2017-18 NCAC Golfers of the Week

 

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April 23rd
 

Isaac Hartley, Wittenberg
(Bellevue, OH/Bellevue) 

Event: Strimer Memorial Invitational
Course: Oakhaven G.C. (Delaware, OH)
Individual Score: 142 (71-71)
Individual Finish: Medalist
Team Score: 583 (287-296)
Team Finish: First 

Wittenberg junior Isaac Hartley brought home the medalist award in the final event of the regular season last weekend, winning the top prize at OWU’s Strimer Memorial Invitational after carding an even-par score of 142 (71-71) on the par-71, 6,876-yard Oakhaven G.C. in Delaware, Ohio. The Tigers also ran away with the team title at the event with a two-day score of 583 (287-296), which was 16 strokes better than its next closest competitor, Ohio Wesleyan with a 599 (296-303).

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) 

Event: University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Invite
Course: Panther Creek C.C. (Springfield, IL)
Individual Score: 145 (72-73)
Individual Finish: Third
Team Score: 615 (308-307)
Team Finish: Third

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood cracked the top-five in the individual standings at the primarily Div. II University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Invite last weekend on the 6,113-yard, par-72 Panther Creek C.C. in Springfield, Illinois. She finished third overall in the field of 55 golfers after carding a 36-hole score of 145, which included firing an even-par score of 72 in round one and a one-over 73 in the final round on Sunday. The Tigers finished third out of nine teams in the final standings with a two-day score of 615 (308-307).

April 16th
 

Dom Caminiti, Ohio Wesleyan
(Westerville, OH/Thomas Worthington) 

Event: Fred Kravetz Invitational
Courses: Irondequoit C.C. (Rochester, NY) & Oak Hill C.C. (Pittsford, NY)
Individual Score: 145 (70-75)
Individual Finish: Medalist
Team Score: 620 (308-312)
Team Finish: Second

Ohio Wesleyan junior Dom Caminiti earned the top individual award last weekend at the Fred Kravetz Invitational in upstate New York after carding a 36-hole score of 145 (70-75). Friday’s opening round was played at the par-72, 6,830-yard Irondequoit C.C. in Rochester, while Saturday’s final round was contested at the par-71, 6,723-yard Oak Hill C.C. in Pittsford. Caminiti opened the event with a two-under 70 on Friday, before posting a four-over par 75 on Saturday in difficult weather conditions to win the medalist award by three strokes. The Bishops finished second out of six teams in the team standings at the event with a 36-hole score of 620 (308-312).

 

Emmy Timberlake, Denison
(Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville) 

Event: Wooster Spring Invitational
Course: Mohican Hills G.C. (Jeromesville, OH)
Individual Score: 77
Individual Finish: Medalist
Team Score: 326
Team Finish: First

Denison sophomore Emmy Timberlake won the medalist award at the rain-shortened Wooster Spring Invitational last weekend after carding an 18-hole score of 77 on the par-72, 5,803-yard Mohican Hills G.C. in Jeromesville, Ohio. Timberlake did share the top spot in the individual standings with freshman teammate Megan Wong (Columbus, OH/Columbus School for Girls), but Timberlake was declared the medalist via the lower score on the back nine. The Big Red also collected their second team title of the 2017-18 season at the event with a team score of 326.

 
April 9th
 

Will Efkeman, Ohio Wesleyan
(Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) 

Event: Discovery Dekalb Emory Invite
Course: Smoke Rise C.C. (Stone Mountain, GA)
Individual Score: 148 (72-76)
Individual Finish: T-21st
Team Score: 606 (299-307)
Team Finish: T-Seventh

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Will Efkeman finished as part of a three-way tie for 21st out of 83 total golfers last weekend at the Discovery Dekalb Emory Invite, played at the par-70, 6,510-yard Smoke Rise C.C. in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Efkeman fired a 72 in the opening round and carded a 76 on day two to finish the event with an eight-over par score of 148. Over the course of the two days, Efkeman recorded four birdies and 25 pars to finish in the top-25 in the individual standings. In the 14-team event, OWU tied for seventh with Oglethorpe with a 36-hole score of 606 (299.307). 

