Florida State, Jonathan Yaun lead after Day 1 at inaugural Folds of Honor Collegiate

Eighteen teams are at American Dunes Golf Club for the inaugural Folds of Honor Collegiate.

Eighteen universities teed off Monday morning at American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven, Michigan – the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course – for the inaugural Folds of Honor Collegiate.

On Day 1, the players were dealt a pristine golf course, yet winds that reached almost 20mph and rain was on-and-off throughout the round.

The Seminoles handled the weather nicely, shooting 1 under in the opening round and securing themselves the lead heading into the Tuesday’s second round. FSU was led by junior Brett Roberts, who shot a 2-under 70. Despite starting the tournament with a bogey on the 10th, Roberts battled back, including birdies on all three par 5s.

Fold of Honor Collegiate: Team scores | Individual

“He’s just getting better and better and better. Once again, there’s another example of a player from Miami, that as a freshman, would not have embraced this,” said Trey Jones, head coach of Florida State. “It really shows his growth, accepting that this is the way it’s going to be and he went out and played really good golf.”

Liberty’s Jonathan Yaun shot 3-under 69 in the first round. Through 16 holes, the senior was bogey free. After a drive that leaked to the right and missing a 9-footer for par, he’d bogey the 17th, a 428-yard, par 4. Yaun kept his head down and rallied, birding the final hole and finishing with the clubhouse lead.

“The 18th was really everything today. One shot at a time, staying patient, really paid off there,” Yaun said. “I stayed really patient today. I was really proud of myself, just taking it one shot at a time. It was really tough out there.”

American Dunes was built in tribute to the U.S. military and commemorates the birthplace of Folds of Honor. All proceeds from this week’s event benefit the Folds of Honor.

“You know your playing out there for more than just yourself. I think that’s been the key for me today too,” said Yaun. “Playing for fallen veterans and people who fight for our country. It gives me that sense of confidence out there. You gotta be a warrior in those conditions and that’s what they did.”

Alex Gelman is the current Ron Balicki Scholarship Award winner.

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Richard Sykes, longtime NC State men’s golf coach, dies at 78

He coached NC State for 46 years.

Richard Sykes, who coached the North Carolina State men’s golf program for 46 years, has died. He was 78.

Sykes took over the Wolfpack program in 1971 before retiring in 2017. He was inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and he coached 34 All-Americas, including former PGA Tour winners Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and the late Vance Heafner. Sykes led NC State to 24 NCAA Regional appearances, 12 NCAA Championship appearances and the program’s lone ACC title in 1990 during his tenure.

“Richard Sykes is one of the pillars that NC State Athletics is built on,” NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said in a release. “Although for 46 years he was our head men’s golf coach, Coach Sykes was much more than that to NC State. He was a passionate leader, educator and builder of young men. He had an infectious personality and I don’t know of anybody that spent time with Coach Sykes that didn’t leave with a good story to share and a deeper appreciation for him and his program. This is a tremendous loss for our University and my condolences are with his wife Pam, his children, David, Rick, Paige and Stacy and his five grandchildren.”

Sykes was a 1968 graduate of NC State, where he earned his degree in recreation and parks administration. He ran on the freshman track team while at NC State and was also on the men’s varsity golf team for the 1965-66 season.

He oversaw the completion of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, NC State’s home golf course designed by Arnold Palmer’s Course Design Company. A former member of the National Advisory Board for the Golf Coaches Association of America, Sykes has served on the NCAA Selection Committee and has been the chairman as well.

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Men’s college golf notebook: Washington State makes history at Husky Invitational; three aces in the same tournament

Here’s what you missed in the men’s college golf world.

The Washington State men’s golf team accomplished something Tuesday it never had before: the Cougars won a tournament in the western half of its state.

Washington State captured its rival hosts tournament, the Husky Invitational held in Bremerton, marking the first time the Cougars have won a tournament in the western portion of the state. WSU finished at 4-over 868, three strokes clear of USC and five ahead of the host Huskies.

