NCAA Division 1 Men’s Regionals – 2017 Results

17th May 2017

The six 2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Regional Championships have been concluded today across the United States.

450 players, made up of 81 five man Teams and 45 Individuals, competed over 54-holes of stroke play to determine who would progress to the National Championships.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams advanced from each Regional.

This year’s Finals are being staged at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois between 26th-31st May.

There were four Great British and Irish (GB&I) players that negotiated this tough test. These were Harry ELLIS (Florida State), Elliot FULLALOVE (Jacksonville), Harry HALL (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and David WICKS (Jacksonville). Ellis, Hall and Wicks are all on Europe’s 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup team for the match against USA in early June.

In something of a surprise two of our leading players, Sam HORSFIELD (Florida) and Paul MCBRIDE (Wake Forest), members of two of the seeded and stronger teams, failed to qualify.


Below you will find links to all of the Team and Individual scores with specific detail additionally provided on the GB&I players:-


There were no GB&I qualifiers from the Austin Regional.

Paul MCBRIDE and his Wake Forest Team (seeded 10th) had been strongly fancied to progress before play started.

Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG)  75-76-70  +8 T38
Jake STOREY (ENG)  73-74-76  +10 T49
Daniel SUTTON (ENG)  75-72-76  +10 T49
Paul MCBRIDE (IRE)  74-79-72  +12 T57
Duncan MCNEILL (SCO)  79-89-75  +30 73rd

In passing Nick VOKE‘s final round 61, which helped the Iowa State man to the Austin Individual title, on the 7,355 yard University of Texas GC is certainly worth acknowledging.


David WICKS and Elliott FULLALOVE progressed to the Nationals following a play-off between their Jacksonville Team and Northwestern who Ryan LUMSDEN represents.

Wicks had an eventful day. On the fourth hole, his 13th of the day, he accidentally dropped his ball into a lake by the green. After a five minute paddle he failed to recover his ball and was forced to record a double bogey six. It was to his credit he managed to par his way home thereafter.

The @JU_MGolf Video of David Wicks on the 4th Hole

David WICKS (ENG)  74-74-71  +3 T7
Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO)  72-73-76  +5 16th
Elliott FULLALOVE (ENG)  75-85-74  +18 T58
Jamie MIST (ENG)  79-80-81  +24 T65


Missouri finished 8th in the Team competition. As a result neither Euan WALKER or Rory FRANSSEN progressed despite reasonable individual performances.

Rory FRANSSEN (SCO)  73-74-73 +4 T17
Euan WALKER (SCO)  74-77-70  +5 T24


There were no GB&I players competing at Stanford.

2016 US Amateur runner up Brad DALKE (Oklahoma) won the Individual event by 3-shots with an impressive -12 score.


Harry ELLIS continued his good season in the US with a strong Individual performance that led Florida State into the National finals.

Harry ELLIS (ENG)  73-66-71  -3 T5
Oliver FARRELL (ENG)  72-78-79  +16 T56


Harry HALL enjoyed an excellent tournament finishing 6th with an Even par total after rounds of 73, 70 and 73. UNLV also won the Team competition ensuring that they will also progress to Illinois next week.

Pavan SAGOO also played well. His scores of 71, 70 and 78 left him in a very creditable tied 10th place in the Individual standings. Unfortunately his St. Mary’s (CA) Team finished tied 6th and he was not the best placed Individual from the non-qualifying teams so his College season has ended.

However, the main story from this Regional was the failure of 5th seeded Florida and Sam HORSFIELD to progress.

Harry HALL (ENG)  73-70-73  Ev 6th
Pavan SAGOO (ENG)  71-70-78  +3 T10
Sam HORSFIELD (ENG)  75-70-81  +10 T37

Good luck to our four players in next week’s Nationals.

Copyright © 2017, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2017 Preview & Scores

14th May 2017

450 players, made up of 81 five man Teams and 45 Individuals, will commence play tomorrow in the 2017 NCAA Division I Regional Championships.

54-holes of stroke play over 3 days at 6 venues across the United States will determine those players that progress to the National Championship. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each Regional will advance.

This year’s Finals, where Team and Individual medalist titles will be decided, are being staged at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois between 26th-31st May. Oregon won the team title in 2016, defeating Texas, 3-2 in the match play final. Oregon’s Aaron Wise also claimed the individual title with a four-day total of 280 (-8).


Here is a list of all the Teams and Individuals that have been selected to compete by the NCAA Golf Committee. The Teams are seeded at each venue and are therefore ranked in order of their 2017 playing records. Where applicable, the Conference each Team won to automatically qualify is also shown in brackets.

