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Brentley Romine
Houston's Roman Robledo
Houston's Roman Robledo

Final scores

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Houston completed a wire-to-wire victory Tuesday at the Miramont Invitational at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

The Cougars, ranked 44th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, finished the event at 11-under 565. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes because of inclement weather. Texas-San Antonio was 16 shots back in second place while Columbia was third at 11 over.

Host Rice tied for fourth at 12 over with three other teams – Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State.

Louis Kelly of Louisiana-Lafayette took medalist honors at 6-under 138. Houston's Roman Robledo was second, a shot back, and ...

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October 14, 2014 | 4:02 p.m.

Player of the week: Thomas Lim, Oregon

Golfweek Staff

Oregon junior Thomas Lim captured medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational. Lim birdied three of his last five holes Tuesday to edge Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan by two shots.

Lim shot 66-65-71 to finish at 8-under 202. He will now receive a sponsor exemption into the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, which will mark his first PGA Tour start.

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October 14, 2014 | 3:56 p.m.

Team of the week: Oregon Ducks

Golfweek Staff

Oregon earned its third victory of the fall by capturing the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational by six shots Tuesday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Ducks held the 36-hole lead before closing with a 3-over 283, which tied for the best round of the day with Stanford. The Ducks, ranked 20th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, finished at 11-over 851 while the 10th-ranked Cardinal were second at 17-over 857.

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Cassie Stein
Illinois' Thomas Detry
Illinois' Thomas Detry

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Illinois didn’t need a third round to win its third event of the season in as many starts.

On Tuesday morning, the Sagamore Fall Preview’s final round was canceled because of heavy rain and poor conditions, leaving the No. 1 team in the country with yet another team title.

Junior Thomas Detry led the Illini by claiming the individual title in Noblesville, Ind., with a 5 under total. Brian Campbell tied for second with Auburn’s Daniel Stringfellow and Matt Gilchrest.

Charlie Danielson also finished in top five, allowing the Illini to win by ...

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Julie Williams

DESTIN, Fla. – George Toone’s famous line, in his thick English accent, is that he didn’t come all the way to the United States just to fight the rain gusts he is used to back home in Edenbridge, England. Still, for all the headache a quick microburst at Sandestin Resort caused on Monday, Toone didn’t seem to feel it.

All 18 teams were on the Raven Course by the time strong wind gusts and a heavy downpour blew through. It was enough to soak through shirts and turn scorecards to a soggy mess. It was also enough to ...

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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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Julie Williams

DESTIN, Fla. – Three years ago, when Cory Howard played Sandestin’s Raven Course for the first time, he was 15 pounds lighter, much less experienced and much less consistent. A slim Howard still only weighs in at 140 pounds as a senior, but he plays – at the Raven, at least – with an authority that would make him unrecognizable to his former self.

“It’s nice to have progressed,” Howard said after the first round of the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational. After 3-under 68, he leads by one. Howard’s LaGrange team, aided heavily by his low score, also leads ...

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Brentley Romine
East Carolina's George Kilgore
East Carolina's George Kilgore

Final scores

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East Carolina wrapped up a final-round 8-under 280 Sunday at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., to win the rain-shortened Rod Myers Invitational.

Heavy rains reduced the event to 36 holes and forced the completion of the second round to Sunday. The Pirates, who had players through six holes when play was halted Saturday, finished at 15-under 561, seven shots better than runner-up North Carolina, which led after the first round before closing with a 2-over 290.

East Carolina's George Kilgore shot 68-69 to capture medalist honors at 7-under 137, two shots better than ...

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Andy Zunz
Cal sophomore Cameron Shaw
Cal sophomore Cameron Shaw

For some programs, the word rebuild holds no meaning.

California could very well be considered among that number. After losing some of the top players in college golf, head coach Steve Desimone has started a group of underclassmen and achieved early-season success. The Golden Bears have finished in the top five in their first three starts this fall, including a win at the Windon Memorial Classic.

They'll look for another win at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, which they won last year by 22 strokes. Cal's home tournament, played at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., brings 16 teams ...

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Brentley Romine
Wake Forest freshman Will Zalatoris picked up his first collegiate victory at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Wake Forest freshman Will Zalatoris picked up his first collegiate victory at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tenn.

Final scores

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Will Zalatoris played just three holes Sunday before players were pulled off a rain-soaked Blackthorn Club, signaling the end of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.

The Wake Forest freshman didn't mind, though, as it sealed his first collegiate victory, as well as the second straight team title for the Demon Deacons.

Zalatoris, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur, Texas State Amateur and Trans-Miss Championship during the summer, finished 36 holes without a bogey. He shot 66-68 for a 10-under 134, two shots better than runner-up Denny McCarthy of Virginia.

"It was an amazing experience not having ...

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Julie Williams
Schreiner University's Zach Oliver, Jimmy Keener, Cheyne Kendall, Matt McClung and Phillip Stewart.
Schreiner University's Zach Oliver, Jimmy Keener, Cheyne Kendall, Matt McClung and Phillip Stewart.

DESTIN, Fla. – A week ago, when Saint John’s Minnesota showed up for the final round of the MIAC Championship in Coon Rapids, Minn., the wind chill was below freezing. Head coach Bob Alpers shrugged his shoulders. His players played anyway.

“That’s what northern kids do,” he said. A common misperception, Alpers says, is that they like to play in such weather. Alpers insists they merely tolerate it.

The Johnnies finished 10th at that event before packing for the Golfweek D3 Fall Invitational in balmy Destin. For Saint John’s, it’s a warm way to extend the season ...

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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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Lance Ringler
Georgia head coach Chris Haack (left), shown with former Bulldogs player Brian Harman, who is on the PGA Tour, rates among several top college coaches who would be good fits for U.S. Ryder Cup captain, writes Lance Ringler.
Georgia head coach Chris Haack (left), shown with former Bulldogs player Brian Harman, who is on the PGA Tour, rates among several top college coaches who would be good fits for U.S. Ryder Cup captain, writes Lance Ringler.

After so much debate about the problems surrounding the American team in its recent Ryder Cup loss, the solution strikes me as being simple. The U.S. must have the right leaders, with people who understand the importance of team dynamics.

In team events, success or failure always falls on the captain's shoulders. Captains get too much credit when teams win and too much blame when they lose.

Tom Watson, the recent U.S. Ryder Cup captain – as with every captain before him – is a former touring pro and a standout from his era. Still, how does individual success ...

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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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Cassie Stein
UCLA's Lorens Chan
UCLA's Lorens Chan

UCLA is one of the few golf programs that is on academic quarters instead of semesters.

So, when teams start the fall portion of the season as August turns to September, Bruins head coach Derek Freeman just sits and watches scores and sees how the top teams in the country fare in their first and second tournaments of the year.

Is that an advantage or disadvantage for the Bruins?

Freeman is on the fence about that, but knows a fast start to any season is important.

“Our goal at the beginning of the season was just to take home every ...

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