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Andy Zunz
Spectators look on at the CC of Landfall at the 2010 NCAA women's national championship.
Spectators look on at the CC of Landfall at the 2010 NCAA women's national championship.

Given the relationship between Wilmington, N.C., and women's college golf, the word tradition is appropriate.

This weekend, three out of the past five national championship-winning programs will play the Landfall Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C., the site of the 1995 and 2010 national championships – events that have been heralded for their excitement and fan engagement.

"Golf is big in this town," said North Carolina-Wilmington head coach Cindy Ho. "Just the amount of people on the 18th hole (in 2010), around 300 people, and I'm talking about spectators. That's a perfect ...

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Andy Zunz
South Carolina's Katelyn Dambaugh
South Carolina's Katelyn Dambaugh

South Carolina needed only four golfers Oct. 19 to close out the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate. Despite sidelining an injured Katelyn Dambaugh and starting the day with a four-shot deficit, the Gamecocks won by 14 shots.

The top team in Golfweek's rankings will be happy to see its All-SEC performer return to the lineup this weekend at the Landfall Tradition, the Gamecocks' season-ending event.

"We’re just trying to survive injuries," said head coach Kalen Harris. "We’re trying to get through the fall and get healthy for the spring."

The Gamecocks will have one more chance to make a statement ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Emilee Klein-Gille, shown celebrating her Women's British Open victory at Woburn as a 22-year-old in 1996.
Emilee Klein-Gille, shown celebrating her Women's British Open victory at Woburn as a 22-year-old in 1996.

Emilee Klein-Gille began working from her hospital bed soon after giving birth Sept. 18 to her second son, Charlie Paul Gille. Two and a half months on the job in Tulsa and not a moment to waste, Klein-Gille wanted her team and recruits to know she meant business.

That competitive drive is what made Klein-Gille a top-ranked junior, an NCAA champion and a three-time winner on the LPGA. Now, after a three-year absence from the coaching ranks, Klein-Gille makes her return at Tulsa, a once-celebrated golf school that finished last season ranked 129th. Worse yet, Tulsa hosted the 2014 NCAA ...

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Lance Ringler
Northwestern's Kaitlin Park is part of a strong squad that could pull off an NCAA upset.
Northwestern's Kaitlin Park is part of a strong squad that could pull off an NCAA upset.

Editor’s Note: This story ran in the Sept. 5 issue of Golfweek, the college preview

With the arrival of match play to determine the NCAA women’s team winner this spring, the door swings open to more potential champions.

In the six seasons since the men adopted a similar format – stroke play to decide the medalist and eight teams advancing to match play – volatility has reigned. Augusta State’s back-to-back national titles in 2010-11 added as much excitement as it did uncertainty to the season finale.

Could a similar upstart break through when the women convene in May at ...

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October 20, 2014 | 5:22 p.m.

Player of the week: Bronte Law, UCLA

Golfweek Staff

UCLA sophomore Bronte Law claimed the second collegiate title of her career Oct. 19 at the Stanford Intercollegiate. Law finished two shots ahead of USC’s Doris Chen, who won last spring’s NCAA Championship, and UCLA teammate Louise Ridderstrom.

Law, a GB&I Curtis Cupper who hails from Stockport, England, finished 54 holes at Stanford Golf Course with an 8-under 205 total (65-71-69). Law led wire-to-wire, but still made five birdies in her final nine holes, including one at the 72nd hole. In nine rounds this season, Law is 14-under par and has a scoring average of 70.1 ...

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October 20, 2014 | 5:01 p.m.

Team of the week: South Carolina

Golfweek Staff

South Carolina played the final two rounds of Mercedes-Benz Collegiate with just four players, but the Gamecocks still managed to rally Oct. 19 for a 14-shot victory after entering the final round with a four-shot deficit. That gave South Carolina its second team title in three fall starts.

When sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh withdrew with back issues after a first-round 74 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., the rest of the Gamecocks stepped up. South Carolina fought wind and difficult hole locations, and posted a final-round 3-under 281. The team finished 54 holes at 13-over 865.

“They really stepped up ...

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Andy Zunz
Doris Chen led the USC Trojans to a share of the title at the Stanford Intercollegiate.
Doris Chen led the USC Trojans to a share of the title at the Stanford Intercollegiate.

