Guilford Heads to 20th NCAA Division III Men's Golf Tournament

2013-14 Guilford College Golf Team (photo by John Bell, www.touchalifephotography.com)
2013-14 Guilford College Golf Team (photo by John Bell, www.touchalifephotography.com)

GUILFORD'S BID: By virtue of its victory in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament April 29, Guilford College's men's golf team earned an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships. The full 41-team field was announced May 5 and contains 30 automatic qualifiers and 11 at-large selections. Five competitors will play as individuals, rounding out the 210-man field. The national championships will be held May 13-16, at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C. Guilford and the Greensboro Sports Commission serve as the tournament hosts.
    The team and individual champions will be determined after 72 holes of play or the conclusion of the last fully completed round. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the top-15 teams and top-five individuals not on one of those teams.

GUILFORD VS. THE 2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FIELD: The Quakers met 15 of the other 40 teams in the field during the regular season and compiled a 25-11-2 record in those meetings. Guilford's 2013-14 records versus the 15 teams are as follows: Berry (4-0), Concordia (Texas) (1-0), Illinois Wesleyan (3-1), LaGrange (3-1), Mary Hardin Baylor (2-0), Methodist (3-3), Oglethorpe (1-2-1), Rhodes (2-0), St. John Fisher (0-2), St. John's (Minn.) (1-0), Schreiner (1-0), Southwestern (Texas) (1-0), Transylvania (2-1), Webster (1-0), Wittenberg (0-1-1).

GUILFORD IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Guilford received its 20th NCAA Championships bid in 23 years of NCAA membership and fifth in as many years. The Quakers won their second national title in four years in 2005 with a 25-stroke triumph over the University of Redlands at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. Guilford captured the 2002 NCAA Championship with a six-stroke victory over Greensboro College at the Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb. The title marked the program's first NCAA Division III title in any sport. The Quakers qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in seven consecutive years after leaving the NAIA ranks in 1991.
    Guilford's NCAA Championships history is listed below:

Year

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Rd. 3

Rd. 4

Total

Finish/Teams

1992

319

304

316

302

1241

11/21

1993

322

328

316

306

1272

16/22

1994

327

323

311

316

1277

T17/23

1995

333

325

328

 

986*

19/23

1996

297

311

295

309

1212

8/23

1997

302

295

340

302

1239

T5/23

1998

305

303

295

306

1209

11/23

2000

304

320

303

 

927*

T11/23

2001

293

292

283

295

1163

2/23

2002

300

311

301

300

1212

1/23

2003

313

305

298

307

1223

17/23

2004

312

304

314

292

1222

12/23

2005

302

285

297

290

1174

1/23

2006

299

296

302

318

1215

5/23

2007

307

311

314

312

1244

T7/35

2010

303

297

295

283

1178

2/37

2011

295

298

299

299

1191

9/40

2012

300

295

306

306

1207

11/41

2013

307

305

m/c

m/c

612

T17/41


* - tournament shortened by weather

GUILFORD IN THE POSTSEASON: As seen by their NCAA Championships experience, the Quakers are no strangers to postseason competition. Guilford ranked among the elite NAIA men's golf programs during its affiliation with the organization and won the 1989 NAIA national championship.
    Guilford teams have qualified for national playoff competition 31 times in the last 38 years. The Quakers recorded top-six finishes in 10 NAIA National Tournaments from 1979-1990, including runner-up performances in 1985, 1986 and 1987. Guilford placed second in the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships by one stroke to Methodist University and second in the 2001 NCAA Division III Championships by one stroke to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

GUILFORD'S LINEUP

Name (Class, Hometown)

Rounds

Avg.

