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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'

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.