I have additionally highlighted in BOLD the GB&I golfers in each Team as well as those who are playing as Individuals.



1. Oklahoma State University
2. Wake Forest University
     Paul MCBRIDE (IRE) – No. 2
3. University of Texas at Austin [Big 12 Conference]
4. University of Mississippi
5. Arizona State University
6. North Carolina State University
7. University of Kansas
     Daniel SUTTON (ENG) – No. 3
8. Liberty University
9. Iowa State University
10. Georgia Southern University
       Jake STOREY (ENG) – No. 2
11. College of Charleston (South Carolina) [Colonial Athletic Association]
12. McNeese State University [Southland Conference]
       Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) – No. 4
       Duncan MCNEILL (SCO) – No. 5
13. Wichita State University [Missouri Valley Conference]
14. Saint Peter’s University [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]


1. Jake Staiano, Colorado State University
2. Ryan Cole, James Madison University
3. Ian Snyman, University of North Texas
4. Thomas Rosenmueller, University of North Texas
5. Cory Churchman, University of North Texas



1. Louisiana State University
2. University of Oregon [Pac-12 Conference]
3. University of Virginia
4. Duke University [Atlantic Coast Conference]
5. Northwestern University
     Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO) – No. 1
6. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
7. Jacksonville University
     David WICKS (ENG) – No. 1
     Elliott FULLALOVE (ENG) – No. 5
8. University of Kentucky
9. University of South Florida [American Athletic Conference]
10. University of Iowa
11. Georgia State University [Sun Belt Conference]
12. Jacksonville State University [Ohio Valley Conference]
       Jamie MIST (ENG) – No. 2
13. Loyola University Maryland [Patriot League]
14. Alabama State University [Southwestern Athletic Conference]


1. Peng Pichaikool, Mississippi State University
2. Zan Luka Stirn, Arkansas State University
3. R.J. Keur, University of Alabama at Birmingham
4. Zander Lozano, University of Texas at San Antonio
5. Albert Badosa-Soler, Nicholls State University



1. Vanderbilt University [Southeastern Conference]
2. Texas Tech University
3. Clemson University
4. University of Georgia
5. University of Missouri, Columbia
     Euan WALKER (SCO) – No. 2
     Rory FRANSSEN (SCO) – No. 4
6. Lipscomb University
7. Kennesaw State University [ASUN Conference]
8. University of Central Florida
9. Middle Tennessee State University
10. Texas Christian University
11. Troy University
12. East Tennessee State University [Southern Conference]
13. Harvard University [The Ivy League]


1. Andrew Novak, Wofford College
2. Patrick Cover, University of North Carolina Wilmington
3. Tim Conover, East Carolina University
4. Thomas Eldridge, University of North Carolina Wilmington
5. Tyler Collier, University of California, Los Angeles
6. Hunter Richardson, University of Tennessee at Martin
7. Seth Gandy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
8. Jack Lang, Davidson College
9. Anton Frondelius, Wagner College
10. Daniel Racioppa, Alcorn State University



1. Stanford University
2. Baylor University
3. University of Oklahoma
4. Georgia Institute of Technology
5. Pepperdine University
6. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
7. University of North Florida
8. Brigham Young University [West Coast Conference]
9. University of Houston
10. The Ohio State University
11. University of California, Santa Barbara [Big West Conference]
12. California State University, Sacramento [Big Sky Conference]
13. South Dakota State University [The Summit League]


1. Collin Morikawa, University of California, Berkeley
2. Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara University
3. David Kim, University of California, Irvine
4. Justin Doeden, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
5. Andres Gonzalez, Long Beach State University
6. Felix Mory, California State University, Northridge
7. Fidel Concepcion, Southern Utah University
8. Grant Booth, University of Nevada, Reno
9. Brian Humphreys, Boise State University
10. Mike Graboyes, Cornell University



1. University of Southern California
2. Kent State University [Mid-American Conference]
3. Texas A&M University, College Station
4. Florida State University
     Harry ELLIS (ENG) – No. 2
5. University of Washington
6. University of Alabama
7. San Diego State University
8. University of Texas at El Paso [Conference USA]
9. Pennsylvania State University
10. University of Michigan
11. Michigan State University
12. Seattle University [Western Athletic Conference]
13. Marquette University [Big East Conference]
       Oliver FARRELL (ENG) – No. 1
14. Bryant University [Northeast Conference]


1. Hidetoshi Yoshihara, University of California, Los Angeles
2. Tim Widing, University of San Francisco
3. Ryan Wallen, University of Wyoming
4. Cole Madey, University of California, Los Angeles
5. Michael Colgate, University of Nebraska, Lincoln



