NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship – 2021 Preview & Results

2nd June 2021

Pepperdine University beat Oklahoma University 3-2 at the Greyhawk Golf Club in Arizona to win the 2021 NCAA Division I National title.

It was the second time in their history that the Malibu, California based team had lifted the National Championship trophy. They previously won in 1997.

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Pepperdine Team and Coaches (Photo: Pepperdine Men’s Golf Team)

Every player on the Pepperdine team delivered at least one win and one half during the match play stage. However, the stars for the Waves were Clay FEAGLER, a fifth year senior, and junior Joe HIGHSMITH who both won all three of their games.

The team line up also included sophomore Dylan MENANTE, sophomore William MOUW and senior Joey VRZICH.

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Championship Results (Graphic: Golfstat)

Pepperdine had earlier finished 3rd in the stroke play stage of the competition with Oklahoma coming in 4th.

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1st June 2021 PM

The afternoon semi-finals saw two minor upsets with Pepperdine and Oklahoma battling through to the Final.

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Semi-Final Results (Graphic: Golfstat)

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In line with the stroke play seedings Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Arizona State and Oklahoma all came through their Quarter Final matches without too much trouble.

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Quarter Final Results (Graphic: Golfstat)

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31st May 2021

With rounds of 68, 67, 68 and 70 (-7) Turk PETTIT of Clemson University won the NCAA Division I Individual Championship.

He finished 1 shot ahead of Bo JIN who was representing Oklahoma State with Ryggs JOHNSTON from Arizona State a further shot back.

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Turk Pettit (Photo: NCAA)

Alex FITZPATRICK was GB&I’s highest finisher. A final round 76 saw him have to settle for a +9 total and a tied 39th finish.

After a poor opening round of 78 John MURPHY settled well. His final +11 total was good enough for a tied 52nd.

Here are the leading Individual scores: –

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Leading Individual Results (Graphic: Golfstat)

In the Team competition Georgia Tech (+1) beat TCU (+4) in the 54-hole team play-off to start the day off.

From a GB&I perspective it was a disappointing day as both Louisville and Wake Forest missed out on the match play stage, thus ending our interest in the Championship.

Wake Forest had a disastrous final day recording a +23 score which saw them tumble down the rankings.

Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Oklahoma, Illinois, Florida State, Vanderbilt and North Carolina were the eight teams to advance to the match play stage.

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30th May 2021

The 54 hole first cut saw the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams progress to the final 18 holes of stroke-play.

Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) and Mark POWER (IRL) helped their Wake Forest team through to the next stage in tied 6th place on +13. In the individual standings Alex +3 is tied 22nd and Mark +8 tied 56th.

Louisville proved to be one of the surprise packages finishing the first stage of the Championship in 12th place on +24. John MURPHY (IRL) +9 is tied 67th. After an opening round 78 Max KENNEDY (IRL) was dropped with Dev MORLEY (IRL) coming in to replace him. Dev posted a counting 74 in round 2 and a 76 in round 3.

Georgia Tech and TCU will play-off [5-from-5 scores to count playing holes 14-18 concurrently] to determine the final team progressing to round 4.

The final round of stroke play will be played on Monday 31st to establish the eight teams that will progress to match play as well as the Individual champion.

To date play has proven much easier in the morning with the course firming up as the temperatures reach the high 90’s in the afternoon.

Here are the 54 hole Team results: –

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Team Scores (Graphic: Golfstat)

Day 3 was as far as it went for the following GB&I players and their teams.

Rhys NEVIN-WHARTON +11 finished T90 as his Tennessee team missed out on a play-off for the final stroke-play day by just 1-shot.

Joe PAGDIN +15 finished tied 115th with his Florida team coming in 22nd.

Toby BRIGGS +15 also finished tied 115th as his San Francisco team finished in 29th place.

Archie DAVIES +18 finished tied 130th with East Tennessee State ending their Championship in 28th place. Despite his team under performing Head Coach Jake Amos chose not to play Ben CARBERRY in any of the rounds.

Callum BRUCE +21 finished tied 139th as San Diego State failed to progress in tied 25th place.

University of Texas were the highest ranked team to crash out after the first stage. They were not helped when one of their star men Pierceson Coody became ill after his first round and was unable to play on the subsequent two days.

Bo JIN -9 from Oklahoma State leads Turk PETTIT -7 of Clemson in the Individual competition.

Here are the leading 54-hole Individual Scores: –

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Leading Individual Scores (Graphic: Golfstat)

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24th May 2021

The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship starts on Friday 28th May at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona with Arizona State University hosting this year’s competition.

Greyhawk has just finished hosting the Women’s NCAA Division I Championship. The set up proved to be demanding with few players finishing under par.

30 5-man teams and 6 individuals not on those teams qualified to play through six Regional events played on 17th – 19th May. To learn more about these please read my earlier article – NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2021 Preview & Results

Stanford, the last champions in 2019, failed to progress through their Regional event at Albuquerque. They were not helped when two of their leading players, Barclay Brown (ENG) and Henry Shrimp (USA), failed COVID-19 tests on the eve of the competition and were forced to withdrawal from the Cardinals line-up.

At the National Championship 54 holes of stroke play will be played on 28-30 May. A cut will then take place which will see the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams play a final 18 holes on 31 May. After 72 holes an Individual champion is crowned with the leading 8 teams progressing to a match play stage. Seeded match play will then take place on 1-2 June and will be used determine the Team national champions.

Team scores in the stroke play stage are based on a best four from five players cumulative total.

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There are nine GB&I players competing this year – Toby BRIGGS (San Francisco), Callum BRUCE (San Diego State), Archie DAVIES (East Tennessee State), Alex FITZPATRICK (Wake Forest), Max KENNEDY (Louisville), John MURPHY (Louisville), Rhys NEVIN-WHARTON (Tennessee), Joe PAGDIN (Florida) and Mark POWER (Wake Forest).

Ben CARBERRY (East Tennessee State) and Dev MORLEY (Louisville) have also been selected as No. 6 substitute players for their respective teams so may see some action. Substitutes can be used by coaches in both the stroke play and match play stages of the Championship to cover injuries and loss of form.

