Dylan Menante transfers from Pepperdine to North Carolina

Dylan Menante helped the Waves win the 2021 NCAA championship.

The college golf transfer portal had some more movement Friday as Dylan Menante has left Pepperdine for North Carolina.

Menante helped the Waves to the national championship at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. He was also the West Coast Conference Player of the Year that season.

But after three seasons playing for the southern California school, he’ll finish his college career in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“I chose UNC because the school and coaches offer a critical balance between golf, growing as a person, academics and top-notch peers to surround my game” Menante said in a release sent by the Tar Heels athletic department. “I am looking forward to joining the Tar Heel program, but I also appreciate the support the Pepperdine community gave me the last three years.”

Menante is ranked 15th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

In the 2022 NCAA Championship, Pepperdine and North Carolina were among the eight teams to advance to the match-play portion of the event, with Pepperdine eliminating North Carolina to advance. Menante won his quarterfinal match but lost his semifinal match as Pepperdine was eliminated by Arizona State.

“All of us with Carolina Golf are thrilled Dylan chose to be a Tar Heel and is joining our family” UNC head coach Andrew DiBitetto said in a release. “He’s a winner, an All-American, a national champion and most importantly, an incredible young man. He’s one of the best amateurs in the world and immediately makes an already strong team even better. Clarkie (assistant coach Matt Clark), all our guys and I can’t wait to interact, compete and work with Dylan. We also look forward to helping him improve on and off the course.”

The Tar Heels return four starters: Ryan Burnett, David Ford, Peter Fountain and Austin Greaser.

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Four years after nearly winning national title at Auburn, Brandon Mancheno returns to NCAA Championship as key member of North Florida’s team

Mancheno took some time away when his once-reliable game off the tee began to desert him.

Brandon Mancheno was the cat’s meow for Auburn in his first two seasons.

Visions of PGA Tour stardom weren’t far-fetched.

“He’s going to be out here very shortly,” former Auburn player Blayne Barber said of Mancheno while hitting balls on the range at the Sea Island Club during the week of the 2019 RSM Classic. “He’s that good.”

But after leading the Tigers to the 2018 SEC title, losing in a playoff for the NCAA individual championship and becoming one of the most feared college players in match play, Mancheno inexplicably lost his tee shot and his confidence, returning home to Jacksonville two years later not knowing where to turn.

“I couldn’t get off the tee and I was missing both ways,” said the 2016 Class 3A state individual champion in the state of Florida. “And if you can’t get off the tee, you can’t do much else. I lost a lot of confidence. I just wasn’t myself.”

But with the support of his family, a new set of teammates and the Hilton Head, South Carolina, teaching professional who spotted one key flaw in Mancheno’s swing, there is a happy ending brewing.

It began in New Haven, Connecticut, 1,012 miles from Jacksonville earlier this month and it might continue this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, 2,045 miles away.

Mancheno, now a senior at the University of North Florida, is one of the Ospreys’ post-season starters in the NCAA tournament, four years after he nearly won it with Auburn at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Mancheno helped UNF tie for third at the Yale Golf Course to qualify for the championship at the Grayhawk Golf Club and now he’s closing out his college golf career at a tournament he never thought he’d play again.

Mancheno, along with teammates Nick Gabrelcik, Robbie Higgins, Davis Lee and Cody Carroll will begin the stroke-play phase of the NCAA Championship on Friday, UNF’s sixth appearance in the 30-team field under coach Scott Schroeder and first since 2019.

Schroeder saw good signs

The usual suspects are in the desert this week: defending champion Pepperdine and traditional powers Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Arizona State, Wake Forest and Arizona.

Mancheno no doubt has bumped into some of his former Auburn teammates since the Tigers are also in the field.

Schroeder said he might be taking a chance letting it ride with Mancheno in the national finals after he tied for 73rd and struggled to shoot 20-over at the Augusta Haskins Invitational in April, only his third start of the season.

But Schroeder has seen Mancheno gradually improve and put up some promising scores: a final-round 70 in the General Hackler Invitational; a second-round 69 in The Hayt, playing as an individual, matching the day’s low score when the winds at the Sawgrass Country Club kicked up; and a deceptive 77 in the final round of the Haskins Invitational, after posting opening scores of 80-79 and weathering a mid-round double bogey to par his last four holes.