1. University of Florida
     Sam HORSFIELD (ENG) – No. 2
2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Big Ten Conference]
3. University of Nevada, Las Vegas [Mountain West Conference]
     Harry HALL (ENG) – No. 3
4. Auburn University
5. University of South Carolina, Columbia
6. University of Colorado, Boulder
7. Purdue University
8. University of New Mexico
9. Augusta University [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
10. Saint Mary’s College of California
       Pavan SAGOO (ENG) – No. 2
11. Campbell University [Big South Conference]
12. University of Richmond [Atlantic 10 Conference]
13. Cleveland State University [Horizon League]


1. Peter Kim, U.S. Military Academy
2. Mark Lawrence Jr., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
3. Austin Squires, University of Cincinnati
4. Keegan de Lange, University of Louisville
5. Lloyd Jefferson Go, Seton Hall University
6. David Kocher, University Maryland, College Park
7. Sarit Suwannarut, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
8. Patrick Flavin, Miami University (Ohio)
9. Peyton White, Ohio University
10. Trent Wallace, Illinois State University


Copyright © 2017, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA Div I Men’s Nationals – 2016 Results

1st June 2016

UPDATE – Home team Oregon won the NCAA Division I Team Championship beating the Texas 3-2 in the Final.

Oregon’s Aaron Wise won the Individual title a few days ago thus making the Team win a memorable double for the ‘Ducks’.

Texas were hampered from the outset with star player Beau Hossler unable to start due to a shoulder injury picked up in the Semi-Final. With no substitutes allowed Beau was forced to concede his match against Zach Foushee on the first tee.

Suman Raza won his match on the 21st hole (the 10th) to secure the title for oregon.

Oregon NCAA DI Championship 2016

Oregon’s Men’s Golf Team (Photo: Eric Evans /

31st May 2016

The Stroke Play Stage of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship finished last night after fours days of intense competition at the Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

30 teams of 5 players and 9 individuals started the Stroke Play qualifier. The Stroke Play Stage is used to determine the 8 College Teams that progress to the Match Play Finals as well as the NCAA’s Individual champion.

The Stroke Play event was played over 72-holes albeit there was a 54-hole cut on Sunday night. This saw the field reduced down to 15 teams, with the leading 9 individuals not affiliated with one of them also advancing.

The best 4 scores from 5 are used to determine each team’s total round score. The fifth score is only used to resolve ties after 54 -holes.

It is worth noting that the NCAA Division I Nationals is one of the major men’s amateur events. Based on the strength of it’s field it is expected to be the third most important event in this year’s calendar after the US Amateur and the Western Amateur. Sadly the Amateur Championship continues to fall down the rankings, suffering as it does from next to no United States participation.


Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) had three players competing in the Championship – David Boote (Stanford), Sam Horsfield (Florida) and Paul McBride (Wake Forest). It’s fair to say things didn’t go as well as I had hoped for all of them.

After 54-holes David Boote was the highest placed GB&I player. After rounds of 69, 73 and 74 he was tied 50th on +6.  Unfortunately Stanford, the No. 1 ranked Team at the start of play, had a poor competition. Their 54-hole Team score of +44 saw them finish 28th and easily miss the Top 15 +27 Team cut. As he was not one of the leading 9 individuals David’s event – his final one after 4 years in California – ended alongside that of his team mates. David has had a really strong year at Stanford and can be expected to be competitive in this summer’s elite amateur events back home.

Sam Horsfield shot rounds of 70, 75 and 72 for a +7 and tied 62nd 54-hole result. He was Florida’s second best scorer after Gordon Neale (70 67 and 73 / E T9). Neale and Horsfield led Florida to a +26 54-hole total which saw them finish 13th in the team standings and therefore just progress to yesterday’s final round. Sam shot a 69 to finish the 72-hole event in tied 22nd on +6, one better than Neale who shot a 77. Unfortunately Sam’s team mates couldn’t follow his lead and Florida fell back to 15th on +43, 19 shots away from the all important 8th place.

Whilst I am sure he will be disappointed with his and Florida’s performance in the Nationals there is no question that Horsfield has had a superb freshman year in US College golf. His single season stroke average of 70.55 is the lowest in Florida’s history (records only kept since 1982). He played 13 tournaments finishing in the Top 25 12 times. He had 8 Top 5’s and 3 Wins. He has committed to at least one more year at Florida and with Andy Zhang joining them next year the only way is up for the Gators.

