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Andy Zunz
Guillermo Pereira at the 2014 Tavistock Collegiate Invitational
Guillermo Pereira at the 2014 Tavistock Collegiate Invitational

ORLANDO, Fla. – Matias Dominguez's 5-over 77 did not count toward Texas Tech's score Sunday at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational, but he deserves a huge assist for the Red Raiders' 21-under 267.

Dominguez, a senior out of Santiago, Chile, helped convince fellow countryman Guillermo Pereira to pick Texas Tech. Pereira, who took the 18-hole lead at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club with a 9-under 63 Sunday, took his friend's advice and has excelled for head coach Greg Sands.

Pereira, the No. 15 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, needed the support of Dominguez, Sands and the rest ...

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Andy Zunz
Arizona State women's golfer Noemi Jimenez carries a bag in honor of Pat Tillman at the 2014 ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
Arizona State women's golfer Noemi Jimenez carries a bag in honor of Pat Tillman at the 2014 ANNIKA Intercollegiate.

Nothing about Max Rottluff blended in at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational. Not the camouflage bag he carried, or the play he utilized to earn medalist honors at the Meadow Club on Oct. 14

In fact, the bag was designed to do just the opposite. With a military camouflage pattern and a PT42 shield stitched on, the bag symbolizes something much more than Arizona State or college golf. It was made to honor former Sun Devil and fallen veteran Pat Tillman, along with the rest of the country's service men and women.

"Coach introduced the bag and the whole idea ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Mississippi State senior Ally McDonald
Mississippi State senior Ally McDonald

Not long after Mississippi State walloped the field at the Schooner Fall Classic, the school’s athletic director sent coach Ginger Brown-Lemm a text: “We finally have a football team that the women’s golf program can be proud of.”

Brown-Lemm beamed.

The vibe around Starkville, Miss., these days is downright electric. The football team is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in school history. In fact, the Bulldogs are the first team in the poll’s 78-year history to rise from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.

“I literally think my hearing is ...

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Brentley Romine
Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar fired an 11-under 59 at Stanford Golf Course.
Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar fired an 11-under 59 at Stanford Golf Course.

Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar might have had one of the best weekends of his life.

One day after meeting Tiger Woods, who was visiting his alma mater to help induct former teammate Notah Begay into Stanford's hall of fame, Badhwar shot an 11-under 59 Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.

"My first 59, it was a pretty cool experience," Badhwar said. "I just kind of got on a roll. ... It was fun."

The score breaks the previous course record of 61, set by Badhwar and Stanford women's golfer Mariah Stackhouse.

Badhwar's teammate, fellow sophomore Maverick McNealy, tweeted out ...

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October 11, 2014 | 6:29 p.m.

Former Tour player Eric Booker hired at FGCU

Andy Zunz

Former PGA Tour pro Eric Booker will take over the Florida Gulf Coast men's golf program.

Booker will step in for Brent Jensen, who left the program in August after spending four years as head coach to work as an assistant to Steven Bradley at South Florida.

Booker earned three top 5s on Tour during his professional career, playing 62 events from 1990-2007. He has worked as vice president for player relations and tournament operations for the Saturday Series Pro-Am since 2002. Before playing professionally, he spent time as an instructor in Michigan, but has no collegiate coaching experience ...

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Julie Williams
Dallas Baptist coach Kenny Trapp (right) holds the task of recruiting without offering athletic scholarships.
Dallas Baptist coach Kenny Trapp (right) holds the task of recruiting without offering athletic scholarships.

SUNRIVER, Ore. – Consider the time and effort, the sacrifices, the long rows of divots made on the driving range and the subsequent calloused hands and blistered feet of the average high-level junior golfer. Said that way, it makes the pursuit of a college-golf scholarship seem almost like a job. It validates the popular recruiting question, “What can you do for me?”

Dallas Baptist head coach Kenny Trapp doesn’t answer that question. For him, it is a red flag in recruiting. At Dallas Baptist, Trapp doesn’t have scholarships to offer potential men’s golfers. Trapp’s theory?

“No one ...

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Brentley Romine
Winthrop's Zach Seabolt is currently ranked 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Winthrop's Zach Seabolt is currently ranked 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Winthrop sophomore Zach Seabolt is used to flying under the radar.

At 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, Seabolt lacks the prototypical size targeted by most top college programs. He's got a little bit of a homemade swing. And when talking about the long-hitters of the college game, Seabolt isn't in the conversation.

"You line him up next to a bunch of college golfers and he's one of the last four or five guys you're going to pick off the range," Eagles head coach Kevin Pendley said.

Said Seabolt: "I'm not the prettiest golfer in the world. … I ...

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Golfweek Staff
Katie Detlefsen
Katie Detlefsen

Former college teammates Katie Detlefsen and Carolin Pinegger of UCF are becoming opponents as they join the 12 players competing in "Big Break Myrtle Beach" this season.

Katy Harris and Tessa Teachman both played for LSU, but were not on the Tigers roster at the same time.