When ASUN Freshman of the Year Jason Duff became ill, Schroeder started Mancheno in New Haven. His response was to throw up a bogey-free 65, matching his career-low in college (including his three years at Auburn), tying a UNF record at an NCAA regional and tying for second in the tournament.

Mancheno’s day led the Ospreys to a tie for first after the first round and they stayed comfortably above the cut line for the top five to reach the main draw of the championship.

Mancheno’s putting stroke deserted him in the next two rounds and he posted scores of 72-75 to finish in a tie for 31st. But Schroeder said Mancheno’s opening round served its purpose on several levels.

“That 65 was huge for us, and it showed the potential we have as a team in the tournament, with him playing well,” Schroeder said. “It gave the rest of the guys a positive vibe. They’ve seen him playing better and getting more comfortable and they know the kind of experience he brings to this. It was a no-brainer to keep giving him opportunities. We need difference-making rounds.”

For Mancheno, it made all the difference where it counts — upstairs.

“I was excited to start and hopefully bring a little knowledge of what it’s like to play in an NCAA to the guys,” Mancheno said. “It felt pretty good. I didn’t putt well the last two days but I kept hitting it pretty good and it just added a little more to my confidence.”

Storming the SEC

Four years ago, Mancheno had confidence to spare on The Plains.

After a dazzling junior, high school and amateur career in which he added victories in the inaugural First Coast Amateur and the St. Augustine Amateur to his 3A state title, Mancheno headed for SEC country to play for Nick Clinard at Auburn.

It didn’t take long for him to make an impact.

Mancheno’s 70.6 stroke average was second in the nation among freshmen and is still the second-best single-season mark for the Tigers; he finished among the top-10 seven times and won twice; and for good measure tossed in a third-place finish to help Auburn win The Hayt, at the Sawgrass Country Club.

Mancheno earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors; and tied for first in the NCAA tournament stroke play, losing to Broc Everett of Augusta in a playoff.

Finishing below Mancheno on the NCAA leaderboard that year were current world No. 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler of Texas, PGA Tour winners Matthew Wolf and Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State; and three other players currently plying their trade for Tour bucks, Doc Redman of Clemson, and Davis Riley and Lee Hodges of Alabama.

Mancheno had already proven their equal and then showed he had another gear. In two years at Auburn, he was 9-1 in the SEC and NCAA match-play finals, never sweating a tee shot on the 18th hole in eight of his victories.

Mancheno went 3-0 in the 2018 SEC tournament to lead Auburn to the SEC championship, then went 3-0 again in 2019 when the Tigers finished second to Arkansas.

In those three 2019 matches at the Sea Island Seaside Course, Mancheno needed only 40 of a possible 54 holes to dust off his opponents, winning 5 and 4 and twice at 6 and 5. He won 21 holes to his opponents’ seven and shot a cumulative 14-under.

The accolades poured in: semifinalist for Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year, Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman team; second-team PING All-American, two-time PING All-Southeast Region and All-SEC team.

Mancheno looked like he was headed for the higher ground on the PGA Tour, along with contemporaries such as Scheffler, Hovland and Wolff.

Then, in the links version of “that’s racin’,” golf happened.

Wild off the tee

Mancheno had only seven starts in 2019-20 and Auburn’s season, along with everyone else’s in college spring sports in March of 2020, was canceled because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He had only one top-10, the 12th of his career, and before sports came to a crashing halt, Mancheno had not done much to put an exclamation point on his first two seasons.

Worse, his once-reliable game off the tee began to desert him. And without competition (most amateur events were canceled in the spring and early summer) Mancheno found himself struggling more and more until he came to a decision.

Frustrated and confused, Mancheno decided to leave Auburn and return home to Jacksonville.

“I wanted to come home and be around family,” he said. “I wasn’t going through the best time. Golf gets lonely, especially when you aren’t playing well.”

He then swallowed his pride and asked Schroeder, who had dearly wanted Mancheno to play for the Ospreys before he signed with Auburn, if he could walk on in 2021 and see if there was something left of his game while he completed his college degree in political science.

“I wanted to be around guys I could trust,” Mancheno said. “I knew all of their guys and Scott is a great guy. I didn’t worry about playing time. I just wanted to be around a team and see what I could do if I earned a chance.”

