4 Golf Academy of America Teams Named Top in the Nation in NCCGA Fall 2015 Rankings
Oct 9, 2015
See more photos of our NCCGA teams on Facebook
The fall tournament season has been an exciting one at Golf Academy of America. After big wins in regional tournaments for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA), four Golf Academy of America teams were among the best in the nation when the NCCGA released its fall 2015 rankings on Oct. 7.
Of the 150-plus college club teams, the team from Golf Academy of America in Dallas ranked number one in the nation followed by Golf Academy of America in Phoenix at number seven, Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach at number 10, and Golf Academy of America in Orlando at number 14.
Golf Academy of America in the NCCGA Rankings:
1. Golf Academy of America - Dallas
7. Golf Academy of America - Phoenix
10. Golf Academy of America - Myrtle Beach
14. Golf Academy of America - Orlando
The entire Golf Academy of America family is very proud of our students and their performance in the regional tournaments that helped achieve these top national marks.
So, what got each team onto the big board?
The first place finish at the Texas Regional 1 tournament, which included beating the defending National Champions of Baylor, secured the nation's top spot for Golf Academy of America's Dallas team. The Texas Region is one of the most competitive in the NCCGA, but the team's top finish was bolstered by the play of Cory Pieper, ranked No. 1 individual player in the nation.
“Winning the first Texas Regional tournament is an accomplishment that has brought the players on the team and the other students together at the Dallas campus. It's something they are all really proud of,” noted Dallas campus director Mike McDonald. The team intends on competing in the National Tournament this November, but will first have to play for a top-two spot in the Texas Regional 2 tournament to secure their national invitation.
The Golf Academy of America team in Phoenix secured a spot in the country's top-ten after a first place finish at the Desert Regional 1 tournament. Outperforming teams from Arizona State and the University of New Mexico, the team was led by strong individual play. Students Michael Wood took first and Jacob McKinny and Devon Montoya tied for second on the individual leaderboard. All three are now in the top 50 for NCCGA individual player rankings.
Golf Academy of America's Myrtle Beach team placed 2nd in the Southeast Regional 1 tournament to secure the No. 10 spot in the national rankings. Myrtle Beach edged out teams from Clemson and the College of Charleston in their runner-up finish with strong individual play by Eric Eaton, now ranked 20th in the nation.
Players from the Golf Academy of America's Orlando campus had a tough challenge entering the North Florida Regional 1 tournament as they were up against the Spring 2015 National Champions from the University of Florida. Perseverance and a solid effort by all eight members of the Orlando team positioned them for a 3rd place tournament finish and a No. 14 national ranking. The team looks to build upon this success and climb the rankings as they head to Gainesville for Regionals 2 tournament.
It's no surprise how well the teams from Golf Academy of America have been performing at the regional and national levels. Students come to campus each day with a passion for golf and a willingness to sharpen their golf game. The teams have been prepared for the rigors of the NCCGA through the weekly tournaments and annual competitions included in their golf curriculum.