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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.

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Postseason upsets could begin long before Riviera

The most dramatic upsets generally happen at the NCAA Championship, but that doesn't mean regionals won't produce drama, too. Lance Ringler breaks down each of six regional sites.

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Women's regional tee sheets need an adjustment

Today, 72 women’s college golf teams will play a practice round at one of three regional sites, each in hopes of being one of the 24 total teams that will earn a ticket to the NCAA Championship.

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Ranking possible Arizona coach candidates

When the Arizona Wildcats’ season comes to an end, the 34-year coaching career for Rick LaRose will draw to a close. If Arizona wishes to get back to where LaRose once had the team, it needs an elite name as a head coach.

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Junior Invitational sports 'PGA Tour atmosphere'

Lance Ringler: The Junior Invitational at Sage Valley brings a 'PGA Tour atmosphere' and 26 of the top 30 junior players to what is quickly being considered the premiere junior event in the country.

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AJGA's pace-of-play focus will help college game

The AJGA takes pace of play very seriously. As the nation's top juniors are being trained to play faster, hopefully that will be carried over to the collegiate level.

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Coaches will determine lineup for NCAA match-play

This year’s NCAA championship will mark the fourth anniversary of the addition of match play. And this year, at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, there will be another change.

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Weekly top 5: Augusta is so last week

Sure it's Masters week, but where college golf is concerned, the most excitement took place last week in Augusta, Ga. Lance Ringler

Weekly Top 5: A women's .500 rule?

Once again, talk of the .500 rule enters women's golf circles.

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College top 5: Entertaining thoughts of postseason

So what if postseason is still a couple of months away? Lance Ringler's head already is filled with talk of magic numbers, match-play brackets and the race for Player of the Year.

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My year in golf: Lance Ringler

From Golfweek's rankings to Augusta State to a great dessert to Patrick Cantlay's fantastic summer, our Lance Ringler breaks down the year that was in 2011.

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5 Things: Kono's adventure at Q-School unfortunate

Lance Ringler: The UCLA women suffered a loss without even playing, with Stephanie Kono being forced to choose to go pro or stay in school. It should have never even got to this.

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Frittelli battles Texas wind to lead Western Refining

Texas senior Dylan Frittelli managed the Texas elements Monday to take a one-shot lead after 18 holes of the Western Refining All-America Classic.

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5 Things: Western Refining creates lasting memories

5 Things: PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar recalls his 1999 All-America Classic victory - a tournament that has featured 44 major championship winners and 38 Ryder Cuppers over 35 years.

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Weekly top 5: UNF charting new territory at No. 5

When North Florida head coach Scott Schroeder learned his team was now ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, his response was, “Wow!”

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Chart: PGA Tour won-loss records for 2011

We use winning percentage in every other sport to figure out which teams are the best. Why not golf? Which players had the best records in 2011? Lance Ringler offers some answers.

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Weekly top 5: Lamar's Daffue performs well under fire

It has to be tough for a coach to watch a player win an event playing as an individual.

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Weekly top 5: A closer look at the undefeated

Just shy of two months into the fall season, only two teams remain unbeaten: the UCLA women and the Oregon men. Both could be a bit of a surprise, if you look a little past the surface.

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Weekly top 5: Oregon returning to top form

In Casey Martin’s tenure at Oregon, the Ducks have risen quickly. Martin’s teams often have competed at the elite level and just two years ago the Ducks mentioned as a favorite heading to The Honors Course for the 2010 NCAA Championship.

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Weekly top 5: Weather wreaks havoc on college golf

Inclement weather wreaked havoc at a few college tournaments earlier this week.

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Strong freshman crop leads promising Lobos

Looking for a sleeper team this year? Well, I may have one for you. Just a few weeks into the college golf season, I have had a few coaches tell me to keep an eye on New Mexico.

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Iowa's Brant proves hard work pays off

Iowa's Chris Brant has gone from a freshman fighting for a spot to a senior that leads the Hawkeye charge. For Brant, it isn't natural talent, it is all about hard work.

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Ball State men off to a quick start in 2011

Invitations for the 2011 Golfweek Conference Challenge were sent to the top-ranked team in a conference at the conclusion of the 2010 fall season and with Kent State unable to participate this year, the next team in line to represent the Mid-American Conference was Ball State. Head coach Mike Fleck quickly accepted.

