KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May. 3, 2018) – The Johnson & Wales men's golf program has qualified for this year's NAIA Men's Golf National Championships, May 15-18, earning an at-large bid the organization announced on Thursday. The 67th annual event will take place at TPC Deere Run for the third-straight year in Silvis, Illinois.
This marks the Wildcats' 18th-consecutive appearance in the national tournament. Last season, JWU finished tied for eighth.
The Wildcats are one of five qualifiers (JWU, Keiser, USCB, Coastal Georgia, and Southeastern) for this year's tournament from the Sun Conference (the most by any conference).
Ranked No. 7 in the final regular-season NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Top 25 Poll, JWU enters this year's national championship with a season stroke average of 290.98 over 14 events this season. The Wildcats finished fourth in last month's TSC Men's Golf Championship, marking the team's ninth Top-5 finish in 2017-18. On the year, JWU has amassed 19 individual top-10 finishes with 11 Top-5 results, and two medalists.
The 156-player field consists of 21 automatic qualifying teams, which won or finished runner-up in their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, one host berth to St. Ambrose University (Iowa) and seven at-large team berths. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll released on Thursday.
First and second round pairings and tee times for the championships will be announced Friday, May 4, at approximately 2 p.m. EDT on www.NAIA.org.
2018 Men's Golf National Championships Team Qualifiers (listed alphabetically)
|School||Qualification||Last Team Appearance||Team Titles||Individual Titles|
|Asbury (Ky.)||River States Athletic Tournament Runner-Up||1st|
|Bethany (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion||2015 (17th)|
|British Columbia||At-Large No. 6||2017 (12th)||1|
|Brescia (Ky.)||River States Athletic Tournament Champion||2002 (T10th)|
|Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion||2017 (2nd)|
|Coastal Georgia||At-Large No. 5||2016 (11th)||2|
|Cumberland (Tenn.)||Mid-South Tournament Champion||2009 (16th)|
|Dalton State (Ga.)||Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion||2017 (T4th)||1|
|Holy Cross (Ind.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Runner-Up||2012 (T14th)|
|Jamestown (N.D.)||North Star Athletic Tournament Champion||1st|
|Johnson & Wales (Fla.)||At-Large No. 4||2017 (T8th)||1||1|
|Keiser (Fla.)||At-Large No. 2||2017 (T8th)|
|Marymount California||California Pacific Tournament Champion||1st|
|Northwestern (Iowa)||Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion||2017 (T13th)|
|Northwestern Ohio, University of||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Champion||1st|
|Oklahoma City||Sooner Athletic Tournament Champion||2017 (6th)||10||5|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||Unaffiliated Group (A.I.I. / GSAC / RRAC) Tournament Champion||2017 (15th)|
|Oregon Tech||Cascade Collegiate Tournament Champion||2016 (7th)|
|Point (Ga.)||Appalachian Athletic Tournament Champion||1st|
|Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||Frontier Tournament Champion||2010 (13th)|
|Southeastern (Fla.)||At-Large No. 7||1st|
|St. Ambrose (Iowa)||Host Berth||2011 (T12th)|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Crossroads League Tournament Champion||1979 (15th)|
|Texas Wesleyan||At-Large No. 3||2017 (3rd)||6||11|
|USC Beaufort (S.C.)||The Sun Tournament Champion||2016 (8th)|
|Victoria (B.C.)||Unaffiliated Group (A.I.I. / GSAC / RRAC) Tournament Runner-Up||2016 (T9th)||1|
|Wayland Baptist (Texas)||At-Large No. 1||2017 (7th)|
|William Penn (Iowa)||Heart of America Athletic Tournament Champion||1960 (16th)|
|William Woods (Mo.)||American Midwest Tournament Champion||2017 (T4th)|
2018 Men's Golf National Championships Individual Qualifiers (listed alphabetically by last name)
|Matt Andrews||Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)||At-Large|
|Andre Becerra||Bellevue (Neb.)||North Star Athletic Individual Medalist|
|Wes Butenbach||Park (Mo.)||American Midwest Individual Medalist|
|Ben Kendrick||Cumberlands (Ky.)||Mid-South Individual Medalist|
|Rasmus Lind||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||At-Large|
|Nick Norton||Arizona Christian||Unaffiliated Group (A.I.I./GSAC/RRAC) Individual Medalist|
|Justin Pahl||Madonna (Mich.)||2017 National Championship All-Tournament Member (Top 15)|
|Mitch Pfingsten||Grand View (Iowa)||2017 National Championship All-Tournament Member (Top 15)|
|Domenick Postorino||Arizona Christian||2017 National Championship All-Tournament Member (Top 15)|
|Austin Taylor||Cincinnati Christian (Ohio)||River States Individual Medalist|
|Kameron Williams||Reinhardt (Ga.)||Appalachian Athletic Individual Medalist|