Southern Highlands spotlights college golf's powers

Alabama senior Cory Whitsett lost in a playoff at the 2013 Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, but hopes to get the Crimson Tide back to its winning ways in Las Vegas.

Men's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Cheng Tsung PanWashington  66.95 
2Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  67.53 
3Lee McCoyGeorgia  68.19 
4Charlie DanielsonIllinois  68.33 
5Hunter StewartVanderbilt  68.42 

Men's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Illinois 68.91 
2Florida State 69.59 
3Oregon 69.67 
4UCLA 69.83 
5LSU 69.90 

This week's Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters will boast arguably the best field in college golf. The tournament, March 7-9 in Las Vegas, will host seven of the top-10 teams, including all of the top 5, in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Alabama will enter the tournament after losing for the first time in 11 events at the SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate on March 4 by one to Houston. The Crimson Tide still boast the No. 1 player in the Golfweek rankings, senior Trey Mullinax. Also in the top 10 of the rankings, No. 3 freshman Robby Shelton and No. 10 senior Bobby Wyatt.

California, Oklahoma State and Stanford are all coming off victories in the past two weeks and look to continue their winning streaks in Nevada.

Other notable facts:

• Nine of the top 10 players in the Golfweek rankings will play at Southern Highlands Golf Club.

• Last year’s medalist, Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers is back to defend his individual title (he won in a playoff against former Cal player Michael Kim, New Mexico graduate James Erkenbeck and Alabama’s Cory Whitsett).

• California is looking to become the first back-to-back champion since UNLV in 2008-09.

Here is a breakdown of all 15 teams:

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Alabama

Golfweek rank: 1

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Senior Trey Mullinax (1)

2013-14 season: Second, Querencia Collegiate Invitational; Won, Puerto Rico Classic; Won, Gifford Collegiate; Won, Isleworth Collegiate; Won, Jerry Pate Intercollegiate; Won, Olympia Invitational

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Georgia Tech

Golfweek rank: 2

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Junior Ollie Schniederjans (8)

2013-14 season: Second, Puerto Rico Classic; T-7, Amer Ari Invitational; Second, U.S. Collegiate Championship; Second, Brickyard Collegiate Championship; Won, Tar Heel Intercollegiate; Won, Carpet Capital Collegiate

• SHC Champions in 2002

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Oklahoma State

Golfweek rank: 3

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Redshirt freshman Wyndham Clark (5)

2013-14 season: Won, John Hayt Collegiate; Won Amer Ari Invitational; Won, Royal Oaks Invitational; Won, U.S. Collegiate Championship; Third, Jack Nicklaus Invitational; Third, Olympia Invitaitonal

• SHC Champions in 2003 and ‘11

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California

Golfweek rank: 4

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Senior Brandon Hagy (5)

2013-14 season: Won, John Burns Intercollegiate; Won, Arizona Intercollegiate; Third, Isleworth Collegiate; Won, Alister MacKenzie Invitational; Won, Jack Nicklaus Invitational; Won, St. Mary’s Invitational; Fourth, Gopher Invitational

• SHC Champions in 2013

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Georgia

Golfweek rank: 5

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Senior Joey Garber (2)

2013-14 season: Third, Puerto Rico Classic; Third, The Invitational at The Ocean Course; Third, Crooked Stick Intercollegiate; Fourth Brickyard Collegiate Championship; Won, Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup; Second, Carpet Capital Collegiate

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Texas A+M

Golfweek rank: 7

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Sophomore Ben Crancer (6)

2013-14 season: Second, John Burns Intercollegiate; Third, Sea Best Invitational; Eighth, Royal Oaks Collegiate; Fifth, U.S. Collegiate Championship; Second, Jerry Pate Intercollegiate; Second; Dick’s Sporting Goods Challenge Challenge Cup

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Stanford

Golfweek rank: 9

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Junior Patrick Rodgers (11)

2013-14 season: Won, The Prestige at PGA West; T-7 Amer Ari Invitational; Second, Royal Oaks Intercollegiate; T-7, U.S. Collegiate Championship; Won, Erin Hills Invitational; Fifth, Olympia Invitational

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Oklahoma

Golfweek rank: 14

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Michael Gellerman (97)

2013-14 season: T-6, Puerto Rico Classic; Won, UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational; T-6, Royal Oaks Intercollegiate; T-3, Erin Hills Intercollegiate; Second, Jack Nicklaus Invitational; Won, Golfweek Conference Challenge

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Texas

Golfweek rank: 16

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Senior Toni Hakula (49)

2013-14 season: Second, Bayou City Collegiate Championship; T-7, Amer Ari Invitational; Seventh, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational; Fourth, Jerry Pate Intercollegiate; Second, Olympia Invitational; Ninth, Carpet Capital Collegiate

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New Mexico

Golfweek rank: 18

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Junior Gavin Green (25)

2013-14 season: Fourth, John Burns Intercollegiate; Third, Arizona Intercollegiate; Fourth, Royal Oaks Intercollegiate; 12th, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational; Won, William H. Tucker Invitational; Fourth, Golfweek Conference Challenge; Won, Gopher Invitational

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UCLA

Golfweek rank: 19

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Sophomore Loren Chan (22)

2013-14 season: Third, The Prestige at PGA West; T-7, Amer Ari Invitational; Sixth, Gifford Collegiate; T-5, U.S. Collegiate Championship; Second, Erin Hills Invitational

• SHC Champions in 2008 and ‘10

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Arizona State

Golfweek rank: 29

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Sophomore Jon Rahm (47)

2013-14 season: T-5, The Prestige at PGA West; T-11, Amer Ari Invitational; Fourth, Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational; Third, Bill Cullum Invitational; Fourth, Alister MacKenzie Invitational; Second, Tucker Invitational; Second, Kikkor Invitational

• SHC Champions in 2004

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UNLV

Golfweek rank: 33

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Kurt Kitayama (89)

2013-14 season: T-8, John Burns Intercollegiate; Eighth, Isleworth Intercollegiate; Ninth, Jerry Pate Intercollegiate; Fourth, William H. Tucker Intercollegiate; Won, Carmel Cup

• SHC Champions in 2005, ’06, ’08, ’09, ‘12

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TCU

Golfweek rank: 42

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Junior Julien Brun (9)

2013-14 season: Third, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate; Third, Amer Ari Invitational; 15th, Isleworth Intercollegiate Invitational; Fifth, Crooked Stick Intercollegiate; Seventh, William H. Tucker Intercollegiate

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Texas Tech

Golfweek rank: 49

Top player (with Golfweek rank): Matias Dominguez (205)

2013-14 season: 12th, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate; T-5, The Prestige at PGA West; T-11, Amer Ari Invitational; 13th, Isleworth Collegiate Invitational; Eighth, Olympia Invitational; Third, Carmel Cup

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