2012 Championship Results | 2013 Championship Info
From the 2012 Player of the Year to rookies gunning to make a place for themselves, here are the top five DII men's college golfers to watch for the 2013 spring season.
Benjamin Taylor finished third, shooting a -8 (70-69-69—208) at the NCAA Championship and contributing to NSU’s first national title. He scored with a 70.94 stroke average over 33 rounds in 11 tournaments last season with two victories, four runner-ups and three top-five finishes and ended the season as the top-ranked Division II golfer. As a junior this year, he's the only DII golfer to be named to the Ben Hogan watch list and finished the fall season in the McDonough Cup with a +2 218 (72-72-74), tying for first place.
Nova Southeastern Athletics
Alex Carpenter, a senior at Abilene Christian, won the Lone Star Conference Championship with a -3 213 and also took the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational with a three-round, -8 208 last year. So far this season, Carpenter is the the 225th-ranked amateur in the world. He tied for second at the Jones Cup Invitational and finished among the top 10 at all five of ACU's fall tournaments, playing 11 rounds with an average score of 70.9.
Abilene Christian Athletics
A native of the Netherlands, Barry's Berry Jole nabbed 14 birdies in his freshman season. Now a sophomore, Jole opened the fall season with a -6 70-68 -- 138 through 36 holes on day one of the Brickyard Invitational. He came into the final round trailing Nova Southeastern's Ben Taylor, the 2012 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, by five strokes. Jole shot a 69 with a tournament-best 20 birdies and one eagle to claim his first career individual title.
Last season, USC Aiken's Matt Atkins earned a team-best 72.5 scoring average in 38 rounds, which led to three top-five finishes. Atkins also came in first overall in the 2012 NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional finishing -6, shooting 70 in each of the three rounds. This fall Atkins tied for fifth place in the Firestone Invitational, finishing his two rounds in the tournament with a -2 score of 142 (68-74).
USC Aiken Athletics
Chico State junior Ricky Owaki rounded out last season averaging 76.1 strokes a round in four tournament appearances. This fall, Owaki led the 2012 NCAA runner-up Wildcats into fifth place at the InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic, finishing in a tie for fourth at -1.
Chico State Athletics