Illinois won its fifth consecutive Big Ten Conference Championship on April 28 at French Lick (Ind.) Resort. Illinois shot 11-over 1,163 at the 72-hole championship. The team's 285 total in the third round was tied for the low team score of the tournament.
In second was Minnesota nine shots back of Illinois at 20 over. Iowa was another 14 shots back in third place.
Illinois’ Thomas Pieters and Brian Campbell went 1-2 for the Fighting Ilini. Pieters, a sophomore from Belgium, won the Big Ten individual title by five shots. Pieters shot three consecutive rounds of 70 before finishing with a 74. He finished at 4-under 284.
Also tying for second with Campbell was Minnesota’s Erik Van Rooyen at 1 over.
Nova Southeastern will defend its title against 79 other teams in this year's NCAA Division II men's golf championship.
Eight regionals will take place at four sites May 6-8, with the finals set for May 20-24 at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club.
Here are the groupings for regional play (conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in brackets next to the institution’s name):
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Oglebay Resort; Wheeling, West Virginia; hosted by West Liberty University; top three teams and top two student-athletes not with a team will advance.
Atlantic Region, teams:
Indiana (Pennsylvania) [Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference]
Concord [West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]
Davis and Elkins
Charleston (West Virginia)
Virginia State [Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association]
Atlantic Region, individuals:
Mason Simpson, Virginia Union
Jake Pilarski, Mercyhurst
Jacob Barge, Fayetteville State
Cory Vinborg, Mercyhurst
East Region teams:
Wilmington (Delaware) [Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference]
St. Thomas Aquinas
Adelphi [Northeast-10 Conference]
Concordia (New York)
East Region individuals:
Patrick McRae, Goldey-Beacom
Keith Prokop, Dominican (New York)
Brett Moore, Goldey-Beacom
Jeff Whiteside, Goldey-Beacom
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The Club at Strawberry Creek, Kenosha, Wisconsin; hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; top ...
It was a great start to our postseason last weekend at the SEC Championship. The tournament was held in Sea Island, Ga., at the Seaside course; a place that we always love playing and tests our golf games to the highest level.
The SEC Championship is truly a one of a kind tournament we play all year. It is very important to all schools that they want to be known as the best in their conference. As our trainer at school here says “we play to win championships." The first two days were rather calm days with winds being rather normal for the Sea Island area; about 10-20 mph. We had played solid golf, but just hadn’t had our rounds come together for the whole day. Also, we had gotten off to rough starts that forced us fighting back all day. Because of this fighting back, we left ourselves in a great spot going into the last day. We were three behind the South Carolina Gamecocks, who had played very solid golf for two days.
The final day brought conditions that were only fitting for the final round of a conference championship. Winds were at speeds of ...
No. 3 Texas won the Big 12 Championship Wednesday at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan. This was the Longhorns’ fourth Big 12 Championship and first since 2004. Texas has claimed 43 conference championships since 1927.
Texas finished at 19-over 859 (290-281-288), four shots ahead of No. 12 Oklahoma State, which shot a final-round 286.
The Big 12 Championship, for The University of Texas and our athletic department, is a very big deal," Texas head coach John Fields said. "We don’t take it lightly. Maybe we’ve been guilty a couple of times of putting too much pressure on ourselves, but I thought the guys did a great job today and I’m thrilled for them and our program."
The victory was Texas' third consecutive win and fifth of the season. Four of Texas' five wins this season have come after Jordan Spieth turned pro in December.
Texas freshman Brandon Stone won the individual title, becoming the school's first medalist in seven years as he finished three shots ahead of Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch. Stone shot rounds of 70-67-73 to finish at even-par 210. Stone is No. 4 in the Golfweek ...
No. 116 Missouri-Kansas City posted a 19-shot victory Wednesday in the Summit League Championship. The team also swept the top three spots on the leaderboard, with senior Korbin Kuehn winning the individual title by one shot over freshman teammate Antoine Rozner. Nathan Hughes, a UMKC junior, finished third.
