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Cal defended its Pac-12 Championship title, and claimed victory No. 10 for the 2012-13 season.
Cal defended its Pac-12 Championship title, and claimed victory No. 10 for the 2012-13 season. ( Photo by Dan Avila )

Sunday, May 5, 2013

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West Coast Conference

Gold Mountain GC, Bremerton, Wash., April 15-17: St. Mary's, No. 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, successfully defended its West Coast Conference title Wednesday. The Gaels shot a final-round 292 to finish at 8-over 872, two shots better than No. 61 San Francisco, which also shot 292 Wednesday. San Diego sophomore Grant Forrest won the individual title with a 6-under 210 total (74-67-69) to finish four shots ahead of Gonzaga's James Fahy, who shot a final-round 68. Forrest, of North Berwick, Scotland, is No. 115 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Forrest, last year's West Coast Conference freshman of the year, started the final round with a one-shot lead over St. Mary's Mac McClung and BYU's Joe Parkinson. Forrest's final-round 69 was the second-best round of the day, though. He made just five pars in his final round, making eight birdies and five bogeys. It was the first win of Forrest's career. He finished fourth at last year's conference championship. San Diego (291), BYU (294) and Gonzaga (288) tied for third at 16-over 880, eight shots behind St. Mary's.

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Southeastern Conference

Sea Island Resort (Seaside), St. Simon's Island, Ga., April 19-21: Alabama won its second consecutive SEC Championship with a final-round 290. The Crimson Tide finished at 8-over 848, two shots better than South Carolina. Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen, No. 45 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won medalist honors with an 8-under 202 total. Story | Scores

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Southern Conference

Daniel Island (S.C.) Ralston Creek Course, April 21-23: Chattanooga barely held off Davidson's push for a postseason bid, while U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox couldn't close out a conference championship of his own. Chattanooga finished at 20-over 884 to win the Southern Conference Championship. Davidson, No. 95 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished two shots back; the Wildcats likely needed to win the conference title to earn a postseason bid. College of Charleston's Josh Lorenzetti won the individual title with a 1-under 215. Story. | Scores

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Atlantic Sun Conference

Chateau Elan (Legends Course), Atlanta, April 21-23: North Florida won the Atlantic Sun Conference title by 14 shots over No. 77 East Tennessee State. The Ospreys are the first back-to-back A-Sun champions since Jacksonville State in 2002-03. The Ospreys held a one-shot lead over Kennesaw State after 36 holes, but shot the low score of the final day (291) in the final round to win easily. East Tennessee State's final-round 292 allowed the Bucs to move into second place as Kennesaw State struggled to a final-round 306. North Florida sophomore M.J. Maguire won the individual title. Story | Scores

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Conference USA

Texarkana (Ark.) CC, April 21-23: Houston, No. 26 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 3-over 291 Tuesday to win its first Conference USA title since 2001. The Cougars finished at 7-under 857 (286-280-291), three shots better than No. 20 SMU. The two teams were tied after 36 holes, but SMU shot 294 in the final round. UCF, No. 53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished third at 1 under after shooting a final-round 287. Houston's Roman Robledo won the individual title by two shots. Story. | Scores

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Big South Conference

The Patriot GC, Grand Harbor, Ninety Six, S.C., April 21-23: Coastal Carolina, No. 48, claimed a two-shot victory over 27th-ranked Liberty at the Big South Conference Championship. The Chanticleers shot 17-over 881 at The Patriot Golf Club. It is Coastal Carolina’s first men’s golf title since 2010 and 14th overall and ends Liberty’s two-year championship run. Winthrop finished third at 27 over. Liberty's final-round 295 was one shot better than Coastal Carolina's closing score. The Flames were led by medalist Mathieu Fenasse's final-round 66, but no other Flame could shoot lower than 76 in the final round. Scores

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Big 12 Conference

Prairie Dunes GC, Hutchinson, Kan., April 22-24: No. 3 Texas won the Big 12 Championship Wednesday at Prairie Dunes. This was the Longhorns’ fourth Big 12 Championship and first since 2004. Texas has claimed 43 conference championships since 1927. Texas finished at 19-over 859 (290-281-288), four shots ahead of No. 12 Oklahoma State, which shot a final-round 286. Story. | Scores

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Southland Conference

Stonebridge Ranch GC, McKinney, Texas, April 22-24: Southeastern Louisiana, No. 83 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, clinched a postseason bid with its victory Wednesday in the Southland Conference Championship. The Lions finished at 29-over 893, 13 shots better than Central Arkansas. The Lions' final round was the low score of the day by nine shots. Story. | Scores

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Summit League

Sky Creek Ranch GC, Keller, Texas, April 22-24: No. 116 Missouri-Kansas City posted a 19-shot victory Wednesday in the Summit League Championship. The team also swept the top three spots on the leaderboard, with senior Korbin Kuehn winning the individual title by one shot over freshman teammate Antoine Rozner. Nathan Hughes, a UMKC junior, finished third. Story. | Scores