UPDATE – Sam Horsfield was today named as one of the ten 2016 Division I PING First-Team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Sam was the only Freshman in the group which also included Charlie Danielson, Beau Hossler, Lee McCoy, Maverick McNealy, Matthew MeSmith, Jon Rahm, Matthias Schwab, Robby Shelton and Aaron Wise.

Paul McBride got off to a bad start and whilst he showed improvement each day his scores of 77 76 and 73 meant a disappointing +16 total and tied 132nd finish in the individual standings. Wake Forest finished on +31 after 54-holes and their tied 23rd position meant an early exit. Paul’s team mate Will Zalatoris (+3 / T20) progressed as an Individual but a final round 78 saw him fall back to tied 51st.

Aaron Wise NCAA DI 2016

Aaron Wise With His NCCA Individual Trophy

Aaron Wise of Oregon won the Individual NCAA Division I Championship with a -5 72-hole total score. Wise, who has been a leading amateur for some time and was unlucky not to make the 2015 US Walker Cup team, will be turning Pro after the Nationals. He earned playing rights on the Mackenzie Tour a few weeks ago have achieved medallist honours at their Q-School.

Texas (+14), Illinois (+15), LSU (+16), Southern California (+17), Vanderbilt (+17), Oregon (+19), South Carolina (+22), and Oklahoma (+24) all qualified for the two-day Match Play Finals which start today and will determine the Team NCAA Division I Champions.

NCAA Div I Men’s Championship Results (courtesy of GolfStat)
Individual Scores
Team Scores


Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA Div I Men’s Regionals – 2016 Results

16th, 17th and 18th May 2016

Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) will have three competitors in the NCAA Div 1 Men’s National Championship.

David Boote (Arizona -4 8th), Paul McBride (Arizona -1 T12) and Sam Horsfield (Wisconsin -1 T12) have all qualified today for the Nationals with their respective Stanford, Wake Forest and Florida teams. This is no mean achievement so congratulations to them all and good luck next week.

However, in many respects the real GB&I Regionals story concerns the unrewarded efforts of Daniel Sutton and Ryan Cornfield, both from the West Midlands.

Daniel Sutton played beautifully over all three days to finish in the Top 5 at the Kohler Regional but a superb final day for Baylor (-14) saw his Idaho team (-6) lose out on 5th place by 6-shots. With medalist Tee-k Kelly (Ohio State) winning the event he progressed as the leading Individual. This meant both Sutton and Idaho left Wisconsin empty handed.

Ryan Cornfield (USC Upstate), playing as an individual, shot a memorable best of the day 65 (-7) in the final round to finish on -8 and T9th. Unfortunately Ryan Cole (James Madison) finished on -14 to win the Individual prize at the Franklin Regional, leaving Cornfield empty handed after a great day’s work.

To see how all 17 of the Great British & Irish (GB&I) players finished in the six Regionals take a look at my results summary below.

You will recall there were 6 Regional competitions with 54-holes played over 3 days, 16th – 18th May.

To progress our players either needed to be in a College team that finished in the Top 5 of their event or be the highest individual finisher, not affiliated with one of the successful teams.


GB&I Results Summary (courtesy of GolfStat)

Where one of our players was playing as part of a 5-man Team their College is noted in Bold.

Each player’s Individual score and position and where applicable their Team’s position is shown below.

Click on the LIVE SCORE LINK‘s for the detailed Player results from where you can also access the Team results.

Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, Tuscaloosa, AlabamaLIVE SCORE LINK

DAVID WICKS (Jacksonville) – 74 78 73 +9 T44

HARRY HALL (UNLV) – 76 81 70 +11 T50 (Team 6th)

TOM HARRIS (Maryland) – 81 79 77 +21 T70

Gallery Golf Club, Marana, ArizonaLIVE SCORE LINK

DAVID BOOTE (Stanford) – 69 72 71 -4 8th (Team 1st)

PAUL McBRIDE (Wake Forest) – 67 79 69 -1 T12 (Team 5th)

JJ GREY (Georgia State) – 75 74 76 +9 T50 (Team 11th)

PAVAN SAGOO (St. Mary’s CA) – 75 78 74 +11 T57 (Team 9th)

BEN ROBINSON (Louisiana Tech) – 77 78 78 +17 67th (Team 12th)

Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course, Kohler, WisconsinLIVE SCORE LINK

DANIEL SUTTON (Idaho) – 69 72 72 -3 T5 (Team 6th)

SAM HORSFIELD (Florida) – 72 71 72 -1 T12 (Team T2)

GEORGE BAYLIS (Akron) – 76 73 72 +5 T43

UNM Course, Albuquerque, New MexicoLIVE SCORE LINK

No GB&I Players.

Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, OklahomaLIVE SCORE LINK

RYAN LUMSDEN (Northwestern) – 73 79 76 +12 T22 (Team 7th)

DUNCAN MCNEILL (McNeese State) – 78 78 80 +20 T44 (Team T8)

GARETH LAPPIN (Michigan State) – 78 82 77 +21 T47 (Team T8)

JAMIE CLARE (Virginia Commonwealth) – 77 81 84 +26 T58th (Team 13th)

JOSHUA JAMIESON (Northwestern) – 80 84 84 +32 66th (Team 7th)

Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, TennesseeLIVE SCORE LINK

RYAN CORNFIELD (South Carolina-Upstate) – 73 70 65 -7 T9

For further background information on the 2016 NCAA Div I Regionals please read my Preview article which I posted on 15th May.

This year’s Finals are being staged at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon between 27th May – 1st June.


Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA Div I Men’s Regionals – 2016 Preview

15th May 2016

81 Teams, with 5 players each, and an additional 45 Individuals will commence play tomorrow in the 2016 NCAA Division I Regional Championships.

From a total Regionals field of 450 there are 17 players competing from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I).

54-hole stroke play over 3 days at 6 venues across the United States will determine those players that progress to the National Championship. The NCAA Committee determined earlier in May which venue each Team and individual was allocated to.

The five Teams with the lowest team scores at each of the Men’s Regional qualifiers advance. The player, not affiliated with one of the successful Teams, with the lowest score at each qualifier also advances to the Championship and plays in the Individual event. For those players who start as Individuals they obviously only have the latter route through to the Nationals.

This year’s Finals are being staged at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon between 27th May – 1st June.


Over the next few days I will be following the progress of the Regionals and in particular all of the GB&I players that will be competing.

To start us off here is a list of all the Teams and Individuals that are playing.

I have additionally highlighted in BOLD the GB&I golfers in each Team as well as those who are playing as Individuals. Finally, where applicable, the Conference’s those Team’s won to automatically qualify are shown in brackets. The Live Score Link for each Regional is also provided for each competition.

Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, Tuscaloosa, Alabama  LIVE SCORE LINK 

Teams (13)

  • Georgia (Southeastern)
  • Auburn
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • UNLV (Mountain West) – HARRY HALL
  • Kentucky
  • Kansas
  • College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic)
  • Lipscomb
  • Charleston Southern
  • Colorado
  • Harvard (Ivy League)
  • Southern Illinois (Missouri Valley) 

Individuals (10)

  • David Kocher, Maryland
  • Braden Thornberry, Mississippi
  • Wes Gosselin, Tennessee-Chatanooga
  • Andrew Novak, Wofford
  • Franck Medale, Jacksonville
  • TOM HARRIS, Maryland
  • Manuel Elvira, Central Florida
  • Seth Gandy, UNC-Charlotte
  • Peter Staalbo, South Alabama
  • DAVID WICKS, Jacksonville

Gallery Golf Club, Marana, Arizona  LIVE SCORE LINK 

Teams (14)

  • Stanford (Pac-12) – DAVID BOOTE
  • Wake Forest – PAUL McBRIDE
  • California
  • Oregon
  • North Carolina
  • North Florida
  • Alabama-Birmingham
  • Georgia Tech
  • St. Mary’s (West Coast) – PAVAN SAGOO
  • Georgia State – JJ GREY
  • North Texas
  • Louisiana Tech (Conference USA) – BEN ROBINSON
  • California-Riverside (Big West)
  • Siena College (Metro Atlantic) 

Individuals (5)

  • Sean Walsh, Gonzaga
  • Brandon Bauman, California-Santa Barbara
  • Alex Chiarella, San Diego
  • Daniel Chian, Long Beach St.
  • Aaron Beverly, Cal State Sacramento

Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course, Kohler, WisconsinLIVE SCORE LINK 

Teams (13)

  • Illinois (Big Ten)
  • Florida State
  • Florida – SAM HORSFIELD
  • Arkansas
  • Baylor
  • Penn State
  • Memphis
  • Kent State (Mid-American)
  • UCLA
  • East Tennessee St. (Southern)
  • Campbell
  • Idaho (Big Sky) – DANIEL SUTTON
  • South Dakota State (Summitt League) 

Individuals (10)

  • Lloyd Jefferson Go, Seton Hall
  • Patrick Flavin, Miami Ohio
  • Billy Walthouse, Rhode Island
  • Otto Black, Toledo
  • Tee-k Kelly, Ohio State
  • Will Grimmer, Ohio State
  • Trent Wallace, Illinois State
  • Luke Graboyes, Cornell
  • Evan Russell, Hartford

