2017 NAIA Men's Golf National Championship Qualifiers Announced

May 04, 2017
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By Spencer Scheve, Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the qualifiers for the 2017 NAIA Men's Golf National Championships. The 66th annual event will take place at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., May 16-19.

First and second round pairings for the championships will be announced Friday by 5 p.m. CDT on www.NAIA.org.

The 156-player field consists of 21 automatic qualifying teams, which won or finished runner-up in their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, 11 at-large berths and eight individual qualifiers. 

At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Click here to view the Top 25 Poll.

After winning its third title in the past five years and 10th overall, Oklahoma City highlights the field with two returning first team All-Americans Rupert Kaminski and Matthew Cheung. Kaminski and Cheung each rank in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories this season including – average score, par-four scoring, par-five scoring, eagles and birdies.

British Columbia, the 2016 national runner-up, is back in the field after defending its Association of Independent Institutions tournament title with a six-stroke win at The Brassie in Chester, Ind., on May 1-2.

The competition includes seven teams that finished in the top 10 at last year's championships: Oklahoma City (No. 1), British Columbia (No. 2), William Woods (Mo.) (No. 3), Texas Wesleyan (No. 4), Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (No. 5), Wayland Baptist (Texas) (No. 6) and USC Beaufort (S.C.) (No. 8).

In addition to Oklahoma City's ten national titles, four other 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.

The 11 individual qualifiers include seven automatic selections, two at-large individuals and two 2016 all-tournament invitees. 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.

For more information on the 2017 NAIA Men's Golf National Championships, click here.

2017 Men's Golf National Championships Team Qualifiers (listed alphabetically)

School Qualification
Arizona Christian At-Large No. 7
Bellevue (Neb.) North Star Athletic Association Tournament Champion
British Columbia Association of Independents Tournament Champion
Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Coastal Georgia At-Large No. 8
Cumberland (Tenn.) Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion
Dalton State (Ga.) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) California Pacific Conference Tournament Champion
Grand View (Iowa) Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Johnson & Wales (Fla.) The Sun Conference Tournament Champion
Keiser (Fla.) At-Large No. 2
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Frontier Conference Tournament Champion
Madonna (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Northwest Christian (Ore.) Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion
Northwestern (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Oklahoma City Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Oklahoma Wesleyan Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) Gulf Coast Athletic Conference/Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Point (Ga.) Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Point Park (Pa.) River States Conference Tournament Champion
Southeastern (Fla.) At-Large No. 4
St. Ambrose (Iowa) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up
Taylor (Ind.) Crossroads League Tournament Champion
Texas Wesleyan At-Large No. 1
The Master's (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
USC Beaufort (S.C.) At-Large No. 5
Wayland Baptist (Texas) At-Large No. 3
William Jessup (Calif.) At-Large No. 6
William Woods (Mo.) American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion


2017 Men's Golf National Championships Individual Qualifiers (listed alphabetically by school)

Joe Hurn, St. Andrews (N.C.) Appalachian Athletic Conference Medalist
Lawren Rowe, Victoria (B.C.) 2016 All-Tournament
Joey Medora, Holy Cross (Ind.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Medalist
Jake Coffey, Indiana Wesleyan Crossroads League Medalist
Corey Matthew, Morningside (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Conference Medalist
Sergio Garcia, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 2016 All-Tournament
Brian Peck, Southwestern (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Medalist
Matt McCurry, Asbury (Ky.) River State Conference Medalist
Ben Kendrick, Cumberlands (Ky.) Mid-South Conference Medalist
Rasmus Lind, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) At-Large Selection
Montana Frame, Oregon Tech At-Large Selection

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