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Here is a list of the competing teams and individuals, along with their Regional site result in brackets: –

TEAMS
Arizona State (Albuquerque T2)
Arkansas (Kingston Springs 2nd)
Clemson (Kingston Springs T4)
East Tennessee State (Cre Elum 1st)
Florida (Cre Elum 5th)
Florida State (Tallahassee 1st)
Georgia (Tallahassee 2nd)
Georgia Tech (Tallahassee 3rd)
Illinois (Stillwater 2nd)
Liberty (Tallahassee 4th)
Little Rock (Stillwater 5th)
Louisville (Noblesville 4th)
North Carolina (Noblesville T2)
North Carolina State (Kingston Springs T4)
Oklahoma (Albuquerque 4th)
Oklahoma State (Stillwater 1st)
Oregon State (Albuquerque T2)
Pepperdine (Cre Elum 4th)
Sam Houston State (Stillwater 4th)
San Diego (Albuquerque 15th)
San Diego State (Kingston Springs 3rd)
San Francisco (Cre Elum 2nd)
SMU (Stillwater 3rd)
Tennessee (Noblesville T2)
Texas (Noblesville 1st)
Texas Tech (Albuquerque 1st)
TCU (Tallahassee 5th)
UAB (Noblesville 5th)
Vanderbilt (Kingston Springs 1st)
Wake Forest (Cre Elum 3rd)

INDIVIDUALS
Cole Bradley – Purdue (Noblesville 1st)
Ryan Hall – South Carolina (Albuquerque 1st)
Tristan Mandur – Utah (Cre Elum T4)
AJ Ott – Colorado State (Stillwater T3)
James Piot – Michigan State (Kingston Springs T4)
Michael Sakane – Jacksonville (Tallahassee 2nd)

Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Texas and North Carolina are considered the favourites to win the 2021 National Championship.

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Weather Forecast

Unsurprisingly the weather forecast for Scottsdale, Arizona is perfect. Perhaps a little warm for the GB&I players.

Fri 28th May – Sunny / Wind 8 mph W / Temp. Min. 21°C / Max. 38°C,
Sat 29th May – Sunny / Wind 9 mph W  / Temp. Min. 22°C / Max. 37°C
Sun 30th May – Sunny / Wind 9 mph W / Temp. Min. 23°C / Max. 37°C
Mon 31st May – Sunny / Wind 8 mph W / Temp. Min. 23°C / Max. 37°C
Tue 1st Jun – Sunny / Wind 8 mph W / Temp. Min. 23°C / Max. 37°C
Wed 2nd Jun – Sunny / Wind 9 mph W / Temp. Min. 24°C / Max. 39°C

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2020 Results

The 2020 NCAA Division 1 National Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 Results

Stanford beat Texas 3-2-0 in the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championship match at Blessings G.C. in Arkansas to secure their 9th national title.

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The Stanford Team (Photo: Jack Dempsey NCAA Photos)

Matthew WOLFF (USA) of Oklahoma State won the Individual 2019 NCAA Division I National title. His 278 (-10) total was 5 shots better than second placed Steven FISK (USA).

Just 5 players from the field of 156 recorded an under par score over the 72 holes.

Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) finished tied 15th in the Individual stroke play standings. Consistent rounds of 75, 73, 72 and 72 saw him post a +4 total. His Wake Forest team lost 3-2-0 to Stanford in the quarter finals of the match play stage, albeit freshman Fitzpatrick won his single beating Junior Henry Shimp by 1 hole.

Harry HALL (ENG), John MURPHY (IRL) and Dev MORLEY (IRL) were the three other GB&I players competing in Arkansas.

Cornishman Hall posted a 54-hole total of 222 (+6) to finish tied 34th. His UNLV team finished on 906 (+42) in tied 20th place and he failed to pick up one of the leading Individual spots.

The two Irishmen were further down the field. John MURPHY (IRL) +17 finished tied 110th and Dev MORLEY (IRE) +18 tied 119th. Their Louisville team were 29th on 932 (+68).

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Matthew Wolff (Photo: Jack Dempsey NCAA Photos)

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NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2021 Preview & Results

Updated 19th May 2021

The 54-hole NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional Championships were played on 17th-19th May.

The NCAA Committee selected the participating teams and leading individuals, from non-qualifying teams, largely based on the GolfStat U.S. College 2020/21 Men’s Division I Rankings which can be viewed here – Team and Individual

The teams and individuals were seeded and spread across the Regional sites to ensure each field was broadly of equal standing.

Three of the sites had 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three had 14 teams and five individuals. There were 81 teams and 45 individuals playing in total.

Looking at the Individual GolfStat Rankings on 5th May 2021 there were 11 Great British and Irish players in the Top 200. These were Alex FITZPATRICK (3), Joe PAGDIN (68), Mark POWER (69), Barclay BROWN (104), Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (105), Angus FLANAGAN (113), Archie DAVIES (117), Callum BRUCE (177), John GOUGH (178), Rhys NEVIN-WHARTON (185) and John MURPHY (193).

The low five teams (30 in total) and the low individual (6 in total) not on those teams from each Regional advanced to the National Championships.

The 2021 National Team and Individual titles will be decided on 28th May – 2nd June at Greyhawk G.C., Scottsdale, Arizona with Arizona State University hosting this year’s Championship.

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Each team is listed below in seed order so it is clear who the favourites were to progress from each Regional. After the College or University name you will also find the Team’s Golfweek / Sagarin national ranking and if they earned automatic qualification the Conference Championship they won to do so.

A number of GB&I players competed in the Regional Championships. All of them are shown below in bold type.

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Here is a summary of each Regionals results with links to the full Golfstat scores: –

Championship Course, UNM – ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico
Hosted by the University of New Mexico / 7,555 yards Par 72 / SPWAR Field Ranking 1st

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1st Texas Tech (-26), T2 Arizona State (-16), T2 Oregon State (-16), 4th Oklahoma (-13), 5th San Diego (-12)

No. 1 seeds Oklahoma started the final day in 9th five shots back of 5th place but thankfully came through to progress. Texas A&M and New Mexico were the two highest ranked teams in the field to fall at this stage.

