The 2019 USCAA Golf National Championship Preview

2019 Owls Men's Golf Team; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
2019 Owls Men's Golf Team; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
 

The 2019 USCAA Golf National Championship tees off Monday, October 7th at 9:00 A.M. from the Blue Course at Penn State University. Represented in the tournament will be 22 institutions and 128 golfers. Included below is information about each team that will be making the trip to State College, Pennsylvania. For more information about the tournament, including round results, statistics, and awards, please access the following links:

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Please enjoy this preview which briefly highlights each team, the course and the anticipated weather conditions for the 2019 USCAA Golf National Championship.

The Teams

Mississippi University for Women

For their second year competing for the National Championship, the Owls will look to improve from their strong first-year appearance in 2018. MUW sits in second place in the team averages with a 307 heading into the tournament. For the second year in the row, Brandon Walker is the golfer to keep a lookout for.

Apprentice School

The Apprentice School enters the 2019 Golf National Championship as potential contenders to win the National Championship. They will rely on team leaders Austin Saylor and Nathan Gross to lead their team to success. Banner Robson will look to be crowned the long drive champion for the skills contest.

Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College, who only have a few rounds under their belt thus far, will seek to repeat the success they had in 2016, where they claimed the USCAA Golf National Championship. The Blues will be led by Franco DiBenedetto, who leads the team with a 75.50 average.

Campbellsville University Harrodsburg

There are many unknowns about the Campbellsville Harrodsburg. This marks the Tigers first ever appearance at the USCAA Nationals.

Kent State University Tuscarawas

Kent State Tuscarawas possess a team average just above 330, good for eighth in the association. They will look to count on Adam Matusik, who has led his team thus far this season with an average score of 80.57.

NHTI- Concord's Community College

The Lynx have competed in the USCAA Golf National Championship for over 10 seasons, posting impressive scores each year. The NHTI team has secured first-place finishes for five straight matches this season. Ryan Rothdiener is the top golfer for the Lynx this season.

Paul Smith's College

Paul Smith's College only has two rounds heading into the tournament. The Bobcats will look to follow the lead from Austin Delosh and Justin Engler. Respectively, they lead their team with an average score of 87.00 and 92.50 during the season.

Penn State Brandywine

Brad Dawson is the golfer to keep an eye on for the Penn State Brandywine Lions. Dawson has led his team with an average score of 87.33 during the season. Each Penn State school and golfer, in addition to USCAA honors, will be completing for Penn State University Athletics Conference (PSUAC) honors during the tournament.

Penn State DuBois

The Penn State DuBois Lion's team average is 361 on the season. The Lions will look to rely on golfer Colin Moore. Moore has an average score of 83.25 this season. He will also look to walk away with the chipping competition crown in State College when he competes during the skills competition.

Penn State Fayette

The Penn State Fayette team falls just outside of the top 10 teams in the association, securing the eleventh spot. They hold a team average of 345.3 this season. The Lions look to gain momentum from Louis Gonzales.

Penn State Greater Allegheny

Penn State Greater Allegheny did not compete in the 2018 USCAA Golf National Championship but is looking to make a strong standout this year. PSUGA are led by Bert Hinton and Justin Wortman. Respectively, they lead their team with scores of 85.00 and 89.00 during the season.

Penn State Hazleton

Hazleton's team holds the 7th place in the association heading into the tournament. Jeremy Harper and Mark Lusk also place in the top 15 golfers in the association. Both golfers are All- American contenders with Harper at an average score of 76.0 and Lusk with an average score of 77.3.

Penn State Lehigh Valley

Brian Zinman has been leading his team thus far this season and looks to continue to do so heading into the USCAA National Championship. As a team, the Lions hold the 5th place position in the association with an average score of 321.60.

Penn State Mont Alto

The Nittany Lions hold a strong team score of 339.0, which places 9th in the association. They look to make a jump in the standings during the tournament, with the help from Paul Steiger. Steiger has held an average score of 81.33 this season.

