It was another fantastic edition of NCCGA Nationals this past weekend with three of the best courses in tournament history. Great finishes took place at both the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, IN and The Trophy Club in Lebanon, IN. See below for a full recap of both the Spring 2019 National Championship and National Invitational.
The Birck Boilermaker's two Pete Dye courses did not disappoint, as the Kampen and Ackerman-Allen both provided great tests for all the players. With some rain prior to the tournament as well as Saturday afternoon, the courses played slow and soft requiring longer shots but making the greens very receptive.
The University of Notre Dame took control on day one, with a 71 (-1) from Anthony Ricaurte and a 68 (-4) from Andrew Stineman. Clemson University lurked right behind, only trailing by 5 shots. Clemson's Peyton Steigerwald took over on day two, carding a 71 (-1) after a first round 80 (+8) leading Clemson to a four shot victory over Notre Dame. Providence College was also able to secure a top three finish, the best finish in the history of their club.
Andrew Stineman was able to hold on to medalist honors by one shot after a great chase from Oklahoma's Payte Owen and Grand Canyon's Matthew Polivka.
"The biggest thing I'll take away from this weekend is that I can fight hard and compete in big moments," said Stineman. "The feeling of grinding on 18, looking for one last putt to drop is one I'll never forget. Having my closest friends with me on 18 and after the round made the day even more special."
Stineman is graduating this spring and will be moving to Chicago to work in financial services and plans to continue his golf career on the Nextgengolf City Tour as well as other local amateur events.
At the National Invitational, The Xavier Musketeers jumped out to a substantial lead on day one, and were able to shift into cruise control on day two to win the tournament over Bowling green State University by 14 shots. It was a true team victory, with no player going extremely low but the entire squad playing really solid golf both days. Xavier receives an automatic bid into next semester's National Championship with the victory.
Cameron Bullman, a former NCCGA Student Leader and Senior at Liberty University won the individual title with rounds of 71(-1) and 77 (+5).
"Winning the Invitational means so much to me, these last 4 years I've had some good rounds but have never been able to put a good tournament together. To be able to do that in my last tournament at a National event is very special," said Bullman.
Bullman is headed out to Pebble Beach after he graduates to work as a US Open Operations Intern for the summer, and is incredibly excited to continue utilizing his love and passion for the game of golf.
In addition to running golf tournaments all over the country, the NCCGA is committed to helping college students off the course by providing career and networking opportunities. The Careers in Golf Networking Event takes place every year during Fall Nationals, and students can subscribe to our job board to learn about available internships and positions in the golf industry.
Thanks to our National partner Srixon / Cleveland Golf for their continued support of the NCCGA. They provided every player in the tournament with a dozen balls and continue to help college golfers across the country week in and week out.