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: 1st Ryan Hall (-11) South Carolina

INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Ryan Hall (-11) South Carolina

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Oklahoma (1)
  2. Arizona State (9)
  3. Texas A&M (14)
  4. Texas Tech (15) – Sandy SCOTT N/S
  5. New Mexico (29 / Mountain West)
  6. Stanford (34) – Barclay BROWN N/S
  7. Oregon State (48)
  8. Boise State (56)
  9. South Carolina (31)
  10. Nevada (68)
  11. San Diego (63)
  12. New Mexico State (151 / WAC)
  13. Oakland (163) – Chris HANDY +9 T58 / Oakland (+36) 13th 
  14. Prairie View A&M (268 / Southwestern)

Individuals:

  1. Tommy Stephenson, Fresno State
  2. Daniel O’LOUGHLIN, Colorado +6 T51
  3. Blake Hathcoat, Saint Mary’s CA
  4. Gavin Cohen, Loyola-Marymount
  5. Riley Lewis, Loyola-Marymount

Tumble Creek Club – CRE ELUM, Washington
Hosted by the University of Washington / 7,069 yards Par 71 / SPWAR Field Ranking 4th

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1st East Tennessee State (-14), 2nd San Francisco (-4), 3rd Wake Forest (-2), 4th Pepperdine (-1), 5th Florida (+6)

East Tennessee State, led by medalist Shiso Go and T4 placed Welshman Archie Davies, made the headlines at Cle Elum picking up all of the trophies despite supposedly being only the 8th strongest team on site. Having traversed the hole of America to get to the Washington Regional Florida thankfully scraped home on the final day reeling in a 6-shot deficit in Round 3 over the closing holes as Denver buckled under the pressure. Alex Fitzpatrick finished T2 confirming his current status as GB&I’s beat amateur golfer.  

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: T4 Tristan Mandur (-6) Utah

INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Shiso Go (-8) East Tennessee State

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Wake Forest (8) – Alex FITZPATRICK -7 T2, Mark POWER +3 T19 / Wake Forest (-2) 3rd 
  2. Pepperdine (5 / WCC)
  3. Florida (21) – Joe PAGDIN +7 T39 / Florida +6 5th
  4. Arizona (16 / PAC-12)
  5. San Francisco (24) – Toby BRIGGS +7 T39 / San Francisco (-4) 2nd
  6. Iowa (35) – Callum MACFIE N/S, Jake ROWE (Rd 3 Only) 
  7. Washington (51)
  8. East Tennessee State (45 / Southern) – Archie DAVIES -6 T4 / East Tennessee State (-14) 1st
  9. Utah (60)
  10. Oregon (58)
  11. Mississippi State (43)
  12. Long Beach State (84 / Big West)
  13. Denver (96 / Summit)
  14. Sacramento State (146 / Big Sky)

Individuals:

  1. Carson Lundell, BYU
  2. Matt McCarty, Santa Clara
  3. Jack Trent, UNLV
  4. Jake Vincent, Southern Utah
  5. Gabe Lysen, Utah Valley

Golf Club of Tennessee – KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tennessee
Hosted by Vanderbilt University / 7,107 yards Par 71 / SPWAR Field Ranking 6th

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1st Vanderbilt (-18), 2nd Arkansas (-7), 3rd San Diego State (-5), T4 North Carolina State (-3), T4 Clemson (-3)

There were no surprises in Tennessee as the five most highly ranked teams all progressed. Charlotte (-1) were 2-shots back of displacing NC State and / or Clemson.

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: T4 James Piot (-5) Michigan State

INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Puwit Anupansuebsai (-8) San Diego State

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Clemson (3 / ACC)
  2. NC State (10)
  3. Vanderbilt (13 / SEC)
  4. Arkansas (22)
  5. San Diego State (25) – Callum BRUCE +4 T37 / San Diego State (-5) 3rd
  6. Virginia (44)
  7. Charlotte (46) – John GOUGH +6 T42 / Charlotte (-1) 6th 
  8. Kent State (50 / MAC)
  9. UTSA (57)
  10. Houston (52)
  11. Loyola-Maryland (116 / Patriot League)
  12. UConn (135 / Big East)
  13. Iona (247 / Metro Atlantic) – Oisin DEVERUEX +17 T64 / Iona (+81) 13th

Individuals:

  1. James Piot, Michigan State
  2. Ben van Wyk, Augusta
  3. Evan Davis, Belmont
  4. Van Holmgren, Florida Gulf Coast
  5. Christopher Gotterup, Rutgers
  6. Hunter Eichhorn, Marquette
  7. Brandon Einstein, High Point
  8. Hunter Fry, USC Upstate
  9. Timothius Tamardi, Appalachian State
  10. Austin Devereux, Rider

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Sagamore Golf Club – NOBLESVILLE, Indiana
Hosted by Ball State / 7,173 yards Par 72 / SPWAR Field Ranking 3rd

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1st Texas (-20), T2 Tennessee (-15), T2 North Carolina (-15), 4th Louisville (-10), 5th UAB (-5)

UAB came from 7-shots back heading into the final round to secure the 5th qualifying place. North Florida and to a lesser degree South Florida were the two most notable teams to miss out in Indiana.  

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: 1st Cole Bradley (-10) Purdue

INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Cole Bradley (-10) Purdue

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Texas (6)
  2. North Carolina (7)
  3. Tennessee (18) – Rhys NEVIN-WHARTON +2 T31 / Tennessee (-15) 2nd 
  4. North Florida (23)
  5. Louisville (32) – Max KENNEDY +1 T26John MURPHY +5 T42, Dev MORLEY N/S, Hugh O’HARE N/S /  Louisville (-10) 4th
  6. South Florida (36 / AAC)
  7. UAB (38)
  8. Duke (41)
  9. UNC Wilmington (49)
  10. Arkansas State (40) – Jack MADDEN N/S
  11. Campbell (92 / Big South)
  12. UT Martin (147 / Ohio Valley)
  13. Loyola Chicago (198 / Missouri Valley)

Individuals:

  1. Ross Steelman, Missouri
  2. Angus FLANAGAN, Minnesota +4 T38 
  3. Joe Weiler, Purdue
  4. Mark Goetz, West Virginia
  5. Zack Taylor, Coastal Carolina
  6. Alex Goff, Kentucky
  7. Cole Bradley, Purdue
  8. Michael Cascino, Butler
  9. Henry May, Dayton

Karsten Creek Golf Club – STILLWATER, Oklahoma
Hosted by Oklahoma State University / 7,502 yards Par 72 / SPWAR Field Ranking 2nd

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1st Oklahoma State (-28), 2nd Illinois (-14), 3rd SMU (Ev), 4th Sam Houston State (+11), 5th Little Rock (+15)

Sam Houston State and unseeded Little Rock outperformed to knock out the more highly rated colleges Auburn, Notre Dame, Alabama and Baylor. It is the first time Sam Houston State and Little Rock have qualified for the Nationals.

