Golfweek Preseason Women’s Team Ranking 2021-22

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Golfweek Preseason Women's Team Ranking 2021-22

The busy summer season for amateurs has come to an end as schools across the country are back up, meaning college golf is back in season.

Stanford, with an invited roster that includes the two best amateurs in the world, is no surprise at # 1 and offers great depth even after these two marquee players. It’s a similar story of depth in the Wake Forest (which has been a constant theme for the Demon Deacons) and solidifies that team at number 2. Defending NCAA Champion Ole Miss and runner-up Oklahoma State also finished in the top 10 than you give back large parts of last year’s postseason squad.

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The top of the Cardinal lineup is as tough as it gets with the world’s # 1 and # 2 amateurs in Rose Zhang and Rachel Heck. There is also a USGA champion (Angelina Ye) and a British amateur champion (Aline Krauter) in the mix. Hard to see that Stanford isn’t the year-round team to beat.

STANFORD, CA – MAY 12: Sadie Englemann, Rachel Heck, Angelina Ye, Brooke Seay and Aline Krauter after the NCAA Stanford Regional finals at Stanford Golf Course on May 12, 2021 in Stanford, California.

The Demon Deacons have maintained their depth for the past four seasons. Lauren Walsh and Rachel Kuehn are strong returnees, with head coach Kim Lewellen also bringing newcomer Carolina Chacarra-Lopez and Maryland transfer Virunpat Olankitkunchai into the team.

2021 US women amateurs

Rachel Kuehn poses with her medal after the second round of stroke play at the US Women’s Amateur 2021 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. (Darren Carroll / USGA)

The Rebels return with a near-full national title roster. Expect punchy Englishwoman Ellen Hume to step into the job vacated by graduate Kennedy Swann.

NCAA Women's Championship

Ole Miss golfers celebrate after beating Oklahoma State in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Gina Kim is a leader on this team, but the Blue Devils need her to stay in Durham year-round (she just won Stage 1 of LPGA Q-School) to make some noise in the postseason.

NCAA Women's Championship

Duke Blue Devils golfer Erica Shephard chips on the 11th edge during the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Seminoles seemed to be overlooked last season until they won an NCAA Regional. Senior Beatrice Wallin leads strong supporting actors.

Beatrice Wallin, State of Florida

Beatrice Wallin, State of Florida (FSU Athletics / Ross Obley)

Another team with a Swedish superstar. Ingrid Lindblad and Latanna Stone are the front women of a team that will sharpen the ax with a tough competition plan.

Latanna Stone, LSU Ladies Golf

Golf training for women
Photo by: Andrew Wevers

The loss of Maja Stark hits hard, but Maddison Hinson-Tolchard and the transfer of Caley McGinty can make up some of that loss.

NCAA Women's Golf: NCAA Women's Golf Championship

May 26, 2021; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Oklahoma State University golfers walk the course after being defeated by Ole Miss during the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Final at Grayhawk Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

A full roster here, including four players who finished last season in the Top 100 of Golfweek who are returning as SEC team champions this season.

Auburn Women, SEC Championship

Auburn women defeated Mississippi State to win the 2021 SEC championship. (Maroon athletics)

The young Bruins team will take over the great leadership from Emma Spitz. Alessia Nobilio and new signing Zoe Campos will also be factors.

Emma Spitz, UCLA

Emma Spitz, UCLA (UCLA Athletics)

Vivian and Yu-Sang Hou, sisters from Taiwan, will be great players for the Wildcats provided they return after LPGA Q-School.

2021 US women amateurs

Yu-Chiang Hou reacts to her putt on the ninth green during the US Women’s Amateur 2021 final at Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY on Sunday, August 8, 2021. (Darren Carroll / USGA)

Baylor

South carolina

USC

Virginia

Kentucky

Oregon

Florida

State of Arizona

Michigan

Georgia

Texas

Virginia Tech

Tennessee

Arkansas

State of Mississippi

Alabama

Houston

Vanderbilt

State of Michigan

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