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NCAA Championship begins at Riviera

Golfweek    view all articles from this source
published 28 May 2012

see also: NCAA Division I National Championship and Jordan Spieth's rankings profile


Jordan Spieth

A look at the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Men's Championship, held May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.:

Field of 30

The NCAA Championship field, in order of Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking:

1. Texas
2. Alabama
3. UCLA
4. USC
5. Auburn
6. California
7. Oregon
8. Stanford
10. Texas AM
11. Washington
13. North Florida
14. San Diego State
16. Kent State
17. Virginia
18. Florida
19. Florida State
22. Central Florida
24. Georgia
26. Iowa
28. Oklahoma
29. Liberty
31. Illinois
32. Chattanooga
33. Alabama-Birmingham
35. East Carolina
39. TCU
40. Memphis
48. Virginia Tech
49. Lamar
55. Tulsa

Ringler’s Fab 5:

1. Texas: The Longhorns have to be the favorite, having been ranked No. 1 all season. Texas has three players ranked in the top 20.

2. Alabama: The Crimson Tide, along with perhaps California, may be the team with the most momentum.

3. UCLA: The Bruins have only one win this season, but have quietly been one of college golf’s most consistent teams.

4. California: The Golden Bears have the fewest head-to-head losses (13) in college golf and are peaking at the right time.

5. Washington: This is the time of the year this program gets noticed. The Husky magic seems to be alive and ready for a run at Riviera.

Overachiever:

Lamar is an obvious choice. The Cardinals, who finished fourth at the East Regional, were the only double-digit seed to qualify for nationals and do not have any players ranked in the top 100.

Underachiever:

Chattanooga’s winning the South Central Regional might have raised a few eyebrows. Not mine. The Mocs have shown glimpses this season of a team that could stick around at Riviera. With the Southern Conference Championship its only previous win, the Mocs were something of a regular-season disappointment. This team is better than its ranking.

Number crunching:

• Conference USA was the big winner at regionals. Five league teams – Alabama- Birmingham, Central Florida, East Carolina, Memphis and Tulsa – advanced. Only the Pac-12 had more teams, with six. The SEC had four, and the ACC and Big 12 each had three.

• Talk about your power conferences. The Pac-12 won three of the six regionals, and its six teams at the NCAA finals (UCLA, USC, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, Washington) are ranked in the top 11 of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

• With Oklahoma State’s streak of 65 consecutive NCAA Championships now over, who has the longest current streak? The answer: Florida, with 12.

• The top 20 players in Golfweek’s individual rankings all will be at Riviera.



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