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September 20, 2014 | 11:01 a.m.

Rivalry talk runs high at Collegiate Challenge Cup

Cassie Stein

KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. – Which conference is the best in the nation?

Well, at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup, where the SEC will play the ACC in a match-play showdown for “Top Conference” honors, it depends on who you ask.

Competitiveness between conferences is running high this week on the outskirts of Nashville, and players and coaches are ready to show which conference is the best – and we’re not talking football here.

Here are a few thoughts on the SEC vs. ACC rivalry:

  • “There’s great competitive for both conferences bring some really good teams and highly ...

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Julie Williams
The tournament field for the Cougar Classic had grown to 23 teams and included defending national champion Duke.
The tournament field for the Cougar Classic had grown to 23 teams and included defending national champion Duke.

As Yeamans Hall Golf Club’s reputation grows in college-golf circles, more and more teams flock to the Powerade Cougar Classic each year.

College of Charleston head coach Jamie Futtrell describes Yeamans Hall as having “a definite mystique” that draws in players. By this year’s 12th playing, the tournament field had grown to 23 teams and included defending national champion Duke, as well a third-place finisher UCLA.

From Futrell’s standout, it’s a feather in the cap of his Cougar program.

“The tournament gives us an opportunity to open the year competing against some of the best programs ...

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Andy Zunz
Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen and Jennifer Hahn will lead the Commodores at the 2014 Mason Rudolph Championship.
Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen and Jennifer Hahn will lead the Commodores at the 2014 Mason Rudolph Championship.

As Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen prepares to host the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn., this weekend, he can't help but notice all the change.

The tournament has earned the reputation of being one of the strongest fall tournaments in women's college golf, attracting teams from across the country. But, this year, things look a little different.

Gone are the West Coast teams that used to fly across the country and measure their talents against the best teams in the South.

"I feel like we need to make UCLA an honorary host, they've won the thing ...

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Cassie Stein
Jon Rahm playing for Spain during the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.
Jon Rahm playing for Spain during the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.

Jon Rahm is receiving some pretty high praise from Jack Nicklaus after setting the World Amateur Team Championship individual-scoring record in Japan on Saturday.

Rahm, a junior at Arizona State, shot 70-64-62-67 for a 23-under 263 total at the 29th biannual event at Karuizawa 72 East. That broke a 54-year-old record set by Nicklaus.

This is what Mr. Nicklaus had to say about Rahm’s remarkable play:

After learning he broke Nicklaus' record , Rahm said: “I’m about ready to cry right now because, honestly, Jack Nicklaus is a hero. I can’t really explain how good it feels to ...

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September 11, 2014 | 12:32 p.m.

Ringler: New men's college golf season a must-watch

Lance Ringler
Thomas Detry of Illinois with head coach Mike Small at No. 18 on Monday of the NCAA Men's Division 1 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Thomas Detry of Illinois with head coach Mike Small at No. 18 on Monday of the NCAA Men's Division 1 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

The upcoming men’s college golf season has a different feel to it this year.

To me, it’s much like an anticipated new fall-season drama on network television. For the most part, there will be many new storylines while many of the characters are going to be names that have not seen a lot of headlines.

What should be no longer is Alabama and California garnering much of the talk during the year, which is what we have seen the past two seasons.

We can project that the likes of Texas and Oklahoma State will be at the forefront ...

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Categories: Blog U., Lance Ringler, College, Men
Andy Zunz
Will Starke led the South Carolina Gamecocks to victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate with a 6-under 30 on the back nine of the final round.
Will Starke led the South Carolina Gamecocks to victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate with a 6-under 30 on the back nine of the final round.

Bill McDonald looked around as his sluggish team played a practice round and thought, I'm the worst coach in the country.

The South Carolina Gamecocks felt the wear and tear of cross-country travel as they prepared for the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Ga., tired and stressed from travel after competing in the Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, Calif., the weekend prior.

McDonald felt responsible for putting his team through the trouble. He wanted his team to experience playing Pebble Beach Golf Links, but also wanted to play the tournament that was at The Farm Golf Club, where ...

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September 10, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.

Williams: True Blue gives green light to low scores

Julie Williams
Jacksonville State's Tomasz Anderson wins the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge after a final-round 12-under 60 at True Blue Golf Course in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Jacksonville State's Tomasz Anderson wins the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge after a final-round 12-under 60 at True Blue Golf Course in Pawleys Island, S.C.

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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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – The applause for Tomasz Anderson on Tuesday at True Blue Golf Club was the loudest I’ve ever heard at a college golf tournament.

Three full teams, several spectators and volunteers were hanging over the railing on the back porch of the clubhouse while Anderson putted out for a 12-under 60, and they went berserk when the Jacksonville State senior made his 12th and final birdie. It reminded me of the grandstands ...

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Cassie Stein
Virginia sophomore Derek Bard
Virginia sophomore Derek Bard

When a team’s best player isn't in the lineup, it leaves the head coach scratching his head, wondering how the team will perform.

