We’re nearing the stretch run of the college golf season, with the conference championship next up on many teams’ schedules.
Here are a few news and notes from the past week:
• No. 1-ranked Alabama is back in the winner’s circle after being shut out in each of its past four starts. The Crimson Tide, who won their first five starts this season (and 11 in a row, dating to last year), shot a final-round 12-under 272 to pull away from host Vanderbilt and win the Mason Rudolph Championship. All five players finished 17th or better. Good timing, too, because this was ’Bama’s last start before the April 25-27 SEC Championship.
• Florida State freshman Jack Maguire continued his torrid spring at the Mason Rudolph, shooting 10-under 203 to win the individual title by a whopping seven shots. In five spring starts, the 19-year-old has gone T8-1-T8-T3-1. Even cooler: His brother, M.J., who plays for North Florida, won an event on the same day.
• Entering last week, UCF had the 81st most-difficult schedule in the country. The second big test of the Knights’ season came at the Augusta Invitational, and the seventh-ranked team in the country passed with soaring marks. UCF edged Texas to win its second event in a row, and fourth this season, in an event that featured five top-20 teams. Earning medalist honors was UCF’s Greg Eason, who capped a strong senior season (eight top 10s in nine starts) with his second victory.
• Perhaps no player this season has been as consistently excellent as Cal senior Brandon Hagy, who earned his third title of the year at the Aggie Invitational. He went wire-to-wire, shooting 4-under 212 to win by three in difficult conditions. In 10 starts, he has only once finished outside the top 8 (T-26 at Southern Highlands).
• LSU shook off a relatively disappointing 2013-14 campaign by closing its regular season with a share of the team title – with host Texas A&M – at the Aggie Invitational. The Tigers entered the event ranked 25th in the country, and with the victory here they extended their mark to six consecutive seasons with at least one title. On the same day that his sister, Lexi, won the LPGA’s first major, Curtis Thompson was the low Tiger at this event.