PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College men’s golf program is one step away from being crowned national champions after winning their respective regional tournament. As a result of their postseason success, the Express golf team will now advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, Tuesday-Friday, May 21-24.
This marks Owens’ third trip (2005, 2008 and 2013) as a team to the national championship tournament. The Express earned their trip to the nationals by finishing first in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Golf Championships at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich. Owens captured the two-day NJCAA Region XII tournament with an overall score of 884 (299-288-297).
“I am extremely proud of our golf team and their efforts throughout the season,” said Josh Williams, Owens Head Coach of the Express golf program. “This is a great group of student-athletes who have worked very hard from day one and earned the right to compete for a national championship.”
The Express golf team captured 11 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. 3 in the most recent NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf poll.
The NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament will take place at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala. A maximum of five players are allowed to compete on a designated intercollegiate team and the no-cut tournament will consist of four rounds beginning at 7 a.m. each day. However, seven Express student-athletes will compete in the individual portion of the championship tournament. Tee times will be set prior to the tournament in accordance with NJCAA rules.
Owens will compete against approximately 20 intercollegiate golf programs and 200 individuals across the country for the NJCAA Division II National Championship team and individual title.
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.