DIVISION I

Patrick Cantlay
UCLA
Sophomore

Key Notes:
• Named to the U.S. Walker Cup Team in 2011, becoming the first UCLA player since Corey Pavin in 1982 to receive an invitation
• Lost in the finals of the 2011 U.S. Amateur
• Turned in the lowest 18-hole score of any amateur in a PGA Tour event when he shot a 60 in the second round of the 2011 Travelers Championship

Jordan Spieth
Texas
Freshman

Key Notes:
•2011 U.S. Junior Amateur champion
• Currently ranked as the No. 1 collegiate golfer in the country, with an 84-16-4 record against players ranked in the top 100
• Will compete in the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC, the site of this year's NCAA national championship

Patrick Rogers
Stanford
Freshman

Key Notes:
• Ranked third in the Golfweek/Sagarin men's collegiate individual rankings with an overall record of 366-23-5 through five fall and spring events
• Named to the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2011, becoming the ninth Stanford golfer to earn the distinction
• Advanced to the round of 16 in the 2011 U.S. Amateur

Eugene Wong
Oregon
Senior

Key Notes:
• Set a tournament record at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational by two strokes at 18-under 195 (65-63-67), shooting a career-low for a three-round event, earning medalist honors
• Ranked third in the Golfweek/Sagarin men's collegiate individual rankings with an overall record of 365-30-11 through five fall and spring events

Dylan Frittelli
Texas
Senior

Key Notes:
• Named the Big 12 Player of the Year in 2010
 • Named a third-team PING All-American in 2011
• Ranked second in the Golfweek/Sagarin men's collegiate individual rankings with an overall record of 360-20-4 through five fall and spring events
• Led his team with a 72.81 stroke average in 2011

DIVISION II

Marcelo Rozo
Lynn
Senior

Key Notes:
• Leads his team with a 70.92 stroke average through the fall season
• Had three top-five finishes finishes in the fall, including a victory at the Sandestin Collegiate
• Was the top junior college player in the nation the past two years for John A. Logan College

Daniel Stapff 
Barry
Senior

Key Notes:
• Sunshine State Conference Golfer of the Year in 2011
• Earned two wins in 2011, including Aflac/Cougar Invitational with a 138 (69-69) and the 2011 SSC Tournament with a 215 (73-68-74)
• Entered the season as Barry’s all-time low scoring average at 73.13

Andrew Green
Central Oklahoma
Senior

Key Notes:
• Won one title and finished in the top-four in three other events while putting together a 70.6 stroke average for the fall season
• Played in all 13 tournaments for Central Oklahoma in 2011 and had a 72.3 stroke average for 37 rounds, shooting in the 60s nine times

Kyle Souza
Chico State
Senior

Key Notes:
• Named to the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, the only Division II player to receive the honor
• Defending Division II individual national champion
• Notched three wins and one runner-up finish in four fall tournaments

Benjamin Taylor
Nova Southeastern
Junior

Key Notes:
• Finished third in the Jones Cup Invitational, an elite collegiate tournament, behind Alabama's Justin Thomas
 • Will start the spring season as the No. 1-ranked Division II player in the nation
• Won the win at the Otter Invitational in Monterey, Calif., last fall

DIVISION III

Noah Ratner
Guilford
Senior

Key Notes:
• Ranked as the No. 1 Division III player in the country by golfstat.com
• Was named ODAC Player of the Week three times during the fall season
• Earned medalist honors in three consecutive tournaments during the fall season

Mike Wesko
Methodist
Junior

Key Notes:
• Competed in all 10 events for Methodist in 2011 and averaged a team-low 73.6 strokes through 25 rounds
• Earned All-USA South first team and all-tournament recognition
• Selected as a second-team All-American

Jeremy Sanders
Redlands
Sophomore

Key Notes:
• Earned All-America, all-region and All-SCIAC first-team selections as a freshman last season
• Earned medalist honors at the Cal State San Marcos Invitational last fall
• Tied for fifth overall at the NCAA tournament last May

Joesph Evans
Christopher Newport
Senior

Key Notes:
• Won the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall Invitational with a 36-hole score of four-under-par 138, including a school-record 66 in the opening round
• Earned All-USA South first-team honors in 2011
• Led his team with a stroke average of 74.7 in 2011

Tony Krogen
St. John's (Minn.)
Senior

Key Notes:
• Finished third in last year's MIAC Championship
• Two-time and reigning MIAC Player of the Year
•  Former high school hockey player
•  Earned medalist honors at a qualifier for the U.S. Amateur in August 2011
•  Began playing on his high school's varsity golf team as a seventh grader

DIVISION I

Texas Longhorns

Noting Texas: Texas won its final three tournaments of the fall season by an average margin of 20.67 strokes. The Longhorns also won their spring kickoff, the Amer Ari Invitational, by five strokes. Texas also boasts the top two ranked players in the individual rankings. Freshman Jordan Spieth leads the rankings followed by teammate Dylan Frittelli. Head coach John Fields is in his 15th season at the helm of the Longhorn program. Fields has guided Texas to three top-five finishes at the NCAA championships and five appearances in the top 10 in the final national rankings, including a fifth-place finish in 2003. He also has helped produce 13 All-Americans who have earned a total of 21 All-America honors.

