A lot of folks say that there is "so much competition" to be the best right now, and that there is so much once a NCAA championship begins. But let's be honest, several of them you can count on Sparky's pitchfork the teams that have a true chance to win the national title.
That is not the case in men's golf.
Arizona State head coach Randy Lein just finished his 18th season. His 1996 squad won the NCAA title. It was his fourth year on the job. In his 18 years, guess how many different teams have won the NCAA title?
Only Stanford, Oklahoma State and Georgia have won multiple titles. The last time a team repeated was in 1984-85, when Houston did the trick.
Augusta State took the title this year. Before that it was Texas A&M (2009), UCLA (2008), Stanford (2007 and 1994), Oklahoma State (2006, 2000 and 1995), Georgia (2005 and 1999), California (2004), Clemson (2003), Minnesota (2002), Florida (2001), UNLV (1998), Pepperdine (1997), Arizona State (1996) and Florida (1993).
And when you talk about the individual title, Coach Lein is the answer to this manufactured trivia question...who is the only coach to have two NCAA individual champions in the 1993-2010 timeframe?
Lein coached Todd Demsey in 1993 and Alejandro Canizares in 2003. Oklahoma State also has had a pair in 2006 and 2000, but under two coaches.
Individual medalists also have come from Illinois (2010), NC State (2009), UCLA (2008), USC (2007), Washington (2005), UNLV (2004), Georgia Tech (2002), Florida (2001), Northwestern (1999), Minnesota (1998), Clemson (1997), Stanford (1996), Auburn (1995) and Texas (1994).