Week 5 is here and we are just over a month away from Nationals in Myrtle Beach. The field is beginning to fill up as a few teams secured their spot this past weekend. Eleven regions are competing this weekend across the nation, and for many it's the final regional tournament of the semester. That means some strong competition as teams fight for a bid to Nationals.
The Colonial region will be playing their second regional tournament at Dogwood Trace Golf Course this weekend in Petersburg, VA. Liberty University is currently leading the Colonial region over University of Virginia by three strokes and Virginia Tech is in third.
Hawk Hollow Golf Course is hosting the Midwest’s 2nd regional tournament in Bath, MI. Fortunately for the Spartans, who are leading the region, Hawk Hollow is in their backyard; no doubt a home field advantage. However, the Wolverines are on the hunt for some revenge after being squeezed into 2nd place in the first regional tournament. Watch out for those individuals that don’t have a team though; a few of them could be lethal.
Northern New England
Crotched Mountain Golf Club will play host for the 2nd regional tournament of the season for this region! This is one of the few regions that has 3 tournaments this season. There is still plenty of time for a new school to take charge of this region, maybe it will be Boston University this weekend?
Although it is late in the season for many regions, the Northwest region is kicking off their season this week at Horn Rapids Golf Club. There are only three teams competing this weekend but Oregon, Central Washington, and Western Washington are all eager to begin the season and will battle it out this weekend.
The Ozark region will be playing at Hot Springs Country Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas this weekend. Oklahoma State University currently leads the region with the University of Arkansas in second place by 8 strokes and the University of Oklahoma after Arkansas by 16 strokes. Also competing are East Central University and both of Pittsburg State University’s teams.
There will be some tight strings at Frog Hollow Golf Club in Middletown, DE this weekend. The Blue Hens hold the lead in the Philadelphia region and, once again, have the shortest drive to the tournament. This must ease some nerves for some of the players on their A team. What about the Wildcats though? Will they show up and go low? What about the other five universities looking to prove themselves?
The southeast region is headed to a familiar place this weekend in Myrtle Beach, Legends Golf Resort where the SBO was held last year and will be the host site of the 2019 SBO as well will host the southeast region this weekend. Clemson came out on top in the first tournament but only beat out GAA-Myrtle Beach by 1 stroke and with GAA playing at home this week Clemson will have their work cut out for them to hold the top spot and get back to Myrtle next month for Nationals.
The good ol’ Texas region. Regional tournament 2 is taking place at Teravista Golf Club in Round Rock, TX. The Longhorns have the advantage with traveling this weekend and could absolutely show up with an upset given they did not post any scores in the 1st regional tournament. Should the Bears be nervous about another 1st place flag being in jeopardy?
Here, we have one of the few regions that have 3 tournaments this fall. The question is, will the 3rd tournament serve as a path or the destruction for a team to Nationals? The Badgers hold the lead right now after a dub two weekends ago. The Eagles, however, are tight in the race for the top seat in the region, so watch for some close scores on Sunday afternoon. Don’t count out the Badger’s B team that could give the Eagles some pressure though; maybe we see a twist in the plot.
The University of Florida’s A and B teams are currently leading the North Florida Region, with Florida State University coming in third. This weekend the region will play at Ocala National Golf Club in Ocala, Florida. UF has been dominant so far and are the #1 ranked club golf team in the country. If anyone is to take them down, it will take some fantastic golf.
The South Florida region will be playing at Bent Tree Country Club this weekend in Sarasota, Florida. The University of Central Florida currently leads the region with Keiser University and University of Miami following them, respectively. Can Miami and the University of South Florida can give UCF a run for their money?