Welcome to Golfweek’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.
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THE BIG 5
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1. USC: The Bruin Wave Invitational makes two consecutive victories for the Trojans, and at tournaments in which UCLA also has played. Both of these teams struggled with depth in the fall but are at full strength this spring. Annie Park, the tournament medalist, was an excellent addition to the USC roster. Here’s to looking forward to the Pac-12 Championship … and beyond.
2. Stanford: Two is good, but three sounds even better. Stanford’s victory at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational is the third consecutive this spring, all near the Stanford, Calif., area (Stanford won the Peg Barnard Invitational at home Feb. 17, then the Cal Classic on Feb. 26). Next up for the Cardinal: A trip to Hawaii for the Avenue Spring Break Classic.
3. Washington: The Huskies had perhaps their first solid tournament of the spring at the Juli Inkster, finishing second by 11 shots to Stanford. It was the fourth tournament in four weeks for Washington. This team also will head to Hawaii later this month.
4. North Carolina State: The only East Coast school in the field, the Wolfpack finished T-3 with California at the Juli Inkster. It was a good opportunity for North Carolina State to learn how to play in different conditions and see some competition it doesn’t normally see. The road doesn’t get any easier from here: the LSU Golf Classic and the Bryan National Collegiate are next on the schedule, followed by the ACC Championship.
5. Campbell: The Kiawah Island Intercollegiate provided victory No. 4 this season for the Fighting Camels. Campbell has been teetering all around a top-25 ranking by Golfweek. This team could make some headlines during postseason.
1. Annie Park, USC: Park left high school early to join the USC roster, and earned her first victory this week at the Bruin Wave Invitational. She’s a great addition to the Trojan roster.
2. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: The freshman won a second individual title of the fall at the Juli Inkster, and is becoming a likely candidate for Freshman of the Year.
3. More freshmen: Pepperdine’s Marissa Chow (T-2) and Arizona’s Janie Jackson (fourth) also were crucial to their respective teams at the Bruin Wave.
4. Brittany Marchand, N.C. State: The junior led the Wolfpack out west with a T-5 at the Juli Inkster. She also finished second at the team’s last start, the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge.
5. Regan De Guzman, San Jose State: De Guzman gave the home team something to cheer about at the Juli Inkster by finishing second to Stackhouse. Interestingly, De Guzman also finished second to Stackhouse at the Peg Barnard Invitational in February.
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THE BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
- USC: Won, Bruin Wave Invitational
- Duke: DNP
- Oklahoma: DNP
- Alabama: DNP
- North Carolina: DNP
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
- Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State: DNP
- Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech: DNP
- Lindsey Weaver, Notre Dame: DNP
- Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford: Won, Juli Inkster Spartan Invite
- Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: DNP
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Tournament name (team winner; individual winner)
Bruin Wave Invitational (USC; Annie Park, USC)
Juli Inkster Spartan Invite (Stanford; Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford)
Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational (Nova Southeastern; Linnea Johansson, Nova Southeastern)
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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
The Clover Cup
March 8-10, Longbow GC, Mesa, Ariz.
The field: Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida International, Georgetown, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa
The skinny: SMU hasn’t played since winning the Central District on Feb. 19, and Oklahoma hasn’t played since finishing second at the Seminole Match Up on Feb. 17. Also keep an eye on Texas Tech.
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
March 8-10, Long Cove Club, Hilton Head island, S.C.
The field: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Furman, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest
The skinny: Some top ACC and SEC teams are in this field, which could make an exciting tournament, and Long Cove is a tough venue. North Carolina is going for a fourth consecutive victory.