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.

NCAA DI Men’s Regionals (2015) – Rd 2

16th May 2015

The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships started on Thursday across the United States.  36-holes have now been played in the six 54-hole Regional tournaments (Stage 1) with the final round to be played later today.

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

The low 5 teams and the low individual not on those teams from each Regional will advance to the Championship Final.  180 players at the Regionals will therefore be whittled down to a field of 156 for the Final which is being played at the end of this month in Florida.

Here’s how Great Britain and Ireland’s 22 players have got on on Day 2: –

Gold Mountain Golf Club – Bremerton, Washington
Teams (14):
T2 Paul Dunne – University of Alabama at Birmingham – 67, 71 (-6)
T36 Jamie Clare – Virginia Commonwealth University – 75, 73 (+4)

Team positions – UAB (-11) 2nd and VCU (+16) 11th.
Individual leader – Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington (-8).

University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Teams (13):
T11 Robert MacIntyre – McNeese State University – 70, 72 (-2)
T15 Thomas Rowland – Charlotte – 71, 72 (-1)
T15 David Boote – Stanford University – 75, 68 (-1)
T48 Paul McBride – Wake Forest – 73, 75 (+4)
Individuals (10):
T14 Ryan Cornfield – University of South Carolina Upstate – 73, 70 (-1)
T54 Ben Wheeler – Coastal Carolina University – 74, 75 (+5)

Team positions – Stanford (-11) 1st, North Carolina (-1) T6, McNeese State (+4) 9th and Wake Forest (+6) 10th.
Individual leader – J.T. Boston, Western Carolina (-8).

The Rawls Course – Lubbock, Texas
Teams (13):
T6 J.J. Grey – Georgia State University – 67, 71 (-4)
T34 Eamonn Bradley – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 72, 71 (+1)
T67 Lawrence Allan – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 74, 77 (+9)
T70 Cameron Shaw – University of California, Berkeley – 77, 76 (+11)
Individuals (10):
T51 Tomasz Anderson – Jacksonville State University – 75, 71 (+4)

Team positions – Southeastern Louisiana (-4) 5th, California (-2) 8th and Georgia State (+3) 10th.
Individual leader – K.K. Limbhasut, California (-8).

The Course at Yale – New Haven, Connecticut
Teams (14):
T12 Ryan Fricker – University of South Florida – 71, 70 (+1)
T36 Benjamin Taylor – Louisiana State University – 73, 73 (+6)
Individuals (5):
T21 George Williams – Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus – 73, 70 (+3)

Team positions – South Florida (-3) 1st and LSU (+21) 10th.
Individual leader – Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State (-6).

The Sagamore Club – Noblesville, Indiana
Teams (14):
T43 Daniel Park – Alabama State University – 77, 75 (+8)
Individuals (5):
9th Chris Selfridge – University of Toledo – 73, 71 (E)

Team positions – Alabama State (+44) 13th.
Individual leader – Jonathan Garrick, UCLA (-7).

The Farms Golf Club – Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California
Teams (13):
T11 Daniel Sutton – University of Idaho – 71, 72 (-1)
T19 Grant Forrest – University of San Diego – 74, 72 (+2)
T19 Pavan Sagoo – St. Mary’s College of California – 72, 74 (+2)
T58 Rhys Pugh – East Tennessee State University – 81, 73 (+10)

Team positions – East Tennessee (+7) 4th, Idaho (+12) 7th, San Diego (+16) 9th and St. Mary’s CA (+7) 10th.
Individual leader – Jon Rahm, Arizona State (-7).

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
An Introduction to US College can be found here – US College Golf

Copyright © 2015, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

NCAA DI Men’s Regionals (2015) – Rd 1

15th May 2015

The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships started yesterday in the United States of America (USA).

To start with six 54-hole Regional tournaments are taking place between 14th-16th May.  13 college teams and 10 top performing individuals not on those teams are competing at Chapel Hill, Lubbock and San Diego.  At the other three Regionals, being held in Bremerton, New Haven and Noblesville, 14 teams and 5 individuals not on those teams are playing.

The low 5 teams and the low individual not on those teams from each Regional will advance to the Championship Final.  This year the Final will be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida between 29th May and 3rd June.  The Final is probably the third biggest event on the amateur golf calendar after the US Amateur and Amateur Championship. It is also now shown live on the Golf Channel in the USA.

Teams consist of 5 players with the best 4 scores counting towards the overall team score.  Therefore a player can progress even if they haven’t contributed so long as their team is in the top 5.  The risk of course is they may be deselected for the Finals !  Likewise if a team does poorly but a player scores well they can progress as an individual.   Players who start as individuals simply have it all to do themselves.