Schroeder doesn’t mince words about what he saw when Mancheno began practicing with the team.

“I knew he had been struggling,” Schroeder said. “But it was worse than I realized. The ball was going everywhere you don’t want it to go. He was trying hard. But sometimes the harder you try; you still don’t make it. All I told him was to stay consistent. Do the same things every day and work on your short game and putting. That was still pretty good.”

Catching up to his body

Mancheno’s struggles continued in 2021 and he played in only one tournament, getting an individual start in The Hayt. He began well enough, with a 68 in the first round, then shot 77-76 and tied for 32nd.

But beyond that it was practice and walking courses during tournaments, trying to encourage his teammates. Mancheno had no expectations that he was going to crack a lineup that returned all but one starter for the 2022 spring season and had one of the nation’s best players at the top in Gabrelcik.

After the holidays, Mancheno’s father Robert called Tim Cooke, the director of instruction at the Sea Pines Resort. He heard good things about Cooke and his work with other college players such as his son’s former Auburn teammate, Trace Crowe, Bryson Nimmer of Clemson and Chris Baker, who is on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Cooke still remembers meeting Brandon for the first time: a dejected, lost player who didn’t seem to want to touch a driver any more than a coiled water moccasin.

“You could tell he was discouraged and a little gun-shy about the driver,” Cooke said. “He did a good job of telling me what his misses were and he was very honest about his lack of confidence.”

When he got Mancheno to hit a few tee shots, his once-reliable draw was starting too far right, then snapping off the planet.

Cooke said it was all in his setup and his pivot going back.

“It was pretty obvious from a setup perspective and how his body moved,” Cooke said. “He was producing inconsistent clubface delivery at impact.”

Cooke also saw something that happens frequently with junior players as they get to college – especially when they reach a top-flight program such as Auburn or UNF where weight facilities and strength and conditioning coaches are available for the first time on a daily basis.

Plus, some of them still have some growing to do.

“He was physically stronger than he was as a junior player,” Cooke said. “I’ve seen this a lot. If their swing and body pivot don’t adapt to their newfound strength, they start hitting it sideways.”

Cooke said it took him about an hour to get Mancheno to load his trail leg and trail hip to support his upper body more, so he could transition to his lead side more consistently.

“Before, at impact, his upper body was backing up and hanging back so much that the clubface was way too inconsistent.”

Mancheno noticed the difference before their first session was over.

“Tim did a really good job helping me,” he said. “He fixed my pivot with the way I was setting up and it freed me up on the way back and the way back down.”

Now, it was a matter of doing it under pressure.

Waiting for the chance

Mancheno sat out the first six tournaments of the 2021-22 season but Schroeder grew less and less hesitant to use him as he watched his practice sessions.

“He was playing better,” Schroeder said. “So we threw him in the Hackler and he showed some positives, showed some flashes. He played okay at The Hayt but the Haskins was not a good stretch for him.”

Still, when Duff became ill, Schroeder stuck Mancheno in the lineup for the NCAA regional.

Mancheno didn’t make him regret it.

It wasn’t so much the score Mancheno shot but the attitude. He has quietly coached his teammates up on the grind of the 54-hole regionals, and now the task at hand: 54 holes to make the top-15 team cut, then another 18 to finish among the final eight and make match play for a chance at the national championship.

“He brings a really good golf IQ to this team,” Schroeder said. “He’s good for the other guys. He’s matured a lot in the last five years.”

Mancheno said he’s tried to give his teammates a sense of urgency.

“In the NCAA you have to treat every shot like it really matters,” he said. “I think we’re doing a good job of putting the team before ourselves as individuals.”

Schroeder, a golf guy to the core, doesn’t like to think beyond the next shot, nor does he want his players in a mode of looking ahead.

But he doesn’t mind speculating on his team’s chances if they can pull off what he said “a puncher’s chance” and get into the match-play phase: where he will have Gabrelcik, a U.S. Amateur semifinalist last year, Higgins, last year’s Florida Match Play champion and a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Junior Boys, and Mancheno, who has as stout a college match play record as anyone in the field.

