NCAC golf teams continued the spring portion of the 2013-14 schedule last week with five separate men’s events, led by the nation’s top-ranked team, Wittenberg, earning the team title at the Huntingdon College Wynlakes Invitational in Montgomery, Alabama. League squads continue action this weekend, led by Ohio Wesleyan hosting its annual Strimer Memorial at Oakhaven Golf Club for men’s teams and Wooster hosting its annual Spring Invitational for women’s teams at Wooster Country Club.
There was minimal golf action across the North Coast last week with just three league teams in action, led by the Denison women winning the Myrlte Beach Shootout on Thursday, March 20th, after accumulating 347 strokes on the Norman Course at the Barefoot Golf Resort. League teams will return to action this week, highlighted by Wabash taking on Rose-Hulman in the annual Giant/Engineer Match Play Classic on Wednesday (3/26) at Hulman Links Golf Club in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Ohio Wesleyan's Jeff Nieman and Wittenberg's Craig Osterbrock head an impressive list of standout players named to the North Coast Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary All-Decade men's golf team. Nieman and Osterbrock were the only two athletes on the list to win three of the NCAC's two major awards during the last decade of competition.
There was a handful of NCAC golf teams that opened the spring portion of their schedules last week on southern trips in South Carolina and Georgia. Ohio Wesleyan hosted the Taylormade-Adidas Intercollegiate in Dataw Island, South Carolina, while the Allegheny women made their annual trek to Georgia for the Jekyll Island Invitational.
North Coast women’s tennis teams continued spring break training trips in Hilton Head, South Carolina, last week, highlighted by Ohio Wesleyan (0-1, 4-5) posting a 4-1 record with wins against PSU-Behrend, 7-2, Emory & Henry, 5-4, and Sweet Briar, 9-0. Allegheny (0-0, 5-4) will be in action in Hilton Head in the week ahead, while Denison (0-0, 1-3) kicks off its spring break trip in Southern California today (3/17) against Bowdoin.
While playing in one of the top collegiate golf events in the nation was certainly a thrill for Oliver White (Lower Gwynedd, PA/Heritage Academy), the opportunity to represent his nation's heroes was the bigger honor for the Allegheny senior. For the second time in his career, White was selected to participate in the Patriot All-American, a three-round tournament comprised of PING All-Americans from all three NCAA classifications and the NAIA at the Wigwam Resort near Phoenix, Ariz. Dec. 28-31.
Denison University won a share of two league championships this fall and finished in a three-way tie for second in another to take the lead in the race for the 2013-14 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.