Clemson, Missouri Win at NCCGA Fall National Championship

Each year, golf fans hear and see plenty of coverage of the game’s best collegiate players.

Teams from schools like Stanford, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Florida State are commonplace in sports pages while the top individual talents get their names discussed thanks to PGA Tour event exemptions, USGA events and, of course, the now nationally-televised NCAA Championship.

But what about the rest of them? What about the rest of the college-aged golfers still playing that are so key to the game’s future growth?

For one weekend, at least, the headlines were about this subsection of players thanks to the National Collegiate Club Golfers Association Fall National Championship.

Put on by NextGenGolf and held at the beautiful Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia, Miss., the NCCGA Fall National Championship was comprised of 28 club teams and another 18 individuals competing throughout the two-day, 36-hole event.

“The NCCGA National Championship is the premier event students, parents, our partners and our staff look forward to each fall and spring,” said Kris Hart, CEO and co-founder of NextGenGolf. “It’s really special to see 240 gentleman and ladies coming all the way to Mississippi this fall.

“Many of these students are coming out on their own dime for the love of the game.”

Knowing that, NextGenGolf and the NCCGA put on a show for the golfers.

The festivities kicked off Friday with practice rounds and a demo day put on by Cleveland/Srixon Golf, one of the event’s national sponsors. 

And, of course, Back9Network was on site to cover the event.

The event was cut short due to rainy weather but it didn’t dampen the experience for co-champions Clemson and Missouri.

Clemson posted a team score of 10-over on Day 1 at Dancing Rabbit’s Oaks Course thanks in large part to Corey Stamper’s 5-under 67. Missouri withstood tough playing conditions on the event’s final day to post the best score on the resort’s Azaleas Course. Mark Stahlhuth led the Tigers with a 2-over 74.

For his stellar play, Stamper earned the event’s individual title. The win gets him an exemption into the Southeastern Amateur next summer.

“This championship clearly shows the commitment younger millennials have in golf and is the anchor to helping keep the college-aged player on the course,” Hart said.

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