UNM Course, Albuquerque, New MexicoLIVE SCORE LINK 

Teams (14)

  • USC
  • Arizona State
  • South Florida (American Athletic)
  • San Diego State
  • Texas A&M
  • North Carolina State
  • New Mexico
  • Texas Tech
  • Texas Christian
  • Iowa
  • Liberty (Big South)
  • U.S. Military Academy (Patriot League)
  • Cleveland State (Horizon League)
  • Wagner College (Northeast) 

Individuals (5)

  • Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara
  • Patrick Fishburn, Brigham Young
  • Frederik Dreier, UTEP
  • Trevor Clayton, Cal State Fresno
  • Nicholas Dilio, St. Peter’s

Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, OklahomaLIVE SCORE LINK

Teams (14)

  • Oklahoma State
  • Clemson (ACC)
  • Oklahoma
  • Duke
  • Augusta (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
  • Purdue
  • Michigan State – GARETH LAPPIN
  • Tennessee
  • Louisville
  • McNeese State (Southland) – DUNCAN MCNEILL
  • Virginia Commonwealth (Atlantic 10) – JAMIE CLARE
  • Missouri-Kansas City (Western Athletic)
  • Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic) 

Individuals (5)

  • Nick Voke, Iowa St.
  • Haraldur Magnus, Louisiana Lafayette
  • Grant Bennett, Wichita St.
  • Kevin Gordon, Nebraska-Omaha
  • Thomas McLaughlin, Texas Southern

Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tennessee LIVE SCORE LINK

Teams (13)

  • Texas (Big 12)
  • Vanderbilt
  • LSU
  • Washington
  • Virginia
  • Houston
  • Pepperdine
  • Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun)
  • Michigan
  • Troy (Sun Belt)
  • East Carolina
  • Tennessee Martin (Ohio Valley)
  • Georgetown (Big East) 

Individuals (10)

  • Ryan Cole, James Madison
  • RYAN CORNFIELD, South Carolina-Upstate
  • Matthew Lowe, Richmond
  • Jose Montano, Xavier
  • Patrick Cover, UNC-Wilmington
  • Thomas Eldridge, UNC-Wilmington
  • Joey Lane, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Jake McGlone, UNC-Greensboro
  • Ryan Wentzler, Wright St.
  • U Minn Wood, Farleigh Dickinson


Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

A Beginner’s Guide To U.S. College Golf

9th May 2016

With the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I National Championships just around the corner I thought a United States (U.S.) College golf briefing was in order.

So from the beginning….

There are c.1,300 colleges and universities across the U.S. Each one is different in terms of student numbers, sports facilities, budgets and scholarship packages.

In Year 1 a U.S. student is referred to as a ‘Freshman’, in Year 2 a ‘Sophomore’, in Year 3 a ‘Junior’ and finally in Year 4 a ‘Senior’.

Non-profit Athletic Associations organise competitive men’s and women’s sport for the US colleges. It is big business too. The better men’s football and basketball teams play in front of huge crowds, matches are televised and these sports generate millions of dollars of revenue for their institutions. However, most of the other sports, of which golf is one, whilst prestigious to differing degrees, are unprofitable to run for their colleges and therefore have to be subsidised.

The primary Association is the NCAA. This body focuses on the larger colleges and as such means that the other Associations can largely be ignored. It has history too – the first men’s golf event being staged in 1897.


Each Athletic Association is split into Conferences based on geographic regions. The Colleges are then split into different Divisions – normally I, II and III. Generally, the larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. In recent years some Colleges have started to switch Conferences for financial or performance reasons.

The NCAA, as it deals with the larger colleges with the most resources, is at the pinnacle of US college golf. In turn the Division I colleges attract the best golfers as they offer the best coaches and practice facilities and compete in the elite competitions. Division I of the NCAA is therefore the area that the interested observer should focus their attention on.

Only Division I and Division II schools can offer sports scholarships to athletes. In Division I there are currently c.280 colleges offering men’s golf scholarships and c.250 offering financial support for women. The NCAA allows 4.5 men’s and 6 women’s scholarship per college golf program. It is difficult to track everyone but I estimate there are c.150 Great British and Irish (GB&I) students playing golf on scholarships in the U.S. currently. In recent years, and for the financial reasons noted above, some colleges have been cutting golf from their list of sports programs.

