her final hole to finish at 5-under 211 and win for the second time this season – she also was victorious at the Butler Fall Invitational last fall.

• • •

BEST OF THE BEST

How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:

  1. USC: DNP
  2. UCLA: DNP
  3. Duke: DNP
  4. Washington: DNP
  5. Stanford: won, Peg Barnard Invitational

How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:

  1. Annie Park, USC: DNP
  2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: T-1, Lady Puerto Rico Classic
  3. Alison Lee, UCLA: DNP
  4. Yu Huan Liu, Duke: DNP
  5. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: T-4, Peg Barnard Invitational