PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College Express golf begins its postseason run toward a national title as the program competes in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Golf Championships next week. The tournament will take place at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich., Monday-Tuesday, May 13-14.
The Express golf team captured 10 match and invitational overall titles during the spring season, highlighted by six first-place finishes in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) to win the conference championship. The program also captured the inaugural OCCAC Ryder Cup Tournament and finished first in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional Championship after a round of 310. Owens is ranked No. 2 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf poll.
Led by first-year Head Coach Josh Williams, Owens will compete against intercollegiate golf programs from around the region in the two-day 36-hole NJCAA Region XII tournament. The program must finish as one of the top two teams to advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championship, May 21-24. Individuals can also advance to the national championship tournament. Owens has made two trips (2005 and 2008) as a team to the NJCAA Division II National Championship.
Owens Express golf student-athletes include Luke Berger of Temperance, Mich. (Bedford H.S.), Darren Gessner of Okolona (Napoleon H.S), Walter Dorosh of Pinckney, Mich. (Pinckney H.S.), Timothy Dawkins of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Jason Glass of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Brandon Hoelzer of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.), Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Alex Roberts of Fostoria (Fostoria H.S.) and Riley Robinson of Monroe, Mich. (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.).
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.