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This past weekend in West Lafayette, Indiana, at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, the National Collegiate College Golf Association (NCCGA) hosted their spring nationals, which is the largest college golf tournament in the country.

The championship featured over 300 players from 39 teams and 22 individuals from a combined 55 schools, representing 29 states. According to Kris Hart, Senior Director of Nexgengolf, “Purdue is a unique and special venue because of the quality of the course, as well as the history; our 2013 (and my first championship) was hosted here.”

Coordinating a championship for over 300 players takes a lot of work and a fantastic staff. To remind readers, unlike NCAA golf, the format in NCCGA is eight count five (eight players per team compete with the low five rounds counting towards a team score). Readers should also know club golf is not intramurals and these student-athletes are pretty darn good. Students like Joey Jordan from Virginia Tech have walked on to their varsity golf team due to their strong club golf performance.

Heading into the tournament, the best-ranked team participating was from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, with a scoring average of 72.9 followed by Arizona State (73.85 average), Florida (74.26 Average), Providence (73.55 average) and Arkansas (75.45 average) rounding out the top 5. Like the NCAA, the tournament also features an individual competition. The top five players in the NCCGA this spring include:

PLAYER NAME TEAM NAME AVG SCORE PER ROUND AVG DIFF PER ROUND 
Brandon Resnick UNLV 67.5 -3.92
Anthony Banks University of Arizona 69 -2.69
Nick Bavaro DePaul University (B) 69.5 -2.48
Timothy Davis The University of Tennessee 69.5 -1.47
Charles Kim University of Arkansas (A) 71.5 -1.03

The action at Nationals did not disappoint as Clemson University came back from a first-round deficit to edge out the University of Notre Dame by four shots (team scores of 750 and 754 respectively). Even with the tough Saturday weather conditions, Andrew Stineman of Notre Dame was still able to fire an impressive two-day score of one under par (68-75 – 143) to take home medalist honors. Payte Owen from the University of Oklahoma made it interesting on day two, but fell short by one, carding an even-par 144.

Prior to Nationals, the parent company of NCCGA, Nextgengolf announced its acquisition by the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA).

According to Arjun Chowdri from the PGA of America, “Nextgengolf provides authentic experiences that speak to the next generation of golfers.”

This partnership demands attention because it speaks volume about the future of college golf and opportunities for boys and girls to play in college. The NCCGA provides a unique opportunity for players who might otherwise not maturate to varsity college golf to continue playing the game they love. With the PGA and 29,000 golf professionals helping grow college golf, I am eager to watch the next chapter for college golf unfold and am confident it is going to be pretty special.

To learn more about the history of club golf and some further data behind the story, check out my article I wrote back in February 2018 titled, Why you should consider playing club golf in college.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (07/29/20): FlightScope Xi Tour, TaylorMade M3 & Sim fairway woods

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Branover 1 – FlightScope Xi Tour 

Inexpensive? NO! But if you are in the market for a launch monitor, the FlightScope Xi Tour is still one of the best values in the market. As the author, I will note that I have a FlightScope XI+ and have really enjoyed using it since acquiring it earlier this year. Considering what you get for the price compared to other units this one is a steal.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Flight Scope Xi Tour

Member Bervin – TaylorMade M3 3HL Fairway

Hey, if the M3 5-wood is still good enough for Tiger, the 3HL probably has a good chance of beating out your current 3/4 fairway metal for a spot in your bag. This club is in great shape and also happens to come at a great price.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: M3 3HL Fairway

Member Timallery – TaylorMade Sim 3-wood

The SIM Ti fairway is one of the longest 3-woods on the market today as tested by the team over at TXG in Toronto: 2020 Fairway wood bracket, and now this is your chance to grab a head and install your shaft of choice to build your own rocket launcher fairway wood.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Sim 3 wood

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds.

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Photos from the 2020 Pinnacle Bank Championship

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GolfWRX is live at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship from the Club at Indian Creek in Omaha, Nebraska.

We got in-hand looks at a new Srixon driver, additional finishes for Cleveland’s popular new RTX Zipcore wedges, and some prototype Nippon shafts—in addition to an abundance of general equipment shots for your scrolling pleasure.

Special galleries

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See what GolfWRXers are saying in the forums. 

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Morning 9: Australian Open postponed | Terrible news: Villegas’ daughter dies | New Renee Powell Grant | Chris Como’s living room

