Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission to Host the Tournament Town Championship Preview at Grandover

Posted by Press Release on September 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission are pleased to host the Tournament Town Championship Preview Saturday through Monday at the Grandover Resort. Grandover Resort will be the host site of the NCAA Division III Championships May 12-15, 2015. It was also the host site in 2011 and 2014 and will host again in 2018. This tournament gives some of the top teams in the country the opportunity to play both courses in advance of the National Championship.

Tournament Notes:
Schedule: Saturday is a practice round with teams playing the East Course in the morning and the West Course in the afternoon. On Sunday, teams will have a shotgun start at 8:30 am on the East Course and 2:00 pm on the West Course. The pairings are attached. On Monday, the teams will play the East Course in a dual tee format just like the NCAA Championship will be played beginning at 8:30 am.

Participating Teams of Note: National Runner-Up and Pre-Season #1 Ranked Oglethorpe leads the field of play. Oglethorpe will be led by Anthony Maccaglia who was the #6 player and the only Division III player selected to the Palmer Cup Team. Anthony was also the individual medalist for the 2012 National Championship. Methodist University enters the tournament as the second ranked team in the country. Six of the top 10 teams in the country will be participating in the tournament. The Defending Champions, Illinois Wesleyan, enter the tournament ranked #7 nationally.

Players of Note: The defending champion, Omni Hurri of Averett University, and runner-up, Kenny Wienckowski of Illinois Wesleyan, return to the tournament field this year along with three other players in the top 10, including Tanner Gross of Guilford College who finished tied for 5th last year.

Previous Top 5:
2013: 1- Illinois Wesleyan, 2-Wittenburg, 2- Guilford, 4- Transylvania, 5- Greensboro
2010: 1- Guilford, 2- Huntingdon, 3- St. John’s, 4- Oglethorpe, 5- Transylvania

Previous Medalists:
2013- Omni Hurri, Averett
2010- Justin Welch, Transylvania

Golf Coaches of America Pre-Season Poll (Participating Teams Highlighted):
Division III – August 28, 2014

Rank   University (First Place Votes)     Points   NCAA Finals Finish
1      Oglethorpe (8)                      364      2
2      Methodist                           315      4
T3     Redlands                            304      3
T3     Schreiner (6)                       304      1
5      La Verne                            281      T6
6      Wittenberg (1)                      273      5
7      Illinois Wesleyan                   241      Missed Cut
8      Transylvania                        239      T8
9      LaGrange                            235      T8
10     Texas-Tyler                         229      T13
T11    Guilford                            228      Missed Cut
T11    St. John Fisher                     228      T6
13     Southwestern                        188      11
14     Berry                               181      T8
15     Claremont-Mudd-Scripps              178      Missed Cut
16     Rhodes                              144      T13
17     St. John's (MN)                     132      15
18     California Lutheran                 115      DNQ
19     Greensboro College                   92      DNQ
20     Concordia (TX)                       81      Missed Cut
21     Rochester                            74      12
22     Hampden-Sydney                       67      DNQ
23     Trinity (TX)                         56      DNQ
24     Wisconsin-Eau Claire                 53      DNQ
25     St. Thomas                           40      DNQ

Dropped From Ranking: N/A

Others Receiving Votes: Dubuque, 37; Emory, 31; Mary Hardin-Baylor, 20; Pacific Lutheran, 20; Skidmore, 20; Gustavus Adolphus, 18; McDaniel, 17; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 15; Chapman, 11; Middlebury, 10; Whitworth, 7; Huntingdon, 6; Carnegie Mellon, 5; Allegheny, 3; Christopher Newport, 3; Willamette, 3; Hope, 2; Adrian, 1; Linfield, 1; Millikin, 1; Nebraska Wesleyan, 1; Occidental, 1.


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