UMKC started the final round with a four-shot lead, then shot the tournament's only sub-par round (1-under 287) to win by 19. The Kangaroos' final-round 287 also was the day's low round by 15 shots.
Kuehn shot a final-round 69 to win after firing 69-78 in the first two rounds. Rozner's 73 gave him a 1-over 217 total, one back of Kuehn. Hughes shot 71 to finish third at 220.
Southeastern Louisiana, No. 83 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, clinched a postseason bid with its victory Wednesday in the Southland Conference Championship. The Lions finished at 29-over 893, 13 shots better than Central Arkansas. The Lions' final round was the low score of the day by nine shots.
Southeastern Louisiana shot 301-304-288 to win its first conference title since 2010.
The Lions started the final round with a two-shot lead over Central Arkansas, which shot 299 in the final round. Central Arkansas' four scorers played the final two holes in 10 over par.
Southeastern Louisiana's Rhys West, No. 199 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the individual title with a 4-over 220 (73-76-71) total at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas. West finished two shots better than Central Arkansas' Pep Angles. West made bogey on the final two holes, while Angles played the final two holes in 5 over par; he was 4 under for the round's first 16 holes.
Welcome to Golfweek’s Men's Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest men's college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend:
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know now . . .
1. Alabama: The Tide won their second consecutive SEC Championship with a two-shot victory over South Carolina. Alabama, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, has won its past four starts, and five of its six spring events.
2. Davidson: No, the Wildcats aren’t among the many teams that will lift a conference championship. But they provided some dramatics in their last-ditch effort to make the postseason. The No. 95 Wildcats, needing to win the conference title to earn a postseason bid, finished two shots short of 50th-ranked Chattanooga, which won its fifth conference title in seven years. Davidson’s No. 5 player, Todd Eckstein, just missed a 15-foot birdie putt that would have forced playoffs for the team and individual titles. Eckstein, playing in the final group of the day, missed the par putt to finish two shots back in the individual race as well. He is ...
No. 48 Coastal Carolina claimed a two-shot victory over 27th-ranked Liberty at the Big South Conference Championship.
The Chanticleers shot 17-over 881 at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor. It is Coastal Carolina’s first men’s golf title since 2010 and 14th overall and ends Liberty’s two-year championship run. Winthrop finished third at 27 over. Liberty's final-round 295 was one shot better than Coastal Carolina's closing score. The Flames were led by medalist Mathieu Fenasse's final-round 66, but no other Flame could shoot lower than 76 in the final round.
Fenasse, a sophomore, used three birdies on the final five holes to win medalist honors. His final-round 66 was the low round of the day by two shots and one of just two scores in the 60s in the final round. It also was the low score of the tournament. The final-round scoring average was 76.2.
He entered the final round tied for fourth and two shots behind 36-hole leader Cameron Bell of Winthrop, who shot a final-round 80. Fenasse posted a tournament-low 66 on Tuesday to finish with a 5-under 211 (75-70-66), three strokes better than runner-up ...
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No. 50 Chattanooga barely held off Davidson's push for a postseason bid, while U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox couldn't close out a conference championship of his own.
Chattanooga finished at 20-over 884 after three rounds at Daniel Island's Ralston Creek Course in Daniel Island, S.C., to win the Southern Conference Championship. Davidson, No. 95 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished two shots back; the Wildcats likely needed to win the conference title to earn a postseason bid.
Davidson started the final round three shots off Chattanooga's lead, but was one stroke better in the final round, 295-296. It was Chattanooga's second consecutive SoCon title and fifth in the past seven years.
College of Charleston's Josh Lorenzetti won the individual title with a 1-under 215 (76-69-70) total. Fox, Davidson's Todd Eckstein and UNC Greensboro's Taylor Coalson finished second, two shots back. Lorenzetti is No. 505 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Fox started the day with a two-shot lead over Lorenzetti and Eckstein, who is Davidson's No. 5 player and ranked 830th in the Golfweek rankings. Fox shot a back-nine 39, including a bogey ...
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No. 18 North Florida won the Atlantic Sun Conference title by 14 shots over No. 77 East Tennessee State. The Ospreys are the first back-to-back A-Sun champions since Jacksonville State in 2002-03.
