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Grand Canyon University Leads PGA NCCGA National Spring Championship After First Round

Grand Canyon University Team

Grand Canyon University (GCU) emerged as the leader in the first round of the PGA National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Spring Championship at WinStar Golf Club.

With wind gusts reaching up to 35 miles per hour, GCU held its ground to finish even par (360), leading the competition by seven strokes.

Grand Canyon Coaches
Grand Canyon Coaches

The closest contender, Texas A&M, was 7-over, with High Point and Florida tied for third place at 12-over. Keiser stood at 13-over in fifth place.

GCU’s Angelo Luciani and Providence’s Logan Jaeger were co-leaders in the individual standings with a score of 4-under (68).

GCU had three players finish under par, demonstrating strong individual performances amid challenging conditions.

Grand Canyon’s Club President and Coach Ryan Woodworth emphasized the importance of mindset when dealing with such windy conditions.

He reminded his team that everyone faced the same weather, urging them to stay focused and understand that it was all about adapting.

Angelo Luciani credited his success to an eagle on the second hole, which gave him confidence.

His driver worked well, allowing him to keep the ball in play despite the winds. Logan Jaeger, on the other hand, relied on course management, hitting low tee shots to navigate the gusty conditions.

He made just one bogey and recovered quickly, finishing the day with a string of pars and birdies.

The 36-hole stroke play competition continues with the final round scheduled for Sunday morning.

The national champion team and individual medalist will be crowned after the second round.

The NCCGA’s unique format, operated by the PGA of America, provides a competitive setting for full-time college students not participating in varsity golf programs, allowing them to showcase their skills and compete at a national level.

Team Leaders After Round One:

1. Grand Canyon, E (360)

2. Texas A&M, +7 (367)

T3. High Point, +12 (372)

T3. Florida, +12 (372)

5. Keiser, +13 (373)

Individual Leaders After Round One:

1. Angelo Luciani, Grand Canyon, -4 (68)

2. Logan Jaeger, Providence, -4 (68)

T3. Dillyn Schmidke, Grand Canyon, -2 (70)

T3. Lucas Hughes, Grand Canyon, -2 (70)

T3. Cade Barone, Texas A&M, -2 (70)