The University of Missouri has dominated the Central Region for the past 10 regional tournaments. Looking to win their 11th straight regional this weekend at Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park, KS. Mizzou’s roster includes defending Nationals medalist Dillon Eaton who claimed the Spring 2017 title at Hot Springs after shooting rounds of 66-75. Evan Hussey of Saint Louis University and David Lee-Tolley of Washington University have also taken trips to the National Championship in Fall 2016 and Spring 2016, respectively. Missouri State, Truman State and University of Kansas round out the region.
DePaul took both tournaments this past spring by over 60 shots combined. They will return six of their eight top golfers, including Ken Jee, who won the spring’s second regional tournament by four shots. University of Illinois will be attending their first tournament as a full team and will also be bringing a B team. Illinois State looks to rebound this fall after missing nationals for the first time since fall of 2014. This tournament will feature over 80 golfers and will also include Bradley, Loyola- Chicago, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, and U Chicago. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s each day with minimal wind, which would be a record for the Great Lakes Region.
Colorado State University-Fort Collins have won the last four regional tournaments, but it was University of Northern Colorado who took the trip to the National Championship at Hot Springs last spring. They became the first Mountain Region team to qualify since University of Colorado Boulder and CSU-Fort Collins in Fall 2015. This weekend’s tournament will be at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City, CO. The tournament will also be featuring University of Denver and 3 individuals from the Colorado School of Mines.
The New England Region is one of the largest in the NCCGA with 17 schools, 13 of which will be represented this weekend. Boston College and Providence College each claimed one regional tournament last spring, finishing 11th and 18th in the season rankings but neither team made the trip to Hot Springs. UCONN is looking to return to the National's stage after qualifying in both spring and fall of 2016. With over 100 golfers competing at Wentworth Hills Golf Club in Plainville, MA, this is set to be a competitive regional.
The North Carolina Region returns to action this weekend is Mooresville, near Davidson and UNC Charlotte. North Carolina & East Carolina each claimed one regional tournament this past spring on their way to nationals. They were also joined by Elon and NC State, who qualified as wildcards. It should be very competitive again this fall and will hopefully continue to be one of the more competitive regions in all of the NCCGA.
SUNY College at Cortland has continuously dominated the Northeast Region. Although they had a bid to nationals last semester, SUNY Cortland was unable to travel to the national championship, making way for Niagara to compete at Hot Springs. Nine teams from seven different schools will be competing this weekend at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston, NY.
Northern New England
Northeastern and University of New Hampshire are top contenders in this region. UNH returns with 4 of the players from the national contending squad from the spring and look to make a trip to Vegas this season. Northeastern is no stranger to victory, winning one regional last semester and 3 of the 4 regionals in 2016 (making it to both national championships that year). Merrimack, Plymouth State, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of Vermont, and Nationals Match Play competitors Boston University round out this weekend at Indian Mound Golf Club in Center Ossipee, NH.
The North Region will be playing their second tournament. Wisconsin- Madison claimed the first tourney by nine shots over Marquette, with Madison’s B team taking third place. Logan Walzer led the badgers with medalist honors which included rounds of 72-69 and a run of four under through his last seven holes of the tournament. This weekends event will feature 12 teams at Lake Arrowhead Golf Course in Nekoosa.
The Ohio Valley Region heads to Pataskala this weekend, where over 100 golfers from eight different schools make up 14 teams. Defending regional champions Ohio University returns 4 of the 8 golfers that made the trip to Hot Springs this past spring, which Include Cam Lang and Jeffrey Hensler who won both of the spring regionals. The region features a wide range of talent from all 8 schools, including Paul Difranco from Miami of Ohio who played in the Western Junior Amatuer this past summer. The Ohio Valley has crowned a different regional champion each of the last 5 semesters, the longest streak in the NCCGA.
South Carolina and Clemson return to the Southeast region this weekend after spending a semester in the Colonial and South Regions. Another change to the region will be the absence of two-time defending National Champion Georgia as they have moved to the South region. This region will be taking it's usual shape again featuring over 60 golfers. GAA Myrtle Beach claimed both tournament titles and should be the biggest threat to both Clemson and USC.
Baylor comes into the weekend as the favorite after taking sixth place at Hot Springs CC, they also return a good chunk of their roster that made the trip. Texas State San Marcos will not have Tyler Ware in the lineup this time around, Ware claimed five straight NCCGA events including the national championship in Disney last fall. Texas (Austin) also should be a factor as they have three teams making the trip to Waco this weekend. The Longhorns look to get back to nationals for the first time since their title in fall 2015.
The Twin Cities Region will crown a champion this weekend, and it will most likely be the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers enter the weekend winners of the last three Twin Cities events, led by the trio of Bobby Frazzini, Alex Beversdorf and Eli Finkelstein. Regional Coordinator Nick Kemp won the first tournament of this semester with a score of -1, as a member of Minnesota's B team; giving them four of the top six finishers in that contest. The six other teams all broke 400 both days. There is a great chance we will see more than one team from the Twin Cities in Vegas.
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