“We got off to a shaky start, but give our guys credit. They just hung in there and clawed their way back and just seemed very patient and just played until they were no holes left,” Washington State coach Dustin White said. “You couldn’t really draw a better way to start your season.”

The win was the fourth for White during his tenure with the Cougars.

Junior Jaden Cantafio and senior Pono Yanagi both finished in the top five on the individual leaderboard. Cantafio led the Cougars after he shot 4-under 68 in the final round to finish at 3-under 213, which was solo third. He moved up 15 places over his final round, which included five birdies and an eagle on the par-4 18th. Cantafio ended his day one stroke behind Washington’s Taehoon Song and five strokes behind USC’s Jackson Rivera, who won the tournament. Yanagi finished at 2-under 214 for the tournament, tied for fifth.

“The teams that we were paired with and that we were competing with, these are these are high-level teams and you know, a lot of respect goes to those guys,” White said. “I mean, it’s hard to win in college golf, and anytime you get a chance to be in contention, there’s no other feeling that’s like it. So we’re just really appreciative of the fact that we had some teams that pushed us, and I think we all made each other better.”

Oregon finished in fourth, one shot behind Washington, and Long Beach State tallied a fifth-place finish.

Rivera, a sophomore, has finished in the top 10 in four of his past five starts. It’s the first win of his college career.

Craziness at in Fort Collins

In terms of craziness, there was plenty of it at the Ram Masters Classic at Fort Collins Country Club in Colorado. There were three holes-in-one, an albatross and a tournament record tied during the two-day, 54-hole event.

UC San Diego’s Eliot Bunyaviroch aced the par-3 second hole with an 8-iron in the first round. Creighton’s Shaun Campbell hit a pitching wedge on the ninth hole in the second round, and his ball went in the cup. Then Texas A&M Commerce’s Kittiphong Phaithuncharoensuk made an ace on the par-3 14th during the second round. Northern Colorado’s Garrett Willis then had an albatross, an 8-iron from 210 yards on the par-5 first hole in the second round.

Host Colorado State finished at 17 under for the tournament, tying the event record.

Big win for Cardinal, Thorbjornsen

Elsewhere, Stanford got a signature early-season win against a packed field at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields, beating second-place Florida and Illinois by 13 shots.

The Cardinal, ranked second in the Golfweek Sagarin rankings, shot even during the final round. Stanford led after every round, and junior Michael Thorbjornsen earned his first collegiate victory. He finished at 7-under 203, beating Florida’s Ricky Castillo and Illinois’ Adrien Dumont de Chassart by one shot. Thorbjornsen became the first Cardinal to win the tournament since Maverick McNealy in 2015.

Arizona State’s Ryggs Johnston finished solo fourth at 5-under 205 while Tommy Kohl of Illinois was solo fifth at 4 under.

More transfer news

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors recently made changes to the transfer portal, including opening and closing dates for specific sports. For men’s golf, the portal will open May 4, 2023, and close June 17 2023. For women’s golf, it will open April 27, 2023 and close June 10, 2023. There will also be a window for golfers to enter between Dec. 1-15, 2022.

In addition, the Division I Council is now permitting athletes who plan to enroll at another program after graduating to enter the transfer portal at any time.

Cameron Jourdan covers college and amateur golf for Golfweek. Got a college or amateur story? Email him at cjourdan@golfweek.com.

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Men’s college golf notebook: Another member of the 60 club, freshmen make their mark

Here’s what you missed in the men’s college golf world.

Ryan Eshleman came close to making college golf history in the desert.

The junior at Auburn stepped to the 18th tee at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, at 10 under for the day. 11 birdies, one bogey and five pars in Eshleman’s first 17 holes. A birdie on the 18th would mean becoming the first college golfer to shoot 59.

He made it on the green with an opportunity for birdie. Eshleman hit the putt, and it tracked toward the hole yet died right before reaching it, leading to a tap-in par.

