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Lance Ringler's Feel Test: Tulsa CC gets high marks

Lance Ringler's Feel Test: Tulsa CC gets high marks

Every year, our Lance Ringler takes a look at the venues and the red-carpet treatment each gives the players, coaches, media and patrons. Tulsa Country Club proved to be top-notch on many levels.

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Forward spin on women's finals: It's time to evolve

Forward spin on women's finals: It's time to evolve

When the 24 teams arrive next May at The Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., to compete for the national championship, the tournament will be vastly different than anything previously in women's college golf.

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Defending champ USC trails Oklahoma in NCAAs

Defending champ USC trails Oklahoma at midway point of NCAA women's championship

At the halfway point of this year’s NCAA finals, USC has settled into a come-from-behind position rather than setting the pace. The lead belongs to a seasoned Oklahoma squad that features four seniors. Lone Sooner freshman Alexandra Kaui has the individual lead.

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Favorites fare well but trail in Tulsa

NCAA D-1 women's championship favorites fare well but trail in Tulsa

The favorites are in position in the NCAA D-I women's championship: No. 2 UCLA is second as top-ranked USC and No. 3 Duke are tied for third at 293 with Arizona State, all trailing first-round leader Oklahoma.

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USC, UCLA, Duke loom as NCAA women's favorites

USC, UCLA, Duke loom as favorites at NCAA Women's Championships

Among an elite foursome in the women’s game, three occupy the top spots in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings -- USC, UCLA and Duke -- as well as favorites at this week's NCAA D-I Women's Championship.

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Sugar Grove Regional: Illinois wins; UAB impresses

Sugar Grove Regional: Illinois wins; UAB impresses

Illinois won its second consecutive NCAA regional title by outlasting upstart UAB at the Sugar Grove Regional.

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Sugar Grove Regional: Cal bounces back

Sugar Grove (Ill.) Regional: Cal bounces back; Purdue nears top 5

Top-seeded Cal bounced back from a poor first round, moving into fourth place Friday at the NCAA Sugar Grove (Ill.) Regional.

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Sugar Grove (Ill.) Regional: UAB leads

Sugar Grove (Ill.) Regional: UAB leads Illinois by one in NCAA men's golf regional

Alabama-Birmingham tops the leaderboard by a stroke over host Illinois, with Clemson and Kent State in pursuit amid rain and wind in the NCAA men's golf Sugar Grove regional.

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History offers guide to NCAA women's regionals

History offers guide to NCAA women's regionals

Our Lance Ringler breaks down some commonly asked questions about the NCAA women's regionals on the eve of the postseason.

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Minnesota holds off Illinois for Big Ten title

Minnesota holds off Illinois for Big Ten title

Behind senior Jon Trasamar, Minnesota secured a spot in the NCAA regionals with a four-shot victory over No. 7 Illinois at French Lick Resort in Indiana.

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NCAA women get one last stroke-play title

NCAA women prepare for final stroke-play championship

Today, 72 teams will learn where they are headed for NCAA regional competition. Later this month, 24 teams and six individuals will make up the NCAA Championship field to be played at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.

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Ringler: Use match play in conference postseason

Ringler: Use match play in conference championships

There is no denying that match play has created buzz at the men's NCAA Championships during the past five years, so why haven't more conference championships adopted the style of play? Our Lance Ringler says they should.

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NCAA athletes could get more meal allowances

Meal allowances for athletes could be expanded with NCAA approval

The NCAA’s legislative council approved a proposal earlier this week to expand meal allowances for all athletes. It would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons.

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Ringler's walk with Jon Rahm at Western Intercollegiate

Ringler's walk: Rahm's 1st birdie comes after 8 holes at Pasatiempo

Golfweek writer Lance Ringler wanted to see how long it would take Arizona State's Jon Rahm to make a birdie at Pasatiemp during the Western Intercollegiate on Saturday.

