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Grand Canyon and Miami (Ohio) Crowned Co-Champions at PGA Collegiate Golf Championship

Dillyn Schmidke and Lucas Hughes, Grand Canyon s_ All-Tournament - PGA-NCCGA_Collegiate-Championship_RS-23

The 2024 National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Spring Championship concluded with Grand Canyon University and Miami (Ohio) University sharing the title of team co-champions.

The final round was cancelled due to severe tornadoes with winds exceeding 100 mph in the Texoma area, which caused significant damage, including to I35 and the surrounding communities.

TEAM CO-CHAMP_ Grand Canyon with Trophy PGA-NCCGA_Collegiate-Championship

The safety of players and staff led to the decision to recognize the scores from the first round as final.

Grand Canyon University, led by club president and coach Ryan Woodworth, shot an even-par (360) on the Redbud course, leading the field by seven strokes.

Miami (Ohio), under player/club president Kenny Knicker, scored a +14 on the Scissortail course, ahead by two strokes.

TEAM CO-CHAMP_ Miami (Ohio) with trophy PGA-NCCGA_Collegiate-Championship

Both teams earned the title of team co-champions due to the adverse weather conditions.

On the individual side, Logan Jaeger of Providence and Angelo Luciani of Grand Canyon were recognized as co-national medalists, each shooting a 4-under (68) on their respective courses.

Both Jaeger and Luciani shared medalist honours and were presented with a red jacket, plaque, and a champions’ hat.

Sophie Holland of North Carolina State was also acknowledged as part of the nine-player all-tournament team, representing one of four women competing in the championship. She scored a -1 (71) on the Redbud course.

Branden Thompson, PGA Lead for the NCCGA, acknowledged the challenging circumstances, stating, “We want to thank the WinStar staff who worked tirelessly to put on a great event, but unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate, and we had to cancel today’s final round.”

Despite the disappointment of not playing the final round, participants were grateful for the experience and hopeful for future competitions.

Luciani remarked, “I would have liked to go out there and ‘prove it’ rather than just competing for one day, but I felt like I played the best golf I could.

At the end of the day, it’s a win, but I do hope to get a few more of these red jackets.”