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:

MEN

ACC

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. 

ATLANTIC 10

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.

ATLANTIC SUN

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.

BIG 12

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. 

BIG EAST

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.

BIG SOUTH

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.

BIG TEN

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.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC

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.

CONFERENCE USA

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.

HORIZON LEAGUE

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.

IVY LEAGUE

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.

MAAC

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.

OHIO VALLEY

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.

PATRIOT LEAGUE

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.

SEC

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.

SOUTHERN

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.

SOUTHLAND

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.

WEST COAST

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.


WOMEN

ACC

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.

ATLANTIC SUN

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.

BIG 12

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. 

BIG EAST

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.

BIG SOUTH

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.

BIG TEN 

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.

BIG WEST

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.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC

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.

CONFERENCE USA

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.

MOUNTAIN WEST

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.

PAC-12

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.  

PATRIOT LEAGUE

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.

SEC

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.

SOUTHERN

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. 

SOUTHLAND

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.

SUMMIT

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.

SUN BELT

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.

WEST COAST

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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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry