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October 16, 2013 | 8 a.m.

By the Numbers: California, 57

Cassie Stein
California's Joel Stalter
California's Joel Stalter

California has won five consecutive Alister MacKenzie Invitational titles by a combined 57 shots.

On Oct. 15, the Golden Bears claimed their third title of the season, shooting 39-under 825 at Sonoma Golf Club for a 22-shot victory over UC Davis.

In 2012, Cal won the MacKenzie by 20 shots, posting a 46-under total. Cal tied with Oregon for the title in 2011, eclipsing the rest of the field by eight. In 2010, Cal set the tournament scoring mark at 48 under yet won by only two shots. At the inaugural event, the Golden Bears won by five at 23 ...

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October 14, 2013 | 2:48 p.m.

By The Numbers: Illinois' Stephanie Miller, 21

Brentley Romine

Illinois' Stephanie Miller became the first freshman in 21 years to win an individual title for the Illini with her victory Oct. 13 at the Diane Thomason Invitational.

The last Illini freshman to win a tournament outright was Becky Biehl at the 1992 Big Ten Championship.

Miller posted rounds of 74-70-69 for a 3-under 213 total, winning by 10 shots over runner-up Yupaporn Kawinpakorn of Kansas.

"It felt amazing," Miller said in a school release. "It was the first time I've had a 54-hole score under par and I hit the ball pretty solid and made some putts and ...

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October 12, 2013 | 7:03 p.m.

By the Numbers: Matt Fitzpatrick, 26

Cassie Stein
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Matthew Fitzpatrick

Northwestern freshman Matt Fitzpatrick went 26 holes before making his first bogey at the Rod Myers Invitational.

Fitzpatrick, the U.S. Amateur champion, is in first after the second round of the tournament, which is being held at Duke Golf Club in Durham, N.C., and leads teammate Jack Perry by two. He shot 67-68, which includes 10 birdies and a bogey.

With Fitzpatrick and Perry one-two on the leaderboard, Northwestern also leads the tournament as a team at 13-under 563, 12 shots better than North Carolina and Baylor.

Fitzpatrick is looking for his first collegiate victory. In his first ...

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Julie Williams
LSU freshman Caroline Nistrup came up big for the Tigers at the Schooner Fall Classic.
LSU freshman Caroline Nistrup came up big for the Tigers at the Schooner Fall Classic.

The transition to college golf isn’t an easy one, even for the country’s top juniors. The Class of 2013 already claims two players in Golfweek’s top 50 (UCLA’s Alison Lee, No. 2, and Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey, No. 10), but a handful of classmates have gotten a good start, too. Here are five impressive freshmen you may not have heard of but are worth remembering:

Caroline Nistrup, LSU (Golfweek ranking: 20): The freshman from Denmark led the Tigers into the second-round lead at the Schooner Fall Classic with a 5-under 65. (A bit of LSU trivia ...

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Cassie Stein
Robby Shelton (file photo)
Robby Shelton (file photo)

It’s early in the college golf season (yes, we know), but some fab freshmen have made more of an impact than others.

There is just one preseason top 10 freshman – Alabama’s Robby Shelton – who has won an event, but two more freshmen – Florida State’s Jack Maguire and Washington’s Corey Pereira – are inside the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Take a look at our preseason top-10 fab freshman and how they have fared in their first couple of tournaments for their respective teams.

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1. Matt Fitzpatrick, Northwestern

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 176

Results: T-53, OFCC ...

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Categories: Blog U., College, Men, Top Stories
October 9, 2013 | 2:18 p.m.

By The Numbers: Illinois, 2

Brentley Romine
Illinois' Brian Campbell won his match on Friday again Michigan's Chris O'Neill.
Illinois' Brian Campbell won his match on Friday again Michigan's Chris O'Neill.

Two was the number for the Illinois men's golf team, which notched back-to-back victories for the second time in its last six events and broke the school's 18-hole scoring record in two of the three rounds at the Macdonald Cup Oct. 6 in New Haven, Conn.

The Illini's victory at the Macdonald Cup follows a season-opening win at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Illinois also won consecutive tournaments near the end of last spring, capturing Big Ten and NCAA Regional championships.

Illinois set a new school record during the first round in New Haven by shooting an 11-under ...

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Brentley Romine
Jim Liu
Jim Liu

A pair of Stanford freshmen logged their first collegiate rounds Sunday.

Jim Liu and Maverick McNealy each shot even-par 72 for the Cardinal at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, which runs Sunday-Tuesday at Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wis.

They are joined in the Stanford lineup by junior Patrick Rodgers, senior Cameron Wilson and sophomore David Boote. Liu and McNealy were not part of the Cardinal lineup at its fall opener at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, as junior Patrick Grimes and sophomore Dominick Francks started instead. Grimes and Francks finished T-53 and T-61 at Olympia Fields, respectively.

Stanford ...

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October 7, 2013 | 11:03 a.m.

By The Numbers: Iowa State, 3

Brentley Romine

Three was the number for the Iowa State men's team as it notched its third straight runner-up finish of the season, Sept. 6 at the David Toms Intercollegiate.