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: T3 AJ Ott (-5) Colorado State

INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Noah Goodwin (-15) SMU

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Oklahoma State (4 / Big 12)
  2. Illinois (11 / Big Ten)
  3. Auburn (17)
  4. SMU (20)
  5. Notre Dame (33)
  6. Alabama (28)
  7. Baylor (30)
  8. Sam Houston State (65 / Southland)
  9. Little Rock (54)
  10. Ole Miss (39)
  11. Northwestern (66) – Eric MCINTOSH +2 T16 / Northwestern +25 9th
  12. College of Charleston (79 / CAA)
  13. Middle Tennessee State (86 / Conference USA)

Individuals:

  1. Devon Bling, UCLA
  2. Mark Lawrence, Jr., Virginia Tech
  3. Vicente Marzilio, North Texas
  4. Lachlan Barker, Iowa State
  5. A.J. Ott, Colorado State
  6. Tim Tillmanns, Kansas State
  7. Guillaume Fanonnel, ULM
  8. Lucas Carper, UC Davis
  9. Jack Howes, Oral Roberts

Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club – TALLAHASSEE, Florida
Hosted by Florida State / 7,505 yards Par 72 / SPWAR Field Ranking 5th

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1st Florida State (-34), 2nd Georgia (-17), 3rd Georgia Tech (-16), 4th Liberty (-15), 5th TCU (-9)

LSU and Georgia Southern were the big losers at Tallahassee with an inexperienced TCU team containing four sophomores and one freshman playing their was into the finals.

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: 2nd Michael Sakane (-13) Jacksonville

INDIVIDUAL WINNER: Davis Thompson (-14) Georgia

Thompson also picked up medalist honours at Georgia’s 2019 Regional.

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Florida State (2) – Jamie LI N/S
  2. Georgia (12)
  3. Liberty (19 / Atlantic Sun)
  4. LSU (27)
  5. Georgia Tech (26)
  6. Georgia Southern (42 / Sun Belt)
  7. TCU (37)
  8. Indiana (53)
  9. Kansas (47)
  10. Southern California (59)
  11. Ohio State (55)
  12. Davidson (125 / Atlantic 10)
  13. Florida A&M (176 / Mid-Eastern)
  14. LIU (246 / Northeast)

Individuals:

  1. Keller Harper, Furman
  2. Johnny Travale, Central Florida
  3. Michael Sakane, Jacksonville
  4. Enrique DIMAYUGA, Florida Atlantic +1 T38
  5. Saptak Talwar, Sacred Heart

N/S = Not Selected

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The 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship was played at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas with The University of Arkansas hosting the competition.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY beat University of Texas 3-2-0 in the 2019 NCAA Division I Championship match to secure their 9th national title.

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The Stanford Team (Photo: Jack Dempsey NCAA Photos)

Matthew WOLFF (USA) of Oklahoma State won the Individual NCAA Division I National title. His 278 (-10) total was 5 shots better than second placed Steven FISK (USA) during the 72 hole stroke play qualifying.

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NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

29th May 2019

Stanford beat Texas 3-2-0 in today’s NCAA Division I Championship match to secure their 9th national title.

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The Stanford Team (Photo: Jack Dempsey NCAA Photos)

Isaiah Salinda’s victory over Cole Hammer, who was today named as the recipient of the Division I Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award, was arguably the key game in turning the match in favour of the Cardinal.

Henry Shimp, who Alex Fitzpatrick beat yesterday morning, secured the winning point for the California team.

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28th May 2019

Wake Forest lost 3-2-0 to Stanford in the quarter finals of the Match Play Stage of the NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship.

Freshman Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG), the last remaining GB&I player, led Wake Forest off against Stanford beating Junior Henry Shimp by 1 hole.

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Vanderbilt, Stanford, Oklahoma State and Texas were the four victorious teams on the opening morning of match play.

Stanford beat Vanderbilt 3-2-0 in their afternoon semi-final whilst Texas overcame defending champions and stroke play medalists Oklahoma State by the same scoreline. In the latter match two of the best amateurs in the world played off; Cole Hammer beat Matthew Wolff 4&3.

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27th May 2019

Matthew WOLFF (USA) of Oklahoma State won the Individual NCAA Division I National title. His 278 (-10) total was 5 shots better than second placed Steven FISK (USA).

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Matthew Wolff (Photo: Jack Dempsey NCAA Photos)

Just 5 players from the field of 156 recorded an under par score over the 72 holes.

Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) finished tied 15th in the Individual stroke play standings at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship. Consistent rounds of 75, 73, 72 and 72 saw him post a +4 total at the testing Blessings G.C. in Arkansas.

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The freshman from Sheffield helped his Wake Forest University team finish 3rd in the Team event.

Wake Forest will now play 6th placed Stanford University in the quarter finals of the Match Play Stage.

Oklahoma State justified their status as favourites by winning the 72 hole Stroke Play competition by 31 shots.

SMU defeated Clemson in a play-off to secure the final qualifying spot.

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26th May 2019

Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) and his Wake Forest team have both progressed to the final stroke play round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.

Alex is tied 23rd on +4 after 54 holes after improving rounds of 75, 73 and 72.

The first cut sees only the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams play a final 18 holes today.

Here are the 54 hole Team results: –

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Harry HALL (ENG) will have been disappointed with his final round in US College golf. His 78 saw him fall to 222 +6. Placed tied 34th after Round 3 he therefore missed out on one of the leading Individual spots. His UNLV team finished on 906 +42 in tied 20th place.

