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Fall 2019 week 5 recap: Pitt beats RMU, Iowa beats Nebraska

By Oliver Mauk

There was a battle in the Atlantic region this past weekend at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Gibsonia, Pa where the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University came in first and second. Robert Morris had a 7 shot lead over Pitt until Sunday when Pitt fired 370 to complete a come from behind win by 9 shots. Pitt was lead by Jack Orr and Max Johnson while RMU was lead by Tanner Kutek and Damian Fubio. 
 
In the Central region the University of Kansas held the first place flag after Sunday. Kansas was 55 over par and Missouri State University was 69 over par. Coming in third place in this regional was the University of Missouri at 74 over par. The tournament medalist came from the University of Missouri, Ben Sayers. Ben shot 76 on Saturday and 69 on Sunday to finish at +1 for the regional and win by 2 shots. 
 
In the Metro region, Fairfield University claimed another regional victory after beating Marist College by 23 shots and Yale University by 24 shots. Fairfield was 68 over for a team total of two days. There was a tie for individual medalist with Alex Kassabian from Fairfield and Timothy Valentine from Marist both shooting +11. 
 
In the Philly region, the top three teams were Villanova, Kutztown, and University of Delaware. Shoutout to Villanova and Temple University for having the most diverse teams in this region. Blake Reifsnyder, a seasoned NCCGA veteran from Kutztown University took first place as an individual shooting 76 back to back for a total of 10 over.
 
The defending National Champions Clemson came in ready to go in the Southeast region. Their A and B teams came in first and second. South Carolina managed to come in 3rd place with Furman on their tails. After Clemson, the fight for second place in this region is really tight and will be fun to watch. Griff Jayne from Furman came in first place as an individual. He was 3 under with an eagle on a par 4 at Legacy Pines Golf Club in Greenville, South Carolina. 
 
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The New England region played their second tournament this past weekend at The Bay Pointe Club in Onset, Massachusetts. The UConn Men’s team dominated, winning by nearly 50 strokes! Alex Chopskie from UConn won the individual medalist by firing a second day 74.
 
The North Carolina Region played at Bryan Park Golf Course in Browns Summit, NC. UNC took home gold after beating out UNCW by 1 shot on day 2. UNC Wilmington’s Natalie Petersen and UNC’s Chris Cerminaro both shot -3, but Natalie won the playoff to take home the medalist honors. She is the first female medalist so far this season, congrats Natalie!
 
The North Region played their second tournament at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin last weekend. The University of Wisconsin at Madison continues to own this region after winning the first regional by a landslide. Neil Bierwirth of UW- Milwaukee won the tournament with an impressive performance of +2. 
 
The Northeast region played their second tournament at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston, NY. Buffalo took the team title and their B team was the runner-up. won first while their B team took second. Buffalo held the top 2 individual spots as well including a medalist performance by Walt Hobble (+2).
 
The Ozark Region played their second tournament of the semester at Bella Vista Country Club in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Oklahoma State claimed victory in the Ozark region for the second time this semester, giving them a bid to Nationals in their home state! NCCGA veteran Payte Owen of the university of Oklahoma earned medalist with a two day score of +2.
 
In the Southwest region USC claimed the title with a score of 856. Their B team held second place, and San Diego State University took third. Alec Malcolm from USC’s B team had the greatest comeback from day one to day two, shaving 16 strokes off! Big accomplishment for Alec!
 
There were a lot of big names playing in the Twin Cities region. Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska competed for the top of the leaderboard. The difference between the first and second placed team was only 7 strokes, with Iowa coming in first place, followed by Nebraska and Iowa State. Colby Nicodemus from Iowa and Caden Pratt from Nebraska battled neck and neck for the individual champion spot. Within one stroke of each other, Colby came in first shooting 74 and 76 for a combined total of 8 over par.

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