Yes, the fall season is important, and so is the early part of the spring season. But the next six weeks is what every team centers their entire year around. It begins with conference championships, then moves on to the regionals and nationals. So far this April we have seen a little of everything as teams battle it out for league titles. Nothing is off limits when it comes to these events. It is an all-out struggle, mentally and physically. Throw in a little Mother Nature, and what we can come to expect is the unexpected.
At both the mens and womens ACCs we had tough conditions provided by Mother Nature, something which has been a staple this spring, or so it seems. But Duke prevailed again in the womens championship, while Clemson had a comeback for the ages to win the mens crown. Auburn showed what it is made of it, outlasting the competition in the SEC womens tournament. But it does not stop with the nations elite.
Missouri hosted the Big 12 championships, but fell just one stroke short as Oklahoma State took home the hardware for the Lady Cowgirls. Furman had its streak of Southern Conference titles snapped, as the Lady Paladins were unable to keep a hold on the trophy which has spent many a year in the upstate of South Carolina.
Conference championships will continue for the next week or two. Then the real excitement begins. Regionals are just down the road, and it will be interesting to see whos in and whos not. As Minnesota showed last year, anything can happen, and I mean anything.
So sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. If you are a fan of college golf, you know exactly what is in store. If you are new to the game, you are in for something truly special. By the end of it all, you will understand why it is called May Madness.