“Nick and Robbie had great summers in match play last year and every guy on our team knows what Brandon can do in that format,” Schroeder said. “We’re swinging for the fences here. We’re not trying to be pretty good. And if we get to match play, Brandon will bring an expectation of being great.”

Mancheno said Schroeder hasn’t broached that subject directly to him. But he’s ready if the Ospreys get the chance.

“Scott hasn’t mentioned anything about the match play to me but it might be part of the reason I’m here,” he said. “He has reasons for everything he does.”

Whatever happens, Mancheno will be leaving UNF with a college degree and the satisfaction of knowing that he got one more chance on a national stage.

“He had the best academic semester of his college career and got a degree,” Schroeder said. “That shows his maturity. He fought through the golf stuff, came back and graduated.”

Cooke said Mancheno’s future in professional golf might be a case of learning from both success and adversity.

“The pro game is tough,” he said. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to the PGA Tour but he’s performed at the highest level and he’s also struggled, then come back. There are lessons both ways. I like his chances.”

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South Mountain Community College won eighth NJCAA Div. II men’s golf championship

The Cougars were runner-up last year. It’s the program’s first title since 2019.

South Mountain Community College, located in Phoenix, won its eighth NJCAA Div. II men’s golf championship Friday at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin, Missouri.

The Cougars finished strong, posting a 5-over team score on the final day to finish at 31 over. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Mississippi) and Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas) finished tied for second at 50 over. Parkland College (Champaign, Illinois) was fourth at 56 over, Kirkwood CC (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was fifth at 59 over and Glendale Community College (Glendale, Arizona) came in sixth at 60 over.

South Mountain last won the national title in 2019. There was no championship in 2020 due the COVID pandemic. In 2021, the Cougars finished second. SMCC also took home the trophy in 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

South Mountain’s Cecil Belisle led the way for the Cougars. He posted scores of 71-71-72-74 to win medalist honors for the second year in a row. Matthew Creighton of Glendale Community College shot 69-73-73-78 to finish tied for fourth.

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Lee men’s golf wins 2022 NCAA Division II National Championship

Lee, a private school in Tennessee, has its first NCAA championship in program history.

Lee University defeated Oklahoma Christian to claim the NCAA Div. II men’s golf national championship.

In the medal match play format in the final, Lee won four of the five matches at TPC Michigan.

After Lee’s Dalton Chuba dropped the first match to Andres Brictson, Lee won the next four to win the final 4-1, with Connor Pollman, Dustin Demersseman, Oliver Lewis-Perkins and Beck Burnette claiming those matches.

Lee finished tied for second after the stroke-play portion of the final and then knocked off top-ranked Barry before taking out Georgia Southwestern.

Lee, a private university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, now has its first NCAA national championship.

Joel Sylven of the University of Missouri – St. Louis won medalist honors.

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After winning NCAA title, Methodist finishes No. 1 in the final 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek Division III Coaches Poll

This top 25 poll reflects the order of finish at the Div. III championship.

After winning the 2022 NCAA Div. III Men’s Golf National Championship by eight strokes, Methodist is No. 1 in the final Bushnell/Golfweek Division III Coaches Poll for the spring season.

The Monarchs’ national title is the 13th in program history.

They were led by national individual champion Andre Chi, who became the 11th medalist produced by the Methodist program.

This top 25 is in order of finish at the Div. III championship.

Rank Team
1 Methodist
2 Hampden-Sydney
T-3 Huntingdon
T-3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
5 Emory
6 Carnegie Mellon
7 Wittenberg
8 Washington & Lee
9 Sewanee: The University of the South
10 New York University
11 Piedmont
T-12 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
T-12 Babson
14 Aurora
15 Kenyon
16 Oglethorpe
17 Christopher Newport
18 Franklin & Marshall
T-19 Willamette
T-19 Greensboro
21 Mary Hardin-Baylor
22 Hope
23 Webster
24 Gustavus Adolphus
25 Luther

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Hutchinson, Mississippi Gulf Coast are the No. 1 teams in final spring 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Polls for NJCAA Divisions I, II

These are the final Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Polls of 2022 for men’s golf in NJCAA Div. I and Div. II.

These are the final Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Polls of the spring 2022 men’s golf seasons for NJCAA Div. I and Div. II.

The Div. I season came to a close on Friday, May 13, at the 2022 NJCAA Division I Championship.

