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Fall 2019 week 6 recap: RMU & Michigan win regions

By Oliver Mauk

Week 6 of the Fall 2019 NCCGA season is in the books! Teams are beginning to lock in bids to Nationals, be sure to check out the National Rankings to see where you stand. Here's what happened in the regionals that took place this past weekend. 

The Atlantic region played at Sleepy Hollow Country Club this past weekend in Brecksville, Ohio. Pitt beat Robert Morris by 9 shots in the first regional, so RMU had to beat Pitt by 10 or more to call themselves regional champions. After day 1 of play Pitt and RMU were tied at 394. Tanner Kutek from RMU fired the low round of the day at 73, and Max Johnson from Pitt was only 1 behind with a solid 74. After day 2, RMU had dominated Pitt and beat them by 18 shots total. The Robert Morris Colonials are now the Atlantic Region Champions after a strong performance at a very challenging course! 

This past weekend the Great Lakes region played at Weibring Golf Club in Normal, IL. This tournament was very close after day 1, with Illinois St. leading Illinois by one shot. After the second day, however, it wasn't even close to the same case. Illinois St. fired 387 on Sunday to outpace the University of Illinois by 21 shots. DePaul University, after finding themselves in fourth place after Saturday, fired 386 on Sunday to earn a second place finish in this regional. The individual medalist came from Northern Illinois University, Dan Kallianis who was 1 over par for the tournament.

The Capitol region squared off in Dulles, VA where the University of Maryland dominated the field. They had an 11 shot lead over Loyola Maryland after the first day of play, and a 23 shot lead after Sunday's round. Ultimately, the University of Maryland had a non stressful regional victory! The individual medalist came from Loyola Maryland, Mark Muratore. Mark fired 77 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday as he held a three shot lead over Carter Boulia from Maryland. 

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Michigan, Michigan State and Grand Valley State were the top 3 teams for the Midwest region. Michigan battled back from a day 1 deficit to tie Michigan State at 798 and win in a playoff. There were a ton of players participating in this tournament so it was great to see such a solid turn out. The number one player was Trevor Davis from Oakland University, winning his first club golf tournament. 

It was an interesting tournament in the Mountain region because only two colleges, Colorado State and UC Boulder competed but each college had an A, B, and C teams! Colorado State claimed first place as a team. They shot 746. UC Boulder came in 2nd and 3rd place. They shot 751 and 783. Hunter Snauwaert from Colorado State shot a consistent 72, even par for both days of the tournament so that was impressive. Also shoutout to UC Boulder for having the most women participate between them and Colorado State.  

In this region, the tournament was located in Verona, NY. Niagara University came in first as a team shooting 868. Saint Bonaventure came in 2nd shooting 871. Lastly, Syracuse and SUNY ESF tied for 3rd place shooting 872. Collin Sabitus from SUNY ESF won individual medalist shooting 81-77, for a total of +14 for two days. 

The Pacific region played their second tournament of the semester at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton California. University of California-Berkeley won the tournament by a whopping 58 shots, one of the largest victories in NCCGA history! William Aldred from Berkeley shot 69-71 (-3) to claim medalist honors. 

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