2017 NCAC Golf Championship Series

2017 NCAC Men's & Women's Golf Champions

WITTENBERG

Event #1 (36-Holes)

The Country Club of Meadville
Meadville, Pennsylvania

Hosted by Allegheny College
Saturday - Sunday
April 22-23


Final Results:

Men -- Women

Event #2 (18-Holes)
Saturday's 18-Hole Round Cancelled

Royal America Golf Links
Galena, Ohio
Hosted by Denison University
Saturday - Sunday
April 29-30

Final Results:

Men -- Women

 Overall 54-Hole Results
Men -- Women
 
Event #2 Recap

The 2017 NCAC Golf Championship Series concluded on Sunday (4/30) at Royal America Golf Links in Galena, Ohio. Wittenberg captured its eighth-straight NCAC men's title with a 54-hole score of 878 (284-293-301), while the Wittenberg Tigers also picked up their third-straight NCAC women's title with a 54-hole score of 944 (321-319-304). The NCAC Championship Series consisted of just 54 holes after Saturday’s round was cancelled due to inclement weather.

In the final women's team standings, Wittenberg was followed by DePauw in second with 980 (327-325-328) strokes, Denison in third with 1,006 (333-344-329), Wooster in fourth with 1,026 (336-333-357), Ohio Wesleyan in fifth with 1,042 (342-357-343) and Allegheny in sixth with 1,094 (364-368-362).

On the men's side, the Wittenberg Tigers were followed by Allegheny in second with 918 strokes (303-305-310), Kenyon in third with 925 (311-305-309), DePauw in a tie for fourth with 928 (304-304-320), Ohio Wesleyan in a tie for fourth with 928 (304-317-307), Denison in sixth with 936 (311-307-318), Wabash in seventh with 951 (318-312-321), Wooster in eighth with 958 (311-318-329) and Hiram in ninth with 1,082 (366-357-359). 

As league champions, both Wittenberg squads have earned the league's automatic bid to compete in their respective NCAA Division III Championships.

Wittenberg senior Macy Hubbard (Mason, OH/Mason) was the women’s overall medalist with a 54-hole score of 222 (72-77-73), while her junior teammate Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) was named the 2017 NCAC Women’s Golf Player of the Year by vote of the league coaches for the second year in a row. Denison freshman Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville) was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the top finisher in the individual standings in their first year of collegiate competition with a 54-hole score of 250 (80-83-87). In addition, the league coaches also tabbed Wittenberg head coach Jeff Roope as the 2017 NCAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for the third year in a row. 

Wittenberg senior Sam Stilwell (Sterling, VA/Dominion) won both major award for the 2016-17 season. First earning the Bob Nye Award as the men’s champion medalist after he knocked in a chip-in on the second playoff hole to defeat freshman teammate Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) in a sudden death playoff. Stilwell finished the 54-hole event with 218 strokes with rounds of 68, 75 and 75. Stilwell was also tabbed as the Dick Gordin Award winner as the overall Player of the Year by vote of the league coaches, while Willis was named the Newcomer of the Year as the top finisher in the individual standings in their first year of collegiate competition. Finally, Wittenberg’s Jeff Roope was also named the 2017 NCAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year.  

Event #1 Recap

The first event of the 2017 NCAC Golf Championships Series was contested last weekend, April 22-23, at The Country Club of Meadville in Meadville, Pennsylvania, with Allegheny serving as the host institution. Seven-time defending NCAC men’s champion Wittenberg leads in the team standings following event one with a team score of 577 (284-293), while the Wittenberg Tigers also lead in the women’s standings after the opening weekend of play with a 36-hole score of 640 (321-319). 

The second and final event of the 2017 NCAC Golf Championship Series will be held next weekend, April 29-30, at Royal America Golf Links in Galena, Ohio, with Denison serving as the host institution. The men and women will both play 36 holes over the two days, with 18 holes being played on both Saturday and Sunday.  

NCAC men’s and women’s champions will be determined by the combined results of both events, with each winner earning the league’s automatic bid into their respective NCAA Division III Golf Championships. In addition, both genders recognize the individual medalist from the combined events as well as the season MVP, which is voted on by the league coaches. The men’s individual champion is presented the Bob Nye Award and the men’s conference MVP earns the Dick Gordin Award. 

Following the first weekend of play, the DePauw women sit in second place in the team standings with a two-day total of 652 (327-325), followed by Wooster in third with 669 (336-333), Denison in fourth with 677 (333-344), Ohio Wesleyan in fifth with 699 (342-357) and Allegheny in sixth with 732 (364-368). On the men’s side, Allegheny and DePauw are tied for second in the team standings with 608 strokes each, followed by Kenyon in fourth with 616 (311-305), Denison in fifth with 618 (311-307), Ohio Wesleyan in sixth with 621 (304-317), Wooster in seventh with 629 (311-318), Wabash in eighth with 630 (318-312) and Hiram in ninth with 723 (366-357).  

