2012 Championship Results | 2013 Championship Info
From individual national champions to seniors looking to go out with a bang, here are the top four DIII men’s college golfers to watch for the 2013 spring season.
As a freshman, Anthony Maccaglia led the Petrels to their second national championship and was the NCAA individual champion, for which he won the Arnold Palmer Award. His overall tournament score of five-under-par was the only individual below-par score posted during the course of the week. This fall, he has posted an average score of 70.80 across 10 rounds played and won the title at the Oglethorpe Fall Invitational with a two-day score of three-under 139 (69-70).
Texas-Tyler senior John Dukes finished last season with a team-best 73.89 scoring average, good for first in the American Southwest Conference as well. Earlier this year Dukes fired a 7-under-par 137 (71-66) to win the individual title and guide the Patriots to a 23-stroke team crown at the Alamo City Classic. This fall he shot an average 71.43 across seven rounds.
As a freshman, Redlands’ Bobby Holden was a major contributor to the team’s fifth-place showing at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships, finishing tied for 31st individually. He currently has the best average score in the country, shooting 70.67 and -1.33 during six rounds. After averaging 71.66 per round at the Embry-Riddle Arizona Co-Ed Invitational this fall, Holden followed with an opening-round score of 66 at the Cal State San Marcos Invite, tying the school record. He finished the invite with an average round of 69.66.
Senior Mike Wesko helped Methodist to a third place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships, shooting a 313 across four days. Last season he competed in nine events averaging 74.0 strokes per round, but he’s already improved this fall to an average 72.30 during 10 rounds. Wesko shot an even-par 142 at the Oglethorpe Fall Invitational to finish in a tie for second behind Anthony Maccaglia. He also earned individual medalist honors at the O’Briant-Jensen Memorialwith a two-round score of 141.