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1. Australian Open postponed
Disappointing, but ultimately not surprising stuff. With COVID-19 trending upwards in Australia since the beginning of the month and the impossibility, essentially, of international players arriving for the tournament by air, Oz Open postponement was inevitable.
  • AFP report…”This year’s Australian Open Golf Championship was postponed Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic but officials said they were hoping to restage the event early in 2021.”
  • “Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club had been due to host the 105th edition of the historic championship, the world’s fifth oldest professional golf tournament, in November.”
  • “But with the country battling a surge in COVID-19 cases and the game’s stars facing major tournaments moved to later in 2020, Golf Australia operations manager Simon Brookhouse said they would instead look at a “January to March 2021 window”.”
  • “Coupled with COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine measures, that means it would be almost impossible to assemble a world-class field in Melbourne.”
2. Awful news: Villegas’ daughter, 22-months-old, dies
Condolences, to Villegas and family, first and foremost. What can you say about such wretchedness-the death of a child whose short life was permeated by pain and suffering? Words fail.
  • The news, via an AP report…“Camilo Villegas’ daughter, Mia, has died at just 22 months old after cancerous tumors were found in her brain and spine.”
  • “Four-time PGA Tour winner Villegas revealed last month that he and his wife, Maria, took their daughter to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami for scans in March as they suspected she was not well.
  • “Mia underwent surgery after the tumors were found, and the Villegas family was informed more treatment would be required due to persisting issues.”
3. Renee Powell Grant
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…“The LPGA today announced the first recipients of the newly established Renee Powell Grant, which is designed to assist LPGA*USGA Girls Golf sites in creating partnerships and outreach opportunities with youth organizations serving Black girls.”
  • “Powell followed Althea Gibson as the second Black player to compete in the LPGA. Powell is currently the head professional at Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio, the course her father built with a “Golf for Everyone” vision.”
  • “I think this grant program might help to bring young girls, African American girls and other minorities into the game of golf and to show them that there are people who played before them and that it’s a great sport,” Powell said. “We need to really do a little more to change the culture of what golf is all about, in particular growing our Girls Golf programs and being very inclusive.”
  • “Initial grants totaling $25,000 will be awarded to five LPGA*USGA Girls Golf programs in Ohio, Powell’s home state and the site of the LPGA restart amid the coronavirus pandemic, with this week’s Drive On Championship to be followed by next week’s Marathon Classic in the Toledo area.”
4. Homa isn’t leaving Twitter after all
Golf Digest’s Ryan Herrington: “Max Homa Twitter fans, you have reason to rejoice: Your man’s Twitter sabbatical is over. On Monday afternoon, the 29-year-old let his voice be heard once again on the social-media platform.”
  • Homa tweeted…”Had a nice little detox from Twitter. Felt kinda like a juice cleanse but with fewer bowel movements. Still some, no doubt, but fewer. Anyways, it’s good to be back. Hating hours are closed indefinitely, myself included. This is gunna be a positive place in this pit of despair”
5. Blunt assessment from Pete Cowen
Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail…“You can always rely on Brooks Koepka’s short-game coach Pete Cowen for a straight-shooting verdict.”
  • “Asked about the struggling American’s prospects of successfully defending the season’s first major in San Francisco next week, or his WGC title defence starting in Memphis on Thursday, the blunt Yorkshireman replied: ‘If I was a racehorse trainer, I’d say he had absolutely no chance!'”
  • “After he had stopped laughing, Cowen added, in a more serious vein: ‘We all know Brooks is the man for raising his game at the big events – and this is going to be his biggest test yet, because he knows he’s not swinging the club well and he’s not happy with his game. But we all know golf, so let’s see if we can help put him back together again.”
6. More of the dumbest things in golf
Good work by E. Michael Johnson at Golf Digest to round these up…
  • “Having to play a ball from a divot in the fairway…You’ve ripped the tee shot down the middle and your playing companions admire it with comments along the lines of, “That’s only good if you like perfect!” Except it’s not. Some dumbass before you took a divot the size of Montana and failed to replace it or fill it in with divot mix, leaving you muttering WTF and cursing your bad luck. The USGA has done a solid job in trying to make the rules fairer and easier to understand but failing to include a divot as “ground under repair” is a failing in need of fixing. Like yesterday.”
  • “14-way dividers in golf bags…I know I’ll get roasted for this one and I simply don’t care. As I said once before, bag companies tout these abominations of humanity by stating how much wear and tear they’ll save your clubs. We’re sorry, but we don’t need to coddle implements that we strike into the ground and into a hard ball at close to 100 miles per hour with regularity. Plus, how can you slam your club back into your bag after a poor shot when you have to have pinpoint accuracy to do so. Give me an old-fashioned five-way divider any day.”
  • “Cozying up to the beverage cart girl…Yes, you’re absolutely right. That lovely 20-something young lady is absolutely in love with your 40-, 50-, 60-something pot-bellied self. Yeesh. It is perfectly fine to be polite and engage in conversation, but stop the overt flirting tactics and realize that $10 tip you dropped in order to impress her is as useful as setting money on fire. Stop being creepy, order a drink, chat for a moment and drop her a couple of bucks for the effort. Proper, as the Brits might say.”
7. Chris Como’s living room
Excellent stuff from Sean Martin at PGATour.com writing about a place central to Bryson DeChambeau’s transformation during the pandemic: his instructor’s living room…
  • A morsel from a great piece well worth reading in full…”This wasn’t a decision about acoustics or interior design. Como, one of the game’s most innovative instructors, wanted to build something unprecedented. He created a unique space that’s served as a catalyst for the transformation that has captivated the golf world.”
  • “While sales of at-home training aids skyrocketed during the pandemic, Como took it to another level. He loaded his new home in the Dallas area with thousands of dollars’ worth of gadgets that would make any golf academy green with envy. There’s also a squat rack, free weights, a basketball net and hockey goal in the living room.”
  • “It’s like a golf bachelor pad,” said University of Texas junior Pierceson Coody, the world’s 16th-ranked amateur and a longtime student of Como’s.
  • “It’s not all for fun and games, though. The room has an austere aesthetic, with bare, brown walls and windows covered in protective foam. That’s because Como’s Living Room Lab, as it’s been termed, is the site of serious study. It’s golf’s version of DriveLine, the high-tech baseball training facility that started in a Seattle warehouse and has transformed the game at the highest level.”

 

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