15th May 2015
The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships started yesterday in the United States of America (USA).
To start with six 54-hole Regional tournaments are taking place between 14th-16th May. 13 college teams and 10 top performing individuals not on those teams are competing at Chapel Hill, Lubbock and San Diego. At the other three Regionals, being held in Bremerton, New Haven and Noblesville, 14 teams and 5 individuals not on those teams are playing.
The low 5 teams and the low individual not on those teams from each Regional will advance to the Championship Final. This year the Final will be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida between 29th May and 3rd June. The Final is probably the third biggest event on the amateur golf calendar after the US Amateur and Amateur Championship. It is also now shown live on the Golf Channel in the USA.
Teams consist of 5 players with the best 4 scores counting towards the overall team score. Therefore a player can progress even if they haven’t contributed so long as their team is in the top 5. The risk of course is they may be deselected for the Finals ! Likewise if a team does poorly but a player scores well they can progress as an individual. Players who start as individuals simply have it all to do themselves.
I have identified 22 Great British and Irish (GB&I) players that have teed off in the Regionals – some within a Team and some as Individuals. I have listed them and their round 1 scores below: –
Gold Mountain Golf Club – Bremerton, Washington
T2 Paul Dunne – University of Alabama at Birmingham – 67 (-5)
T40 Jamie Clare – Virginia Commonwealth University – 75 (+3)
University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
T13 Robert MacIntyre – McNeese State University – 70 (-2)
T20 Thomas Rowland – Charlotte – 71 (-1)
T31 Paul McBride – Wake Forest – 73 (+1)
T50 David Boote – Stanford University – 75 (+3)
T30 Ryan Cornfield – University of South Carolina Upstate – 73 (+1)
T43 Ben Wheeler – Coastal Carolina University – 74 (+2)
The Rawls Course – Lubbock, Texas
T7 J.J. Grey – Georgia State University – 67 (-4)
T42 Eamonn Bradley – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 72 (+1)
T61 Lawrence Allan – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 74 (+3)
T71 Cameron Shaw – University of California, Berkeley – 77 (+6)
T64 Tomasz Anderson – Jacksonville State University – 75 (+4)
The Course at Yale – New Haven, Connecticut
T12 Ryan Fricker – University of South Florida – 71 (+1)
T30 Benjamin Taylor – Louisiana State University – 73 (+3)
T30 George Williams – Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus – 73 (+3)
The Sagamore Club – Noblesville, Indiana
T46 Daniel Park – Alabama State University – 77 (+5)
T18 Chris Selfridge – University of Toledo – 73 (+1)
The Farms Golf Club – Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California
T6 Daniel Sutton – University of Idaho – 71 (-1)
T8 Pavan Sagoo – St. Mary’s College of California – 72 (E)
T21 Grant Forrest – University of San Diego – 74 (+2)
T66 Rhys Pugh – East Tennessee State University – 81 (+9)
Access to the full regional lives scores / results can be found here – Golfstat
Background / Notes:
Further background information on the US College system can be found here – US College Golf
In 2014 Alabama won the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship beating Oklahoma State, 4-1 in the match play final. It was the second consecutive year the Crimson Tide had won the national title. Cameron Wilson of Stanford was the individual stroke play medalist which preceded the match play stage.
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