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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Click this link to view the – GOLFSTAT MATCH PLAY RESULTS – 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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Click these links to view the – GOLFSTAT STROKE PLAY RESULTS – TEAM and INDIVIDUAL

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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.

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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.

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Copyright © 2019, 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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LSU NCAA DI Champions 2015

LSU Men’s Team Celebrate Their 2015 NCAA DI Victory

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

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

ME

Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.