KANSAS CITY, Mo.– (Pairings –First Round|Second Round) The 2016 NAIA Men's Golf National Championships tees off Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. CDT at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. The 65th annual event is a four-round 72-hole, stroke play event that takes place over the course of four days, concluding with the final round on Friday.
The NAIA and men's golf national championships host St. Ambrose (Iowa) are providing live scoring through Golfstat. To access the live scoring, clickHERE. [There will be a daily video recap, available through Stretch Internet. The video will be posted by 8 p.m. CDT each day onNAIANetwork.com.
The Men's Golf National Championships is held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., for the first time since 2011 and the fourth time overall. The national championships have traveled to 18 states and 38 different golf courses in its history.
The state of Illinois has hosted the Men's Golf National Championships six previous times with the most recent coming in 2011. Quincy Country Club in Quincy, Ill., held the first Illinois-based Championship in 1959.
In a field of 156 golfers, each team competes with five golfers and the top four scores posted each day count toward the team standings. The tournament field is cut after 54 holes and reduced to 17 teams and 40 individuals (including ties). Pairings and start times are established by the tournament director in consultation with members of the event's tournament committee and the NAIA Championship Manager. The field will be re-grouped and divided into four groups for the third and final round. Golfers will be grouped according to the standing of their team and individual scores.
In case of a tie for the team championship at the conclusion of regulation play, the teams tied for the championship will proceed to a hole designated by the tournament committee as the first playoff hole. All five players on each team involved in the playoff will play the hole and count the best four scores. This process will continue until a champion is determined.
In the case of a tie for the individual medalist at the conclusion of regulation play, the individuals tied for the championship will proceed to a hole designated by the tournament committee as the first playoff hole. Play will continue from the designated holes until a champion is determined.
Two-time defending national champion Coastal Georgia highlights the talented field. A year ago, the Mariners claimed its second national title in school history with a 7-under-par 1,145, 11 shots ahead of William Woods (4-over-par).
Action will tee off on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. as top-ranked William Woods (Mo.) hits off hole No. 1. The Owls will be joined by Keiser (Fla.) and Dalton State (Ga.). Johnson & Wales (Fla.), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Mount Mercy (Iowa) will tee off No. 10 at 7:50 a.m.
The afternoon session, will tee off at noon with Taylor (Ind.), Oklahoma Weselyan and Northwestern Ohio on hole No. 1. Marian (Ind.), Reinhardt (Ga.) and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) will tee off on No. 10, starting at 12:30 p.m.
The individual qualifiers – Stone Cowie of Thomas (Ga.), Evan Ball of Tennessee Wesleyan and Dathan Terry of Indiana Tech – will tee off No. 10 at 9:30 a.m. on day one and 2:10 p.m. on the second day on hole one, while the trio of Taylor Suggs of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio), Renen Sahr of Midland (Tenn.) and Josh Goins of Northwest Christian (Ore.) will tee off at 9:40 a.m. on the first day and 2:20 p.m. on the same holes as the other three.
The 156-player field consists of 20 automatic qualifying teams, which won or finished runner-up in their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, 10 at-large berths and seven individual qualifiers. Stone Cowie of Thomas was invited into the field following his top-15 finish in last year's national championships.
The six individual qualifiers were automatic selections and a repeat invitee (Cowie). To receive an individual automatic berth, a player must win his respective conference tournament or be an All-Tournament Team honoree from the previous year's national championships that did not qualify otherwise.
The competition includes nine teams that finished in the top 10 at last year's championships: Coastal Georgia (No. 1), William Woods (No. 2), Johnson & Wales (No. 3), USC Beaufort (S.C.) (No. 4), Wayland Baptist (Texas) (No. 5), Texas Wesleyan (No. 6), British Columbia (tied for eighth), Oklahoma City (tied for eighth) and Webber International (Fla.) (No. 10).
William Woods, 2015 runner-up, is back in the field after claiming the American Midwest Conference tournament title with a 41-shot win at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Giradeau, Mo., on May 2-3.
In addition to Oklahoma City's nine national titles, four qualifying teams have claimed at least one red banner, including Texas Wesleyan's six championships. Coastal Georgia owns two titles, while British Columbia and Johnson & Wales have one apiece.
Thirty teams have won the team title, led by Oklahoma City's previously mentioned nine banners. The Stars have won nine of the last 15 championships, including a four-peat from 2001-2004. Outside of Oklahoma City, only former NAIA members Sam Houston State (Texas) (1978-1981) and Huntington (Ala.) (1985-1988) have won four-consecutive crowns in the event.
In its 65-year history, 39 teams have had individuals earn medalist honors. Texas Wesleyan leads all institutions with nine individual winners. The next closest active member is Oklahoma City with four.
Six individuals have won multiple medalist honors. NAIA Men's Golf Hall of Famer Danny Mijovic of Texas Wesleyan highlights the group with four championships (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983) – the only individual to accomplish the feat.
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