Category Archives: College Golf

May
26
2016

Washington Huskies

If you missed Golf Channel’s excellent coverage of the NCAA Women’s Championship finals, then hopefully you can catch the replay, but that still won’t be the same, especially since you’ll know the outcome. So, let me rephrase. If you didn’t watch the Washington Huskies duel the Stanford Cardinals on Wednesday evening at Eugene Country Club, then you should be ashamed of yourself as a golf fan.

The action was as thrilling as it gets, with the girls hitting clutch, pressure-packed shots down the stretch. Two matches went into overtime, with Washington needing to win one of them for the title and Stanford needing to claim victory in both to successfully defend. Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse defeated Washington’s hero in the semifinals Sarah Rhee, a freshman from Seattle, in 20 holes. Then Julianne Alvarez, a freshman from New Zealand, won on the second extra hole to clinch the deciding point in a 3-2 victory over Stanford for Washington’s first national championship.

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Apr
18
2016

On Monday, Golf Channel hosted a media day previewing next month’s NCAA Golf Championships at Eugene Country Club, which included a teleconference with Stanford alums and members of the 1994 NCAA national championship team Notah Begay, Conrad Ray and Casey Martin.

One of the main topics discussed was the stresses and pressure of competing in the NCAA Regional Championships (and I can tell you from my personal experiences, it really was the worst, especially since it always coincided with finals for us). Martin recalled an insightful anecdote from the 1995 Regionals, when he and fellow Stanford teammate Tiger Woods both got food poisoning. It’s a great story and just another example of what a fierce competitor Woods was.

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Sep
29
2015

SMU’s men’s golf team has been banned from post-season play this season and will incur scholarship reductions due to “multiple violations” discovered by the NCAA that involved recruiting and unethical conduct under former head coach Josh Gregory, according to multiple reports.

The punitive actions against SMU will mostly impact and unjustly punish the student-athletes, who did not do anything wrong (as far as we know they weren’t accepting duffel bags full of cash), including Bryson DeChambeau, who became only the fifth player to win the individual NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur last month. Due to the NCAA’s sanctions, he will be barred from defending his title next year in Eugene, Oregon. Which is pretty messed up and extremely unfair from what I understand of the situation.

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Nov
13
2014
By Stephanie Wei under College Golf

Phil Mickelson has found a way to spend part of his offseason. Mickelson has been named the interim assistant golf coach to Arizona State University. The connection is that he’s obviously a former Sun Devil, where he won three individual NCAA titles, but also, his brother Tim is the head coach of the men’s golf team.

Golfweek, which first reported the arrangement, says Phil’s role isn’t expected to be long-term.

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May
28
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under College Golf

Roll Tide

Senior Trey Mullinax rolled in an eagle putt on the 17th hole to clinch the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Golf Championships for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Oklahoma State Cowboys were a formidable opponent, but Alabama defeated the Cowboys 4-1 to win their second consecutive national championship.

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May
28
2014

Time to earn a ring

The Oklahoma State Cowboys took down the number one seeded Stanford Cardinals 3-2 in the semifinals, and they will have an opportunity to dethrone the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the NCAA Finals at Prairie Dunes.

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May
31
2013
Texas A&M head coach J. T. Higgins consoles Drew Evans after his team lost in a playoff

Texas A&M head coach J. T. Higgins consoles Drew Evans after his team lost in a playoff

The threesome of Texas A&M’s Ty Dunlap, UCF’s Greg Eason and Arizona State’s Jon Rahm faced a one-stroke slow-play penalty when they were cited for two bad times in the third round of stroke-play qualifying at the NCAA Men’s Championship. After a long deliberation, it was determined that Dunlap and Eason were the guilty parties, while Rahm was absolved, keeping ASU’s match play hopes alive.

The extra stroke proved costly for Texas A&M, pushing them out of solo sixth and into a four-way tie for eighth. The top eight teams advance to match play, so Texas A&M found themselves in a 4-for-3 playoff with New Mexico, UNLV and Arizona State, where A&M was the lone team to be eliminated, according to GolfChannel.com’s Ryan Lavner.

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