Thumbs up: FSU | Thumbs down: Okla. St.

What better way to spend a Wednesday then by doing “Three up and Three down.” This week, I have some things that will make you smile, and a few that will leave you annoyed.

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Thumbs up:

1.) The Tomahawk chop. There was some home cooking in Tallahassee, as FSU won for the third time this year at their own event – the Seminole Intercollegiate. I was really interested in this event for the fact it was the “big boys” vs. the “little guys.” In the end the two best teams – Florida State and South Carolina – finished 1-2, gaining confidence and momentum as the spring starts to wind down.

2.) UNLV . . . again. The Rebels split the team title with UCLA at Southern Highlands. It’s truly amazing that each year UNLV is one of the best three teams in the field. What is it about the desert air that allows the Rebels to play so well? Do you think coach Knight would like to see a national championship on a course with cacti in the near future?

3.) Tigers strike. With a seven-stroke victory over TCU at the Tiger/Wave Classic, the Auburn women solidified their top-5 ranking. The Tigers defeated 22 teams, several from the top 30 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Auburn may not have faced the “Big 3” from the Pac-10, but it did a fine job proving to be the best on the East Coast.

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Thumbs down:

1.) 23-team field. Just when we were trying to get to the bottom of slow play problems, the Tiger/Wave Classic goes and has a ridiculous number of teams. Don’t believe me that big fields are bad? Coaches said that 18 holes took well over six hours to play! I could have cooked two turkeys for the Golfweek potluck lunch at the end of the month. Come on!

2.) Cowboy down. What is going on with the No. 1 team in the country? The Cowboys have one of the most talented teams in the country one through 10, and they still didn’t finish in the top 10 at Southern Highlands. The Cowboys finished in 11th place and are continuing to look more beatable as the season winds down.

3.) 36-hole days. It’s bad enough that a round of college golf takes five-to-seven hours. Players hate it because they don’t feel like spending over 12 hours on a golf course. Lately, we have been debating how slow a single round takes, but when players have to play back-to-back 18s, we might as well just say they are playing from sunrise to sunset. Who wants to follow a day of golf like that?

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