 

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) 

Event: Laura Bump Invitational
Course: Mill Creek G.C. (Ostrander, OH)
Individual Score: 141 (68-73)
Individual Finish: Medalist
Team Score: 627 (308-319)
Team Finish: First

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood tied a program record with an opening round 68 on Saturday, and then turned around and fired a one-over 73 on Sunday to secure another medalist honor, this time by 10 strokes, with a 36-hole score of 141 at OWU’s Laura Bump Invitational. Hopkinson-Wood has now won 14 medalist awards in her career. Wittenberg also claimed the top spot in the team standings with a two-day total of 627 (308-319) on the par-72, 5,834-yard Mill Creek G.C. in Ostrander, Ohio.

 
April 2nd
 

Colin Laszlo, Wittenberg
(Waipahu, HI/Punahou) 

Event: Wynlakes Intercollegiate
Course: Black Course at Wynlakes C.C. (Montgomery, AL)
Individual Score: 144 (75-69)
Individual Finish: T-Third
Team Score: 590 (299-291)
Team Finish: First

Wittenberg junior Colin Laszlo finished in a tie for third out of 88 golfers to help lead the 16th-ranked Tigers to the come-from-behind team victory early last week at the Wynlakes Intercollegiate, played at the par-72, 6,979-yard Black Course at Wynlakes C.C. in Montgomery, Alabama. Laszlo carded a three-over par 75 in round one, but shot up the leaderboard in the second round after posting a three-under 69 to finish the event at even par overall with a score of 144. As a team, Wittenberg was six-strokes behind Huntingdon after the opening round, but a tournament-low round of 291 on Tuesday gave the Tigers a four-shot advantage over Huntingdon in the final standings with 590 total strokes. 

 

Tarinni Sameer Kakar, DePauw
(Gurgaon, Haryana, India/Lotus Valley International School Gurgaon) 

Event: Kalamazoo Tri-Match
Course: Pinehurst #1 (Pinehurst, NC)
Individual Score: 75
Individual Finish: T-First
Team Score: 308
Team Finish: First

DePauw freshman Tarinni Sameer Kakar earned her first-career medalist award last week at the Kalamazoo Tri-Match after carding an 18-hole score of 75 on the par-70, 5,806-yard Pinehurst #1 Course in Pinehurst, North Carolina. She shared the top spot in the individual standings with junior teammate Rachele Miller (Princeton, IA/Pleasant Valley). The Tigers also won the team title at the event with a combined 18-hole score of 308. 

March 26th
 

Bobby Hapanowicz, Allegheny
(Presto, PA/Sewickley Acad.)

Event: Centre Spring Invitational
Course: Palmer & Saddlebrook Courses (Wesley Chapel, FL)
Individual Score: 228 (76-72-80)
Individual Finish: Second
Team Score: 956 (322-314-320)
Team Finish: Fourth

Allegheny senior Bobby Hapanowicz opened his spring season by finishing second out of 30 golfers at the Centre Spring Invitational with a 54-hole score of 228 (76-72-80) at the Palmer & Saddlebrook Courses in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He closed out the tournament with 35 total pars, tied for the highest in the field, while his average per hole score of 4.31 on the par 4’s was the second-lowest in the field. As a team, the Gators finished fourth out of five teams at the event with a 54-hole score of 956 (322-314-320).

 

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) 

Event: Joe & Lee Duncan Rhodes Spring Invitational
Course: Windyke West C.C. (Memphis, TN)
Individual Score: 148 (74-74)
Individual Finish: Second
Team Score: 640 (321-319)
Team Finish: Third

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood finished second out of 33 total golfers at the Lee & Joe Duncan Rhodes Spring Invitational with a two-over par score of 148 (74-74) on the par-73, 5,806-yard Windyke West C.C. in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the course of the two-day event, Hopkinson-Wood carded five birdies and 26 total pars. As a team, the Tigers finished third out of six squads at the event with a 36-hole score of 640 (321-319).