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2014 Masters: Upward, downward trends in rankings

2014 Masters: Upward, downward trends in rankings

Who is trending in the right direction heading into this week’s Masters? Who's moving in the wrong direction? Find out!

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Coaches change tune on NCAA women's format

Ringler: Coaches change tune on NCAA women's format changes

The change in format for the women's NCAA Championships this week was met by surprising open arms by coaches that had once voiced opposition to allowing match play determine the national champion.

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Furman coach 'dumbfounded' about program's end

Furman coach Todd Satterfield 'dumbfounded' at news of program's end

When Gary Clark, Furman’s athletic director, told his longtime men’s golf coach Feb. 6 that potential budget cuts could end the Paladins’ program, “I was dumbfounded,” Todd Satterfield said.

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Texas' Richards: I won't coach again after season

Texas' Martha Richards: I won't coach again after season

Texas women's golf coach Martha Richards said after stepping down: “The recovery time for me takes a little longer. This job is getting harder and harder.”

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Players input live scoring at Arizona Intercollegiate

Players, not volunteers, execute live scoring at Arizona Intercollegiate

The headline coming out of Sewailo Golf Club, aside from Cal's victory, might have been Arizona head coach Jim Anderson's decision to use a live-scoring format that is somewhat new to college golf.

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My Year in Golf: Lance Ringler

Lance Ringler, my year in golf: Lance Ringler counts down his top 10 moments of 2013

Lance Ringler brings you his top 10 moments of 2013, from Florida to Oregon to Connecticut to California, to watch some of the biggest and brightest stars of the game.

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Sure thing in Vegas: Televised NCAAs

Golf coaches bet on a sure thing in Vegas: Televised NCAAs

Nearly every conversation at the recent college golf coaches conventions at Planet Hollywood concerned the future of the NCAA Championships and TV.

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Stricker leads Tour in season head-to-head record

Steve Stricker, Derek Ernst, PGA Tour, winning percentage: Steve Stricker leads Tour in season head-to-head record

Rarely do you hear anyone talk about a player’s head-to-head won-loss-tie record. With the PGA Tour’s version of playoffs beginning today, let’s take a look at those head-to-head records, which mean so much in other sports.

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Message to women's coaches: Pick Option 1, or else

Golfweek obtained an e-mail sent to women's coaches that offers up several options for format changes to the NCAA Women's Championship, but coaches really have only one choice to maximize the opportunity of being on television.

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College women likely to adopt match play at NCAAs

College women likely to adopt match play at NCAA Championship

It has been seven years since conversations began about introducing match play at the men’s NCAA Championship. For the women, that should have been the first sign that this might be something coaches should prepare for – or at the very least, think about.

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Kim accepts Haskins Award before Greenbrier start

It was a special evening for Michael Kim. The University of California junior was honored Tuesday as The Greenbrier Resort, site of this week’s PGA Tour stop, as the 2013 Haskins Award winner.

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McGraw expected to join Alabama staff

Less than one week after Mike McGraw was relieved of his duties as head coach at Oklahoma State, he has found a new home. McGraw is expected to become the assistant coach at Alabama.

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Bratton takes reins at OSU; Jones also promoted

Alan Bratton will get the chance to return the Oklahoma State men’s program to the upper echelon of college golf. Bratton will be named head men’s coach for the Cowboys as early as today, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

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Ringler: NCAA finals fix raises other concerns

While the Wednesday finish of the NCAA Championship is being met with little resistance, it’s how the final 18 holes to determine the individual champ will fit into the week’s schedule that is creating concerns among some college coaches.

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Give college coaches a shot at Walker Cup captaincy

It’s time to consider picking a college coach to captain the Walker Cup team.

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Ringler: Match play gives NCAAs staying power

If moments are what define an event, then there’s been no shortage of definition for the NCAA Championship since match play was added five years ago.

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NCAA final: A player-by-player scouting report

Alabama and Illinois set their lineups on Saturday afternoon, and our Lance Ringler breaks down each match for Sunday's championship at Capital City Club.

