GAA Tops Leaderboard Heading into National Championship

Apr 22, 2016

GAA Tops Leaderboard Heading into National Championship

It's been a busy April as Golf Academy of America's campus teams carry on through the Spring Tournament Season. Several teams competed in two rounds of National Collegiate Club Golf Association regional tournaments during the month. Considering the focus and effort students put in each day to enhance their game at Golf Academy of America, it's no surprise that teams from San Diego, Phoenix and Myrtle Beach swept each of their two Regional Tournaments, respectively, while the Orlando and Dallas campus teams took their strong second place finishes in the Regional Tournament 1 and stepped up as the victors in the second round. With the impressive showing by all campuses, Golf Academy of America will proudly be represented by students from Orlando, Dallas, Myrtle Beach and San Diego in the Spring National Championship taking place April 23-24, 2016.

With the recent success of all campuses against the field of 150-plus college teams participating in NCCGA events, all five of the Golf Academy of America campus teams currently place in the top 20 in overall season rankings. The Orlando team tops out at 1st in the nation followed by Dallas in 3rd place, San Diego in 6th place, Phoenix in 13th place and Myrtle Beach with the 17th spot.

Heim Breaks Par in Fillmore

San Diego student Ethan Heim, who competed in last year's National Championship, secured first place individual honors in the Southwest Regional Tournament 1 by shooting -1 overall. The great play of Heim and his teammates helped the San Diego team edge out UCLA and the University of Southern California to secure a victory. After another commanding performance, Heim was beat only by teammate Noah Martin, helping the Golf Academy of America team beat the two southern California stalwarts again by a combined 49 strokes.

Myrtle Beach Sweeps the Field in South Carolina

The Myrtle Beach campus team trumped competition from Clemson University, the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina en route to securing first-place honors at the Southeast Regional Tournament 2 in South Carolina. Top-five individual finishes from students Daniel Childress and Mark Mullay fueled the team's victory. The team now ranks 17th in the nation as of publication and looks forward to joining fellow campus teams at the National Championship.

Orlando Opens Strong

Led by Wyatt Smith, the Orlando campus team secured second place at Seminole Golf Course during the North Florida Regional Tournament 1. Smith, who shot -1, tied for first place individually with players from Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of North Florida.

The team outdid that first performance by taking the top spot in the second regional tournament led by Johnathan Milner's mind-blowing final score of -7. Milner and his teammates now have their eyes set on the National Championship, where they finished 12th last year.

Dallas Heads to National Championship with the Nation's Best

The Dallas team followed up their second place finish with strong showing at Squaw Valley Country Club. The Regional Tournament 2 win secured the Texas Region, qualified for the National Championship and catapulted the team to #3 in the national rankings. Dallas student Blaine Butner has to be pretty pleased with his play as well as that of his teammates. Butner's average score of 70.75 per round places him first in the NCCGA's national player rankings.

Golf Academy of America students continue to gain competitive golf experience through weekly tournaments and annual competitions. This competitive environment prepares students for NCCGA play on the regional and national level. With such strong representation at the Spring National Championship, we are excited to see how the teams perform.

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