John MURPHY (IRE) +17 finished tied 110th and Dev MORLEY (IRE) +18 tied 119th. Their Louisville team were 29th on 932 +68.

The final round of stroke play will be played today to establish the eight teams that will progress to match play as well as the Individual champion.

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23rd May 2019

The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship starts tomorrow at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas with The University of Arkansas hosting this year’s competition.

Blessings G.C. has just finished hosting the Women’s NCAA Division I Championship and it is fair to say that the scoring was on the high side. It was clear that this is a tricky course where strategy is very important.

30 5-man teams and 6 individuals not on those teams qualified to play through six Regional events played on 13th – 15th May. To learn more about these please read my earlier article – NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2019 Preview & Results

54 holes of stroke play will be played on 24 – 26 May. A cut will then take place which will see the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams play a final 18 holes on 27 May. After 72 holes the leading 8 teams will qualify for the match play stage and an Individual champion will be found.

Match play then takes over on 28-29 May as the Team national champions are sought on the final two days of competition.

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There are four GB&I players in action – Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest), Harry Hall (UNLV), Dev Morley (Louisville) and John Murphy (Louisville). 

Alex Fitzpatrick, Harry Hall, Dev Morley and John Murphy (l-r) (Photo: Team Rosters)

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Here is a list of the competing teams and individuals, along with their Regional site result in brackets: –

TEAMS
Arizona State (Stanford 2nd)
Auburn (Kentucky 2nd)
Baylor (Kentucky 3rd)
Brigham Young (Pullman 2nd)
California (Myrtle Beach 4th)
Clemson (Austen 3rd)
Duke (Athens 2nd)
Georgia (Athens 1st)
Georgia Southern (Stanford 4th)
Georgia Tech (Pullman 4th)
Illinois (Myrtle Beach 1st)
LSU (Stanford 5th)
Liberty (Athens 5th)
Louisville (Kentucky 4th)
North Carolina (Stanford 3rd)
North Florida (Kentucky 5th)
Ohio State (Myrtle Beach 2nd)
Oklahoma (Pullman 3rd)
Oklahoma State (Kentucky 1st)
Pepperdine (Austen 4th)
SMU (Athens 4th)
Southern California (Austen 5th)
South Carolina (Pullman 5th P/O)
Stanford (Stanford 1st)
TCU (Austen 2nd)
Texas (Austen 1st)
Texas A&M (Pullman 1st)
UNLV (Myrtle Beach 5th)
Vanderbilt (Athens 3rd)
Wake Forest (Myrtle Beach 3rd)

INDIVIDUALS
Kyler Dunkle – Utah (Stanford T6)
Tripp Kinney – Iowa State (Kentucky Medalist)
Julian Perico – Arkansas (Austen T6)
Billy Tom Sargent – Western Kentucky (Athens T4 P/O)
Zach Smith – UC Santa Barbara (Pullman 2nd)
Edwin Yi – Oregon (Myrtle Beach 2nd)

Defending champions Oklahoma State remain the outstanding team in U.S. college golf and will again enter the Championship as the clear favourites.

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The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships were held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The hosting team OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY won the team title, defeating Alabama, 5-0-0 in the match play final.

Broc EVERETT of Augusta University won the individual title. He beat Brandon Mancheno of Auburn on the first play-off hole after both players had recorded a 281 (-7) total score during the 72 hole stroke play qualifying.

ME.

Copyright © 2019, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2019 Preview & Results

15th May 2019

81 5-man teams and 45 individuals contested the six 54 hole Regional Tournaments played on 13th – 15th May.

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

The 2019 National Team and Individual titles will be decided on 24th – 29th May at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas with The University of Arkansas hosting this year’s Championship.

There is more background on these NCCA Division I events at the bottom of this article.

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You will find a results summary below with a full list of the teams and individuals selected to participate in the 2019 six Regional events.

20 GB&I players started the Regional stage. All of them are shown below in bold type.

Following the completion of the Regionals Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest), Harry Hall (UNLV), Dev Morley (Louisville) and John Murphy (Louisville) have all qualified for the National Championships.

University of Georgia Golf Course – ATHENS, Georgia
Hosted by the University of Georgia

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Georgia -8, 2. Duke -1, 3. Vanderbilt +1, 4. SMU +16, 5. Liberty +18

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Billy Tom Sargent (Western Kentucky) beat Stephen Osborne (Nevada) on the third play off hole after they both finished on -3 T4.

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Vanderbilt (5)
  2. Duke (6)
  3. Georgia (12)
  4. Liberty (20)
  5. Alabama (31)
  6. Tennessee (31) – Rhys Nevin-Wharton (ENG / JR) +4 T21
  7. Campbell (32) [Big South Conference]
  8. Kentucky (56)
  9. Nevada (48)
  10. SMU (44)
  11. Memphis (80) [American Athletic Conference] – Brad Bawden (ENG / SR) -2 6th
  12. University of North Carolina Wilmington (111) [Colonial Athletic Association]
  13. Princeton (157) [The Ivy League]

Individuals:

  1. Roland Massimino, Kansas State
  2. Jacob Eklund, Kansas State
  3. Eduardo Carrete, Jacksonville
  4. Keller Harper, Furman
  5. Jeremy Gandon, Kansas State
  6. Billy Tom Sargent, Western Kentucky
  7. Logan Sowell, College of Charleston
  8. John Gough (ENG / JR), Charlotte +11 T46
  9. Jordan Warnock, University of South Carolina Upstate
  10. Will Halamandaris, Lafayette

University of Texas Golf Club – AUSTIN, Texas
Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Texas -25, 2. TCU -5, 3. Clemson -1, 4. Pepperdine +6, 5. Southern California +8

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Julian Perico (Arkansas) -3 T6

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Texas (7)
  2. Southern California (10)
  3. Pepperdine (16) [West Coast Conference]
  4. Clemson (21)
  5. TCU (29)
  6. Arkansas (33) [Southeastern Conference]
  7. Iowa (41)
  8. Marquette (46) [Big East Conference] – Oliver Farrell (ENG / SR) +7 T32
  9. San Jose State (66)
  10. Saint Mary’s – California (59)
  11. Sam Houston State (81) [Southland Conference]
  12. University of Missouri-Kansas City (99) [Western Athletic Conference]
  13. Prairie View A&M (240) [Southwestern Athletic Conference]
  14. Army West Point (211) [Patriot League]

