Concordia Texas Athletics

05/14/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/14/2018 14:47

No. 7 CTX ready to compete in NCAA Championships

Men's Golf | 5/14/2018 2:15:00 PM | Doug Waters, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

N.C. - Coming off arguably the best regular season in school history, the seventh-ranked Concordia Texas men's golf team is set to participate in their third straight NCAA Championships hosted by Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission Tuesday, May 15-Friday, May 18 at Grandover Resort. The Tornados took home a program best six team titles this season while finishing runner-up at the American Southwest Conference Championships. CTX head coach Chris Hill is looking forward to his team competing for a national title for the third straight season. 'This is a special opportunity to have a chance to compete for a national championship,' Hill said. 'As a college athlete you only get four opportunities, and this team is prepared to compete, but also create memories that will last a lifetime.' In the 2017 NCAA Championships, the Tornados finished in 19th place, missing the cut by just one stroke. Seger Howell, Logan Young and Ryan McGinley all return to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season while freshmen Clayton King and Will Arend will be making their first championship run. Howell, a junior from Live Oak, Texas, has been the veteran leader on the course for CTX this season. The 2018 ASC Co-Player of the Year won three individual titles this season, which is tied for the program record. Howell also took home ASC Golfer of the Week three times this season. Both Young and McGinley sit in the top-25 in individual player ranks in NCAA D-III and were both named semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award. Young, a sophomore from Normangee, Texas, is currently the top-ranked golfer for the Tornados according to Golfstat. The first team All-ASC selection is ranked seventh in the nation with a 73.29 scoring average and has also finished in the top-five individually in a team-high four tournaments this season. McGinley, meanwhile, is ranked 22nd in the nation with a 73.86 scoring average. The sophomore out of Austin, Texas, is coming off a runner-up finish in the ASC Championships while also taking home the individual title in the Abilene Intercollegiate this fall. Arend and King have also been stellar in their first year with the Tornados, both earning ASC All-Conference honors. Arend, out of The Woodlands, Texas, was named second team all-ASC after grabbing three top-10 finishes this season, including an individual title in the John Bohmann Memorial Invitational last fall. King, from Uvalde, Texas, earned ASC honorable mention honors thanks to finishing in the top-10 three times on the year. His best performance of the season came in the spring at the Linda Lowery Invitational where he finished runner-up and carded an 18-hole score of 66 (-5), the best mark on the team in 2017-18. The field will feature 42 teams, which will be whittled down to 18 after the first two rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the final two rounds being played on Thursday and Friday. The tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday with Arend being the first Tornado to tee off at 8:25 a.m. followed by McGinley at 8:35 a.m., King at 8:45 a.m., Young at 8:55 a.m. and Howell at 9:05 a.m. Hill feels good about his team's chances of competing for a national title. 'This team is special,' Hill said. 'They love golf and love competing. I'm looking forward to an exciting week.'