He signed for a 10-under 60, setting the new mark for lowest round in Auburn history. He became the 16th men’s golfer to card a 60 in college golf all time.

Eshleman ended up finishing T-8, as Auburn captured the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, finishing at 45 under. That mark set a new school record for lowest three-round score in school history, and the 22-under mark after the first round set a single-round record. In addition, the Tigers also set new program marks for lowest 18- and 36-hole scores. Arizona State came in second place at 40 under, which was its lowest three-round score in program history.

Tennessee freshman Caleb Surratt won the individual competition, shooting an 18-under 192. He beat Florida State’s Cole Anderson by three shots. The Volunteers also set a new 54-hole program scoring record.

2022 Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Tennessee’s Caleb Surratt holds the trophy after winning the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. (Photo: Tennessee Athletics)

Speaking of a 59 watch, there was more than one performance that nearly tried to reshape the college record books.

Lipscomb’s Jason Hong was 12 under after 15 holes at Streamsong Resort’s Blue Course, needing one birdie in his final three holes to shoot a 59 (par-72 layout). Hong parred the first then made eight straight birdies to close the front nine. He started the back nine with two consecutive pars before four straight birdies. He narrowly missed a birdie putt on the par-3 16th, but Hong made bogey on the 690-yard par-5 17th. A par at the last, and he signed for an 11-under 61.

The round set a new Streamsong Blue course record and a Lipscomb 18-hole record.

Hong finished in third place at 15-under 201, five shots behind Virginia freshman Ben James, who had 18 birdies, an eagle and no bogeys en route to his victory. Virginia also won the Streamsong Invitational, shooting 56 under to set a new program mark for a 54-hole low score. The Cavaliers topped Lipscomb by seven shots to win.

Meanwhile, Georgia Southern is continuing to show why it’s the best men’s mid-major in college golf. The Eagles won the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minnesota, by five shots over Kansas and Kent State. Georgia Southern shot 20-under 832, including a 9-under final round to pull away for victory. Wilson Andress came away with the individual victory for Georgia Southern at 11-under 202, beating Coastal Carolina’s Garrett Cooper by two shots. U.S. Amateur runner-up Ben Carr finished T-10 at 5 under for the Eagles.

There was a crazy finish at the VCU Shootout, where the hosts and Charleston Southern went four playoff holes before determining the winner. VCU and Charleston Southern each finished at 36-under 828 for the tournament, but it was the latter coming away with the late win. George Washington University finished a shot out of the playoff.

Cameron Jourdan covers college and amateur golf for Golfweek. Got a college or amateur story? Email him at cjourdan@golfweek.com.

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Vanderbilt men’s golf tops first Bushnell/Golfweek Div. I Coaches Poll for 2022-23 season

The Commodores received 14 first-place votes and were 12 points ahead of No. 2 North Carolina.

A NCAA Division I national semifinalist a season ago, Vanderbilt begins the 2022-23 campaign in the Bushnell/Golfweek Div. I Coaches Poll in the No.1 spot.

Vanderbilt is coming off a win in the Frederica Cup. The Commodores received 14 first-place votes and were 12 points ahead of No. 2 North Carolina.

Florida, Oklahoma, and Arizona State round out the top five, while Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, defending national champion Texas, and 2021 national champion Pepperdine complete the top 10.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1 Vanderbilt (14) 584
2 North Carolina (2) 572
3 Florida (1) 544
4 Oklahoma (5) 538
5 Arizona State 532
6 Georgia Tech 480
7 Oklahoma State 472
8 Texas Tech 455
9 Texas (3) 422
10 Pepperdine 364
11 Illinois 349
12 Tennessee 314
13 Auburn 293
14 Arkansas 290
15 Stanford 287
16 Georgia 277
17 Texas A&M 256
18 Florida State 211
19 Wake Forest 180
20 Notre Dame 159
21 LSU 154
22 Washington 132
23 Mississippi 115
24 Georgia Southern 81
25 Arizona 37

Others receiving votes: Clemson (34); East Tennessee State (30); Virginia (30); Oregon (26); Duke (21); North Florida (19); Alabama (8); South Carolina (8); SMU (7); BYU (6); New Mexico (5); Ohio State (4); Purdue (2); Charleston (1); Missouri (1).