 
March 19th

Lawrence Courtney, Kenyon
(Kingston upon Thames, England/Hampton) 

Event: TaylorMade Intercollegiate
Course: Cotton Dike (Dataw Island, SC) 
Individual Score: 225 (71-81-73)
Individual Finish: T-Second 
Team Score: 921 (310-309-302) 
Team Finish: Second

Event: Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational
Courses: Pine Lakes & Oleander (Jekyll Island, GA) 
Individual Score: 208 (69-69-70)
Individual Finish: Second
Team Score: 880 (290-294-296)
Team Finish: T-Seventh

Kenyon freshman Lawrence Courtney posted a pair of second-place finishes in two different 54-hole tournaments last week as part of the Lords’ annual spring break trip in the southern US. He opened the week by tying for second in the individual standings at the TaylorMade Intercollegiate after carding a 54-hole score of 225 (71-81-73) on the par-72, 6,738-yard Cotton Dike Course in Dataw Island, South Carolina. He then broke the program’s 54-hole scoring record by placing alone in second place at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational with a three-round total of 208 (68-69-70). As a team, the Lords finished second out of 14 teams at the TaylorMade Intercollegiate with 921 strokes (310-309-302), and in a tie for seventh out of 30 teams at Jekyll Island with a 54-hole team score of 880 (290-294-296).

Larisa Luloff, DePauw
(Cary, IL/Cary-Grove)

Event: Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate
Course: Indian Mound (Jekyll Island, GA)
Individual Score: 229 (76-75-78)
Individual Finish: T-12th
Team Score: 946 (318-314-314)
Team Finish: Seventh

DePauw junior Larisa Luloff finished in a tie for 12th out of 120 total golfers at the Jekyll Island Women’s Collegiate with a 54-hole score of 229 (76-75-78) on the par-72, 5,801-yard Indian Mound Course at Jekyll Island G.C. in Georgia. Luloff also led the 15th-ranked Tigers to a top-10 finish in the team standings as DPU finished seventh out of 23 teams at one of the nation’s premiere events with a three-round score of 946 (318-314-314).

March 12th
 

Nick Burris, DePauw
(Bloomington, IN/South) 

Event: Franklin Spring Invitational
Course: Donald Ross Course (French Lick, IN)
Individual Score: 152 (72-80)
Individual Finish: Fourth
Team Score: 616 (304-312)
Team Finish: First

DePauw sophomore Nick Burris finished fourth overall in the individual standings to help guide the Tigers to the team title at the Franklin Spring Invitational last weekend at the par-70, 6,611-yard Donald Ross Course in French Lick, Indiana. Burris finished fourth out of 29 golfers in the individual standings at the event with a 36-hole score of 152, which included tying the tournament’s best 18-hole round with a two-over par 72 on Saturday. The Tigers topped the team standings at the event with 616 strokes after carding a 304 on Saturday and a 312 on Sunday.

 

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School)

Event: Callaway Garden’s Collegiate
Course: Lake View G.C. (Pine Mountain, GA)
Individual Score: 73
Individual Finish: T-5th
Team Score: 323
Team Finish: Seventh

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood, the number one player in the nation in the Golfstat rankings, tied for fifth in the individual standings at the Callaway Garden’s Intercollegiate after firing an even-par score of 73 on the par-73, 5,837-yard Lake View G.C. in Pine Mountain, Georgia. As a team, the Tigers finished seventh out of 14 teams at the rain-shortened event with an 18-hole score of 323.

 
October 30th
 

Lawrence Courtney, Kenyon
(Kingston upon Thames, England/Hampton School) 

Event: O’Briant-Jensen Memorial
Course: Sedgefield Dye Course (Greensboro, NC)
Individual Score: 153 (79-74)
Individual Finish: T-43rd
Team Score: 624 (308-316)
Team Finish: T-14th

Kenyon freshman Lawrence Courtney earned the final NCAC Men’s Golfer of the Week award of the 2017 fall season after finishing as part of a six-way tie for 43rd place last week at Guilford’s O’Briant-Jensen Memorial, played at the par-71, 6,822-yard Sedgefield Dye Course in Greensboro, North Carolina. Courtney fired an opening-round 79 on Monday, before carding a team-best round of 74 on Tuesday to finish the event with 153 total strokes.