Low Round

Best Finish (Score), Tournament, Dates

1. Tanner Gross (Fr., Archdale, N.C.)

25

74.36

69

1st (222), ODAC Championships, 4/27-29

2. Ty Palmer (Fr., Kernersville, N.C.)

23

75.39

66

T3rd (226), ODAC Championships, 4/27-29

3. Dallas Page (Sr., Reidsville, N.C.)

25

75.88

70

T3rd (148), ODAC Championships, 4/27-29

4. Drew Thompson (Jr., Pickerington, Ohio)

25

76.16

70

T3rd (148), Pine Needles Intercollegiate, 2/24-25

5. Nick Shedd (Jr., Williamsburg, Va.)

17

76.76

69

1st (141), O'Briant-Jensen Memorial, 10/28-29

 
 
 
 

1st (143), Pine Needles Intercollegiate, 2/24-25


QUAKER NOTES: The Quakers are ranked fourth in Golfstat's May 6 Division III Relative Rankings with a 268-4 comparative record, including a 14-3 mark against top-25 clubs. Redlands is ranked first... Guilford ranks fifth nationally in birdies (268), seventh in par-three scoring (3.27), 10th in par-four scoring (4.28), 12th in average score (75.82), and 14th versus par (4.33) according to the May 5 Golfstat Statistics Rankings... Guilford's 299.64 team stroke average stands 13th in school history... the Quakers are ranked sixth in the May 5 Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches' Poll.

LAST TIME OUT: Guilford won its league-record 14th ODAC Championship Apr. 27-29 at the Rock Barn Resort and Spa in Conover, N.C. The Quakers, who won their fourth straight league crown, finished 19 strokes ahead of second-place Washington and Lee University. Guilford shot 312-303-289-904 in the tourney. The victory marked the Quakers' third of the year and gives Guilford 10 top-six finishes in 10 tournaments.
    Freshman Tanner Gross captured his first career medalist honor by winning a one-hole playoff, which broke a 54-hole tie with Washington and Lee's Conley Hurst. He shot 75-75-72-222 to become Guilford's second straight ODAC Tournament medalist. Teammates Ty Palmer and Dallas Page joined Gross on the all-tournament team. Palmer's 79-73-74-226 placed third in the field, a position he shared with Page, who shot 76-78-72-226. All five Guilford students placed among the 50-man field's top-17 finishers.

HEAD COACH COREY MAGGARD: Maggard became Guilford College's first new men's golf coach in 34 years in August 2010. The 2008 graduate of Transylvania (Ky.) University replaced Jack Jensen, who died suddenly in March 2010. Jensen, 71, served 45 years at Guilford, 33 as the Quakers' golf coach.
    Maggard has received the ODAC's first three Jack Jensen ODAC Coach of the Year Awards from 2011-13 after guiding the Quakers to the league title in each season. Guilford has won 16 tournament crowns under Maggard's watch and spent most of his first two seasons ranked first in both the Golfstat.com Relative Rankings and Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches' Poll. In addition, 15 Quakers have garnered All-ODAC recognition in his tenure, including three-time league Player of the Year Noah Ratner '13. Ratner also earned the Golf Coaches' Association's 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award as Division III's top player, as well as First Team PING All-America honors from 2011-13. Tanner Gross '17 became Guilford's first ODAC Rookie of the Year under Maggard in 2014.
    Maggard accepted his first head coaching position after two seasons as Transylvania's assistant golf coach under Brian Lane. He was one of 10 semifinalists for the 2010 Golf Coaches Association of America Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Coaches from all levels of college golf are eligible for the award, which is given annually to the assistant coach that, among other things, excels in working with student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
    With Maggard on staff, Transylvania won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) title and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2009 and 2010. The Pioneers boasted the HCAC's top golfer both seasons and totaled nine all-conference selections during Maggard's coaching tenure.
    As a student-athlete, Maggard lettered all four years under Lane and earned three All-HCAC commendations. He played on the Pioneers' HCAC championship teams in 2007 and 2008, which yielded two NCAA Championships appearances. Maggard placed second in the 2006 HCAC Tournament and had third-place efforts as a junior and senior. He won the 2007 Anderson Spring Invitational and was ranked #138 among Division III golfers in the final 2008 Golfstat.com Head-to-Head Ratings. The London, Ky., resident also served four years on Transylvania's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and earned his degree in business management.
    Maggard spent almost four years as an assistant golf professional at the Man O'War Golf Learning Center in Lexington, Ky. He works each summer at the Jerry Haas University Wake Forest University Golf Camp and is a Level Two Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Professional. Maggard has also worked as golf operations assistant at the Gulf Stream Golf Club in Delray Beach, Fla., and at the London (Ky.) Country Club.