Individuals:

  1. Blake Elliott, McNeese
  2. Angus Flanagan (ENG / SO), Minnesota +4 T20
  3. Cody Burrows, Oral Roberts
  4. Jake Benson (ENG / SO), Rice +12 T47
  5. Jeffrey Peters, Saint Peter’s

University of LOUISVILLE Golf Club – Simpsonville, Kentucky
Hosted by the University of Louisville

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Oklahoma State -14, 2. Auburn -10, 3. Baylor -7, 4. LOUISVILLE +7, 5. North Florida +8

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Tripp Kinney (Iowa State) -7 Medalist

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Oklahoma State (1) [Big 12 Conference]
  2. Auburn (15)
  3. North Florida (17) [ASUN Conference]
  4. Louisville (19) – Dev Morley (IRE / JR) +4 T29 and John Murphy (IRE / JR) -2 T12
  5. Baylor (22)
  6. Arkansas State (36) [Sun Belt Conference]
  7. Iowa State (38)
  8. West Virginia (50)
  9. Arizona (49)
  10. Mississippi State (60)
  11. New Mexico (57) [Mountain West Conference]
  12. Jacksonville State (116) [Ohio Valley Conference]
  13. Southern Illinois (112) [Missouri Valley Conference]

Individuals:

  1. Jordan Hahn, Wisconsin
  2. Jamie Stewart (SCO / SO), Missouri +11 T55
  3. Miguel Delgado, Notre Dame
  4. Trent Wallace, Illinois State
  5. Jimmy Hervol, UConn
  6. Logan Lowe, George Washington
  7. David Rauer, Illinois State
  8. Garrett Wood, Xavier
  9. Duncan McNeill (SCO / SR), Toledo -2 T12
  10. George Kneiser, Green Bay

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TPC Myrtle Beach – MYRTLE BEACH Beach, South Carolina
Hosted by Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Illinois -25, 2. Ohio State -20, 3. WAKE FOREST -15, 4. California -14, 5. UNLV -8

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIER: Edwin Yi (Oregon) -14 2nd

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Wake Forest (4) – Alex Fitzpatrick (ENG / FR) +3 34th
  2. California (8)
  3. Texas Tech (18) – Sandy Scott (SCO / JR) Ev T20
  4. Illinois (23) [Big Ten Conference]
  5. Florida State (25) – Jamie Li (ENG / JR) -11 3rd
  6. UNLV (34) – Harry Hall (ENG / SR) -2 T14
  7. Oregon (35)
  8. Ohio State (52)
  9. Northwestern (54) – Ryan Lumsden (SCO / SR) Ev T20 and Eric McIntosh (SCO / SO) +11 T63
  10. Oregon State (62)
  11. Cal State Fullerton (67) [Big West Conference]
  12. Middle Tennessee (110) [Conference USA]
  13. VCU (134) [Atlantic 10 Conference] – Kristian Tannum Donaldson (ENG / SO) +2 T31
  14. Robert Morris (259) [Northeast Conference]

Individuals:

  1. Jack Lang, Davidson
  2. Zack Taylor, Coastal Carolina
  3. Stuart Easton (SCO / JR), Western Kentucky +4 T35
  4. Kyler Tate, University of Central Florida
  5. Florian Schroedl, Fairleigh Dickinson

Palouse Ridge Golf Club – PULLMAN, Washington
Hosted by Washington State University

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Texas A&M -33, 2. Brigham Young -31, 3. Oklahoma -30, 4. Georgia Tech -22, 5. South Carolina -21 (who beat Colorado State in a play-off for 5th place)

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Zach Smith (UC Santa Barbara) -13 2nd

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Oklahoma (9)
  2. Georgia Tech (2) [Atlantic Coast Conference]
  3. South Carolina (11)
  4. Texas A&M (28)
  5. UCLA (26)
  6. Brigham Young (39)
  7. Colorado State (42)
  8. Florida (43)
  9. Michigan State (63)
  10. Purdue (47)
  11. Kent State (86) [Mid-American Conference]
  12. Northern Colorado (115) [Big Sky Conference]
  13. Wright State (209) [Horizon League]
  14. Iona College (245) [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] – Oisin Devereux (IRE / JR) +9 61st

Individuals:

  1. Thomas Hutchison, UC Davis
  2. Zach Smith, UC Santa Barbara
  3. Daniel O’Loughlin (ENG / JR), Colorado +2 T47
  4. Tim Widing, San Francisco
  5. Jake Chanen, Grand Canyon

Stanford Golf Course – STANFORD, California
Hosted by Stanford University

GOLFSTAT RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

TEAM QUALIFIERS: 1. Stanford -23, T2. Arizona State -11, T2 North Carolina -11, 4. Georgia Southern -6, 5. LSU +2

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: Kyler Dunkle (Utah) -6 T6

Teams (seeded in the following order):

  1. Arizona State (3)
  2. Stanford (14) [Pac-12 Conference]
  3. LSU (13)
  4. NC State (24)
  5. North Carolina (24)
  6. South Florida (37)
  7. Kansas (40)
  8. Virginia (45)
  9. Ole Miss (51)
  10. Georgia Southern (53)
  11. UNC Greensboro (55) [Southern Conference]
  12. Augusta University (124) [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
  13. Denver (131) [The Summit League]

Individuals:

  1. Austin Squires, Cincinnati
  2. Riley Elmes, Loyola Marymount University
  3. James Nicholas, Yale
  4. Kyler Dunkle, Utah
  5. Teddy Zinsner, Yale
  6. Guillaume Fanonnel, Louisiana-Monroe
  7. Alex Lee, Fresno State
  8. Jack Rhea, East Tennessee State
  9. Shiso Go, East Tennessee State
  10. Jake Vincent, Southern Utah

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The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced the teams and individuals they had selected to participate in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on 1st May.

Only teams with an overall winning record (greater than 50%) against other Division I colleges in the season were considered for selection. Leading Individuals from non-qualifying teams were also added to the overall field.