Larger colleges run squads of between 7-12 players normally. This can be problematic – particularly after the settling-in Freshman year – as most events are five person affairs, meaning some players struggle to get selected and therefore don’t get to play competitively.

The NCAA supports 31 regional Conferences for college’s that play men’s golf – 28 of them support women’s golf. These are: – American Athletic; America Sky; Atlantic Coast; Atlantic Sun; Atlantic 10; Big East; Big South; Big Ten; Big 12; Big West, Colonial Athletic Association; Conference USA; Horizon League; Ivy League; Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American; Mid-Eastern Athletic; Missouri Valley; Mountain West; Northeast; Ohio Valley; Pacific-12; Patriot League; Southeastern; Southern; Southland; Southwestern Athletic; Summit League; Sun Belt; Western Athletic; and West Coast.  The Conferences in bold above have provided the strongest golf teams in recent years.

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Eugene Country Club, Oregon – Host of the 2016 NCAA DI Championships

The Conferences and Divisions hold various regional and a few select national competitions throughout the Fall and Spring seasons. Five man teams compete for each college with additional team members playing individually sometimes. It’s normally fours scores from five to count in 54 hole team events.

From October onwards GolfStat – the main provider of college golf scores and statistics – and GolfWeek/Sagarin publish Divisional rankings for the Teams and Individuals based on that season’s performances.

These events and rankings are followed closely and set the scene for the NCAA finals series – Conference championships precede four Women’s and six Men’s Regionals that are then followed by a National Championship – the latter taking place annually in May. Different courses are used each year by the NCAA.

Finals are held for each Division but the Division I events are clearly the US College Majors. The NCAA Division I Championships are now given TV coverage by the Golf Channel in the USA.

The winners of each Conference are granted automatic entry to the Regional Championships.

The GolfStat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings are then used by the NCAA Golf Committee to select the other Teams and Individuals that will participate in the Regionals.

The 2016 Women’s NCAA Regionals were completed between 5th – 7th May. The six leading teams at each Regional qualified for the National finals. The three leading Individuals, not in one of these teams, at each one also advanced. Four leading GB&I players, three of whom have been selected for next month’s Curtis Cup are safely through to the National Finals – Bronte Law (UCLA), Leona Maguire (Duke), Elizabeth Mallett (North Carolina) and Charlotte Thomas (Washington). Two other Curtis Cup players, Meghan MacLaren (FIU) and Alice Hewson (Clemson), failed to progress either with their teams or individually.

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Eugene Country Club, Oregon – Host of the 2016 NCAA DI Championships

The NCAA Committee announced their 2016 Men’s participants on 5th May, allocating 81 teams to this year’s six NCAA Division I Regional Championship venues. The College Teams are seeded so that the better ones are largely separated out from each other. Going into the 2016 Regionals the highest ranked Men’s Teams are Stanford, USC, Illinois, Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma State.

The 2016 Men’s Regionals will be played between 16-18th May at the following courses with the allocated number of Teams / Individuals as shown: –

Gallery GC, Tucson, Arizona – 14 / 5
UNM, Alberquerque, New Mexico – 14 / 5
Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wisconsin – 13 / 10
Ol’Colony Golf Complex, Tuscalossa, Alabama – 13 / 10
Vanderbilt Legends Club, Nashville, Tennesse – 13 / 10
Karsten Creek, Stillwater, Oklahoma – 14 / 5

The five teams with the lowest team scores at each of the Men’s Regional qualifiers progress to the National championships. The player, not affiliated with one of the successful Teams, with the lowest score at each qualifier also advances to the Championship and plays in the Individual event. If you do the maths you will calculate 30 teams of five players plus six individuals means a total field of 156 players compete in the Men’s Finals.

In 2015 the Finals were played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. For the first time the women’s event preceded the men’s on the same course. This year the two Championships are being played at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. The Women’s between 20th – 25th May and the Men’s between 27th May – 1st June.

Both Championships consist of 54-holes of stroke play before a cut is made. Thereafter the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team play a final 18 holes. The results from these 72-holes will determine both the Individual Champion and the top eight teams that will advance to the Team match play stage. The Team Champions, which is the primary focus of the NCAA, is then finalised on the final two days of competition.

Stanford and Louisiana State University won the Division I Women’s and Men’s Championship’s respectively in 2015.

LSU NCAA DI Champions 2015

LSU Men’s Team Celebrate Their 2015 NCAA DI Victory

Emma Talley (Alabama) and Bryson DeChambeau of Southern Methodist University (SMU) won the 2015 Individual stroke play titles.

I will once again be doing my best to follow and report on the Women’s Nationals and the Men’s Regionals and Nationals in the coming weeks.


Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA DI Men’s Regionals (2015) – Results

17th May 2015

The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships started on Thursday at courses across the United States. The six 54-hole Regional tournaments (Stage 1) have now been completed.

13 college teams and 10 top performing individuals (not on those teams) competed in the Regionals at Chapel Hill, Lubbock and San Diego. Meanwhile 14 teams and 5 individuals (not on those teams) played at Bremerton, New Haven and Noblesville.

The low 5 teams and the low individual (not on those teams) from each Regional have now advanced to the Championship Final. 156 players will play in the Final which is being played at the end of this month in Florida.

Just 5 of the 22 GB&I players competing in the Regionals have progressed to the Final – Paul Dunne (UAB), Thomas Rowland (Charlotte), David Boote (Stanford), Ryan Fricker (South Florida) and Benjamin Taylor (LSU).  The Final is to be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, the home course of South Florida, between 29th May and 3rd June.   

The results for the GB&I players competing at the NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals are shown below: –

Gold Mountain Golf Club – Bremerton, Washington
Teams (14):
T7 Paul Dunne – University of Alabama at Birmingham – 67, 71, 72 (-6)
T28 Jamie Clare – Virginia Commonwealth University – 75, 73, 69 (+1)

Team positions – UAB (-21) 1st and VCU (+6) T9.
Individual leader – Kyle Mueller, Michigan (-9).

University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Teams (13):
T4 Thomas Rowland – Charlotte – 71, 72, 67 (-6)
T13 Robert MacIntyre – McNeese State University – 70, 72, 72 (-2)
T32 David Boote – Stanford University – 75, 68, 75 (+2)
T41 Paul McBride – Wake Forest – 73, 75, 72 (+4)
Individuals (10):
T23 Ryan Cornfield – University of South Carolina Upstate – 73, 70, 74 (+1)
T49 Ben Wheeler – Coastal Carolina University – 74, 75, 72 (+5)

Team positions – Charlotte (-19) 1st, Stanford (-14) 2nd, McNeese State (+3) 7th and Wake Forest (+10) 10th.
Individual leader – J.T. Poston, Western Carolina (-7, after play-off).

The Rawls Course – Lubbock, Texas
Teams (13):
T33 J.J. Grey – Georgia State University – 67, 71, 77 (+2)
T39 Eamonn Bradley – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 72, 71, 73 (+3)
T66 Lawrence Allan – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 74, 77, 74 (+12)
T71 Cameron Shaw – University of California, Berkeley – 77, 76, 77 (+17)
Individuals (10):
T50 Tomasz Anderson – Jacksonville State University – 75, 71, 72 (+5)

Team positions – California (-4) 7th, Southeastern Louisiana (+4) 9th and Georgia State (+19) 12th.
Individual leader – Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville (-5, after play-off).

The Course at Yale – New Haven, Connecticut
Teams (14):
T11 Ryan Fricker – University of South Florida – 71, 70, 67 (-2)
T17 Benjamin Taylor – Louisiana State University – 73, 73, 65 (+1)
Individuals (5):
T11 George Williams – Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus – 73, 70, 65 (-2)

Team positions – South Florida (-14) 1st and LSU (+9) 5th.
Individual leader – Tolver Dozier, Troy (-4, after play-off).

The Sagamore Club – Noblesville, Indiana
Teams (14):
T46 Daniel Park – Alabama State University – 77, 75, 75 (+11)
Individuals (5):
10th Chris Selfridge – University of Toledo – 73, 71, 71 (-1)

Team positions – Alabama State (+47) 13th.
Individual leader – David Oraee, Colorado (-7).

The Farms Golf Club – Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California
Teams (13):
13th Pavan Sagoo – St. Mary’s College of California – 72, 74, 70 (E)
T21 Daniel Sutton – University of Idaho – 71, 72, 76 (+3)
T36 Grant Forrest – University of San Diego – 74, 72, 77 (+7)
T40 Rhys Pugh – East Tennessee State University – 81, 73, 70 (+8)

Team positions – East Tennessee (+12) 7th, St. Mary’s CA (+18) 8th and San Diego (+25) T10 and Idaho (+25) T10.
Individual leader – Gudmundur Kristjansson, East Tennesssee State (-3).

Further Information:
Access to the full Regional lives scores / results can be found here – Golfstat
Rd. 1 NCAA DI GB&I Regional Scores can be found here – Rd. 1 Scores
Rd. 2 NCAA D1 GB&I Regional Scores can be found here – Rd. 2 Scores
An Introduction to US College can be found here – US College Golf

Copyright © 2015, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.