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Monty’s Ryder Cup picks in line with Sagarins

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie announced Sunday his three wild card selections to join the Euro squad against Team USA at Celtic Manor in October.

Why shouldn’t Dalke commit as a 12-year-old?

A few weeks ago we all learned about 12-year-old Brad Dalke making a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Oklahoma. In the weeks that followed, I learned what it might be like to be a court judge sitting on the bench of a high-profile case.

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Make the Tour Playoffs like March Madness

The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week. I bet that the overwhelming majority of the fans can’t explain how they work.

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Dalke, 12, verbally commits to Oklahoma

Brad Dalke, 12, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma, reportedly with a scholarship waiting for him – in 2016. Lance Ringler reports.

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NGCA Team Championship a good decision

I am not a match-play hater. I just want to toss that out there before I continue with this blog.

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College golf needs a sub-60 round soon

Three players flirted with 59 during the 2006-07 college golf season. Each came up short and finished with 60.

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An early look at women’s preseason favorites

One thing that I have always found interesting is how the break between the end of the fall season and the start of the spring season is longer than the summer vacation for college golf.

Regional sites announced for 2012, 2013

A few weeks ago, it was announced that the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Championships would be hosted at two historic venues - Riviera Country Club in 2012 and Atlanta Athletic Club in 2013. We now know where the regionals will be played leading up to those championships.

College recruiting rules could see changes

There are a couple of proposals floating around collegiate athletics regarding college recruiting that will be voted on next January at the NCAA Convention. Some of the details can get a little confusing.

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College kids take aim at Women’s Open

College golf will be well represented this week at Oakmont, site of the U.S. Women’s Open. A total of 15 players returning to college golf next fall are in the field.

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Commentary: Match play upstages individual NCAA title

Nearly a month has passed since Augusta State won the NCAA Championship. Lance Ringler takes a look at how the addition of match play has changed the NCAAs, and what the future might hold.

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Watts ready to take the lead at Army

Last week when the news spread that Brian Watts was leaving his position as head coach at Oregon State for the job at Army, it raised a few eyebrows. It’s not often we see a coach leave the Pac-10 - the nation’s best golf conference - to join the Patriot League.

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NCAA Championship heading to Riviera, AAC

The NCAA Championship will be held in 2012 at Riviera Country Club (pictured) and in 2013 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Both will be hosting the NCAA finals for the first time.

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It’s time to reward elite college players

I am the biggest college golf homer out there, but after seeing what two of the top players in the game did this week in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, well, I think it’s safe to say these kids can play.

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Who should win the Haskins Award?

Last year, there was little doubt that North Carolina State’s Matt Hill was an easy selection for Player of the Year. Hill won eight times and capped his terrific sophomore season with victories at the ACC Championship, NCAA Central Regional and the NCAA Championship. Hill joined Tiger Woods as the players to win a conference, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship title in the same season.

Let the conference domino effect begin

Shocking news out of Augusta, Ga., and just a few days removed from winning the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, the Jaguars have decided to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Scouting report: NCAA Championship

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Oklahoma State and Augusta State will square off to decide this year’s national champion. The Cowboys will be playing for their 11th NCAA Championship; Augusta State will be going for its first.

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Entering match play, it’s anyone’s championship

Thinking back to the pre-match play days, I was told over and over of how awesome it was going to be to have that head-to-head component as part of the NCAA Championship. It was going to attract the non-diehards to the sport and garner some attention among the masses.

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Could Augusta State really win the NCAA title?

We now enter the match-play segment of the NCAA Championship here at The Honors Course, and something does not fit. You know what I am talking about -– the feeling you got when you first learned that Butler would be playing in the Final Four in men’s basketball a couple of months ago.

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Conference rivalries could be brewing

There is very little doubt that the Pac-10 Conference has dominated college golf this year.

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North Florida sets sights on match play

If North Florida leaves The Honors Course on Thursday without a Friday tee time, nobody will think twice. The Ospreys have had a very good year and will finish the season ranked in the top 25.

Lance Ringler’s Men’s NCAA primer

Lance Ringler crunches numbers, looks at over- and underachievers and names his Fab 5 heading into NCAAs.

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The numbers are good for Washington, Clemson

Just a couple of days until the men start this year’s marathon race to the national title match. What a long week it’s going to be at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. Three days of stroke-play qualifying followed by three days of match play will surely provide many twists and turns.

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How did we forget about the course?

Yes, I did say Southern California was going to win. And yes, I did think the tournament was over when the Trojans improved their lead from two to seven shots after 36 holes. But, I should have been able to figure out one important clue that nobody was really talking about: the golf course.

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Party of the year at CC of Landfall

What a great week in so many ways here at the Country Club of Landfall. The NCAA Women’s Championship is the finale to the women’s college golf season, and the people at Landfall have made it quite an event.

