Men's Midweek Report: Cal, Stalter dominate NIT
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Welcome to Golfweek’s Men's Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest men's college news, March 12-18.
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know now . . .
- 1. California: The Bears bounced back from an eighth-place finish at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters to win the National Invitational Tournament on March 16. The team finished at 33 under for a 15-shot victory over Oklahoma State. It’s the team’s sixth victory this season.
- 2. Houston: For a third tournament in a row, Houston picked up a victory. This time is was at its own Border Olympics on March 15. The team was nine shots back heading into the final round, but shot 8 under in the final round en route to a one-shot win over Oklahoma.
- 3. Mercer: The 36th-ranked Bears won their second tournament of the season at the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 15. The team was six shots better than host Florida State and South Florida.
- 4. Georgia Southern: The team won for the first time at its home event, the Schenkel Invitational on March 16. The team came from behind in the final round for an eight-shot win over Alabama-Birmingham.
- 5. Virginia Tech: The Hokies won the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular on March 16 for their second victory of the season. Junior Trevor Cone and senior Bryce Chalkley were first and second, respectively, on the individual leaderboard.
- 1. Joel Staler, California: The senior picked up his third victory of the season at the National Invitational Tournament. He shot 68-71-66 for a three-shot victory.
- 2. Roman Robledo, Houston: Robledo led Houston to a victory, but also snagged another victory of his own. It was his third straight, but his fourth of the year. His 7-under total was good enough for a two-shot win. (Click here to read more on Houston and Robledo.)
- 3. Trey Valentine, South Florida: Rounds of 71-71-68 allowed Valentine to take home medalist honors at the Seminole Intercollegiate. It's the junior's first win of the season and second collegiate victory.
- 4. Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern: Wolfes was T-12 heading into the final round, but it was a 4-under 68 at Forest Heights CC that allowed him to claim the Schenkel Invitational title. It was a two-shot win.
- 5. Wyndham Clark, Oklahoma State: The Cowboys redshirt freshman has seven top-10 finishes in his eight starts in the 2013-14 season. Clark’s last two finishes: runner-ups. A win is imminent.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
1. Alabama: DNP
2. Oklahoma State: T-2, National Invitational Tournament
3. California: Won, National Invitational Tournament
4. Georgia Tech: DNP
5. Georgia: DNP
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How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
1. Joey Garber, Georgia: DNP
2. Robby Shelton, Alabama: DNP
3. Wyndham Clark, Oklahoma State: T-2, National Invitational Tournament
4. Brandon Hagy, California: T-5, National Invitational Tournament
5. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford: DNP