Scores

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The top of the leaderboard was about as crowded as possible at the Stanford Intercollegiate, leaving the defending champion USC Trojans and host Stanford Cardinal with a shared victory.

The Trojans took their third-straight Stanford Intercollegiate victory at The Stanford Golf Club, finishing in a tie with the Cardinal at 15-under 837.

UCLA was not far behind, finishing one stroke back at 14 under and in third place.

USC and Stanford both placed four individuals in the top 25. The Trojans were led by NCAA individual champion Doris Chen, who finished tied for second at 6 under, and the ...

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Andy Zunz
From left: Louise Ridderstrom and UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth
From left: Louise Ridderstrom and UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth

With four golfers in the top 10 and the top two individuals, the UCLA Bruins have the lead at the Stanford Intercollegiate with 18 holes to play.

The Bruins are at 8 under through 36 holes at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course, leading the host school by two strokes.

Bronte Law leads the way for the Bruins, sitting at 6 under for the tournament after an even-par 71 Saturday. She's ahead of teammate Louise Ridderstrom by one stroke in the individual race. UCLA's Alison and Erynne Lee (no relation) are tied for eighth at 2 under.

Stanford went ...

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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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Brentley Romine
UCLA's Bronte Law
UCLA's Bronte Law

Led by Bronte Law's 6-under 65, UCLA took the first-round lead Friday at the Stanford Intercollegiate.

The Bruins, ranked 10th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, shot 5-under 279 as a team at Stanford Golf Course and lead by three shots over sixth-ranked Stanford and seventh-ranked Northwestern.

Law, ranked 17th individually by Golfweek, was the only UCLA player in the top 10, although Alison Lee and Erin Choi each shot even-par 71 and Erynne Lee added a 72. Law leads by two shots over Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse and Pepperdine's Alina Ching.

Top-ranked SooBin Kim of Washington is tied ...

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October 16, 2014 | 4:59 p.m.

Stanford Intercollegiate draws 12 top-50 teams

Andy Zunz
Shannon Aubert and the Stanford Cardinal hope to defend their home turf at the Stanford Intercollegiate.
Shannon Aubert and the Stanford Cardinal hope to defend their home turf at the Stanford Intercollegiate.

The Cardinal bring a strong field to their home course for the Stanford Intercollegiate, setting up one of the best tournaments in the fall college slate.

USC looks to three-peat at the event, which includes a dozen teams in the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking.

Autumn domination

The Washington Huskies, tabbed as the No. 1 team in the country by Golfweek, have yet to sweat out a close finish this year. Washington has beat out the runners-up in its first two events of the year by a total of 53 strokes.

The Huskies' initial win, which came at ...

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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
Tulane's Silvia Garces
Tulane's Silvia Garces

Final scores

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UNLV shared the team title with Tulane at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Tuesday at The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin.

The Rebels finished 54 holes tied with the Green Wave at 31-over 895 after Tulane rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round. While both teams will officially be awarded a victory, UNLV prevailed in a scorecard playoff for the trophy thanks to a final-round even-par 72 by Vivian Chen, the Rebels' No. 5 player. Tulane's fifth player, Belen Goicoechea, carded a 73.

The victory marks the first regular-season team title for UNLV ...

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Julie Williams

Final scores: Men | Women

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DESTIN, Fla. –– Laura Lindsey hit only five drivers Tuesday morning as a warm-up to a soggy round at Sandestin’s Baytowne Course. With swollen clouds overhead and mush underfoot, it was all she could squeeze in on a crowded, and somewhat chaotic, practice range.

Storms blew over Destin early Tuesday morning, and made the final round of the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational uncertain. Still, Lindsey’s Texas-Tyler team came with a very detailed game plan. It could make up an 18-shot deficit on Washington-St. Louis with a team score of 300.

“That’s four 75s ...

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October 14, 2014 | 3:50 p.m.

Team of the week: USC Trojans

Golfweek Staff

After finishing in sixth at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate without All-Americans Annie Park and Kyung Kim, the USC Trojans won the Windy City Collegiate on Tuesday.

The Trojans, No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, finished with a 54-hole total of 12-over 876 for a three-shot victory over tournament host Northwestern at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

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