Penn State New Kensington

Alex Smith and Derek Petrishen have placed top 30 finishes on the leaderboard for the association. They will look to lead the Lions during the tournament and claim All-American honors. Smith has recorded a 79.2 average score, while Petrishen finishes just below him with a 79.4 average score.

Penn State Schuylkill

Penn State Schuylkill ranks third amongst the USCAA teams entering this year's Golf NationalChampionship. They hope to be the first Penn State institution to capture the USCAA National Championship. Joshua Zelinsky enters the tournament with a 76.7 scoring average.

Penn State Wilkes Barre

Anthony Shaver looks to take his 82.50 scoring average and advance the Lions of Wilkes Barreat this year's tournament. While trying to lead his team to victory, he will also look to have a strong performance during the putting competition.

Penn State Scranton

Penn State Scranton welcomes back golf this year for the first time since 1976. The first-year program looks to make a statement at this years National Championship. Thomas Gaudette is the golfer to watch for. He has an 80.40 scoring average on the season.

Penn State York

Penn State York will look to make a strong statement in their first appearance at the USCAA Golf National Championship. Their Athletic Program added golf in 2018. The team will look to follow the performance from James "Mitch" Weaver.

Saint Mary of the Woods

Defending USCAA Golf National Champions will look to repeats their success this year. The Pomeroy's are led by Colton Kuppler. Kuppler was the National Champion in 2017 and finished second in last year's tournament with a two-day score of 138.

SUNY Delhi Women

Erin Schowerer leads the SUNY Delhi team with a 101.33 average score. She will be a top contender to capture the USCAA Women's medalist honor in 2019.

SUNY Delhi Men

The SUNY Delhi men's team is second in the association scoring with an average of 306.0. TheBroncos look to build off of their second-place finish at the 2018 National Championship. Jarrett McWilliams is the golfer to watch for. He leads his team with an average score of 76.0.

SUNY ESF

The SUNY ESF team currently holds the 10th spot in the association with an average score of 343.7. William Sullivan tops the Mighty Oaks with a scoring average of 83.67. He will also look to have a strong performance during the long drive competition.

The Course Courtesy

https://www.pennstategolfcourses.com/

Situated deep in the rolling terrain of central Pennsylvania, another world of exhilarating golf awaits you! A place where carefully designed courses harmonize with the natural beauty of the surroundings. A place that will drive you to partake the challenges of the game you love.

The Penn State Golf Courses are ready to offer you the very best the game has to offer. Take a trip up our tree-lined drive and experience the finest in course facilities and personalized service. We also offer an award-winning driving-range with the Golf Range Association of America since 2012, with four practice putting greens, a bunker area, and 32 artificial driving range stalls with ample targets on the range.

The relaxing atmosphere continues right off the greens and into the Walker Clubhouse. In this 6,000 sq. ft. facility you'll find a complete Golf Shop filled with the latest in quality golf equipment and merchandise. Let our golf professionals share with you their expertise and answer any of your questions. Next to the Golf Shop is The Nineteenth Hole Cafe. This snack area offers a variety of food and snacks for a quick bite or a relaxing meal. The Cafe's open dining area overlooks the courses and provides the perfect compliments to a round of golf.

Personalized service, great course conditions, and excellent amenities make the Penn State Golf Courses the place to be for a complete, professional golf experience.

Penn State Golf Courses has been awarded Golf World Business Operators Magazine's (a Golf Digest publication serving golf retailers) "100 Best Golf Shops" Award and the PGA Philadelphia Section Merchandiser of the Year-Public Category.

Blue Course Scorecard

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*Note – the 2019 USCAA Men's National Championship will be played from the yardages listed in White. The Women's Invitational will be played from the Gold.

The Weather

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Temperatures will be mild for the 2019 USCAA Golf National Championships. While the likelihood of major delays due to rain is moderate now, it does appear that morning fog has the potential of pushing back start times. During play, anticipated highs will be in the upper 60s with lows in the lower 60s.