The Ospreys held a one-shot lead over Kennesaw State after 36 holes, but shot the low score of the final day (291) in the final round to win easily. East Tennessee State's final-round 292 allowed the Bucs to move into second place as Kennesaw State struggled to a final-round 306.
"I am extremely proud of the play of our entire team," said North Florida head coach Scott Schroeder, who's lead his team to three A-Sun titles in the last six seasons. "It took a total team effort for us to defend our conference title. It was really impressive to see our underclassmen step up and take the lead for us, especially in the final round. I"
North Florida sophomore M.J. Maguire won the individual title with a 1-under 215 (75-72-68) total; his final-round 68 was the low score of the tournament and the only sub-70 round. It was the first career title for Maguire, who is No. 31 in the ...
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Houston, No. 26 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 3-over 291 Tuesday at Texarkana (Ark.) Country Club to win its first Conference USA title since 2001.
The Cougars finished at 7-under 857 (286-280-291), three shots better than No. 20 SMU. The two teams were tied after 36 holes, but SMU shot 294 in the final round. UCF, No. 53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished third at 1 under after shooting a final-round 287.
Houston’s Roman Robledo, No. 120 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, made birdie on Nos. 16 and 18 to win the individual title by two shots. He finished at 8-under 208 (72-65-71), two shots better SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau, who led Robledo by one shot after 36 holes. Robledo shot a bogey-free 65 in the second round. It was the low round of the tournament by three shots.
DeChambeau shot a final-round 74 after opening with consecutive 68s. He returned to 8 under par in the final round with a birdie at the par-5 12th, but bogeyed the next two holes before parring in.
Dechambeau, No. 42 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, bogeyed the first hole, but ...
Georgia's T.J. Mitchell and Keith Mitchell share a last name (but no relation). Now they'll share a place in the field of next week's stop on the Web.com Tour. The Stadion Classic at UGA, which will be played May 2-5 at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., offers sponsor exemptions to the two Bulldogs with the team's lowest scoring averages.
Russell Henley used one of those exemptions to win the 2011 Stadion and become just the second amateur to win on the Web.com Tour.
T.J. Mitchell, a senior from Albany, Ga., leads the Bulldogs with a scoring average of 72.07. The Bulldogs’ team captain for the second straight year, Mitchell opened the season with a second-place finish in the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic. He has four additional top-10s this season.
“I am thankful for the chance to play in the Stadion Classic,” T.J. Mitchell said. “Watching Russell, Harris (English), Nick (Reach) and Brian (Harman) the last few years and then talking to them afterward, I could tell that it meant the world to them to have a chance like that. We all have aspirations to be professional golfers, and ...
Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen, No. 45 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the SEC Championship with an 8-under 202 total. His bogey-free 66 April 22 at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course was the low score of the day by three strokes, and one of only two rounds in the 60s.
Alabama, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won its second consecutive SEC Championship on Sunday at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga. The Crimson Tide shot a final-round 290 to finish at 8-over 848, two shots better than South Carolina. Alabama has won its past four starts, and five of its six spring events.
No. 1 Cal and second-ranked Alabama will be well-represented at this year’s Palmer Cup on June 7-9 at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. Both teams will have three players in the trans-contintental matches between collegians from the United States and Europe.
Alabama’s Cory Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas will play for the United States team along with Cal’s Michael Kim and Michael Weaver. Cal’s Joel Stalter will compete for Europe.
North Florida and UCLA also have multiple participants.
North Florida, No. 18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, will have one player on each team. Sean Dale, the nation’s second-ranked player, will represent the United States, while Ireland’s Kevin Phelan will play for Europe. No. 5 UCLA has two players on Europe’s team, Pontus Widegren and Pedro Figueiredo.
There are also two Division II players in this year’s event: Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter, who will represent the United States, and Nova Southeastern’s Ben Taylor, who will play for Europe. Carpenter played in the 2011 Palmer Cup and was Division II’s player of the year in 2011. Taylor is the 2012 Division II player of the year.
Kim, Dale, Stanford ...
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