2017 All-NCAC Performers
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.