Golfer wins medal at MAC Championships, receives berth to NCAA regionals

April 28, 2019 | Events, News, UToday
By Steve Easton

Senior Duncan McNeill’s performance at this weekend’s 2019 Mid-American Conference Men’s Golf Championships earned him a spot into one of six NCAA Regionals.

The final round was canceled Sunday morning due to poor conditions at the par-72, 7,202-yard Club Walden course in Aurora, Ohio.


As a result of the cancellation, The University of Toledo senior became the fifth Rocket in program history to capture medalist honors at the conference championships.

McNeill will be only the second Rocket to compete in the NCAA Regionals as an individual. Chris Selfridge previously earned regional berths in 2013 and 2015.

McNeill will hit the links in NCAA Regionals action Sunday through Wednesday, May 12-15. The regional sites are in Pullman, Wash.; Stanford, Calif.; Murrells Inlet, S.C.; Simpsonville, Ky.; Athens, Ga.; and Austin, Texas.

He will find out his destination Wednesday, May, 1 at 9 p.m. when the championship selections are announced on the Golf Channel’s Golf Central.

“The whole team could not be more excited for Duncan,” Head Coach Golf Men’s Golf Caoch Jeff Roope said. “He has long been one of the most beloved young men on the team, so for him to experience this level of success at the end of his college years is widely applauded. He’s a true talent, and we are fortunate to call him a Rocket. We are looking forward to seeing him compete in the regionals and beyond.”

Ciaran McAleavey was the last Toledo golfer to take top conference honors in 2008; other Toledo MAC medalists include Brad Heaven in 2004, Mike Stone in 1992, and Tim Hirt in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Tim Rice tied for first place in 1997.

McNeill tallied an impressive five-under 139 (71-68) over 36 holes and finished three strokes in front of Kent State’s Gisli Sveinbergsson (71-71=142).

Toledo finished third in the team standings at 21-over par 597.

Kent State and Eastern Michigan tied for first place at five-over par 581 to share the championship. The Golden Flashes earned the league’s automatic NCAA Regional qualifying spot on a tiebreaker — cumulative total of non-counting scores.

The tournament was originally scheduled for 72 holes, but the course also was unplayable Friday due to heavy rains in the area.

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