The NCAA Championship is already over

It dawned on me how similar this year’s NBA conference championship series’ feels to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

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Ranking the ‘Ringler Championship Feel Test’

This is the 10th NCAA Championship I have covered for Golfweek. It took all of about three minutes for me to decide that this year’s championship at the Country Club of Landfall was going to pass the “Ringler Championship Feel Test.”

It comes down to three teams at Landfall

The NCAA Women’s Championship gets underway Tuesday at the Country Club of Landfall. Twenty-four teams from around the country are here to try to win the championship . . . well, actually there are a bunch of teams here to play golf and only a few that will compete for the trophy.

Men’s regional selections: A tough gig

ighty-one teams had to be invited to the NCAA Men’s Regionals to fill out the the six sites. However, 69 or 70 teams were at-large invites, while the remaining were automatic qualifiers as conference championship winners.

Men’s regional selection day primer

It’s men’s regional selection day and the Magic Number falls at 70 . . . or 69.

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West: Arizona’s super spring continues

Watch out for those Wildcats. Arizona rolled to a nine-shot victory over top-ranked UCLA on Saturday at the NCAA West Regional, adding yet another exclamation point to an already impressive spring season. Lance Ringler reports.

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Enjoy today – it could be historic

In my many years around the women’s game, I can say without hesitation that today’s final rounds in regional play could have more twists and turns than a country road in Vermont.

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West: Iowa State looking to make history

Having never been to an NCAA Championship, the Iowa State Cyclones will enter the final round of the NCAA West Regional in the eighth and final qualifying spot. As Lance Ringler reports, they are ready to make history.

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West: Rebels’ surge hits speed bump

Sophomore Kristen Schelling and the UNLV  women’s golf team sprinted out to an early lead Thursday in the NCAA West Regional. Then came an unexpected speed bump, writes Lance Ringler.

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Colorado’s Talley: Statistically snubbed

Golf is a predominantly individual sport, however, college golf has probably done the best job of any such sport of placing the emphasis on team.

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And Lance Ringler’s Magic 8-Ball says . . . ?

Lance Ringler has been shaking his Magic 8-Ball for seven seasons of college golf. What does the ball predict for the NCAA Women’s Regionals?

Year-end awards should go to one person only

It all boils down to philosophy when determining end-of-the-year awards. When it comes to coach and player of the year, there are many schools of thought.

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Men’s magic number could still change

With more than a week until selection day for men’s regionals, the picture is becoming more clear on who may be in and who may be out.With more than a week until selection day for men’s regionals, the picture is becoming more clear on who may be in and who may be out.

Men’s magic number update

There haven’t been many upsets yet in men’s conference championship play. Yes, Georetown’s victory was an upset, but the Big East Conference was down this year, so the Hoyas did not take a spot away from the at-large pool.

Harvard, Minnesota sent packing by NCAA

The wait is over, and now it’s time to make your travel plans. The NCAA announced Monday the field for women’s regional action.

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Reasons why the women’s game is changing

The NCAA Women’s Golf Committee will announce Monday the 72 teams that will be invited to postseason play and to which regional site each team will be sent.

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Could final conferences move the magic number?

Just seven league titles are left to be determined on the women’s side, and the magic number remains at 62.

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ASU forced to DQ from Pac-10s due to illness

Seven women’s conference championships ended Tuesday and there was nothing that happened out of the ordinary when it came to which teams won. There was one extraordinary event that took place, however.

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Underdog Georgetown on storybook run

Georgetown victory at the Big East Conference did nothing to the magic number. There were no Big East teams ranked better than 70th, which is what the magic number currently is. Louisville was ranked 80th and the favorite to win, and Notre Dame was 84th.

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Upsets in conference play already stirring pot

Two men's conference championships wrapped up play this weekend and they certainly turned a few heads.

What will it take to make it to postseason?

What will it take to get into men’s NCAA Regional play? Well, we know that teams will have to have a winning head-to-head won-loss record. Besides that, winning conference or having a better national ranking than the magic number will do the trick.

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Upsets shake up postseason bids

Charleston Southern and Stetson pulled off upset victories in the opening week of conference championship play Wednesday and certainly took away one at-large spot from the women’s postseason field and possibly two.

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And the women’s magic number is . . .

What is it going to take to get into the women’s postseason?

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Masters invite would add interest to NCAAs

I have never spoken with anyone on the The Masters Committee, and I don’t know if there has ever been any serious thought to inviting the NCAA champ to Augusta each year, but I do know that I am constantly hearing college golf coaches say they need a way to bring more attention to their national championship.

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How did Sihwan Kim finish dead-last?

A lot of attention was directed to this past weekend's ASU Thunderbird Invitational - for good reason.

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