Ron Balicki: Notre Dame knew that the only way to make it to the NCAA regionals was to post a victory or finish second at the Big East Conference Championship . . . so why not win the title?
An old friend returns to the college golf schedule this coming fall and, with match play now part of the NCAA Championship, some changes in the invitation criteria for the Ping/Golfweek Preview have been made.
Men's college notebook: Long Beach State sees steady improvement pay off with a top-40 ranking after hot start to the spring season.
A number of years ago, before he made his way to the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson was playing the Nationwide Tour’s Rheem Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Ark.
Because of the .500 rule in men's golf, Sean Einhaus and his Oklahoma State teammates are in jeopardy of missing NCAA postseason. College notebook
Ron Balicki: Last season, Missouri-Kansas City won its first Summit League Championship to gain the school's first NCAA appearance. This season has been up-and-down one for the Kangaroos, and though an appearance at the NCAA Championship is a long shot, anything's possible.
Coach Tim Baldwin and Southeastern Louisiana broke a two-year winless streak with a triumph at the UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic on Tuesday.
Southeastern Louisiana fired the best round of the 36-hole day – even-par 288 in the afternoon – to grab a five-stroke lead Monday in the 19th annual University of Arkansas-Little Rock First Tee Collegiate Classic at Chenal Country Club’s Bear Den course.
Ron Balicki: Texas and Alabama may be the obvious choices to win the NCAA Championship, but don't discount other top teams such as Arkansas, a team that has six wins on the season.
Notes: After a stellar 2010-11 season, Oklahoma State lost three first-team All-Americans, which dimmed the Cowboys' prospects for 2011-12.
Notes: Cal's Keelan Kilpatrick did everything right on the 9th hole, but the course had other ideas for the Golden Bear.
Facing plenty of questions about its level of talent, UNLV shut up any doubters with a big win over an all-star field at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
It was more of the same Saturday at the Southern Highlands Masters, where California and Max Homa (pictured) retained their lead in the Las Vegas desert. Ron Balicki
Coach Steve Desimone and his No. 10 Cal men's squad took the first-round lead at the Southern Highlands Masters in Las Vegas, with the likes of Texas and UCLA trying to chase down the Golden Bears.
Pinehurst Resort and its famed No. 2 course are facing a logistical traffic jam in the summer of 2014. With the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens being played in consecutive weeks, Pinehurst’s men’s and women’s North & South Amateurs, which typically fall within weeks of the national Opens, would seem to be under assault.
It has been a number of years since I’ve been to UNLV’s tournament, the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, so I’m pretty excited about getting back this coming weekend.
Ron Balicki: UNLV was a perennial power in the 1990s, but it has mostly been a pretender since the turn of the century. The 2011-12 version has a different story to tell, and they are about to be tested in a big way.
Alabama wins the Puerto Rico Classic at 30-under 834, 18 shots clear of runner-up Clemson. All five Tide players finished in the top 20, led by freshman Justin Thomas, who claimed his second collegiate title.
There’s something about the Oak Hills course in San Antonio that seems to bring out the best in the Texas Tech golf team – past and present.
When the 2011-12 season began, not many college men’s golf observers gave much thought to New Mexico or Lobos junior John Catlin.
Veteran Arizona coach Rick LaRose knows how difficult it is to win at the college level, even when playing your home golf course.
Arizona took the title at its home event, the Arizona Intercollegiate, while New Mexico's John Catlin (pictured) earned medalist honors. Ron Balicki
Arizona will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the 32nd Arizona Collegiate, while Wildcats junior Juan Pablo Hernandez is in the hunt for the individual title. Our Ron Balicki reports from Tucson.
The spring season gets under way next week with two events – one in Tucson, Ariz., and the other across the Pacific Ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Brad Gregory has been named director of rules and course administration for the men’s NCAA Division I Championship, replacing Clyde Luther, who recently stepped down from that position after 10 years.
Augusta State made it a memorable year, but that wasn't the only noteworthy story in the college and amateur ranks.
The most-discussed item among NCAA Division I coaches at the Golf Coaches Association of America annual convention, which concluded Wednesday at the Tropicana Resort and Casino, barely was mentioned at any of the formal sessions.
It was speaker’s day at the Golf Coaches Association of America’s annual convention Monday at the Tropicana Resort and Casino -- and the GCAA had a pretty stellar lineup.
When the U.S. Amateur Championship moved its playing dates up one week beginning in 2012, some wondered whether this might have a domino effect on other tournaments normally played around that time.
The prestigious Western Amateur will be held in central Arkansas in 2013, allowing scheduled site Olympia Fields to focus on preparing to host the 2015 U.S. Amateur.
Saying he felt “it was time for a younger man to come in to take the program to the next level,” Wyn Norwood announced he will be stepping down as director of golf and men’s head coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock at the end of the season.
The NCAA Championship will be without one of its mainstays, as rules official Clyde Luther has stepped down.
Most people, myself certainly included, don’t remember the Southern States Four-Ball Championship. Simply put, it was before our time.
What a grand and memorable night it will be for a half dozen men. I should know. It was only last year when I experienced it up close and personal.
Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., has announced it will host the Southwestern Amateur beginning in 2013, according to Club and Resort Business.
Jim Holtgrieve has been selected to lead the U.S. Walker Cup team for a second time at the 2013 matches. Despite the loss of this year's Cup, he couldn't be more excited.
For top amateur golfers, compiling a summer schedule can be challenging. So many tournaments, so few weeks. Next summer, the choices will be even tougher. Ron Balicki
In a tournament that Brandon Goethals says will 'revolutionize college golf,' Rickie Fowler and other pro golfers may team up with a current player from their alma mater at 'The Rivalry.'
In some circles, Kent State might be considered one of those so-called “mid-major” schools, but after two victories this fall, Ron Balicki disagrees.
Top amateurs have another tournament option this year with the South Beach International Amateur. However, it’s being played opposite the long-running Dixie Amateur, and just down the road in South Florida. Something has to give.
It may have been only one tournament, but Ron Balicki says Virginia's season-opening victory was a big step for the Cavaliers.
Randal Lewis, at age 54, showed the younger generation how it’s done Thursday, setting a mark as the oldest U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. Ron Balicki
Ron Balicki: Nathan Smith’s bid for a historic third consecutive U.S. Mid-Amateur title came to a surprising end Wednesday with a semifinal loss to Randal Lewis.
Nathan Smith is looking for his third consecutive U.S. Mid-Am title. Randall Lewis, 54, is looking to become the tournament's oldest champ. Ron Balicki has the tale of the tape.
Last season, it was Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt. This season, Alabama is relying on two more freshmen - Justin Thomas and Tom Lovelady - to help keep it atop the Golfweek rankings.
Mike McCaffrey overcame a stomach bug to advance to the U.S. Mid-Am quarterfinals, while three-time champ Nathan Smith continues to roll along in Texas.
For a while, it appeared that the medalist jinx might be in order at this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.
The Walker Cup had become too lopsided, in favor of the Americans. But, with GB&I's shocking win in Scotland last week, the event might be better off says our Ron Balicki.
In his quest to win a historic third consecutive U.S. Mid-Amateur title, Nathan Smith moved into the second round of match play at Shadow Hawk Golf Club. Ron Balicki
Mike McCaffrey is making the most of his first appearance in a U.S. Golf Association championship.