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October 17th
 

Jack Funderburg, Ohio Wesleyan
(Westerville, OH/Central) 

Event: OWU Invitational/NCAC Fall Preview
Course: Westbrook C.C. (Mansfield, OH)
Individual Score: 144 (73-71)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 620 (316-304)
Team Finish: Third

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Jack Funderburg won medalist honors on Monday at the OWU Invitational/NCAC Fall Preview, played at the par-72, 6,910-yard Westbrook C.C. in Mansfield, Ohio. Funderburg sat one-shot off the lead after round one with a one-over par 73, but he fired two birdies on the final two holes on Monday to card a one-under 71 for the round and an even-par 144 for the tournament title. The Bishops finished third out of eight teams at the event with a two-day score of 620 (316-304).

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) 

Event: OWU Invitational/NCAC Fall Preview
Course: Westbrook C.C. (Mansfield, OH)
Individual Score: 155 (79-76)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 665 (326-339)
Team Finish: Second

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood closed out the fall portion of the 2017-18 season with her fourth individual medalist award of the season, this time winning the OWU Invitational/NCAC Fall Preview with a 36-hole score of 155 (79-76) on the par-74, 5,834-yard Westbrook C.C. in Mansfield, Ohio. Hopkinson-Wood now owns 13 career medalist awards. Wittenberg finished second overall in the team standings at the event with a two-day total of 678 (338-340). 

October 9th
  No Nominees

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) 

Event: Pat Clouse Invitational
Course: Springfield C.C. (Springfield, OH)
Individual Score: 144 (72-72)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 617 (314-303)
Team Finish: First

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood earned the 12th medalist award of her career last weekend at the Pat Clouse Invitational, played at the par-72, 5,809-yard Springfield C.C. in Springfield, Ohio. Hopkinson-Wood earned the five-stroke victory in the individual standings at the event with an even-par 144 after carding back-to-back rounds of 72. In addition, the Tigers posted their first team victory of the 2017-18 season at their home event with a 36-hole score of 617 (314-303), which was four shots better than Washington (MO).

October 3rd
 

Colin O’Hern, Wooster
(Dennison, MN/St. Paul Acad.)

Event: Earlham Fall Invitational
Course: Forest Hills C.C. (Richmond, IN)
Individual Score: 155 (73-82)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 635 (321-314)
Team Finish: First

Wooster freshman Colin O’Hern posted an eagle on the par-5, 535-yard 18th hole at Forest Hills C.C. in Richmond, Indiana, to finish in a tie at the top of the individual standings with IU-Kokomo’s Taylor Fletcher at the Earlham Fall Invitational. After both players logged 155 strokes in regulation play, O’Hern carded a birdie on the first playoff hole to earn the second medalist award of his young college career. O’Hern struggled in round one with an 82, but bounced back with a 73 in the second round to force the playoff. In addition, Wooster won its first team title since 2011 at the Earlham Fall Invitational with a 36-hole score of 635 (321-314).

  No Nominees
September 25th
 

Louie Olsakovsky, Allegheny
(Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair) 

Event: Mercyhurst Fall Invitational
Course: Lake View C.C. (North East, PA)
Individual Score: 143 (70-73)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 607 (302-305)
Team Finish: T-Fifth

For the second week in a row, Allegheny freshman Louie Olsakovsky earned medalist honors at an event, this time finishing first in a field of 73 golfers at the Mercyhurst Fall Invitational with a 36-hole score of 143 on the par-72, 6,877-yard Lake View C.C. in North East, Pennsylvania. He was two strokes back after round one after firing a two-under par 70, but he bested the field in tougher conditions in round two with a 73 to earn the individual title. The Gators finished in a tie for fifth in the team standings with Roberts Wesleyan after carding a team score of 607 (302-305).

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) 

Event: DePauw Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic
Course: Twin Bridges G.C. (Danville, IN)
Individual Score: 147 (73-74)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 617 (304-313)
Team Finish: Second

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood ran away with the individual title last weekend at the DePauw College Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic after carding a 36-hole score of 147 (73-74) on the par-72, 5,814-yard Twin Bridges G.C. in Danville, Indiana. Her score was four shots better than the next closest competitor from WashU. Wittenberg also finished one-stroke behind Washington (MO) for the team title at the event by a narrow 616-617 margin.

