Midweek Report: East teams, west players set pace
Welcome to Golfweek’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women's college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.
THE BIG 5
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1. Alabama: The team’s two victories in the past two weeks have shown that Alabama has figured out how to come from behind to win. That’s how the Crimson Tide won the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate two weeks ago, and after falling behind early in the final round of the Gator Women’s Invitational, it’s how they won that tournament, too. The next thing this team must master is putting itself in a position early in the tournament that prevents the necessity to overcome deficits for wins.
2. Purdue: The Boilermakers squeaked out victory No. 2 of the season at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Classic. Much of that final-round rally came from senior Paula Reto, who shot a final-round 68. Four Purdue players finished inside the top 10.
3. Texas Tech: Victory at the Mountain View Collegiate means a third title this season for the Red Raiders, which matches a single-season winning record set in 1993-94 (and there are still many opportunities to break it). Texas Tech is ranked No. 15 by Golfweek, and is benefiting greatly from the senior tandem of Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez.
4. Wisconsin: The Badgers earned their second victory of the season at the BYU at Entrada Classic, and had to hold off a hard-charging Minnesota team to do it. Wisconsin players Kimberly Dinh and Kris Yoo claimed the top two spots on the individual leaderboard.
5. Vanderbilt: A runner-up victory at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate was the third consecutive second-place finish for the Commodores. Still, you get the idea that Vanderbilt is going to break through very soon. Next up for Vandy: The Bryan National Collegiate, then the SEC Championship.
1. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma: The defending NCAA individual champion earned a fifth career victory at the Gator Women’s Invitational. She outpaced runner-up Portland Rosen by five shots. Jao-Javanil may have the best mental game in college golf right now – she’s cool as a cucumber on the course.
2. Annie Park, USC: It’s worth noting that Park, who just joined the USC roster in January after graduating early from high school, now is the top-ranked player in Golfweek’s rankings. That’s unheard of for a first-semester freshman, especially one that could still be in high school.
3. Paula Reto, Purdue: The senior opened the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate with an 80, but rebounded with rounds of 69-68 to help her team claim the title. The Boilermakers are going to miss Reto and fellow senior Laura Gonzalez next year – they’re the last links to the 2010 national championship team.
4. Portland Rosen, Virginia: Rosen shot her low 54-hole score of the year at the Gator Women’s Invitational and earned runner-up honors, also her best finish of the year. Remember when Rosen was an unknown sophomore shooting 66 in the first round of the NCAA Championship?
5. Krista Puisite, Texas State: Puisuite earned her second collegiate victory after posting a 7-under 209 at the Mountain View Collegiate. Puisite is helping put Texas State on the map. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, pay attention to both as postseason gets under way.
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THE BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings Fared
1. USC: DNP
2. Duke: DNP
3. Oklahoma: Second, Gator Women’s Invitational
4. Alabama: Won, Gator Women’s Invitational
5. Stanford: DNP
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings Fared
1. Annie Park, USC: DNP
2. Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State: T-9, Gator Women’s Invitational
3. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: DNP
4. Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech: T-3, Mountain View Collegiate
5. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: T-4, Gator Women’s Invitational
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Tournament name (team winner; individual winner)
Gator Women’s Invitational (Alabama; Chirapat Jao-Javanil)
BYU at Entrada Classic (Wisconsin; Kimberly Kinh, Wisconsin)
Insperity Lady Jaguar Classic (Purdue; Ashley Armstrong, Notre Dame)
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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Avenues Spring Break Classic
Kapalua (Hawaii) Bay Course
The field: Arizona State, Colorado, Denver, Fresno State, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Osaka Gakuin, Pepperdine, Portland State, San Jose State, Stanford, Tulsa, UC Davis, UCLA, Washington
The skinny: A strong Pac-12 field. Stanford is looking for a fourth consecutive victory, but will have to hold off UCLA, Arizona State, Pepperdine and Washington to get it.