NCAA Conference Championships: Men and Women

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 1, 2013, 7:18 pm

The countdown to the NCAA Championship has begun.

Below is a list of the conference champions on the men’s and women’s side, and their respective team and individual winners:



Team: Duke

Individual: Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech

The Blue Devils erased a three-shot deficit late on the back nine to capture their first conference title since 2005. Albertson carded a 4-under 68 – the low round of the day – to claim his first college title and finish at a tournament-record 15-under 201, good for a five-shot victory. 


Team: Charlotte

Individual: Raoul Menard, Charlotte

The 49ers posted a seven-shot victory to capture their seventh league title in the past eight years. Menard, a sophomore, became eighth player in conference history to win two individual titles.


Team: North Florida

Individual: M.J. Maguire, North Florida

The Ospreys went back-to-back to win conference titles, winning by 14 strokes over East Tennessee State. Maguire, a sophomore, became the first UNF player to win the league championship.

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Team: Texas

Individual: Brandon Stone, Texas

The defending NCAA champions claimed their first conference title since 2004, sweeping both the team and individual titles. Stone, a Hogan Award semifinalist as only a freshman, became the fourth Longhorn to win the conference title. It was his third win of the season. 


Team: South Florida

Individual: Cincinnati’s David Tepe

The Bulls won the conference title for the first time in program history, finishing four shots ahead of St. John’s. They were led by freshman Chase Koepka, who shot 7-under 209 and finished a shot behind Tepe for medalist honors.


Team: Coastal Carolina

Individual: Mathieu Fenasse, Liberty 

The Chanticleers narrowly won their first team title in three years, clipping Liberty by two shots. Fenasse’s final-round 66 meant that Liberty had the low finisher for the fourth consecutive year.


Team: Illinois

Individual: Thomas Pieters 

It’s the fifth consecutive title for the Illini, as they finished nine shots ahead of Minnesota. This victory was punctuated by Pieters’ dominating five-shot victory in the individual race.


Team: UNC-Wilmington

Individual: Payne McLeod, UNC-Wilmington 

The Seahawks won their third title in a row with a 24-stroke victory over James Madison. It was McLeod’s second career title and first conference championship.


Team: Houston

Individual: Roman Robledo, Houston

The Cougars captured their first conference title since 2001, when they clipped SMU by three shots. Robledo made a 30-footer on the final hole to finish one shot ahead on the individual race.


Team: Valparaiso

Individual: Thomas Wettstein, Valparaiso

The Crusaders punched their ticket to the postseason for the first time in program history, beating Cleveland State by four strokes. Wettsein, who transferred from Xavier, shot 70 in the final round to win by four shots.


Team: Princeton

Individual: Greg Jarmas, Princeton

It was the first league title since 2006 for the Tigers, who finished five shots ahead of Yale. Jarmas was three shots clear of Penn’s Max Marsico to become Princeton’s first individual medalist since 2005.


Team: Loyola (Md.)

Individual: Steve Burak, Fairfield

The Greyhounds erased a 10-shot deficit on the final day to win its sixth consecutive team title. They edged Iona by a shot. Burak, meanwhile, became Fairfield’s first medalist in 16 years.


Team: Austin Peay State

Individual: Patrick Newcomb, Murray State

The Governors won the rain-shortened event by nine shots over Jacksonville State, their first conference title since 2009. Newcomb’s 139 total was one shot ahead of Tennesee-Martin’s Brendon Caballero.


Team: Lehigh

Individual: Chris House, Navy

The Mountain Hawks held off Navy to capture the first league title since 1997. House won the individual championship with rounds of 74-72-73.


Team: Alabama

Individual: Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas

The Crimson Tide rolled despite a challenging final round in which the wind gusted up to 30 mph. They finished at 8-over 848, two shots clear of South Carolina. Cappelen closed with 66 to become the first Arkansas player since 1995 to win the conference title.


Team: Chattanooga

Individual: Josh Lorenzetti, College of Charleston

The Mocs won their second straight and fifth in the last seven years by beating Davidson by two shots. Lorenzetti made birdie on 17 and par on 18 and finished two shots ahead.


Team: Southeastern Louisiana

Individual: Rhys West, Southeastern Louisiana

The Lions pulled away from the field in the final round, finishing 13 shots ahead of Central Arkansas for their fourth title since 1998. West flipped a one-shot deficit into a two-shot win to earn his first career victory.


Team: St. Mary’s

Individual: Grant Forest, San Diego

The Gaels became the first team to punch its ticket to the postseason, finishing two shots clear of Gonzaga for their second consecutive title. Forest won the individual title with a 6-under 210. He also captured the Scottish Amateur last summer.



