The NCCGA South Region finished off their regular season with a great weekend of golf at Brookstone Meadows in Anderson, S.C. We were lucky to have wonderful weather both Saturday and Sunday, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The course played to 6685 yards with a rating of 72.3 and a slope of 130. The head pro at Brookstone Meadows is Coby Gambrell and he was a great host. The club golf teams present were Clemson, Emory, East Tennessee State, Furman, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee-Knoxville, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt.
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After the first round of play, East Tennessee State (380) held a 37 shot lead while Clemson (419) trailed South Carolina (417) by two shots and sat in third place. Jace Devault of ETSU fired a 73 (+1) to lead the individual tournament, closely followed by Matt Smith and Ryan Morley-Stockton who both posted 74s (+2). The Tigers made a huge turnaround on Sunday, vaulting past South Carolina and into second place after firing a team score of 391 (+31), which was a 28 shot improvement from Saturday. South Carolina had a tough day but still managed to take third, as they posted a day two score of 420 (+60), three shots higher than their day one total of 417 (+57). East Tennessee State essentially had the tournament locked up after the first round, and continued their stellar play the second day while posting a 387 (+27). Matt Smith of ETSU posted another solid 74 (+2) and a two-day total of 148 (+4) to take medalist honors, followed by Ryan Morley-Stockton and Matt Chambers who tied for second at 154 (+10).
Following the completion of our spring club golf season, East Tennessee State and South Carolina tied with seven points. East Tennessee State took the automatic nationals bid for the South Region due to the overall total score tiebreaker. Clemson finished with six points, after taking consecutive second place finishes at our two regional contests. South Carolina and Clemson are in the mix for wildcard spots at the NCCGA National Championship, and will know their fate following the completion of the remaining regional club golf tournaments throughout the country. As it stands now, we would have three teams qualify for nationals, so let’s hope it remains that way! Thank you to all of the teams that competed this semester and good luck to all who receive a national’s bid! Nationals will be held the weekend of April 27-28 at the Purdue Kampen Course in West Lafayette, IN. We’ll see everyone in the fall!
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