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NewsFriday, April 20, 2012
The College's Men's Golf team won the Region 10 championship and finished fourth place in the District championship, This finish qualified the team for the national tournament finals. Nationals are slated for May 14-18 in Newton, Kansas.
Tri-County’s Men’s Golf Team Has a Shot at Winning NJCAA Division I Men’s National Championship
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/20/2012
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- For the first time in its eight-year history, Tri-County Technical College's Men's Golf Team has a shot at winning the NJCAA Division I Men's National Championship.
The College's Men's Golf team won the Region 10 championship by 16 shots and finished fourth place in the District championship, played at Rockledge Country Club in Rockledge, Florida. This finish qualified the team for the national tournament finals. Nationals are slated for May 14-18 in Newton, Kansas.
Tri-County's golf team is sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and competes within Region 10 at the Division I level.
This is historical for Tri-County," said Men's Golf Coach Clint Wright, who was named Region 10 Coach of the Year last weekend. Also team members Dalton Ward, Laurent Oudenne and Andrew Harvey won all-region team honors.
"This is the first time we have qualified for a national championship and it's the first regional championship win for us. It's important to reach this level and it takes the support of the College and the golf community to get there, including All About Golf (AAG), who supports us in permitting us to play and practice," he said.
To qualify for the nationals, a team must finish in the top half of the field for the district tournament. Tri-County competes against District 4 junior colleges in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
"We are playing in the most competitive district in the country. Last year five of the top 10 teams in the country came from this district," said Wright, "so coming out of the tournament with a fourth-place finish should put us in the top level of teams with a chance to do well at nationals."
Looking back, he noted, "Three years ago, we placed last in the tournament. Last year we were eighth and this year we are ranked fourth. This recent win is keeping this program moving forward," said Wright. " I am so proud of all of the players over the last three years who have helped us along in this move to be a respected and competitive team and a program that other players will want to be a part of."
Tri-County is ranked 15th in the country by the National Junior College Poll.
Tri-County Technical College's athletics programs include varsity-level women's basketball, women's and men's soccer and men's golf.