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Lee men’s golf tops first Bushnell/Golfweek Div. II Coaches Poll for 2022-23 season

Lee is the defending national champion in Division II men’s golf.

After capturing its first NCAA men’s golf championship last May, Lee is starts the new season in the No. 1 spot in the first Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll of Fall 2022.

Lee received 13 first-place votes to lead the way.

Barr is second after getting the remaining five first-place votes. Oklahoma Christian, Lincoln Memorial, and Georgia Southwestern round out the top five.

North Georgia, West Florida, Limestone, South Carolina-Aiken, and Central Missouri complete the top 10.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1 Lee (13) 461
2 Barry (5) 446
3 Oklahoma Christian 394
4 Lincoln Memorial 366
5 Georgia Southwestern 364
6 North Georgia 345
7 West Florida 302
8 Limestone 259
9 South Carolina-Aiken 256
10 Central Missouri 255
11 Carson-Newman 254
12 Florida Southern 249
13 Arkansas Tech 222
14 Colorado State Pueblo 203
15 Nova Southeastern 201
16 Lander 154
17 Columbus State 148
18 Saint Leo 116
19 Missouri – St. Louis 108
20 Indianapolis 99
21 Midwestern State 98
22 West Georgia 97
23 Barton 95
24 Grand Valley State 86
25 Rogers State 77

Others receiving votes: Findlay (59); Henderson State (44); Belmont Abbey (42); Lynn (38); Clayton State (38); Flagler (34); Harding (28); Georgia College (21); Western Washington (21); Cal State-Monterey Bay (16); Northeastern State (15); Queens Charlotte (14); Cameron (13); Tampa (13); Christian Brothers (12); Colorado Mesa (12); Valdosta State (11); Chico State (11); Colorado Mines (11); Sonoma State (10); Simon Fraser (9); Washburn (9); Newberry (5); Colorado Christian (4); Lenoir Rhyne (4); Wayne State (MI) (4); Cal State-San Marcos (3); Livingstone (3); Wingate (3); Winona State (3); Central Oklahoma (2); King (2); Miles (2); Southwestern Oklahoma State (2); Erskine (1); St. Mary’s (TX) (1).

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Methodist men’s golf tops first Bushnell/Golfweek Div. III Coaches Poll for 2022-23 season

Methodist won the 2022 NCAA Division III National Championship.

After winning the 2022 NCAA Division III National Championship by eight strokes in, Methodist is No. 1 in the first Bushnell/Golfweek Division III Coaches Poll for the 2022-23 season.

The Monarchs received 13 first-place votes in the process.

Emory got one first-place vote and checks in at No. 2. Huntingdon, Carnegie Mellon and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which also got one first-place vote, round out the top five.

Wittenberg, Illinois Wesleyan, Sewanee, Christopher Newport, and Hampden-Sydney complete the top 10.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1 Methodist (13) 369
2 Emory (1) 341
3 Huntingdon 340
4 Carnegie Mellon 289
5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1) 278
6 Wittenberg 273
7 Illinois Wesleyan 262
8 Sewanee 237
9 Christopher Newport 223
10 Hampden-Sydney 220
11 Piedmont 218
12 Washington & Lee 215
13 Babson 197
14 Oglethorpe 174
15 Greensboro 157
16 New York University 152
17 Denison 92
18 Berry 90
19 Kenyon College 89
20 Aurora University 80
21 Willamette 69
22 Rochester 66
23 Mary Hardin-Baylor 64
24 Guilford 49
25 Texas-Dallas 48

Others receiving votes: Concordia (TX) (37); York (PA) (31); Gustavus Adolphus (27); Saint John’s (MN) (26); Trinity (TX) (22); Lynchburg (18); RPI (17); Averett (16); McMurry (16); Hope (11); Dallas (10); Skidmore (9); Pomona-Pitzer (7); Franklin & Marshall (7); Redlands (6); LeTourneau (5); Southwestern (TX) (5); Transylvania (3); Gettysburg (3); Wisconsin-Eau Claire (3); Texas Lutheran (2); Rhodes (1).

