05/25/2016

Summer vacation is practically here for most colleges and universities throughout the land, but before the kids head off to the beach or summer internships, there are championships to be decided and trophies to be handed out.

The NCAA Men’s Golf Championship for teams and individuals is scheduled for May 27 to June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.  The University of Oregon is playing host.

Last year, Louisiana State University (LSU Tigers) won the team title while Bryson DeChambeau of Southern Methodist University claimed the individual title.  DeChambeau won’t be back to defend his title however.  He skipped his final season and has taken his talents to the PGA Tour, but the field isn’t lacking for talent by any means.    

LSU is back to defend their team title.  They advanced out of the Franklin, Tenn. bracket along with Houston, Texas, Vanderbilt and Virginia.  The SEC will be well represented in Oregon as the Bayou Bengals are one of nine teams from the conference to advance to the finals.  Recent two-time champions Alabama will look to reclaim the title after having to watch last year’s action.

The team format will feature 30 teams in all, with 15 advancing to the final round after the 54-hole cut.  Then the top-8 will advance to a match play bracket to determine the champion.

For the individual portion of the tournament, the field will be cut after 54 holes to the top 15 teams and the top nine individuals not on a top 15 team.  Those 84 players will then compete for the individual crown.  Who that will be is anyone’s guess and you may not instantly recognize their name either.  Odds are you didn’t recognize the names Kevin Chappell, Ryan Moore, Troy Matteson or Luke Donald when they won their NCAA championships either. 

Today’s champion can be the next Ryder Cup member and PGA Tour winner in a few short years. 

DeChambeau made his professional debut at the RBC Heritage the week after The Masters (where he lurked around the leaderboard on the weekend and finished T-21st).  He finished T-4th at Hilton Head.  He’s got game and there are plenty more just like him.

If you want to see the stars of tomorrow, the Golf Channel will have live coverage the final three days. 

Check your local listings and the Golf Channel or NCAA website for exact times.