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JUNE MADNESS

June 06, 2005
June 06, 2005

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JUNE MADNESS

The NCAA Championships are to be held Wednesday through Saturday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Here are the 10 teams we think have the best shot at the title.

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Team RankFamous AlumStudSkinny
1 Oklahoma StateCharles HowellPablo Martin. The freshman from Malaga, Spain, won twice and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award.Oklahoma State won seven of 11 events and dominated head-to-head play against our top 10.
2 UNLVAdam ScottRyan Moore. He finished 13th at this year's Masters and has the best stroke average in D-I: 69.08.The Rebels had only one win during the season but were consistent, never finishing out of the top 10.
3 Augusta StateVaughn TaylorScott Jamieson. He beat a deep field at the Hootie at Bulls Bay and was golfer of the year for independents.The Jaguars upset Oklahoma State to take the Central Regional by nine, with senior Kalle Edberg winning.
4 GeorgiaChip BeckDavid Denham. A senior all-SEC selection, he led the team in scoring (72.44) and had six top 10 finishes.Despite the nation's second-toughest schedule, Georgia won three and went 119-18-1 against top 100 teams.
5 New MexicoTommy Armour IIISpencer Levin. Ranked second in the country, he's a good putter and was low amateur at the '04 U.S. Open.Madalitso Muthiya, a great ball striker from Zambia, has helped Levin and the Lobos win four times in 2005.
6 Wake ForestArnold PalmerSean Moore. He became the team leader last year when he won the ACC Championship as a freshman.The Deacons are young, starting two freshmen, but the team's wire-to-wire East Regional win shows it's maturing.
7 FloridaChris DiMarcoMatt Every. The all-SEC junior and 2005 Palmer Cup player can go low: He shot a 63 in the East Regional.The Gators are loaded, boasting eight guys who could be the No. 1 or 2 player on most teams.
8 Georgia TechDavid DuvalRobert Castro. The sophomore had five top 10s, including three in a row, and his score counted in 11 of 12 events.The deep Jackets have four all-ACC players, including senior Chan Song, the brother of pros Aree and Naree.
9 KentuckySteve FleschJohn Holmes. Twelve of his 30 rounds have been under par, and he placed in the top 10 in six of 10 events.Four seniors return from a top 10 team in the 2004 NCAAs, and they're all long, an edge at 7,165-yard Caves Valley.
10 DukeJoe OgilvieMichael Schrachner. The freshman willed Duke into the finals with a second-round 63 and solo fifth in the East Regional.With seniors Nate Smith and Ryan Blaum, solid ball strikers and great putters, Duke has a shot at the title.
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