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Southwestern Athletic Conference

Oak Wing GC, Alexandria, La., April 22-24: Alabama State defended its Southwestern Athletic Conference title by pulling away from runner-up Jackson State in the final round. The Hornets finished the 54-hole event with a score of 881. Jackson State had closed to within eight strokes after a strong second round, but finished 17 strokes off the lead at 898. Alabama State’s Branson Ferrier was the medalist with a 1-under 215 total. Scores

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Sun Belt Conference: April 22-24

The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals, Ala., April 22-24: North Texas captured a second consecutive Sun Belt team title on April 24. It’s the first time in nearly 40 years the Mean Green have won back-to-back conference championship titles. North Texas, ranked No. 34 by Golfweek, finished 54 holes at 7-over 871 to finish five shots ahead of No. 85 Georgia State. South Alabama’s Lane Hulse beat North Texas’ Rodolfo Cazaubon in a playoff for individual medalist honors. Scores

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Ohio Valley Conference

Greystone GC, Dickson, Tenn., April 25-27: Austin Peay State won the Ohio Valley Conference championship after the 54-hole tournament was cut to 36 holes due to inclement weather. This was Austin Peay’s sixth victory of the season and its fifth in the last six events. The Governors were the only team to shoot under par during the tournaments first and second rounds. Murray State’s Patrick Newcomb won the individual championship with rounds of 69-70 to finish at 5 under for a one shot victory over Tennessee-Martin’s Brendon Caballero. Scores

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Big Ten Conference

The Pete Dye Course at French Lick (Ind.) Resort, April 26-28: Illinois, No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won its fifth consecutive Big Ten Conference Championship on April 28 at French Lick (Ind.) Resort. Illinois shot 11-over 1,163 at the 72-hole championship.Illinois’ Thomas Pieters and Brian Campbell went 1-2 for the fighting Ilini. Pieters, a sophomore for Belgium, won the Big Ten individual title by five shots. Pieters shot three consecutive rounds of 70 before finishing with a 74. He finished at 4-under 284. Also tying for second with Campbell was Minnesota’s Erik Van Rooyen at 1 over. Scores

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Atlantic 10

Heron Bay Golf Club, Coral Springs, Fla., April 26-28: Charlotte won the Atlantic 10 Championship by eight shots on April 28 over VCU. The 49ers shot a 20-under 844. VCU finished in second at 12 under, and Temple finished in third at 3 under par. Charlotte swept both titles at the tournament as Raoul Menard won the individual title by two shots over Temple’s Brandon Matthews. Menard shot rounds of 67-71-69. Scores

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Colonial Athletic Association Conference

The Reserve Club (St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C., April 26-28: UNC-Wilmington won by 24 shots over James Madison to claim the team title. The teams 283 second-round total was the low score of the tournament by more than 14 shots. UNC-Wilmington’s Payne McLeod won the individual title by four shots over William and Mary’s Alex Hicks. McLeod shot rounds of 73-67-75 for a 1-under 215. Scores

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Horizon League

Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., April 26-28: Valparaiso won the Horizon League Championship with a 20-over 884 total over Cleveland State at 24-over 888. Valparaiso won by four shots. In third was Detroit at 37-over. Valparaiso’s Thomas Wettstein came from behind to win the individual title by four shots. Cleveland State’s Andrew Bailey was in the lead at after the second-round, but Wettstein shot a final round 2-under 70 compared to Bailey’s 74. Wettstein’s other rounds were consecutive 72s. Scores

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Atlantic Coast Conference

Old North State Club, New London, N.C., April 26-28: Duke won the ACC Championships over Virginia Tech and Florida State. Duke shot 25-under 839 to win by three shots. Three players – Adam Sumrall (5th), Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri (T-7) – finished in the top 10 for Duke. Austin Cody and Mads Soegaard (T-17) finished inside the top 20. Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson won the individual title by five shots over Virginia Tech’s Mikey Moyers and Florida State’s Chase Seiffert. Albertson shot 66-67-68 for a 15-under 201 total. Scores

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Ivy League

Caves Valley GC, Owings Mills, Md., April 26-28: Princeton won the Ivy League by five shots over Yale. Princeton shot 43-over 883. Pennsylvania finished in third, another shot back of Yale. Princeton’s Greg Jarmas shot 3-over 213 to win the individual title by three shots over Pennsylvania’s P.J. Fielding and Max Marsico. Heading into the final round Jarmas was one-shot back of Marsico, but with his even-par 70 in the final round, Jarmas claimed the title. Scores