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Weekly top 5: Stanford's impressive win in Illinois

Weekly Top 5: Stanford's rout at Olympia Fields will likely lead the Cardinal to the top of college golf world, while the highly touted freshmen class is living up to the hype.

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College Top 5: 'Bama's Thomas wins first start

A look at the week's top 5 college golf stories, including Justin Thomas winning his debut at Alabama.

Campbell, Jacksonville St. lead Program Challenge

Campbell posted the low round in the men's division of the Golfweek Program Challenge to share the 36-hole lead. The Camels recorded a 10-under 278 and share the lead with Jacksonville State at 21-under 555.

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Golfweek Program Challenge provides early opportunity

Golfweek Program Challenge allows 12 teams to show off how good their entire program is, with East Carolina being the early favorite to take home the title.

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Bradley gives St. John's bragging rights

Keegan Bradley instantly became the most decorated golfer from St. John's University when he won the PGA Championship.

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LSU's Peterson throws out first pitch in Texas

This past week NCAA champion John Peterson of LSU threw out the first pitch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas when the Texas Rangers played host to the Seattle Mariners.

Ringler: Clemson women can succeed quickly

There is a new player in the women’s game. After more than a year of anticipation, Clemson announced it would add women’s golf to its athletic lineup.

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Sharkey, 21, left his mark on Georgia Southern

Thomas Sharkey, a Georgia Southern golfer, was among two family members who died after fire swept through their home early July 23, according to The Telegraph newspaper of London.

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Duncan, Anderson lead collegians at Open

Admittedly, I was a little disappointed to view the scores the college players posted at the U.S. Women’s Open. Where was the Patrick Cantlay on the women’s side?

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13 collegians to take on U.S. Women’s Open

Today, 11 players who will be playing college golf this fall are teeing it up at the 66th U.S. Women’s Open, being played at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Rivals Cup measures colleges by pro success

There are plenty of stars who lead their college teams to national prominence. But, how do they do as individuals at the pro level? We visited with RivalsCup.net, a site dedicated to judging schools and conferences by a player's performance on pro tours.

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Lein's dismissal another sign of changing times

Randy Lein's dismissal from Arizona State proves the new era in college golf is here to stay.

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Arizona State coach Lein out after 19 seasons

After 19 seasons directing the Arizona State men’s team, Randy Lein has learned that his contract will not be renewed for the 2011-12 season.

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Enloe to leave N'wide, join Gregory at SMU

SMU coach Josh Gregory has announced the hiring of former teammate Jason Enloe (pictured) as an assistant coach. Enloe will play two final events on the Nationwide Tour before returning to his alma mater.

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Player of the year awards: Could Cantlay sweep?

Will UCLA's Patrick Cantlay sweep college golf's player of the year awards?

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SMU's commitment to Gregory raises the bar

SMU's commitment to incoming head coach Josh Gregory has raised the bar in college golf.

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Ringler: Fitting end to the season

We can only hope that Stillwater stays vibrant today as a pair of Georgia teams prepare for battle.

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NCAA men: Georgia outlasts Duke

Georgia gets out quick and holds off Duke's charge on the back nine to secure a spot in today's championship match with Augusta State.

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SMU lures Gregory from Augusta State

After building Augusta State into a national-championship program, Josh Gregory is returning to his alma mater, SMU, where he will replace Jay Loar as men's golf coach.

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Oklahoma St. knocks off Ohio St. to reach semis

If there were a Cinderella Story at the NCAA Championship this week, it would be Ohio State. The Buckeyes, ranked No. 28 entering the championship, finished stroke play in sixth place and drew a first-round match with top-ranked Oklahoma State.

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Better late than never for USC Trojans

USC got off to a rocky start at the NCAA Championship, but that’s nothing new. The Trojans are getting used to rallying late.

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NCAA Men's Championship: Tournament primer

Lance Ringler breaks down the 2011 Men's NCAA Championships, slated to begin on Tuesday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., the home course of Oklahoma State:

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Ringler: College golf needs more match play

The past two NCAAs have brought nonstop excitement. Why not introduce more match play to the college season?

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A look back at the NCAA men's regionals

If NCAA regionals were any indication, the national Championship will have plenty of storylines worth watching. Lance Ringler takes a look.

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The Ringler Championship Feel Test chart

After much consideration, see where the 2011 NCAA Women's Championship ranks on the Ringler Feel Test chart.