2019 Men's and Women's Golf Championships
Westbrook Country Club
Hosted by DePauw University
Friday - Sunday
The 2019 NCAC Women’s Golf Championships concluded on Sunday at the par-72, 5,800-yard Westbrook C.C. in Mansfield, Ohio. The DePauw Tigers won their league-leading fifth NCAC women’s golf title with a 36-hole score of 649 (329-320), while the Wittenberg Tigers finished second overall with a 653 (328-325). The 2019 Championship was shortened from 54 holes to 36 after weather forced the cancellation of Friday's round. As NCAC champions, DePauw has earned the league’s automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships, which will be contested at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX, May 14-17.
DePauw and Wittenberg were followed in the team standings by Denison in third with 679 strokes (332-347), Wooster in fourth with a 704 (349-355), Ohio Wesleyan in fifth with 711 (358-353) and Allegheny in sixth with 742 strokes (365-377).
DePauw senior Larisa Luloff (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) was the women’s overall medalist over the course of the championship tournament with a 10-over par 36-hole score of 154 (77-77). Luloff was also named the 2019 NCAC Women’s Golfer of the Year by vote of the league coaches. DePauw freshman Emily Balding (Brookfield, WI/Brookfield Central) earned the 2019 NCAC Women’s Golf Newcomer of the Year honor as the top finisher in the individual standings in their first year of collegiate competition after she finished the two-day event with a score of 175 (86-89), which landed her on the All-NCAC honorable mention team. Finally, the league coaches also tabbed DePauw head coach Vince Lazar as the 2019 NCAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.
The 2019 NCAC Men’s Golf Championships concluded on Sunday at the par-72, 6,910-yard Westbrook C.C. in Mansfield, Ohio. The Wittenberg Tigers won their 10th-straight NCAC men’s golf title after topping day-one leader Ohio Wesleyan in the team standings by just nine strokes. Wittenberg finished the three-day event with a 36-hole score of 583 (302-281), while the Bishops posted a two-day score of 592 (291-301). The 2019 Championship was shortened from 54 holes to 36 after weather forced the cancellation of Friday's round. As NCAC champions, the Tigers have earned the league’s automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, which will be contested at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, KY, May 14-17.
Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan were followed in the final men’s team standings by Allegheny in third with a 605 (295-310), Wooster in fourth with 616 (309-307), Kenyon in fifth with 618 (301-317), Denison in sixth with 620 (316-304), DePauw in seventh with a 627 (319-308), and Wabash in eighth with a 644 (324-320).
Wittenberg’s Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) earned the 2019 NCAC Men’s Golf Bob Nye Award as the champion medalist after he fired a four-under par 36-hole score of 140 (72-68). Ohio Wesleyan’s Justin Skinner (Dublin, OH/Jerome) was tabbed as the 2019 NCAC Men’s Golf Newcomer of the Year as the top finisher in the individual standings in their first year of collegiate competition after he finished the two-day event with a score of 145 (71-74), which landed him on the All-NCAC first team. Wittenberg’s Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou) earned the 2019 NCAC Men’s Golf Dick Gordin award as the league’s overall Player of the Year by a vote of the league coaches. Finally, Wittenberg head coach Michael Leotta was named the 2019 NCAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm of the Tigers by a vote of his conference peers.
MANSFIELD, OH -- The first 18 holes of the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships were completed Saturday afternoon at Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio. Ohio Wesleyan is leading the men after carding a 291, while Wittenberg currently sits atop the women’s leaderboard with a cumulative score of 328.
Allegheny shot a 295 on day one to sit just four strokes behind OWU in the men’s standings, while the Kenyon Lords carded a 301 to sit in third, followed closely by Wittenberg in fourth with a 302. Wooster (309), Denison (316), DePauw (319) and Wabash (324) round out the eight-team field. In the women’s standings, DePauw is just one stroke back of the leaders with a 329, while Denison is three strokes behind the second-place Tigers with a 332. Wooster sits in fourth (349), followed by Ohio Wesleyan (358) and Allegheny (365).
Allegheny’s Tyler Pham (Pembroke Pines, FL/The Sagemont School) is leading the men after shooting a three-under 69 on the first round of play. Pham recorded five birdies while making par 11 times in the first round. Ohio Wesleyan’s Justin Skinner (Dublin, OH/Jerome) and Kenyon’s Robert Williams (Gambier, OH/Mount Vernon) are tied for second after each carding a 71. Skinner tallied six birdies, while Williams recorded an eagle and made par 14 times. Allegheny’s Matthew Del Rosso (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic), Ohio Wesleyan’s Jack Funderburg (Westerville, OH/Central) and Wittenberg’s Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) are all tied for fourth after each carding an even 72.