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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Disney’s Palm Golf Course, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., April 26-28: Loyola (Md.) over took Iona College to claim the MAAC Championship on April 28. In the final round, Loyola (Md.) shot a 5-under 283 to win the title by one shot. Fairfield finished in third, three shots behind Loyola (Md.). Fairfield’s Steve Burak shot 69-71-68 to win the individual title by five shots over Iona’s Doug Hoppe. Scores

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Patriot League

Saucon Valley CC (Grace), Bethlehem, Pa., April 27-28: Lehigh claimed the Patriot League title by seven shots on Sunday. The Mountain Hawks held off Navy to win its first title since 1997 and its third overall. The team shot 34-over 898 and won by seven shots. Navy’s Chris House was the individual champion. Scores

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Big West Conference

The CC at Soboboa Springs, San Jacinto, Calif., April 28-30: Pacific took home the team and individual titles at the Big West Championship, but had to win a pair of playoffs to do it. The Tigers tied Cal State-Fullerton at 23-over 887 after 54 holes of regulation, but won the team sudden-death playoff on the first hole. Sophomore Eric Sugimoto was in a three-way tie for the individual title, but defeated UC Santa Barbara’s Brett Silvernail on the first extra hole and Cal State-Fullerton on the next hole to claim his second Big West individual title. This is the first time since 1997 Pacific has won the conference title. Scores

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Big East Conference

Reunion Resort (Watson), Orlando, Fla., April 28-30: The Bulls pulled away from the pack down the stretch to win the Big East Championship. South Florida went 7 under on the back nine and finished at 6-under 858, four shots ahead of St. John’s. The Bulls were tied for the lead through 15 holes before seizing the program’s fifth Big East tournament title and the conference’s automatic bid to NCAA Regionals. The win also marks the South Florida's 12th conference championship after finishing atop the Sun Belt from 1979-1989. Scores

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Western Athletic Conference

Rio Secco GC, Henderson, Nev., April 29-May 1: New Mexico State claimed its sixth conference title in the past eight years after posting a 23-over 887 total at Rio Secco. Four Aggies finished inside the top 20. Texas-Arlington’s Paul McConnell won individual medalist honors with a 2-over 218 total. Scores

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Missouri Valley Conference

Dalhousie CC, Cape Girardeau, Mo., April 29-30: Wichita State won its sixth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Championship title on April 30 with a record-setting 32-stroke margin of victory. The Shockers carded a 3-under 858 to race past runner-up Illinois State (890) and third-place Southern Illinois (896). Wichita State players claimed four of the top 5 spots on the leaderboard, led by tournament medalist Rafael Becker. Scores

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America Sky Conference

The Dominion CC, San Antonio, April 29-May 1: Houston Baptist overcame a four-stroke deficit over the final five holes and won the America Sky Conference Championship to earn the league’s automatic bid to NCAA Regionals. The Huskies trailed by one stroke entering the final round, but shot a 1-over par 289 for a 54-hole total of 871, while Southern Utah shot 293 to finish second at 874. Sacramento State’s Jordan Weir won the individual title with a 3-under 213 total. Scores

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Pac-12 Conference

Los Angeles CC, April 29-May 1: California, the No. 1-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the Pac-12 Championship by nine shots on Wednesday -- its second consecutive conference title. This Pac-12 title is the Golden Bears' 10th victory in 12 starts this season. Cal tied the record set by Oklahoma State in 1985-86 for most victories in a season. Cal's Max Homa won the individual title. Scores

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Northeast Conference

LPGA International (Legends), Daytona Beach, Fla., May 3-5: St. Francis (Pa.) won its third Northeast Conference Championship on Sunday by finishing four shots ahead of Long Island-Brooklyn. After the first round of the championship was rained out, teams played 36 holes on Day 2 and finished with 18 on Sunday. The Red Flashes shot 40-over 904, and Long Island’s Josh Waters won the individual title with a 2-under 214 total. Scores

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Mid-American Conference

Longaberger GC, Nashport, Ohio, May 3-5: Kent State added a 10th Mid-American Conference title to its history books after a 21-shot victory over Toledo at Longaberger Golf Club. It’s the fifth consecutive conference crown for the Golden Flashes. Toledo attempted a charge early in the final round, but Kent State rallied, too. The Golden Flashes secured the victory after playing the 10th hole in 4 under. Individual medalist Taylor Pendrith was among the players who birdied No. 10. Scores

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Mountain West Conference

OMNI Tucson (Ariz.) National, May 3-5: New Mexico held off two-time defending Mountain West champion San Diego State for its first conference championship since winning four in a row from 2003-06. The Lobos, No. 5 in Golfweek’s rankings, and the Aztecs, No. 42, were tied after 36 holes, but New Mexico came back in the final round with a 3-under 281. Its 8-under 844 total was eight better than San Diego State and UNLV, which claimed individual medalist Kevin Penner. Scores readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.