Hopefully everyone is okay after Hurricane Florence laying waste to the Carolinas. Myrtle Beach survived the hit, and Barefoot is open and ready for the NCCGA to come in November.
There were some low scores out there last week and the ‘lopes remain on top of the Fall 2018 Rankings, with Georgia right at their heels. Miami of Ohio, and Baylor also won their tournaments and look to make a repeat trip to Nationals. Going into this weekend, who can give GCU a run for their money? With eleven regions competing, there’s going to be plenty of club golf out there.
Wolf Hollow Golf Club is where teams from the Central region will come to battle it out for the first tournament of the season. Missouri State and St. Louis University will both be bringing two teams while Kansas, Mizzou and University of Washington in St Louis will just be bringing an A team. Keep an eye on this tournament as it should be a highly contested weekend in Missouri to see who will come out on top!
The Colonial region will have 9 teams competing this weekend at Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Virginia. James Madison University and Virginia Tech both attended the National Championship last spring and Liberty University played in the National Invitational. All three schools, along with last year’s 12th ranked University of Virginia, will be itching to qualify for Myrtle Beach.
Regional Tournament 1 for the Indiana region will take place at Harrison Hills Country Club in Attica, IN. There’s going to be some stiff competition this weekend if we’ve learned anything from the past. The Boilermakers, Hoosiers, or Fighting Irish could all walk away with a win come Sunday afternoon.
The Mountain region gets their season started this week and each team will be looking to begin the quest for a national championship. Colorado State will be showing up strong with 3 teams competing while Colorado-Boulder will be bringing 2 teams. Colorado School of Mines and Northern Colorado will also be competing this weekend at Eagle Trace Golf Club.
New England/Northern New England
The New England region got hit hard in the spring with weather but the fall is here which brings good weather and teams are ready to begin their quest for a national championship this week at Crestview Country Club. With plenty of teams competing there will be a lot of competition this week to see who will be taking home the trophy on Sunday!
Red Bridge Golf Club in Locust, North Carolina will be hosting the North Carolina region this weekend. Duke University, East Carolina University, and Elon University were all ranked last season, and look to get off to a strong start. However, with the start of the new school year, we might see some other schools in this region take center stage.
Players will tee off at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando this weekend for the North Florida region. With both the Gators and Seminoles bringing 2 teams, Florida Atlantic will have some work to do and putts to make out there. The Seminoles are eager to finish on top of the Gators after ending T13 behind the Gators 3rd place finish at Spring Nationals in St. Louis. Anyone can finish on top after this weekend.
The newest addition to Zone 4 will tee it up this weekend at The Links at Stoney Point. The Southeast region has always had some strong competition with Clemson, USC and GAA-Myrtle Beach. But this is a new season and there are plenty of schools looking to come out on top of the Southeast region after tournament 1.
The South Florida region will be competing at Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac, Florida this weekend. Out of the 7 schools playing, none were ranked in this season’s rankings so the outcome will be very unpredictable. Keiser University however has made 3 Nationals appearances in the past so we will see if they can pull out a win to qualify for Myrtle Beach.
Wedgewood Cove Golf Club in Albert Lea, MN is the place to be for the Twin Cities’ 1st regional tournament. The Gophers and Cornhuskers are both bringing 3 teams while the Bluejays and Cardinals are each bringing 2 teams. Not only is the low score for the A teams up for grabs, but why not watch for the lowest B team scores? The Bluejays and Gophers put up some good scores at Spring Nationals in St. Louis, so be on the look out for the Bluejays to prove their dominance over the Gophers in Albert Lea.