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Fall 2019 week 8 recap: Nationals field becomes clearer

By Oliver Mauk

Nationals bids were on the line this past weekend, with Nebraska, South Carolina, Auburn and Florida playing well enough to lock in bids. Here's everything that happened in the last weekend of regional tournaments.

Nebraska wins their 2nd regional tournament of the semester in Twin Cities and will be advancing to Nationals! Behind them in this tournament were Iowa State and Creighton. Shoutout to Nebraska, and Minnesota for having the most diverse teams in this tournament. There was a tie for the medalist between Jace Kratzenstein  (77-77) from Nebraska and Chris Johnson from Iowa State (79-75) and the most improved player was Sidney Roorda (102-86) from Iowa State.

In Southeast, Clemson came out ready from the start. They were in first place after the end of day one then continued to dominate the second day to claim the top spot in the tournament. South Carolina came in 2nd, 16 shots behind Clemson. Furman fought hard to stay in the tournament, but the Tigers and Gamecocks played too well. Jack Wilson from Clemson was the individual winner for the tournament shooting 71-74.

Five teams battles In the final South Florida regional. This tournament was shortened to a one-day event after some weather hit the area. The tournament was very competitive and was decided by four shots between three teams. The University of Tampa finished tied for second place with the University of Central Florida. The team that took this regional tournament was Keiser! Ethan Myers was the individual medalist from Tampa, firing 72 to beat Christian Correa from UCF by 1 shot. 

The North Florida region finished out their season last weekend at Juliette Falls Golf and Spa in Dunnellon, FL. The University of Florida solidified themselves as National Championship contenders with a sweet victory despite Florida State’s Blake Kolano firing -3 for the medalist spot.

In the Southwest region, San Diego came in first place after a great second round to come back and beat USC. San Diego shot an 807 while USC shot an 823. The first place individual winner was Raul Urrea from San Diego with rounds of 74-77.

The Trophy Club of Atlanta hosted the South region this past weekend. Auburn played well and shot 382 both days to take the victory. The next closest team to them was Georgia, who also played well at +61. Blakely Burrow was the individual medalist in this one firing a 72 on Saturday and a 73 on Sunday to give himself a 4 shot advantage over the second place finisher.

In the Central region, Missouri State, Mizzou, and Kansas were all battling to walk away with the first place flag. Ultimately, Missouri State University got the best of them and won the tournament easily. Jared Sloan from Missouri State University the individual medalist in this regional. He fired 74 both days to beat Evan Hussey from SLU by 1 shot.

The Metro region played their final regional of the semester last weekend at Pelham/ Split Rock Golf Course in Bronx, NY. Fairfield university was able to squeak out a victory and earn their way into the National Invitational at Dornick Hills. Fordham’s Kevin White won medalist with a score of 77.

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