Oregon Ducks

Noting Oregon: Oregon finished third in last year's NCAA tournament and looks to improve upon that this season. Winners of three tournaments in four fall events under sixth-year head coach Casey Martin (yes, that Casey Martin), the Ducks have an experience-laden squad, led by 2010 Nicklaus Award winner Eugene Wong and fellow All-American Daniel Miernicki. Wong is the current No. 1 scorer nationally with a scoring average of 68.50. The lone underclassman on the Ducks is Rak Cho, who placed second at the St. Mary's Invitational in the fall -- the first event of his collegiate career.

UCLA Bruins

Noting UCLA: For the Bruins, it all seems to center around Patrick Cantlay, the sensational sophomore who surprised the big boys by posting that fabulous second-round 60 at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in June. Cantlay will also play in The Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. However, Cantlay has struggled a bit in the fall, dropping all the way to 19th in the individual collegiate rankings. Junior Pontus Widegren and and sophomore Anton Arboleda each finished in the individual top 10 at the spring opener last weekend in Hawaii and appear to be poised to pick up the slack.

 

DIVISION II

Lynn Fighting Knights

Noting Lynn: The Fighting Knights return six letterwinners from last year's team which advanced to the NCAA championship. During the fall season, Lynn won four of the five tournaments it entered. Marcelo Rozo leads the squad with a 70.92 stroke average and three top-five finishes, including a victory at the Sandestin Collegiate. Daniel Young has a 71.83 average followed by Roberto Francioni at 72.08. That trio combined for eight top-10 finishes during the fall.

Barry Buccaneers

Noting Barry: Last season, the Bucs finished ninth at the Division II championship. It marked the fifth time in the program’s history Barry made a national finals appearance, and ninth time it qualified for the national tournament. In the fall season, Barry won the Shark Invitational in West Palm Beach, claiming the 14-team event by 14 strokes. The Bucs finished second at the Queens Invitational in Jacksonville, third at the Aflac/Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga., and fifth at the Otter Invitational in Monterey, Calif.

Central Oklahoma Bronchos

Noting Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos have won 14 of their last 18 tournaments and have won all five fall tournaments they participated in. All-Americans Josh Creel, Andrew Green and Baer Aneshansley lead the way for the Bronchos, who are mentored by first-year head coach Pat Bates, a three-time All-Southeastern Conference pick at Florida and an All-American in 1989, ‘90 and ‘91 before embarking on a 17-year professional career. Bates played on the European, Canadian and South African tours from 1992-94, spent several years on the Nationwide Tour and played four years on the PGA Tour (1995, 2002-04).

 

DIVISION III

Guilford Quakers

Noting Guilford:  The Quakers won team titles at the Golfweek Fall Invitational and the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial during the fall season. They also finished second at the Gordin Division III Preview. Guilford returns all five regulars from the 2010-11 team, including seniors Mat Hennick and Dusty Roberts. Junior Noah Ratner is back after earning first-team All-America honors and the ODAC Player of the Year Award in 2011. He held the ODAC's best individual stroke average at 73.1.

Methodist Monarchs

Noting Methodist: Under the direction of 25th-year head coach Steve Conley, the Monarchs have been picked USA South Athletic Conference 2012 golf title in the preseason coaches' poll. If they win, it'll be the school's 29th conference championship. The Monarchs finished in the top 10 in all four of their events this fall including earning the win at the NCAA Preview in September.

Redlands Bulldogs

Noting Redlands: The fortunes of the Bulldogs will likely turn on the performance of sophomore Jeremy Sanders, who burst onto the national scene as a freshman, collecting All-America, all-region and All-SCIAC first-team plaudits as well as earning West Region Freshman Team accolades and was named Ken Sherman Freshman of the Year. After enjoying a semester abroad, senior Scott Peña, the team's lone member from the 2007 NCAA national runner-up squad, returns to the tee. 

Keep an Eye on These Events

March 16-17 -- Texas hosts Morris Williams Invitational

April 21-22 -- Texas A&M hosts Aggie Invitational

April 2-3 -- Barry hosts Buccaneer Invitational

April 16-17 -- Cal State Stanislaus hosts Hanny Stanislaus Invitational

April 9-10 -- Emory hosts Emory Spring Invitational

All photos courtesy of respective athletic departments.