 
September 19th
 

Louie Olsakovsky, Allegheny
(Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair) 

Event: Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout
Course: The Links at Spring Church (Apollo, PA)
Individual Score: 140 (71-69)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 577 (287-290)
Team Finish: Second

Allegheny freshman Louie Olsakovsky earned medalist honors for the first time in his young career last weekend at the Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout at the par-70, 6,356-yard Links at Spring Church in Apollo, Pennsylvania. Olsakovsky shot a 71 in the opening round, before closing with a one-under 69 to finish the two-day event in a tie for first with CMU’s Nikhil Mohan with 140 strokes each. Olsakovsky went on to defeat Mohan on the first playoff hole to be crowned the individual medalist.

  Kayla Orr, Allegheny
(Johnstown, PA/Bishop McCort)

Event: Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout
Course: The Links at Spring Church (Apollo, PA)
Individual Score: 159 (84-75)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 668 (336-332)
Team Finish: Second

Allegheny senior Kayla Orr earned a one-shot victory for medalist honors at the Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout, played at the par-72, 5,562-yard Links at Spring Church in Apollo, Pennsylvania. After shooting an 84 in round one, Orr came back to shoot a 75 in round two, the lowest 18-hole round in her career, to finish with a two-day total of 159. Orr’s seventh top-10 finish of her career helped guide the Gators to a second-place finish in the team standings at CMU with 668 total strokes (336-332).

September 11th
  Will Efkeman, Ohio Wesleyan
(Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) 

Event: Battle at the Brook
Course: Plum Brook Country Club (Sandusky, OH)
Individual Score: 142 (69-73)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 585 (297-288)
Team Finish: First

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Will Efkeman earned medalist honors and helped lead the Bishops to the team title at the Battle at the Brook, played over the weekend at the par-71, 6,344-yard Plum Brook Country Club in Sandusky, Ohio. Efkeman got off to a hot start with a tournament-low round of two-under 69 on Saturday and he held on for the two-stroke victory with a two-over par 73 on Sunday for a combined even-par score of 142. The Bishops also held off conference-rival Kenyon for the team title at the event by a seven-stroke margin, 585-592.

Larisa Luloff, DePauw
(Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) 

Event: Olivet’s Kyle Campbell Classic
Course: The Medalist G.C. (Marshall, MI)
Individual Score: 150 (75-75)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 632 (314-318)
Team Finish: First

DePauw junior Larisa Luloff helped guide the Tigers to their second-straight team title of the 2017-18 season last weekend after she earned medalist honors at Olivet’s Kyle Campbell Classic, played at the par-72, 5,834-yard Medalist G.C. in Marshall, MI. Luloff topped the individual leaderboard at the event with a six-over par 150 after carding back-to-back rounds of 75, while DPU cruised to the team title with a two-day total of 632 (314-318), which was 40 strokes better than the next closest team. Luloff recorded three birdies and 25 pars in the 36-hole event.

September 5th
 

Ryan Muthiora, Kenyon
Event: Transylvania Fall Invitational
Course: University Club of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Individual Score: 138 (70-68)
Individual Finish: T-First
Team Score: 581 (296-285)
Team Finish: Fourth

Kenyon senior Ryan Muthiora (Zion Crossroads, VA/Tandem Friends School) finished in a tie for first out of 82 total golfers at the Transylvania Fall Invitational, played at the par-72 University Club of Kentucky in Lexington. Muthiora opened the tournament with a two-under 70 on Saturday and followed that with a four-under 68 on Sunday to tie the Kenyon scoring record for a 36-hole tournament at 138. In addition, Muthiora finished the two-day event with 10 total birdies. The Lords finished fourth overall in the team standings at the event with a two-day score of 581 (296-285).

 

Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
Event: Denison Lynn Schweizer Invitational
Course: Denison Golf Club (Granville, OH)
Individual Score: 148 (75-73)
Individual Finish: First
Team Score: 642 (324-318)
Team Finish: Second

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) took home the medalist award at Denison’s Lynn Schweizer Invitational after carding a 36-hole score of 148 (75-73) on the par-71, 5,824-yard Denison Golf Club in Granville, Ohio. Wittenberg placed second overall in the team standings at the event with a two-day total of 642 (324-318).