Meanwhile, the 2022 NCAA Division II Championship will take place May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan.

NJCAA Div. I

Hutchinson won the 2022 NJCAA Div. I Men’s Golf National Championship by 20 strokes at the Odessa Country Club in Odessa, Texas.

It’s the second straight national title for the Blue Dragons who finished 22 under. Odessa was second at 2 under, Midland CC was the only other team to finish under par at 1 under. New Mexico JC was fourth at even par and Eastern Florida State College was fifth at 5 over.

With this title, Hutchinson, located in Hutchinson, Kansas, also finished No. 1 in the final spring 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek NJCAA Div. I Coaches Poll.

Determining the individual title required extra holes, as Midland (Texas) sophomore JT Pittman outlasted Hutchinson’s Dominic Clemons in a two-hole playoff to win medalist honors.

This top-10 poll reflects the order of finish at the 2022 national championship.

Rank Team
1 Hutchinson
2 Odessa
3 Midland
4 New Mexico JC
5 Eastern Florida State
6 Western Texas
7 Ranger
T-8 McLennan
T-8 Calhoun
10 Dodge City

NJCAA Div. II

Mississippi Gulf Coast regains the No. 1 ranking in the final spring 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek NJCAA Div. II Coaches Poll.

South Mountain (Arizona) collected four first-place votes, two more than MGC received, but it’s the Bulldogs sitting on top of the poll after garnering 63 total points compared to the Cougars’ 62.

The top five is completed by Kirkwood, which received one first-place vote, followed by Parkland and Meridian.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points Previous
1 Mississippi Gulf Coast (2) 63 2
2 South Mountain (4) 62 1
3 Kirkwood (1) 56 4
4 Parkland 44 3
5 Meridian 38 6
6 Tyler 32 5
7 Walters State 28 T-10
8 Glendale 21 9
9 Iowa Cental 13 7
10 Hawkeye 7 T-10
Others receiving votes: Cleveland State CC (6); Abraham Baldwin (5); Des Moines (5); Northeast (3); Southeast (1).

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Methodist men’s golf wins 2022 NCAA Division III Championship

Methodist won the team and individual title at the 2022 NCAA Division III Championship.

The Methodist men’s golf team made it a sweep with the team and individual titles at the 2022 NCAA Division III Championship on Friday.

The Monarchs finished 20 over to win by eight shots over Hampden-Sydney College in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. Huntingdon College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tied for third at 34 over. Emory was fifth at 40 over.

Methodist, a private school in Fayetteville, North Carolina, won its first title since 2018 and 13th team Div. III national championship overall. The school was runner-up in 2021.

Andre Chi of Methodist won medalist honors. He shot 73-70-70-70 over the four days to finish at 4 under, two better than Will Hocker of Webster. Chi is Methodist’s10th individual winner.

Nick Rubino of Hampden-Sydney and JF Aber of Wittenberg University finished tied for third at 1 under. Those four golfers were the only ones to finish under par among the 96 golfers in the championship.

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Oklahoma is No. 1 in final spring 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek Division I Coaches Poll

The Sooners received all 22 first-place votes.

It has been a monumental few weeks for Oklahoma.

Winners of the 2022 Big 12 title, the Sooners are also the No. 1 overall seed in the 2022 NCAA postseason. OU will host the Norman regional at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club starting Monday.

Add to that, Oklahoma is No. 1 in the final spring 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek Div. I Coaches Poll after receiving all 22 first-place votes.

The top six remain unchanged, as Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Pepperdine and Texas come in behind OU.

The 2022 Division I regionals are set for May 16-18. The advancing teams will then convene at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the NCAA Championships, May 27- June 1.

Rank University (First-place votes) Points Previous
1 Oklahoma (22) 550 1
2 Oklahoma State 518 2
3 Vanderbilt 503 3
4 Arizona State 467 4
5 Pepperdine 456 5
6 Texas 443 6
7 North Carolina 431 8
T-8 Texas Tech 391 7
T-8 Washington 391 9
10 Florida 337 15
11 Georgia Tech 318 12
12 Georgia 308 T-10
13 Texas A&M 292 17
14 Arkansas 260 T-10
15 Notre Dame 218 13
16 Wake Forest 213 16
17 Stanford 201 18
18 Auburn 189 14
19 Illinois 165 20
20 Tennessee 135 19
21 LSU 112 23
22 Florida State 99 T-21
23 Clemson 68 25
24 South Carolina 37 24
25 Mississippi 17 T-21
Others receiving votes: New Mexico (10); Purdue (9); East Tennessee State (5); Kansas (2); New Mexico State (2); NC State (2); Oregon (1).