In Bowen Sargent’s case, a huge void was left for Virginia as Denny McCarthy, No. 5 in the Golfweek preseason individual rankings, was off in Japan representing Team USA at the World Amateur Team Championship, and the team’s first tournament was set to take place at the same time.

Sargent shouldn't worry anymore as the Cavaliers won the Northern Intercollegiate on Sept. 7 after being seven-shots back after the first round. A ...

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Julie Williams
Valparaiso sophomore Sydney Shrum at the start of the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge.
Valparaiso sophomore Sydney Shrum at the start of the 2014 Golfweek Program Challenge.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – From my point of view, the first live shot of the college season happened in thick Deep South, early-morning air at Caledonia Golf Club, and I got at least a half-dozen mosquito bites while watching. That first tee shot belonged to Valparaiso sophomore Sydney Shrum at the start of the Golfweek Program Challenge.

I spent the better part of August toiling over my preseason college rankings – figuring out who was coming back, who wasn’t and which players and teams would be the best in college golf. It’s a great assignment – and an inexact science ...

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Cassie Stein
Corey Pereira won the California State Fair Amateur on Monday by two shots.
Corey Pereira won the California State Fair Amateur on Monday by two shots.

Final scores

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In a field dominated by college players preparing for the upcoming season, Corey Pereira continued his West Coast dominance by winning the California State Fair Amateur on Labor Day.

Pereira, who won the Pacific Coast Amateur in July, shot a final-round 5-under 67 at MacKenzie Golf Club at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento for a 16-under 200 total and two-shot victory over Jonathan De Los Reyes, the 36-hole leader.

Pereira, 19, of Cameron Park, Calif., knew exactly where he stood on the 17th hole. He had a one-shot lead, but that disappeared quickly as Reyes sank a 30-footer for ...

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Andy Zunz
Members of the Cal men's golf team celebrate after winning the 2012 Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.
Members of the Cal men's golf team celebrate after winning the 2012 Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.

The Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, one of college golf's top events, has undergone a bit of reconstruction.

Tavistock Group, the parent company of Isleworth Golf and Country Club, has renamed the event to the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational and moved it across town in Orlando, Fla., to Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. The tournament, which was held at Isleworth Golf and Country Club for 10 years, will be played Oct. 19-21. In future years, it will be rotated between Isleworth and Lake Nona.

This year’s field: Arkansas, Baylor, California, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, GRU-Augusta, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas ...

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Golfweek Staff
LSU teammates Stewart Jolly (from left) and Smylie Kaufman and Alabama's Tom Lovelady pose with commemorative plaques presented by the club Monday night in the Vestavia Hills section of Birmingham.
LSU teammates Stewart Jolly (from left) and Smylie Kaufman and Alabama's Tom Lovelady pose with commemorative plaques presented by the club Monday night in the Vestavia Hills section of Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – They might have been rivals this spring, but for one glorious night this week, three young members of Vestavia Country Club were united in an embrace as strong as any SEC allegiance.

LSU teammates Stewart Jolly (from left) and Smylie Kaufman and Alabama's Tom Lovelady pose with commemorative plaques presented by the club Monday night in the Vestavia Hills section of Birmingham. Jolly, who won the recent Northeast Amateur, will be a senior at LSU. He finished the spring at 29th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and was a third-team All-American. Kaufman, a recent graduate, and ...

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Cassie Stein

Newly appointed Florida men’s head golf coach J.C. Deacon has landed his first recruit and he’ll be arriving in just a few short weeks to Gainesville.

Deacon and assistant coach John Handrigan recently signed Argentina's top-ranked player, Alejandro Tosti.

“Alejando has competed at the highest levels all over the world with a lot of success and has won many championships,” Handrigan said in a Gators news release. “His experience will be very valuable as he makes the transition to college golf.

“As soon as Alejandro arrives, he will have an immediate impact in our lineup as ...

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Golfweek Staff
Nicki Cutler stepped down as Princeton women's golf coach.
Nicki Cutler stepped down as Princeton women's golf coach.

Nicki Cutler has resigned after four seasons as the head women's coach at Princeton, the school announced.

"I would like to thank Princeton University for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach," Cutler said. "It has been a privilege and an honor to work with such an outstanding group of young women. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I will leave with many great memories of being a Tiger."

Under Cutler, Princeton finished among the top three in the Ivy League in each of the past four seasons. The Tigers were No. 96 in ...

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Golfweek Staff
Jeff Jenkins was named head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Jeff Jenkins was named head coach at Louisiana Tech.

Jeff Jenkins, who spent four years as the assistant coach at Texas Tech, has been named the head men's coach at Louisiana Tech.

He replaces Jeff Parks, who resigned after five seasons at the Ruston school.

We are excited to have Jeff Jenkins and the experience that he brings to the table as our next head coach,” Tommy McClelland, Louisiana Tech's athletic director, said in a statement. “He comes highly recommended, and he has been a part of one of the better golf programs in our region at Texas Tech. We believe that he is the right person ...

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