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Keiser men’s golf tops first Bushnell/Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll for 2022-23 season

Keiser is fresh off the first NAIA men’s golf championship in school history.

Fresh off the first NAIA men’s golf championship in school history, Keiser begins the 2022-23 season in a familiar place: ranked No. 1 in the Bushnell/Golfweek NAIA Coaches Poll.

The Seahawks received all 10 first-place votes in the poll.

Dalton State, South Carolina Beaufort, Bellevue, College of Coastal Georgia, and Ottawa (AZ) complete the top five.

Oklahoma City, Texas Wesleyan, British Columbia, and Southeastern (FL) round out the top 10.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1 Keiser (10) 250
2 Dalton State 239
3 South Carolina Beaufort 219
4 Bellevue 210
T-5 Coastal Georgia 197
T-5 Ottawa (AZ) 197
7 Oklahoma City 185
8 Texas Wesleyan 177
9 British Columbia 173
10 Southeastern (FL) 152
11 Wayland Baptist 142
12 Point 140
13 Reinhardt 114
14 Lewis Clark State 113
15 Southwestern Christian 109
16 Lindsey Wilson 91
17 Morningside 67
18 SCAD Savannah 64
19 Tennessee Wesleyan 59
20 Houston-Victoria 53
21 Taylor 42
22 Embry-Riddle (AZ) 35
23 Truett-McConnell 34
24 The Master’s 31
25 Cumberland University 25

Others receiving votes: Missouri Valley College (24); Cumberlands (20); Kansas Wesleyan (15); Sterling (11); Point Park (PA) (9); Central Methodist (9); Oregon Tech (8); William Woods (8); St. Ambrose (7); Northwestern Ohio (6); Lawrence Tech (4); Columbia International (4); Faulkner (3); Benedictine at Mesa (2); Midway (1); Grand View (1).

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Hutchinson, South Mountain men’s golf teams top Bushnell/Golfweek NJCAA Coaches Polls

Hutchinson, South Mountain top the 2022-23 preseason Bushnell/Golfweek NJCAA Coaches Polls.

After winning its first NJCAA Div. I National Championship by 20 strokes in May, Hutchinson is No. 1 in the first Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll ahead of the 2022 season.

The Blue Dragons received four first-place votes in the process.

New Mexico JC (one first-place vote), Odessa, Midland, and Eastern Florida State join Hutchinson in the top five. Dodge City, McLennan, Western Texas, Indian Hills, and Calhoun round out the top 10.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1 Hutchinson (4) 49
2 New Mexico JC (1) 41
3 Odessa 40
4 Midland 32
5 Eastern Florida State 31
6 Dodge City 18
7 McLennan 16
T-8 Western Texas 14
T-8 Indian Hills 14
10 Calhoun 7

Others receiving votes: Central Alabama (6); Ranger (4); Iowa Western (2); Garden City (1).

South Mountain CC men's golf
South Mountain CC men’s golf

Meanwhile, South Mountain begins 2022-23 the way they ended 2021-22 – No. 1. The Cougars are Fall 2022’s first No. 1 team in the Bushnell/Golfweek NJCAA DII Coaches Poll.

South Mountain received all four first-place votes and was followed in the top five by Parkland, Kirkwood, Walters State, Meridian, and Glendale.

