Titleist Tour Representative Rick Nelson was working the range this morning when Adam Scott flashed his UNLV headcover and the conversation quickly turned to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. "Still runnin', baby," said Scott, who attended UNLV for a year before turning professional in 2000. Nelson, who attended Southern Illinois University before being drafted in baseball, responded by praising the success of his Salukis, when he found he was outnumbered. Joining Scott in the banter was his swing coach, Butch Harmon, who lives in Las Vegas, and Charley Hoffman, a 2000 UNLV graduate who happened to be practicing next to ex-teammate Scott.
It will be interesting to see if any have bragging rights come this weekend. Southern Illinois faces top-seed Kansas on Thursday, while the Runnin' Rebels play PAC-10 Tournament champion Oregon on Friday.
-- Joe Gomes