STUDENT PROFILES

Tanner Gross (Fr., Archdale, N.C.) - Has led Guilford in stroke average for most of the season… 74.36 stroke average in 25 rounds stands 17th in school history for single-season stroke average and third in the ODAC… has six subpar rounds and two even-par rounds... ranks 11th in the 2013-14 Golfstat Division III Head-to-Head Player Standings, tops among rookies… captured medalist honors at the ODAC Championships, his first collegiate title... has seven top-10 finishes... named ODAC Rookie of the Year and was a First Team All-ODAC selection... ODAC Golfer of the Week three times this season.
    NCAA Division III Championships Results: first appearance.

Dallas Page (Sr., Reidsville, N.C.) - 75.88 average in 25 rounds, which ranks seventh in the ODAC… Second Team All-ODAC for the second straight season... ranks 54th in the 2013-14 Golfstat Division III Head-to-Head player standings… tied for third at last week's ODAC Tournament April 28-29, his best finish of the season... earned a spot on the All-ODAC Tournament team with a third-place finish at the league championships... shot a season-low 148 at the Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate... finished with a season-low 70 for a three-round 224, which placed 14th at the Golfweek Fall Invitational.
    NCAA Division III Championships Results: 2013 (161-T125).

Ty Palmer (Fr., Kernersville, N.C.) - Averages 76.16 strokes in 23 rounds, which ranks fifth in the ODAC… First Team All-ODAC... ranks 43rd in the 2013-14 Golfstat Division III Head-to-Head Player Standings… has two subpar rounds, including a career-low 66 at the Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate where he led Guilford with an eighth-place finish... has five top-10 finishes... shared third place at the ODAC Championships with a 79-73-74-226... placed sixth at the Pine Needles Intercollegiate (76-73-149).
    NCAA Division III Championships Results: first appearance.

Nick Shedd (Jr., Williamsburg, Va.) - 76.76 average in 17 rounds, which ranks 10th in the ODAC... First Team All-ODAC (2013, 2014)... ranks 48th in the 2013-14 Golfstat Division III Head-to-Head Player Standings… voted the ODAC's Golf Scholar-Athlete by the league's sports information directors for the second straight season... had two subpar rounds, which helped him to consecutive medalist honors and ODAC Player of the Week Awards... shot 69-72-141 to win the O'Briant-Jensen Memorial playing as an individual... shot 69-74-143 to win the Pine Needles Intercollegiate, his second career college title... has five top-22 results in seven tournaments.
    NCAA Division III Championships Results: 2013 (159-T113), 2012 (309-T57).

Drew Thompson (Jr., Pickerington, Ohio) - 76.16 average in 25 rounds stands eighth in the ODAC… ranks 72nd in the Golfstat Head-to-Head Player Standings… has two subpar rounds and five top-20 finishes… best result came at the Pine Needles Intercollegiate where he shot 74-74-148 to place third... shot a season-low 70 at the Gordin Classic on the way to a 12th-place finish (74-70-76-220) in the 60-man field... earned Second Team All-ODAC honors after two First Team All-ODAC campaigns… 2013 PING Third Team All-American.
    NCAA Division III Championships Results: 2013 (154-T69), 2012 (305-T47).

GUILFORD TO CO-HOST UPCOMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission were named co-hosts of the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. The 2015 tournament is set for May 12-15. Grandover is the first site to host the 41-team, 210-student event in successive years. The two organizations and the NCAA also hosted the event in 2011 and will do so again in 2018.