All of the teams were seeded and spread across the six Regional events to ensure each field is of equal standing.

Each Team is listed above in seed order. Therefore the earlier teams at each site could be considered to be the main favourites to win the Regional and ultimately to contest the National Championship in a few week’s time. After the College or University name you will also find the Team’s Golfweek / Sagarin national ranking and if they earned automatic qualification the Conference Championship they won to do so.

The NCAA selections were largely based on the GolfStat U.S. College 2018/19 Men’s Division I Rankings which can be viewed here – Team and Individual

Looking at the Individual GolfStat Rankings on 1st May 2019 there were 11 Great British and Irish players in the Top 200. These are Sandy SCOTT (13), Oliver FARRELL (32), Harry HALL (81), Alex FITZPATRICK (91), John MURPHY (104), Jamie STEWART (108), Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (126), Brad BAWDEN (162), Angus FLANAGAN (176), Jamie LI (185) and John GOUGH (200).

Defending champions Oklahoma State remain the outstanding team in U.S. college golf and will again enter the post season as the team to beat.

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The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships were held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The hosting team OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY won the team title, defeating Alabama, 5-0-0 in the match play final.

Broc EVERETT of Augusta University won the individual title. He beat Brandon Mancheno of Auburn on the first play-off hole after both players had recorded a 281 (-7) total score during the 72 hole stroke play qualifying.

ME.

Copyright © 2019, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals – 2018 Preview

13th May 2018

The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced the teams and individuals they had selected to participate in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on 2nd May.

81 teams and 45 individuals not on those teams will compete in six 54 hole Regional Championships that will all be played on 14th – 16th May. All of the teams are seeded and spread across the various Regional events.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each Regional will then advance to the National Finals.

The 2018 National Team and Individual titles will be decided on 25th – 30th May at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma with Oklahoma State University hosting this year’s Championship.

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The 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships were held at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois. Oklahoma won the team title last year, beating the defending champion Oregon 3-1-1 in the match play final. Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss claimed the individual title with a four-day stroke play total of 277 (-11).

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21 Great British and Irish (GB&I) players will be competing in the NCAA Regional Championships. Six other GB&I players have not been selected by their Colleges.

Most of our players are members of five man Teams. The two exceptions to this being Lewis George and Conor Purcell who were both selected as Individuals based on their own performances during the season. It is not easy to stand out in this way so well done to both of them.

Lewis earned his place by winning the Southland Conference Championship. He has been named to the All-Southland Conference Team and is the Conference’s Player of the Year. He led the UCA Bears in scoring average this season at 72.4 strokes, with a low round of 65. He has enjoyed two wins this season and finished runner-up twice.

Conor, an at-large selection by the NCAA panel, was named to the Conference USA’s all-conference first team. He led the Charlotte 49ers with a 71.77 stroke average this season, posting four top-10 finishes along with a top-five.

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Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the six Regional Championships.

Each Team is listed in seed order. Therefore the No. 1 team at each site can be considered the main favourites to win the National Championship. Oklahoma State, playing in Columbus, Ohio, go into the post season as the Team to beat.

After the College or University name you will also find the Team’s Golfweek / Sagarin national ranking and if they earned automatic qualification the Conference Championship they were victorious at.

I have included the names of all of the GB&I players on their rosters so we can easily see who our players are attached to and which of them will be competing this week.

Finally the links for both the Team and Individual Player Scores are provided in RED.

Traditions Club – Bryan, Texas
Hosted by Texas A&M University, College Station

GOLFSTAT SCORES – TEAM and PLAYER

Teams (seeded in the following order)

  1. Texas A&M (3)
  2. Baylor (11)
  3. Clemson (16)
  4. Kentucky (24)
  5. UCLA (28)
  6. Ole Miss (31)
  7. South Carolina (46)
  8. San Francisco (52)

          – Toby Briggs (ENG / FR) not selected.

  1. Georgia (47)
  2. Mississippi State (60)
  3. UNC Wilmington (71)  [Colonial Athletic Association]
  4. Northern Colorado (150)  [Big Sky Conference]
  5. Bradley (167)  [Missouri Valley Conference]

Individuals

  1. Michael Perras, Houston
  2. Mitchell Meissner, Rice
  3. Blake Elliott, McNeese
  4. Zander Lozano, University of Texas at San Antonio
  5. Mario Carmona, Rice
  6. Hunter Eichhorn, Marquette
  7. Lewis George, Central Arkansas (ENG / JR)
  8. Jake Brown, Indiana
  9. Matt Murlick, Marquette
  10. Michael Sass, College of Charleston

OSU Golf Club, Scarlet Course – Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by The Ohio State University

GOLFSTAT SCORES – TEAM and PLAYER

Teams (seeded in the following order)

  1. Oklahoma State (1)
  2. Illinois (12)  [Big Ten Conference]
  3. Texas Tech (14)

          – Sandy Scott (SCO / SO)

  1. UNLV (20)  [Mountain West Conference]

          – Harry Hall (ENG / JR)

  1. Wake Forest (23)

          – Paul McBride (IRE / SR)

  1. Northwestern (40)

          – Ryan Lumsden (SCO / JR)
          – Eric McIntosh (SCO / FR)

  1. Penn State (34)
  2. Tennessee (43)

          – Rhys Nevin-Wharton (ENG / SO)

  1. Louisville (49)

          – Devin Morley (IRE / SO)
          – John Murphy (IRE / SO)
          – Hugh O’Hare (IRE / FR) not selected.

  1. Jacksonville (66)

          – Elliott Fullalove (ENG / SR) not selected.