The Cyclones shot 12-over 876 at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La., to finish 16 shots behind team champion Southeastern Lousiana. Iowa State also has second-place showings at the Regional Preview and VCU Shootout this fall.

Junior Scott Fernandez finished tied for third individually at the University Club while freshman Nick Voke's T-7 finish was his third top 10 of the season.

Emma Talley
Emma Talley defeated Su-Hyun Oh in 19 holes in Friday's quarterfinals at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Emma Talley defeated Su-Hyun Oh in 19 holes in Friday's quarterfinals at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Hey Y’all

Sometimes life can get hectic, and the past week my life has been the definition of hectic. Everything from golf tournaments, tests, workouts, planning, doctors and of course social life has made things crazy. Our last tournament was the Mason Rudolph hosted by Vanderbilt in Franklin, Tenn. I was very excited for the tournament because it is somewhat close to my hometown (Princeton, Ky.) and several of my friends and family were coming to watch – and it was also where the NCAA Championships was held two years ago when Alabama won. I loved the course the minute ...

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Cassie Stein
Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma during the Sun Trust Gator Women's Invite at Mark Bostick Golf Course.
Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma during the Sun Trust Gator Women's Invite at Mark Bostick Golf Course.

The Schooner Fall Classic is set to take place at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla., Oct. 5-7.

Belmar GC is owned by country music superstar Toby Keith.

The event will welcome 15 teams – Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Texas State, Denver, Georgia, Florida State, Kentucky, Pepperdine, LSU, SMU and Kent State.

Of the 15 teams, four are ranked inside the top 10 of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, as host Oklahoma comes in at as the fourth-ranked team. Other teams are Pepperdine (sixth), Oklahoma State (seventh) and Arizona State (eighth).

Pepperdine’s Marissa ...

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Categories: Blog U., College, Women, Top Stories
Cassie Stein
Marshall's Clark Robinson
Marshall's Clark Robinson

The Marshall Thundering Herd, under second-year head coach Matt Grobe, have won back-to-back titles for only the third time in program history, which dates to 1949.

The team came away with victories at the John Piper Invitational on Sept. 17 and the Patriot Intercollegiate on Sept. 29. The last time the Herd won two team titles was October 1990. Grobe said much of the team’s early success is due to two freshmen, Clark Robinson and Will Evans.

Marshall, a Division I school in Huntington, W.Va., started the season with its home tournament – the Marshall Invitational – and finished seventh ...

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October 3, 2013 | 8 a.m.

By The Numbers: Brickyard Collegiate, 5

Brentley Romine
USF's Chase Koepka
USF's Chase Koepka

Five is the number heading into the Brickyard Collegiate, which starts Friday at Brickyard Golf Course in Macon, Ga., as five individuals ranked inside Golfweek's top 20 are set to compete.

South Florida's Chase Koepka (No. 5), Georgia's Joey Garber (No. 6), Florida State's Jack Maguire (No. 11), Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans (No. 16) and Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent (No. 18) will all tee it up.

In addition, five teams in the top 25 are in the field: Georgia (No. 3), Georgia Tech (No. 4), Georgia Regents-Augusta (No. 13), Virginia Tech (No. 14) and ...

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Cassie Stein
Army head coach Brian Watts
Army head coach Brian Watts

Due to the government shutdown, all scheduled college competitions at Army, Navy and Air Force are suspended until further notice.

Army is scheduled to play host to the Stars and Stripes Invitational on Oct. 6-7 at West Point (N.Y.) Golf Course.

As the shutdown continues – for who knows how long – Army head coach Brian Watts is looking at his options. He still wants to host the event, but if the shutdown continues, Army wouldn't play in the tournament.

Because West Point Golf Course is on a military post and is considered to be run by the government, Watts ...

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October 1, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.

By The Numbers: California, 10

Cassie Stein
California wins the 2013 Jack Nicklaus Invitational
California wins the 2013 Jack Nicklaus Invitational

California has won the team and individual title (at the same tournament) in 10 of its last 14 tournaments, dating back to the 2012 Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

Most recently, the Bears won the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Sept. 30 by 19 shots over Oklahoma, while senior Brandon Hagy picked up his second collegiate victory.

It's the team's 24th title in the last four years.

Over those 14 tournaments, Hagy has two victories, Joel Stalter has two victories, Michael Weaver has one victory and junior Michael Kim has four (Stalter and Kim tied for first at the Arizona Intercollegiate ...

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Categories: Blog U., College, Men, Cal Bears
September 30, 2013 | 11:59 a.m.

By The Numbers: Kent State, 2

Brentley Romine

Two was the number for the Kent State women's team as the Golden Flashes won the Nittany Lion Women's Invitational on Sunday for their second straight victory of the fall.

Kent State, which opened the season with a win at the Minnesota Invitational, defeated runner-up Yale by four shots at Penn State Golf Course in State College, Pa.

Also taking home a second straight title was Kent State junior Jennifer Ha, who has claimed medalist honors in each of her first two fall events.

The last time Kent State won two fall tournaments? 2002.

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