Team: Duke

Individual: Brittany Altomare, Virginia

The Blue Devils rolled the field at Sedgefield Country Club, racking up a 24-stroke victory over N.C. State. Altomare won by two strokes and became the first Virginia player to capture the title.


Team: East Tennessee State

Individual: Ines Lescudier, Kennesaw State 

The Buccaneers won the conference title for the second time in program history, finishing six shots ahead of Kennesaw State. Lescudier shot a sterling 66 in the final round to win the individual title by four shots.

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Team: Oklahoma State

Individual: Lauren Taylor, Baylor

The Cowgirls clinched their conference title for the first time since 2009 with a two-stroke victory over Baylor. Taylor’s 3-under 213 was enough to win the individual title by a whopping eight shots. 


Team: Notre Dame

Individual: Lindsey Weaver and Talia Campbell, Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish won their third conference title in the past six years, and making this victory sweeter was that Weaver and Campbell shared medalist honors at 6-under 210.


Team: Coastal Carolina

Individual: Brittany Henderson, Coastal Carolina

The Chanticleers shot a 54-hole tournament record of 16-over 880 to win their third conference title in the past five years. Henderson went back-to-back in winning the individual championship, finishing one shot ahead at 3-over 219.


Team: Northwestern, Purdue

Individual: Paula Reto, Purdue

Purdue and Northwestern shared the Big Ten title at 884, after the teams agreed to be co-champions. Reto, meanwhile, became the sixth consecutive Purdue player to earn medalist honors in the individual race.


Team: UC Davis

Individual: Demi Runas, UC Davis

The Aggies captured their fourth consecutive conference title in dominating fashion, finishing 29 shot ahead of Long Beach State. UC Davis players finished 1-2-3-4 on the leaderboard, led by Runas, who finished at 1 under to capture her first title.


Team: James Madison

Individual: Shabrill Brewer, James Madison 

It was the first league crown since 2005 for the Dukes, who finished eight shots ahead of UNC-Wilmington. Brewer, a sophomore, earned her first victory by capturing the individual title, by five shots.


Team: Tulane

Individual: Nico Engstroem Skuag, East Carolina

It’s the third conference title in the last five years for the Green Wave, who posted a 27-stroke victory over East Carolina. Skuag emerged from a three-man playoff to earn individual honors.


Team: UNLV

Individual: Manon DeRoey, New Mexico 

The Rebels captured their first conference title 2006 with a 12-stroke victory over Boise State. DeRoey won medalist honors for the first time after beating UNLV’s Demi Mak in a playoff.


Team: USC

Individual: Annie Park, USC

The Trojans steamrolled Washington by 24 strokes to capture their fifth consecutive conference title. Park became USC’s third consecutive freshman to earn medalist honors, edging teammate Sophia Popov by two strokes.  


Team: Lehigh

Individual: Chelsea Michalek, Lehigh 

The Mountain Hawks won the inaugural conference title by three shots over Bucknell. Michalek finished at 17-over 227 to win by five shots.


Team: Alabama

Individual: Stephanie Meadow, Alabama

The Crimson Tide pulled away in the final round for a 14-stroke victory over Georgia. Meadow became the first Alabama player to win the conference title. It was her sixth career victory, extending her own school record.


Team: Chattanooga

Individual: Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga 

The Mocs won wire-to-wire to capture their fourth league title in a row. Sauzon won the individual title in a playoff, hitting a wedge shot to kick-in range for her first college win. 


Team: Lamar

Individual: Shelby Hardy, Sam Houston State 

The Cardinals erased a four-shot deficit in the final round to win their first conference title since 2006. Hardy ran away with a six-stroke victory in the individual race, finishing with a tournament-record 4-under 212.


Team: North Dakota State

Individual: Amy Anderson, North Dakota State

NDSU won its first conference title in school history, while Anderson became the league’s first three-time individual champion. It was the first time in Summit League history that a team other than Oral Roberts won the team title.


Team: Florida International

Individual: Meghan MacLaren, Florida International 

The Panthers captured their first conference title in impressive fashion, winning by 16 shots over Middle Tennessee. MacLaren became FIU’s first individual winner, finishing two shots clear of Middle Tennessee’s Olivia Love.


Team: Pepperdine

Individual: Grace Na (Pepperdine)

The Waves have now won 12 consecutive titles and 15 of the 17 league tournaments ever contested. This time, they were 17 shots ahead of Gonzaga. Na shot 3-under 213 for a two-stroke victory and a second conference title (2011).

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.