DePauw’s Larisa Luloff (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) and Wittenberg’s Madison Wolters (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville) led all scorers after both shooting a five-over-par round of 77. Luloff and Wolters each carded two birdies and par nine times to seize the individual championship lead after the first round of play. Denison’s Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville) sits just one stroke behind the leaders with a 78 after one birdie and making par 11 times, while Big Red teammate Megan Wong Megan Wong (Columbus, OH/Columbus School for Girls) is just one stroke behind after carding one birdie and shot par 10 times for a 79 on the day. Three golfers are tied in fifth as DePauw’s Rachele Miller (Princeton, IA/Pleasant Valley) and Wittenberg’s Erin Adams (Shaker Heights, OH/Beaumont High School) and Devon Atchison (Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial) all carded an 80 in the round.
The final round of the NCAC Golf Championships will get underway on Sunday with the men teeing off at 9:00 a.m. and the women going off at 9:27 a.m. The 2019 NCAC Golf Champions will receives the conference's automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Golf Championships.
2019 NCAC Men's and Women's Golf
The 2019 NCAC Men’s Golf Championship will tee off this weekend, May 3-5, at Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio. DePauw University will serve as the host institution for the 54-hole tournament, with 18 holes being played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Wittenberg, the winners of nine-straight NCAC titles, received all eight first-place votes and totaled 64 points in the pre-championship poll voted on by the league coaches. Ohio Wesleyan, the 2018 runner-up, took second in the voting, tallying 54 points while Denison was tabbed third with 44 points. The Big Red narrowly edged Kenyon who received 43 points, good enough for fourth. Allegheny rounded out the top five with 34 points while DePauw was sixth (23), Wooster was seventh (18) and Wabash was eighth (8).
The Wittenberg Tigers head into the NCAC Men’s Golf Championship ranked fourth in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) national rankings. Denison, Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan are also receiving votes from the GCAA but reside just outside the top 25. The Tigers cruise into the NCAC championship with five tournament victories on the season, including three in-a-row at the Hershey Cup (April 7-8), Wright State Invitational (April 14-15) and the Strimer Memorial Invitational (April 27-28). Wittenberg senior Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahu) and junior Ryan Mallette (Canton, OH/Central Catholic) look to contend again after finishing in the top five of last year’s conference championship event, earning All-NCAC first team accolades. Also back after earning first-team honors a year ago is Ohio Wesleyan junior Will Efkeman (Cincinnati, OH/LaSalle) who finished as the 2018 runner-up.
The 2019 NCAC Women’s Golf Championship will tee off this week, May 3-5, at Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio. DePauw University will serve as the host institution for the 54-hole tournament, with 18 holes being played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
DePauw, winners of the 2018 NCAC Women’s Golf Championship, narrowly edged Wittenberg, the 2018 runner-up, as the favorites in this year’s pre-championship poll following balloting of the league coaches. DePauw earned four of the six first place votes and a total of 34 points, while Wittenberg tallied the remaining two first-place votes and 32 total points. Denison gathered 24 points, good enough for third while Wooster garnered 18 points, taking fourth. Ohio Wesleyan (11) and Allegheny (7) rounded out this year’s six-team field.
The DePauw Tigers enter the 2019 NCAC Women’s Golf Championships ranked No. 3 in the latest Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) top-25 rankings. Wittenberg is also receiving votes in the polling, residing just outside the top 25. DePauw has compiled a total of five team victories this season, including the Lynn Schweizer Invitational (Sept. 1-2), Kyle Campbell Invitational (Sept. 7-8), Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic (Sept. 29-30), Saints Spring Invitational (March 23-24) and the most recent Take Back the Night Challenge (April 19-20). The Tigers are led by senior Larisa Luloff (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) who is currently ranked as the top Division III women’s golfer by Golfstat. She is averaging 73.8 in 19 rounds this season and has finished in the top 10 in all 10 tournaments in which she has competed in. She finished runner-up last year at the conference championship, earning All-NCAC first-team honors. DePauw teammates, junior Anna Foley (Toronto, Canada/Humberside Institute), sophomore Cristal Chan (Hung Hom Kowloon, Hong Kong/St. Mary’s Canossian College) and senior Rachele Miller (Bettendorf, IA/Pleasant Valley) were also NCAC first-teamers a season ago after top-five finishes at the championship. Denison junior Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville) and Ohio Wesleyan junior Alexis Reichardt (Waldo, OH/River Valley) also look to contend as front-runners after top-five finishes in 2018.