Wittenberg junior Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) and senior Macy Hubbard (Mason, OH/Mason) share the lead in the women’s individual standings after event one with both golfers carding a 149 on the opening weekend of play at the par-73, 5,801-yard course at The Country Club of Meadville. Hubbard held the lead after round one with a one-under par 72, but Hopkinson-Wood matched that score in round two to pull even with Hubbard heading into next weekend’s event at Royal America Golf Links. Wooster senior Hannah Buzolits (Grosse Pointe Park, MI/South) sit in third in the individual standings with a 36-hole score of 157 (80-77), while a pair of DePauw sophomores round out the top-five with Larisa Luloff (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) in fourth with a 160 (81-79) and Rachele Miller (Bettendorf, IA/Pleasant Valley) in fifth with a 36-hole score of 161 (82-79).  

On the men’s side, Wittenberg senior Garrett Brickley (Pickerington, OH/North) sits atop the individual standings after event one with a two-under par 142 (71-71) on the par-72, 6,687-yard course at The Country Club of Meadville. A pair of Wittenberg golfers share the second spot on the leader board with 143 strokes each, including senior Sam Stilwell (Sterling, VA/Dominion) and freshman Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton). Rounding out the top five in the individual standings is Allegheny juniorBobby Hapanowicz (Presto, PA/Sewickley Acad.) in fourth with an even-par 144 (72-72) and Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Adam Armstrong (Centerville, OH/Centerville) in fifth with a one-over par 144 (74-71). 

Pre-Championship Series Coaches' Polls

The first event of the 2017 NCAC Golf Championship Series will be contested this weekend, April 22-23, at The Country Club of Meadville in Meadville, Pennsylvania, with Allegheny College serving as the host institution. The second event of the championship series will take place the following weekend, April 29-30, at Royal America Golf Links in Galena, Ohio, with Denison University serving as the host institution. 

MEN WOMEN

Following pre-championship balloting by eight of the nine league coaches, Wittenberg has been tabbed as the favorites heading into the 2017 NCAC Men’s Golf Championship Series. The Tigers, who have won seven-straight league titles, collected eight first-place votes to top the poll with 72 total points. Ohio Wesleyan checked in at second with 61 points, followed by Kenyon (56), Allegheny (48), Denison (38), DePauw (36), Wooster (24), Wabash (16) and Hiram (9).  

The Wittenberg Tigers, who enter the championship series as the eighth-ranked team in the nation, once again boast a potent lineup that features five golfers that have combined to post 15 top-10 individual finishes this season. Sophomore Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) owns an 18-hole stroke average of 74.19 and has won a pair of individual titles this year at the Allegheny Guy W. Kuhn Memorial and the Wright State Invitational. Senior Sam Stillwell (Sterling, VA/Dominion) opens play in the NCAC Championship Series with the squad’s top scoring average at 73.50 and a pair of top-five finishes, while classmate Garrett Brickley (Pickerington, OH/North) has posted four top-10 finishes this year with a 74.27 scoring average. The Tigers, who will once again be under the direction of head coach Jeff Roope, will also be looking to get production over the next two weekends from senior Mark David Wright (Westerville, OH/Tree of Life) and sophomore Isaac Hartley (Bellevue, OH/Bellevue). 


2017 North Coast Athletic Conference
Men's Golf
Pre-Championship Series Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

MEN'S GOLF
1. Wittenberg (8)
72
2. Ohio Wesleyan
61
3. Kenyon
56
4. Allegheny
48
5. Denison
38
6. DePauw
36
7.
Wooster
24
8. Wabash
16
9. Hiram
9

Wittenberg, winners of the last two NCAC women’s golf titles, was once again selected as the favorite this year in the pre-championship series poll after collecting five of the first-place votes and 35 total points in balloting from the league coaches. DePauw, which garnered the final first-place vote, finished second in the poll with 31 points, followed by Denison (24), Wooster (17), Ohio Wesleyan (12) and Allegheny (7).  

The Wittenberg Tigers, who are under the direction of 10th-year head coach Jeff Roope, enter the 2017 NCAC Golf Championship series ranked sixth in the nation in the most recent Golfstat national rankings. The Tigers won three team titles this year, which included back-to-back championships in early October at the Washington & Lee Generals Invitational and the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational. Leading the charge for the Tigers this season has been junior Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) with eight total top-10 finishes and a pair of individual titles at the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic and the Golfweek Div. III Fall Invitational. Hopkinson-Wood is not only the top player in the NCAC, but also enters play in the championship series with the second-best 18-hole scoring average in the nation at 74.18. Senior Macy Hubbard (Mason, OH/Mason) has also been a mainstay in the Tigers’ lineup this season, posting six top-10 finishes with a scoring average of 76.18. Junior Brianna Yee (Las Vegas, NV/Faith Lutheran) and freshman Madi Wolters (Centerville, OH/Centerville) are the only other two players to post top-10 finishes this year, while the sophomore duo of Devon Atchison (Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial) and Chloe Bradburn (Gahanna, OH/Columbus Acad.) will also be vying for a spot in the scoring lineup in the NCAC Championship Series. 


2017 North Coast Athletic Conference
Women's Golf
Pre-Championship Series Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

WOMEN'S GOLF
1. Wittenberg (5)
35
2. DePauw (1)
31
3. Denison
24
4. Wooster
17
5. Ohio Wesleyan
12
6. Allegheny
7