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Lance Ringler

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College women likely to adopt match play at NCAAs

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.

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Weekly top 5: Will the .500 Rule claim any victims?

As the postseason approaches, it’s time to take a little bit deeper look at college golf, and specifically at the .500 Rule.

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Weekly top 5: Coaches weigh in on anchoring ban

A lot of opinions have emerged from the professional side of the game regarding the USGA's proposed anchoring ban, but what are college coaches saying?

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Weekly top 5: When will college golf see a 59?

Better equipment, coaching and players have improved scoring in the past 15 years, which makes it hard to believe that someone hasn’t put up 59 on a college scoreboard.

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Weekly top 5: How should northern schools deal with winter?

The spring season is under way and the journey to late May has started for most teams, whether that means actual competition or just practice.

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Spring primer: NCAA Division I

Take a look at some predictions from our college golf experts on how the Division I golf season may turn out.

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TV deal will shine spotlight on college golf

Less than one week after the GCAA National Convention, nearly all of the college golf world was shocked by the news that the NCAA Championships will be televised beginning in 2014.

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Hot topic at GCAA Convention: NCAA individual champion

The item that garnered most of the attention was the individual portion of the NCAA Championship, which has taken a back seat to the team competition.

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Fired Huntingdon coach: Right idea, wrong delivery

Matt Mahanic concedes that he was wrong to curse his Huntingdon College men's team "in the heat of the moment." Yet Mahanic, who was dismissed Nov. 9 after his profanity-laced rant toward his team went viral on the Internet, said his heart was in the right place.

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Ringler: Thoughts on college golf's summer vacation

As college golfers took three months of summer vacation, coaching changes and talk of adjustments to the national championship continued.

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Ringler: NCAA finale highlighted by 'moments'

First, it was Bobby Wyatt. Then, Jordan Spieth. Finally, Dylan Frittelli put an exclamation point on a day that won't soon be forgotten, says Lance Ringler.

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Ringler: Keep Liberty on your radar

Liberty may have missed making the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship by one shot, but the Flames are ambitious and look forward to success in the future. Lance Ringler.

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Scouting report for Texas-Alabama finale

Match play was supposed to spice the NCAA Championship up. Officials could have never expected this: No. 1 vs. No. 2. An extensive scouting report on both squads, courtesy of Lance Ringler.

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Ringler: Wong's comeback leads Ducks past UCLA

Oregon's Eugene Wong was down two holes with nine to play, and he wouldn't have it any other way - eventually clinching the Ducks' win over UCLA with a birdie at No. 18.

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Ringler: What we learned on Thursday at NCAAs

From the top three ranked schools advancing - including Texas saving face with a nice Thursday - to the need to wrap up all action on Thursday, Lance Ringler tells us what he learned during Round 3 . . .

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Ringler: What we learned Wednesday at NCAAs

With so many teams in the mix trying to make a run at a match-play spot, tension began to mount during the Day 2 at Riviera. Lance Ringler shares what he learned . . .

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Ringler: What we learned Tuesday at NCAAs

From the set-up at Riviera Country Club to the Pac-12's surprisingly bad Round 1 to the race for Player of the Year, Lance Ringler reveals what he learned (and didn't learn) on Tuesday.

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Ringler's 2012 NCAA Championship primer

Our Lance Ringler breaks down the field, including five teams to watch and who might overachieve this week at the NCAA Championship.

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N.C. State, Colorado finally get to the Dance

Our Lance Ringler says that N.C. State and Colorado finally got to the "Big Dance" in 2012, and have built teams that could make return trips.

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Ringler: Tide's collapse will create a tense Friday

Alabama had a chance to put this one away on Thursday but couldn't make it happen. Now, the likes of USC and Purdue are within striking distance. It's going to be a great Friday in Franklin, Tenn.

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Ringler: Legends Club ranks high among venues

Due to its welcoming atmosphere, and well-maintained, gallery-friendly course, the Vanderbilt Legends Club ranks high on the 'Ringler Championship Feel Test' chart. Lance Ringler

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5 Things: Vanderbilt's Alex back in contention

5 Things: Vanderbilt's Marina Alex plays herself back into contention for the individual title, while Alabama will need to avoid its recent front-runner demons.

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5 Things: Different year, same ol' teams

5 Things: Is it realistic to think anyone can challenge the likes of UCLA or Alabama? Meanwhile, a couple of newbies held solid in the first round of the NCAA Championship thanks to veteran leadership.

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A look at the NCAA Women's Championship field

Who is the favorite headed into this week's NCAA Women's Championship? Our resident expert Lance Ringler breaks down the field.