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Barry holds on to top spot in final spring 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll

The Buccaneers finished second in their regional and has advanced to the 2022 NCAA Division II Championships.

No change at the top as Barry checks in at No. 1 in the final Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll for spring 2022.

Barry, which finished second in the South/Southeastern regional, received all but one of the 21 first-place votes.

The Buccaneers were followed in the top five by Arkansas Tech, Lee, North Georgia and Limestone, which collected the other first-place vote while jumping up five spots to No. 5.

Colorado State-Pueblo is No. 19, one of four teams in the poll who were unranked last time out.

The 2022 NCAA Division II Championships will take place May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points Previous
1 Barry (20) 524 1
2 Arkansas Tech 485 2
3 Lee 475 3
4 North Georgia 442 8
5 Limestone (1) 404 10
6 Lincoln Memorial 378 5
7 Oklahoma Christian 367 6
8 Georgia Southwestern 356 13
9 Carson-Newman 353 4
10 Florida Southern 307 14
11 Central Missouri 280 16
12 West Florida 267 9
13 South Carolina-Aiken 250 7
14 Midwestern State 228 17
15 Nova Southeastern 219 11
16 Lander 150 15
17 Rogers State 148 12
18 Columbus State 134 18
19 Colorado State-Pueblo 133 NR
20 Barton 132 19
21 West Georgia 124 24
22 Saint Leo 110 T-20
23 Indianapolis 97 NR
24 Grand Valley State 79 NR
25 Missouri – St. Louis 67 NR
Others receiving votes: Findlay (49); Belmont Abbey (44); Henderson State (35); Colorado Mesa (25); Clayton State (22); Delta State (16); Lynn (12); Texas A&M Commerce (12); Erskine (11); Queens University of Charlotte (10); McKendree (6); Harding (6); Cameron (5); Flagler (4); Western Washington (3); Newberry (3); Livingstone (2); King (2); Tampa (2); Northeastern State (2); Union (TN) (1); St. Thomas Aquinas (1); Virginia Union (1).

 

Keiser is No. 1 in final spring 2022 Bushnell/Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll

Keiser ended its spring 2022 men’s golf campaign where it began: at the top.

Keiser ended its spring 2022 men’s golf campaign where it began: at the top.

The Seahawks, who dominated the Sun Conference Championship with a 27-shot victory, is No. 1 once again in the Bushnell/Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll, the final poll of the spring season.

College of Coastal Georgia is No. 2, while South Carolina Beaufort is No. 3, followed by Southeastern and Ottawa (AZ).

The 2022 NAIA Championship is set for May 17-20 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points Previous
1 Keiser (16) 400 1
2 College of Coastal Georgia 379 3
3 South Carolina Beaufort 354 2
4 Southeastern (Fla.) 350 T-19
5 Ottawa (AZ) 344 4
6 British Columbia 297 6
7 Texas Wesleyan 295 10
8 Oklahoma City 291 5
9 Dalton State 290 7
10 Point 248 8
11 Wayland Baptist 226 12
12 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (AZ) 211 11
13 Bellevue 204 13
14 Lewis Clark State 201 9
15 Taylor 161 17
16 Reinhardt 160 16
17 Southwestern Christian 155 15
18 Victoria 121 14
T-19 The Master’s University 107 24
T-19 Tennessee Wesleyan 104 21
21 Morningside 68 NR
22 Lindsey Wilson 55 T-19
23 SCAD Savannah 50 22
24 Truett-McConnell 32 25
25 William Woods 22 23
Others receiving votes: Faulkner (21); Central Methodist (12); Sterling (11); Missouri Valley College (10); Lawrence Tech (5); Roosevelt (5); St. Ambrose (4); Midway (2); Milligan (2); William Baptist (1); William Carey (1); Benedictine University at Mesa (1).