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

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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.

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Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.