  1. Michigan State (69)
  2. Yale (125)  [The Ivy League]

          – Eoin Leonard (IRE / JR)

  1. Cleveland State (200)  [Horizon League]

Individuals

  1. Kyle Mueller, Michigan
  2. Matthew Naumec, Boston College
  3. Alex Schaake, Iowa
  4. Patrick Flavin, Miami (Ohio)
  5. David Kocher, Maryland
  6. Daniel Wetterich, Ohio State
  7. Peter Knade, Maryland
  8. Jacob Poore, Northern Kentucky
  9. Zach Schroeder, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
  10. Nick Wilkins, Morehead State

Reunion Resort, Watson Course – Kissimmee, Florida
Hosted by University of Central Florida

GOLFSTAT SCORES – TEAM and PLAYER

Teams (seeded in the following order)

  1. Vanderbilt (2)
  2. Florida (10)
  3. North Carolina (19)
  4. South Florida (22)  [American Athletic Conference]
  5. Kent State (30)  [Mid-American Conference]
  6. Arizona (33)
  7. Purdue (45)
  8. Colorado State (39)

          – Jack Ainscough (ENG / FR)

  1. Saint Mary’s (48)  [California]

         – Pavan Sagoo ( ENG / SR)

  1. UCF (58)
  2. Coastal Carolina (83)  [Sun Belt Conference]
  3. Jacksonville State (144)  [Ohio Valley Conference]
  4. Georgetown (148)  [Big East Conference]
  5. Central Connecticut State (229)  [Northeast Conference]

Individuals

  1. Steven Fisk, Georgia Southern
  2. R.J. Keur, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  3. Yannick Schütz, South Alabama
  4. Billy Tom Sargent, Western Kentucky
  5. Saptak Talwar, Sacred Heart

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Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club – Norman, Oklahoma
Hosted by University of Oklahoma

GOLFSTAT SCORES – TEAM and PLAYER

Teams (seeded in the following order)

  1. Oklahoma (4)  [Big 12 Conference]
  2. Auburn (9)  [Southeastern Conference]
  3. Arkansas (15)
  4. Florida State (27)

          – Harry Ellis (ENG / RS SR)
          – Jamie Li (ENG / SO)

  1. North Florida (26)  [Atlantic Sun Conference]
  2. Pepperdine (25)  [West Coast Conference]
  3. Brigham Young (41)
  4. Virginia (53)
  5. San Diego State (50)
  6. Nevada (55)
  7. Sam Houston State (70)  [Southland Conference]
  8. University of Missouri-Kansas City (122)  [Western Athletic Conference]

          – Jack Hermeston (ENG / SR)

  1. Navy (214) [Patriot League]
  2. Prairie View A&M (269)  [Southwestern Athletic Conference]

Individuals

  1. Ian Snyman, North Texas
  2. McClure Meissner, SMU
  3. Peyton Wilhoit, Southern Illinois
  4. Chris Korte, Denver
  5. Tanner Napier, Arkansas State

Lonnie Poole Golf Course – Raleigh, North Carolina
Hosted by North Carolina State University

GOLFSTAT SCORES – TEAM and PLAYER

Teams (seeded in the following order)

  1. Georgia Tech (8)  [Atlantic Coast Conference]
  2. California (5)
  3. Texas (18)
  4. Arizona State (17)
  5. Duke (29)

          – Harrison Taee (ENG / SO) not selected.  

  1. NC State (35)
  2. Liberty (38)  [Big South Conference]
  3. Missouri (36)

          – Rory Franssen (SCO / SO)
          – Jamie Stewart (SCO / FR)

  1. Santa Clara (51)
  2. Campbell (62)
  3. Middle Tennessee State (73)  [Conference USA]
  4. Augusta (111)  [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
  5. Davidson (194)  [Atlantic 10 Conference]
  6. Iona (262)  [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]

          – Oisin Devereux (IRE / SO)

Individuals

  1. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb
  2. Mark Lawrence, Virginia Tech
  3. Conor Purcell, Charlotte (IRE / SO)
  4. Alex Weiss, Marshall
  5. Brendan MacDougall, High Point

The Reserve at Spanos Park – Stockton, California
Hosted by University of the Pacific

GOLFSTAT SCORES – TEAM and PLAYER

Teams (seeded in the following order)

  1. LSU (6)
  2. Alabama (7)
  3. Stanford (13)
  4. Southern California (21)  [Pac-12 Conference]
  5. Oregon (37)

          – Thomas Mulligan (IRE / FR) not selected.

  1. TCU (32)
  2. Colorado (44)

          – Daniel O’Loughlin (ENG / SO)

  1. Kansas (42)

          – Daniel Sutton (ENG / SR)

  1. Kennesaw State (56)
  2. Iowa State (54)

          – Danny Daniels (ENG / FR) not selected.

  1. UNC Greensboro (91)  [Southern Conference]
  2. UC Irvine (130)  [Big West Conference]
  3. North Dakota State (181)  [The Summit League]

Individuals

  1. Carl Yuan, Washington
  2. Riley Elmes, Loyola Marymount
  3. Vinnie Murphy, Grand Canyon
  4. Felix Mory, California State University, Northridge
  5. Blake Tomlinson, Utah
  6. Charles Corner, UTEP
  7. Henry Lee, Washington
  8. Jeremy Gandon, Kansas State
  9. Ryan Han, UC Davis
  10. Michael Christifulli, Siena

ME.

Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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.

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

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GOLF CLUB – AUSTIN, TEXAS
GOLFSTAT – TEAM LEADERBOARD / PLAYER LEADERBOARD

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.


UNIVERSITY CLUB – BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
GOLFSTAT – TEAM LEADERBOARD / PLAYER LEADERBOARD

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

THE GROVE – COLLEGE GROVE, TENNESSEE
GOLFSTAT – TEAM LEADERBOARD / PLAYER LEADERBOARD

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

STANFORD GOLF COURSE – STANFORD, CALIFORNIA
GOLFSTAT – TEAM LEADERBOARD / PLAYER LEADERBOARD

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.

ALDARRA GOLF CLUB – SAMMAMISH, WASHINGTON
GOLFSTAT – TEAM LEADERBOARD / PLAYER LEADERBOARD

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

BIRCK BOILERMAKER GOLF COMPLEX, WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
GOLFSTAT – TEAM LEADERBOARD / PLAYER LEADERBOARD

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.

ME.
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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 / GoDucks.com)

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.

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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

ME.

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.

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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.

ME.

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.

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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
  • GEORGE BAYLIS, Akron
  • 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
  • Northwestern – JOSHUA JAMIESON and RYAN LUMSDEN
  • 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

ME.

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.

NCAA Logo

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.

Eugene CC NCAA Photo 1

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 four 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.

Eugene CC NCAA Photo 2

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.

ME

Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.