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Last year, many collegiate athletes saw their seasons canceled just before the postseason. The Covid-19 pandemic sent athletic departments scrambling and forced seniors to decide whether to return for another year. For golf teams, there would be no conference or regional tournaments, and no NCAA Championship.
More than 12 months later, the postseason events are back, and many teams have punched their tickets to regionals. Here’s where things stand:
Most women’s conference tournaments produced “they are who we thought they were” outcomes. Top teams showed up and took care of business.
One highlight was an ACC battle between three of the top-10 ranked teams in the country—Duke, Wake Forest, and Florida State—for the top seed in stroke play. Duke and FSU eventually met in the championship, where the Blue Devils swept the Seminoles 5-0. Duke’s Gina Kim took individual stroke-play honors by three shots.
In the SEC, LSU and South Carolina thrived in stroke play but were both upset in match play. Auburn swooped in to win the conference title with a victory over Mississippi State in the championship match. Other Power 5 team winners included Michigan State (Big 10), Oklahoma State (Big 12), and USC (Pac 12).
Regional tournaments for the 72 remaining teams and 24 remaining individuals will be held May 10-12. Regional Assignments
On the men’s side, the SEC, ACC, Pac-12, and Big 12 Championships have concluded while the Big 10 gets underway on Friday.
Of note in the Big 12 is Oklahoma State’s resurgence. In a tight race with Oklahoma and Texas at Prairie Dunes, the Cowboys shot a final-round 278 (-7) to win by a single shot. A final-hole triple bogey from Texas’s Pierceson Coody combined with a 65 from OSU’s Austin Eckroat to lift the Cowboys to their 10th Big 12 title.
Individually, Cole Hammer has reemerged as one of the top amateurs in the world. The 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and Western Amateur champion won twice this spring, including a one-shot win at the Big 12 Championship.
Meanwhile, Arizona took the Pac-12 team title, Vanderbilt knocked off Arkansas to win the SEC, and Clemson claimed the top spot in the ACC. The Big 10 Championship is at Crooked Stick this weekend.
USGA Victory Club
They’re playing for their schools right now, but many of the top amateurs will attempt to qualify for USGA events this summer. If they succeed, you’ll be able to watch them as a member of the U.S. Open Victory Club!
The Victory Club is the official fan club for both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. A free membership, the Victory Club provides exclusive access to limited-edition merchandise, contests, sweepstakes, and virtual fan experiences; and early access to tickets and packages. Become a Victory Club member today and experience this year’s national championships in upgraded fashion!
Keegan Bradley, playing at the approximate pace of drying paint, built a two-shot lead at the Valspar Championship through 18 holes. Emiliano Grillo, Ryan Moore, Max Homa, Patton Kizzire, and Hank Lebioda are in the top 10. Leaderboard
Yesterday the LPGA Tour made its long-awaited return to Asia at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. Olympic gold medalist and seven-time major champion Inbee Park leads the way through one round, and Sophia Popov, So Yeon Ryu, and Shanshan Feng are close behind. Leaderboard
The European Tour is testing the limits of its strategic ally’s “Live Under Par” mantra this week. Dozens of players opened the Tenerife Open with very low scores, including 15 who shot rounds of 65 or better. Thorbjørn Olesen and his 62 top the leaderboard. Leaderboard
Carl Yuan, Nick Hardy, David Lipsky, Willy Wilcox, and Willie Mack III are in the mix at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Huntsville Open. Leaderboard
After an eight-year engagement, Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky may be tying the knot soon. Gretzky posted some photos of herself wedding-dress shopping this week, fueling intense speculation and much aggregation.
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Shotgun Start: Victory Friday! The Bears have their QB
All golf talk is set aside at the start of this Friday episode, which was recorded minutes after the Bears traded up and drafted QB Justin Fields (and hours after reporting on Aaron Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay). A giddy Andy walks through his emotions of the day and proclaims the Bears “back.” Eventually, there is golf talk—the Valspar chatter transitions to discussion on the PIP thirst this week, which leads to an article on who has been getting the most PGA Tour Live run this year, which leads to a study sent in by a listener on how the stars on the PGA Tour compare to the NBA stars earnings-wise. News focuses on Rickie’s exemption into the PGA, which is panned. A new segment focuses on one national hero that will be playing the U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic. Flashback Friday is a glorious look back at the career of a two-time winner in Tampa, K.J. Choi. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.
Following a fun week in California, we can’t wait to host more events this summer! Spots are still available at Meadowbrook (MI), Rolling Green (PA), Blue Mound (WI), and Davenport (IA). Register today!