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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'

Ringler on NCAA finale

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

says Liberty is an ambitious team, and one that is looking forward to success in the future.

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

Ringler breaks it down

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

Ringler on Oregon

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

Ringler on Round 3

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

Ringler on Round 2

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

Ringler on Round 1

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

2012 NCAA Championship

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

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

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, and couldn't make it happen. And now the likes of USC and Purdue are in striking distance. It's going to be a great Friday in Franklin, Tenn.

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

NCAA Women's Championship

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: NCAA women

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

NCAA Women's Championship

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

NCAA Women's Championship

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

NCAA Men's Regionals

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

offers a suggestion for the final round of NCAA women's regionals, already one of the most exciting days in college golf.

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

discusses possible candidates to replace Rick LaRose as Arizona's head coach.

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'

Junior Invitational

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

felt like he was in the Twilight Zone during Saturday's round at the AJGA Hunter Mahan.

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

says it's about time the NCAA allows coaches to set their lineups for match play at the national championship.

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

Weekly top 5

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?

says talk of the .500 rule again has entered women's college golf circles.

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

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College top 5: Entertaining thoughts of postseason

is thinking about postseason ... even if it is still a couple of months away.

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

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

Kono's adventure at Q-School

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

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: Western Refining

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

weighs in on the North Florida men's No. 5 ranking and a scorecard snafu by the Augusta State women.

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

PGA Tour won-loss records

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

recaps a week in college golf that saw the end of Oregon's perfect season and the Texas women mirroring the men.

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

takes a closer look at the two teams in the country that remain 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

says all signs point to another successful season from Oregon (and Texas and Georgia Tech, too).

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

delivers the top five storylines from this week in college golf.

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

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Strong freshman crop leads promising Lobos

explains that a strong group of freshmen will lead the way for a promising New Mexico squad.

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

says 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.

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

says Stanford's rout at Olympia Fields likely will lead the Cardinal to the top of college golf world.

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

presents the top 5 stories from the opening week of college golf.

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

says the Golfweek Program Challenge provides an early opportunity for 12 college programs.

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

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

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

says after adding women’s golf, Clemson is in position to 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

says he was disappointed by the play of the college players at the U.S. Women’s 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, a site dedicated to judging schools and conferences by a player's performance on pro tours.