NCAA Division III Golf National Championships Give Players Chance to Dream, Bond

While there will be a champion crowned this week at Boulder Creek at the culmination of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, the memories made by the 200+ golfers, coaches, family and friends will probably last as long as the trophy. The majority of those playing will not earn a title, but they will still walk away winners. –By Brian Hurlburt, founder, LasVegasGolfInsider.com

One of those teams who won’t win the title is Marymount University from Arlington, Virginia, but nobody will ever take away the fact that the program earned a trip to the National Champions for the first time in history. Marymount held on to win the Atlantic East championship last month by a total of two strokes over Cabrini to punch a ticket to Vegas, Boulder Creek and the Legacy.

While there will be a champion crowned this week at Boulder Creek at the culmination of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, the memories made by the 200+ golfers, coaches, family and friends will probably last as long as the trophy. The majority of those playing will walk away “losers” but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. –By Brian Hurlburt, founder, LasVegasGolfInsider.com

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One of those teams who won’t win the title is Marymount University from Arlington, Virginia, but nobody will ever take away the fact that the program earned a trip to the National Champions for the first time in history. Marymount held on to win the Atlantic East championship last month by a total of two strokes over Cabrini to punch a ticket to Vegas, Boulder Creek and the Legacy.

 

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At the conference championship, the Saints were led by Atlantic East Rookie of the Year, Chase Manion who finished third. Roger Sauvage was named First Team All-Conference for the second year in a row and Cameren Dawkins-Jones and Jonas Zajicek rounded out the All-Conference honorees with both earning Second Team recognition.

“This is my first time out here and unfortunately last time, because this is my senior year, but it was a great experience to be out here with teammates, friends, family,” Dawkins-Jones said following his second and final round as a collegian. “Boulder Creek was a great experience, as well. I would say the weather conditions were great and the golf course was great. The greens were unreal and fairways were good, as well, so. The greens played true.There were about four or five putts that I read, like exactly on my line for birdie and I made those putts. They were reading true, so I can’t complain.”

At the conference championship, the Saints were led by Atlantic East Rookie of the Year, Chase Manion who finished third. Roger Sauvage was named First Team All-Conference for the second year in a row and Cameren Dawkins-Jones and Jonas Zajicek rounded out the All-Conference honorees with both earning Second Team recognition.

“This is my first time out here and unfortunately last time, because this is my senior year, but it was a great experience to be out here with teammates, friends, family,” Dawkins-Jones said following his second and final round as a collegian. “Boulder Creek was a great experience, as well. I would say the weather conditions were great and the golf course was great. The greens were unreal and fairways were good, as well, so. The greens played true.There were about four or five putts that I read, like exactly on my line for birdie and I made those putts. They were reading true, so I can’t complain.”

The championships are hosted by UNLV and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and are another example of how Las Vegas–and Southern Nevada–are becoming the sports capital of the world. Previosly, the NCAA has held Division I men’s and women’s regionals and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, among other events. Several other NCAA tournaments have been and will be held in the city in coming years.

As this was being written, the second round was being completed and a cut to 18 teams from 43 was to be made. Marymount would not be moving onto the final two rounds.

The national championship race looks like it will come down to Redlands, Kenyon College, Methodist Univ., defending champion Carnegie-Mellon with Emory and Illinois-Wesleyan within shouting distance. Check out the live scoring link above for final scores and 3rd round pairings.

“Golf means a lot to me and it has definitely taken me a very long way,” Dawkins-Jones said. “Being with the First Tee for a very long time and just playing at Pebble Beach, having the experiences that I’ve had and playing just golf, it’s been a lot of fun.”

Hawkins has started a brand and was inspired by Tiger Woods and his mother.

From his official D.4.G.com website: “The inspiration behind D.4.G all started from my mother. As a child growing up, I always remembered my mother telling me that, ‘You are destined for greatness’ before going to sleep every night. That was engraved in my mind and it always motivated to do better each and everyday. In a short amount of time I accomplished things I didn’t even think were possible, especially as a black man in America.”

He also wrote the following about Woods:

“Growing up, Tiger Woods was and still is a huge inspiration to the game of Golf. Whether it was being the best ball striker on tour or shaping the golf ball anyway he wanted, his mind and hands worked in unison. Anything we want to do, ‘God will provide us the tools that we all are blessed to receive.'”