Mississippi Gulf Coast, Iowa Central, Abraham Baldwin, and Hawkeye rounded out the top 10.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1 South Mountain (4) 40
2 Parkland 33
3 Kirkwood 28
4 Walters State 19
T-5 Meridian 18
T-5 Glendale 18
7 Mississippi Gulf Coast 17
8 Iowa Central 14
T-9 Abraham Baldwin 7
T-9 Hawkeye 7

Others receiving votes: Cleveland State CC (6); Muskegon (3); Northeast Mississippi (3).

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College golf notebook: Vanderbilt, Oklahoma duel at Frederica Cup, Oakland women win in coach’s debut

It has been a busy first week of college golf.

If the first week of college golf is any indication, we’re in for a doozy of a season.

Rose Zhang and Stanford dominated in the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach. Teammates at Holy Cross recorded albatrosses on the same hole in the same group. In an inaugural event, the Frederica Cup, multiple team scoring records were set and even an NCAA record was broken.

Nevertheless, college teams are back in action across the country for the fall season with plenty of big tournaments slated for the remainder of the calendar year, as well.

Golfweek takes a loop around the country to update you on all the latest news in the college game.

Men

Haskins Award: Preseason watch list for 2022-23 season

Vanderbilt had a season-opening win to remember.

In the Frederica Cup at Frederica Golf Club in St. Simons Island in Georgia, which counted the five best scores from six golfers (as opposed to the normal four-count-five scoring format), top-ranked Vanderbilt blistered the field to the tune of 69 under to record a victory at the inaugural event, winning by three shots against No. 9 Oklahoma. William Moll won the individual title at 19 under, beating teammate Cole Sherwood by one stroke.

There was a weather delay with three holes to play, and the teams were tied at 67 under. Then Vanderbilt pulled away once play began again.

Texas Tech’s Ludvig Aberg, the 2022 Ben Hogan Award winner, finished in third at 17 under, and Oklahoma freshman Jase Summy shot 15 under, along with teammate Drew Goodman and Mississippi State’s Ford Clegg.

Meanwhile, Wright State picked up right back where it left off last season. The Raiders won the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, the second straight season Wright State has won the event. Mikkel Mathiesen won the individual title after a playoff.

At the Fighting Irish Classic, Florida came away with the victory but mid major Georgia Southern finished only a stroke behind the Gators. Ben Carr, who finished runner-up at the 2022 U.S. Amateur, finished in solo fourth at 8 under. Teammate Mason Williams was a shot better at 9 under in third.

Colorado’s Dylan McDermott captured the title in a playoff, finishing at 10 under and tied with North Carolina’s David Ford.

Missouri won both the team and individual titles at the Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate. The Tigers defended their title from last year with the 11-stroke victory over runner-up, Stetson, and Jack Lundin finished at 13 under to win the individual crown.

Women

ANNIKA Award: Preseason watch list for 2022-23 season

Sarah Burnham got off to a great start in her head coaching career at Oakland.

In her first tournament as coach, Oakland captured the A-Ga-Ming Invitational in Kewadin, Michigan. Oakland won by three strokes over host Central Michigan. Freshman Bridget Boczar tied for first at 4 over but lost in a playoff to Eastern Michigan’s Alyssa DiMarcantonio. Paige Scott finished tied for third at 5 over for Oakland.

Western Kentucky freshman Sydney Hackett earned her first collegiate win in her first start for the Hilltoppers at the USA Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossing Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama. The freshman fired a school-record 10-under 206 for her 54-hole total, including a final-round 4-under 68, to claim the championship.

It is the first time a Lady Topper has taken home an individual championship since Megan Clarke won the Little Rock Golf Classic in Fall 2018.

Arkansas State won the event at 14 under par, beating South Alabama by five strokes.

On Monday, the ANNIKA Intercollegiate gets underway in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, right outside of St. Paul. The 54-hole event features some of the top women’s college golf teams in the country, including Wake Forest, Oregon and defending champion South Carolina.

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