I have identified 22 Great British and Irish (GB&I) players that have teed off in the Regionals – some within a Team and some as Individuals.  I have listed them and their round 1 scores below: –

Gold Mountain Golf Club – Bremerton, Washington
Teams (14):
T2 Paul Dunne – University of Alabama at Birmingham – 67 (-5)
T40 Jamie Clare – Virginia Commonwealth University – 75 (+3)

University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Teams (13):
T13 Robert MacIntyre – McNeese State University – 70 (-2)
T20 Thomas Rowland – Charlotte – 71 (-1)
T31 Paul McBride – Wake Forest – 73 (+1)
T50 David Boote – Stanford University – 75 (+3)
Individuals (5):
T30 Ryan Cornfield – University of South Carolina Upstate – 73 (+1)
T43 Ben Wheeler – Coastal Carolina University – 74 (+2)

The Rawls Course – Lubbock, Texas
Teams (13):
T7 J.J. Grey – Georgia State University – 67 (-4)
T42 Eamonn Bradley – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 72 (+1)
T61 Lawrence Allan – Southeastern Louisiana State University – 74 (+3)
T71 Cameron Shaw – University of California, Berkeley – 77 (+6)
Individuals (10):
T64 Tomasz Anderson – Jacksonville State University – 75 (+4)

The Course at Yale – New Haven, Connecticut
Teams (14):
T12 Ryan Fricker – University of South Florida – 71 (+1)
T30 Benjamin Taylor – Louisiana State University – 73 (+3)
Individuals (5):
T30 George Williams – Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus – 73 (+3)

The Sagamore Club – Noblesville, Indiana
Teams (14):
T46 Daniel Park – Alabama State University – 77 (+5)
Individuals (5):
T18 Chris Selfridge – University of Toledo – 73 (+1)

The Farms Golf Club – Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California
Teams (13):
T6 Daniel Sutton – University of Idaho – 71 (-1)
T8 Pavan Sagoo – St. Mary’s College of California – 72 (E)
T21 Grant Forrest – University of San Diego – 74 (+2)
T66 Rhys Pugh – East Tennessee State University – 81 (+9)

Access to the full regional lives scores / results can be found here – Golfstat

Background / Notes:

Further background information on the US College system can be found here – US College Golf

In 2014 Alabama won the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship beating Oklahoma State, 4-1 in the match play final.  It was the second consecutive year the Crimson Tide had won the national title.  Cameron Wilson of Stanford was the individual stroke play medalist which preceded the match play stage.

Copyright © 2015, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

Phil Mickelson Ruffels Some More Feathers

11th November 2014

Golf Week reported last night that Phil Mickelson had been appointed as the Interim Assistant Golf Coach for the Arizona State University (ASU) men’s golf team.

However, this is probably not quite the sensational appointment one might think at first glance.  Phil is an ASU alumni – he won a record three NCAA Individual titles representing the ‘Sun Devils’ – and more importantly his younger brother, Tim, is the men’s Head Coach.  Tim has been looking for an Assistant since September.  At the end of the day he is still looking and Phil has no plans to settle down into College coaching.

What is interesting is the timing of the announcement – on two levels.

Firstly, Ryan Ruffels tweeted on the 4th November that he had unexpectedly received a call from Phil Mickelson (see below).

For those that don’t know 16 year old Ryan is the next great hope for Australian golf (although he was born in the USA).  He made the cut in last year’s Australian Open, aged 15, and is currently ranked 24th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).  It will be a surprise to many if he does not develop into a future star of the game.

World Cup Golf

Ryan Ruffels

Not unreasonably many commentators assumed last week that Phil could only really be phoning to discuss the merits of ASU and his brother’s coaching.  Indeed it is reported that Phil has arranged to meet Ryan on his next trip to the USA.  Given the strict NCAA rules concerning the recruitment of players it is highly likely that many other Colleges have complained about this course of events.

Secondly, tomorrow also sees the opening of the window whereby College teams can formally sign High School seniors to letters of intent.  Therefore one or two other young players, whose minds are not already made up, may also be about to get a surprise phone call.

Therefore the ‘appointment’ has probably been made, in the first instance, to save face for the NCAA, ASU and Phil over the Ruffels call and in the second to tee up some more recruiting this week.  Coaching staff have free rein as to who they speak to and when.  Either way it would be great to see Phil spend some quality time with the ASU College team and put something back into the game.

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