The rest of the collegiate ties listed on the players' bios for the reality show and competition, which airs on Golf Channel, include:

  • Charlie Harrison, Wake Forest
  • Christian Heavens, Georgetown (Ky.)
  • Dave Markle, Hartford, Kent State
  • Emily Tubert, Arkansas
  • Jimmy Brandt, Auburn
  • Krista Puisite, Texas State
  • Toph Peterson, Utah State

Anthony Quezada, 19 ...

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Julie Williams
Pace of play standards developed by the AJGA helped the 2014 Annika Intercollegiate avoid Florida's typical afternoon rains.
Pace of play standards developed by the AJGA helped the 2014 Annika Intercollegiate avoid Florida's typical afternoon rains.

Our Julie Williams is on the road this season covering the Golfweek Collegiate Series. This is the latest installment in blogging her road trip.

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REUNION, Fla. – In Central Florida, thunder clouds roll in most afternoons like clockwork. The sky turned black after every round at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M, but players were already off the course. Attribute that to strict pace-of-play measures.

The ANNIKA, in fact, was a throwback to faster days of junior golf, when pace was dictated by the American Junior Golf Association’s timing system. Representatives from the AJGA brought it to Reunion, and the ...

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Andy Zunz
South Carolina women's golf reached No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking for the first time in school history.
South Carolina women's golf reached No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking for the first time in school history.

There's a new No. 1 women's team in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

The South Carolina women's golf team found itself atop the list after winning the inaugural ANNIKA Intercollegiate, marking the first time the team has reached No. 1 in the ranking.

The Gamecocks took a win over a highly competitive field behind the medalist efforts of senior Jutine Dreher, who finished at 9 under.

“We’re obviously excited to have the No. 1 ranking in the country. However, it is really, really early,” South Carolina head coach Kalen Harris said in a release. “It’s ...

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Cassie Stein
Alabama's Emma Talley
Alabama's Emma Talley

REUNION, Fla. –– Players come and go on team rosters every year. But when “the best player in our school history," words spoken by Alabama head coach Mic Potter, graduates, it leaves the coach wondering how the team will perform.

That player was Stephanie Meadow, who graduated from Alabama in May and left behind a huge legacy, not just on the course, as she won nine times in her four years in Tuscaloosa – more than three times as many wins as any other player in school history – but off the course, as well.

Meadow kept a journal of her time on ...

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Julie Williams
UCLA sophomore Alison Lee accepted the inaugural ANNIKA Award on Sunday evening. Lee won the award based on a vote from players, coaches and golf media.
UCLA sophomore Alison Lee accepted the inaugural ANNIKA Award on Sunday evening. Lee won the award based on a vote from players, coaches and golf media.

Our Julie Williams is on the road this season covering the Golfweek Collegiate Series. This is the latest installment in blogging her road trip.

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REUNION, Fla. – In the first round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, the highest score in the 60-player field was an 80. Not a single player went more than eight shots over par at Reunion Resort. This is significant.

In women’s college golf, scoring feats, first-time NCAA Championship winners (or qualifiers) and start-up programs are the best way to not only judge the game’s progress, but the deepening of the talent pool. During the last five ...

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Brentley Romine
Cal sophomore Cameron Shaw tied for second to help the Golden Bears win the Windon Memorial Classic.
Cal sophomore Cameron Shaw tied for second to help the Golden Bears win the Windon Memorial Classic.

For Cal head coach Steve Desimone, every win is a good win.

However, he couldn't help but be especially pleased with his team's performance at the Windon Memorial Classic. With two sophomores and three freshmen in the starting lineup, the Golden Bears posted a 16-shot victory while also breaking a pair of records – 18-hole team score (10-under 270) and 54-hole team score (6-under 834).

"A team this young, I really had no expectations for them," Desimone said. "I just wanted them to grow as a team, build good chemistry, improve in every facet of the game and want ...

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Cassie Stein
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans said the Collegiate Challenge Cup format was "a little different."
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans said the Collegiate Challenge Cup format was "a little different."

KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. – As the regular season continues this fall, it seems like more coaches and players are still looking for a way to emphasize the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship at the end of the season.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup is one of the unique events on the fall portion of the schedule that is similar to how the NCAA Championship would play out in May. Over a three-day period, teams play 54 holes of stroke play followed by a day of match play. This is done between teams from ACC and SEC battling ...

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Cassie Stein
Vanderbilt freshman Theo Humphrey
Vanderbilt freshman Theo Humphrey

KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. – Theo Humphrey may have gained a lot of experience in the final round of stroke play at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup, but that doesn’t exactly means he knows it yet.

Humphrey, who is a freshman at Vanderbilt, played with two of the top amateurs in the world Sept. 20 in Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans (World Amateur Golf Ranking, No. 1) and Virginia’s Denny McCarthy (WAGR, No. 12).

“When I saw my pairing,” Humphrey said. “I was really looking forward to it – to see those guys play and try to learn ...

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