GAA Club Teams Heat Up in Spring NCCGA Tournaments
Mar 10, 2016
The Spring 2016 National Collegiate Club Golf Association tournament season has officially begun. Teams from Golf Academy of America campuses in Phoenix, Dallas, and Myrtle Beach recently played in their first regional events, securing one 1st place and two 2nd place finishes in their respective regions.
The Orlando and San Diego campus teams will begin their highly anticipated seasons during the first weekend of April.
Phoenix team brings home a huge win
The Phoenix campus team was able to cruise to a victory at the Desert Regional Tournament #1 hosted by El Conquistador Country Club in Tucson, Arizona. Led by Dan Bubany, a seasoned player and fourth semester student, was able to scratch out six birdies over the weekend in route to shooting +8 and securing 2nd place on the individual leaderboard.
After being named the Fall 2015 Southwest Regional Champions and ranking 10th nationally in the Spring 2016 preseason rankings, the Phoenix team's strong win this past weekend indicates they are a force to be reckoned with.
Blaine Butler leads the tournament with 2 under
Dallas student, Blaine Butler, who finished the Fall 2015 season as the top national golfer, secured his name atop the leaderboard in San Antonio, Texas. Blaine made six birdies and one eagle on his way to shooting two under par and finishing five strokes ahead of the next competitor at the Texas Regional Tournament #1. After play finished, Blaine discovered he was the first NCCGA player nationally to break par this season. With Blaine’s strong performance, the team secured 2nd place for the event.
The Dallas team was named Fall 2015 regional champions and ranked 6th nationally in preseason rankings and their fearless play in the Regional Tournament #1 supports the predictions. The Dallas team will travel to Glen Rose, Texas next to take on the competition at Squaw Valley Golf Club.
Myrtle Beach campus pulls an upset
The Golf Academy of America’s Myrtle Beach team, ranked 18th during the preseason, put their name on the watch list after a 2nd place finish in Blythewood, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach edged out teams from The University of Georgia and Clemson University to finish runner-up at Columbia Country Club. Notable team leaders include Kyle Hill and Daniel Childress, who both placed individually in the top five.
Golf Academy of America students continue to grow competitive golf experience through weekly tournaments and annual competition. This competitive environment prepares students for NCCGA play on the regional and national level. We are excited to follow and report as Golf Academy of America teams continue to succeed regionally and move on to a chance to play in the NCCGA Spring National Championship.