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NCAA match play provides a stage unlike any other

If Friday was any indication, the excitement at the Capital City Club's Crabapple course will only intensify as Cal, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Alabama take the course on Saturday for the NCAA semifinals.

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Slow-play penalty costs Aggies

At some point, J.T. Higgins will look back at the 2013 NCAA Championship and point to many things that could have saved just one shot. But shortly after Texas A&M was the odd team out Thursday evening in a four-team playoff for three spots, this one hurt.

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Middle of NCAA pack has advantage on Day 3

There will be two areas of the leaderboard to watch at the outset of Thursday's stroke-play finale at the NCAAs: Those around eighth place and those at Nos. 15 and 16. Lance Ringler explains why.

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Committee proposes NCAA format changes for 2014

There may be change to the NCAA Championship as soon as next year. The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship Committee has made a recommendation that will go before the Division I Championship/Sports Management Cabinet in two weeks.

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At NCAAs, match play upstages the medalist

With a new focus being put on pushing the NCAA individual competition to 72 holes, our Lance Ringler walks through how the race for medalist has lost its luster.

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Match play adds a few chapters to NCAAs

Our Lance Ringler takes a look at a few of the storylines at the outset of the week, including the battle between Cal and Alabama, as well as Thomas Pieters return to defend his individual title.

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Days later, USC's rout remains mind-boggling

More than 48 hours after USC claimed victory at the NCAA Championship, it’s still hard to put into words exactly what happened at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

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Ringler's Championship Feel Test: UGA is No. 2

A championship vibe along with a great view from the media center landed this year's NCAA Women's Championship at No. 2 in Lance Ringler's Championship Feel Test rankings.

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Ringler: Is match play on horizon for NCAA women?

Our resident college golf expert Lance Ringler goes through what he knows and doesn't know at the halfway point of the NCAA Women's Championship, including a thought that match play might be on the horizon.

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Miss. St. coach: Time to 'annihilate every record'

The Bulldogs have gone from a bubble team to an at-large lock this spring, with scoring averages dropping and team records being replaced.

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Columbus Regional: Erkenbeck, New Mexico win

New Mexico saved its best golf for when it mattered most, as the top-seeded Lobos won the NCAA Columbus Regional. Senior James Erkenbeck added the individual title for New Mexico.

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Columbus Regional: S. Carolina, UNLV share lead

While first-round leader Charlotte fell back to a tie for fifth, UNLV and South Carolina moved into the top spot and share the lead after two rounds of the NCAA Columbus Regional.

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Columbus Regional: Surprising Charlotte takes lead

The 12th-seeded Charlotte 49ers lead the South Carolina Gamecocks by a single shot and are four clear of the Stanford Cardinal.

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Ringler: Men's NCAA regional system working well

The NCAA Div. I men’s postseason has arrived. The six regional format is now five years old and seems to be working very well. Largely due to the lesser number of teams which results in a better run event from every aspect of tournament golf.

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Regional recap: Predictable winners, surprising end

There was little surprise at the top of the three NCAA regional leaderboards on May 11. Top-ranked USC won its ninth regional title, Duke notched its eighth – and first since 2007 – and Alabama, the defending national champion, easily won by eight shots.

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Ringler: Regional focus is on the middle of the pack

Women's regional play begins May 9, and Lance Ringler offers some random thoughts to take into the postseason.

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Weekly Top 5: Bright spotlights at Kraft, Masters

Top collegiate men and women golfers are finding the spotlight of majors at this time of year – women in this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship and men in next week's Masters.

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Weekly Top 5: Austin Peay wins big; Bama lurks

Austin Peay's victory at the Memphis Intercollegiate might be the biggest in program history, considering the field. Also: Don't forget Alabama, while the UCLA women have regrouped.

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Weekly top 5: Could March Madness work in college golf?

What if the professional golf tours held a very simple, draft day-like event to give instant access to a few college players? It inspired Lance Ringler's Weekly Top 5.