A look at the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Men's
Championship, held May 29-June 3 at
Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades,
Field of 30
The NCAA Championship field, in order of
Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking:
10. Texas AM
13. North Florida
14. San Diego State
16. Kent State
19. Florida State
22. Central Florida
35. East Carolina
48. Virginia Tech
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
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.
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.
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
• 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
• 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.