The fourth weekend of regional tournaments has arrived, which means we have reached the halfway mark of the regular season. At this point, the Fall 2018 rankings are looking really tight, with the Gators sitting at the top with an impressive cumulative differential of -4.27. The only other team with an under par differential is GCU with a -1.32, but a slew of other teams are putting up impressive numbers as well including Illinois and Georgia.
Nine regions are competing this weekend, with some regions hosting their first tournament and others playing in their last. Best of luck to all of you trying to solidify a spot at the top.
With most regions having already played their first regional tournament, the Atlantic region will kick things off this weekend at Toftrees Golf Resort. Robert Morris came out on top in the spring and made an appearance at the National Invitational, but this is a whole new season and there looks to be plenty of competition within the Atlantic region. We will have to wait and see who can punch their ticket to Myrtle Beach!
The University of Maryland leads the Capitol region after their win at the University of Maryland Golf Course. Georgetown came in after them by 3 strokes and then Maryland’s B team came in 3rd. This weekend, the region will be playing at Prince William Golf Club in Nokesville, VA. Competing alongside Maryland and Georgetown will be the US Naval Academy and individuals from American University and the Catholic University of America.
What a result after the first tournament for the Central region! The Jayhawks and Tigers tied after 36 holes and the Jayhawks came out on top after a card playoff. Needless to say there will be some tension at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in the 2nd regional tournament. Who's ready to take control of this region?
Cog Hill Golf and Country Club is where teams from the Great Lakes region will clash this weekend to battle for a spot to the National Invitational. The University of Illinois won by a large margin of 31 shots last week and is the clear favorite heading to Cog Hill. DePaul and Northern Illinois are right behind them but will need to put together a strong weekend if they want a chance to play in Myrtle Beach for Nationals.
Elon University leads the North Carolina region by 8 strokes over North Carolina State University, with Duke University in third. The region will be playing at Bryan Park Golf Course this weekend in Browns Summit, NC. Campbell, East Carolina, High Point, Meredith College, North Carolina at Wilmington, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and both women’s and men’s teams at Wake Forest University will also be competing this weekend. With so many teams playing, it’s sure to make for some tough competition.
The Ozark region is finally kicking off their season at Page Belcher Golf Course in Tulsa, OK. With the Sooners out of the scene, the Razorbacks are the favorite. Don’t sleep on the Gorillas or Cowboys though. Especially with two teams traveling, there could be some indications the Gorillas have some hidden potential.
The Pacific region will begin the quest for a National Championship this weekend at Deer Ridge Country Club. With Nationals being on the east coast in Myrtle Beach, it will be a very long trip for whoever comes out on top in this region. Teams are geared up and ready to go as there is plenty of competition throughout the region. It will be a fight for the coveted Nationals bid.
The Southwest region will be playing in its first tournament of the season this weekend at Woods Valley Golf Club in Valley Center, CA. The Golf Academy of America at Carlsbad, San Diego State, and UCLA were all closely ranked in the top 100 teams last season but with Pepperdine University, USC, and University of San Diego also in the running, at this point anything is possible.
The Twin Cities region is one of a few that are competing in three regional tournaments this season. This time, Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton, MN is the stage for teams to show off their talent. It is safe to say the Gophers are the top dog in this region this season. The real question is who is going to give them a run for their money?