At this moment, the NCAA Men’s D1 Golf Regionals is taking place across the country: 6 Regional sites with 13-14 schools a piece plus a handful of individual qualifiers. They compete over 3 days (May 15-17) and low 5 teams from each site plus low 1 individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship in Sugar Grove, Ill (will be on Golf Channel).
There are a lot of notable players competing in the college ranks – some of the best amateurs in the world that will be playing in the professional ranks and on television within the next couple of years. You may even recognize a few names that have qualified for big events like the U.S. Open the past few years. A handful have already played in a handful of PGA Tour events due to sponsor invites in their home state or an exemption from winning a top collegiate or amateur event.
We are right in the middle of regionals today, but let me give you a quick snapshot of what’s happening:
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Texas looking very strong thus far – made it to the championship finals last year and fell to Oregon.
Baton Rouge Regional
Defending NCAA champs Oregon near the team cutline. LSU showing its muscle with Sam Burns at the helm.
College Grove Regional
Vanderbilt showing dominance as #2 ranked team in NCAA. Vandy Matthias Schwab is the #4 ranked amateur in the world (wagr.com), but T-41 currently at 4-over.
Any surprise Stanford is leading the Stanford Regional? Also, no surprise Maverick McNealy, the #1 amateur in the world, is on top as well. Brad Dalke, who is tied with Maverick, lost to Curtis Luck in the Finals of the U.S. Amateur last year (still got to play in The Masters). Maverick is exempt into the U.S. Open this year because of winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal (World #1 am after US Am).
Southern Cal heavy favorites keeping pace, but remember Nick Carlson from last year’s U.S. Amateur? Hometown hero that wore his emotions on his sleeve. So fun to watch! Lost to Luck in the semis.
West Lafayette Regional
John Oda! 808 kid from Moanalua (Tadd Fujikawa alma mater). Illinois is stacked but is flirting with the cutline. Lipparelli leading them off but World #5 Dylan Meyer and World #21 Nick Hardy need to step up and pull the team through.
If this isn’t enough fringe golf for you, check out U.S. Open local qual results on USOPEN.com!