Golf News for Wednesday, December 22, 2004 | Events

Penn State captures the 2004 National Collegiate Golf Championship

Las Vegas, Nev.- Despite snow flurries and extremely windy conditions, Penn State golfers Kyle Tyson and Drew Guaraldo shot an eight under, 64, to win the 2004 National Collegiate Golf Championship (NCGC) at Badlands Golf Course. The two-person scramble event, sponsored by the Collegiate Golf Alliance (CGA) showcased over 25 teams representing 17 different colleges and universities.

For Kyle Tyson, the cold weather was a stroke of luck, “We really didn’t know what the competition level was going to be like. We did know that there were going to be some teams that could post good numbers, but in the end we thought we had some advantages in regards to the cold weather. We play in the cold all of the time at State College (Penn State) and we had a good idea how to manage the course.”

Course management was their ticket to success as they started the day with a birdie and an eagle on their fourth hole. The pair played consistently, following what Guaraldo thought was a solid scramble attack. “There was no secret to our success,” explained Guaraldo, “Over 90% of the time we played it safe. Once our first ball was in play and in a good position, the other person was allowed to be more aggressive.” Their eagle on hole #11 may have been the difference as they ultimately pulled away from the rest of the field by two strokes.

As the 2004 Champions, Tyson and Guaraldo received a pair of round trip tickets from Southwest Airlines and a full return package to Las Vegas and an automatic berth to the 2005 Championships to defend their title. In addition, the team all received a 4-day/3-night golf package to Kapalua Villas, home of the Mercedes Championship, in Maui, Hawaii.

Tyson and Guraraldo are already looking forward to defend their championship for the Nitnay Lions. “The tournament was well-run and well-organized.” Tyson said while holding back a smile. “Everything went smooth and I couldn’t have had a better time…I can’t wait for next year!”

An interesting side note: Kyle and Drew almost were denied an opportunity to play in this year’s championship. Since their school chose not to host a local qualifying event, they decided to make the drive to the University of West Virginia and play there. At the West Virginia tournament, played at Lakeview Country Club, the two-some placed 2nd and earned a berth to Las Vegas. “We were just lucky to get in.” quipped Guaraldo. The rest of the NCGC participants would argue otherwise.

After qualifying through local qualifying tournaments, participants at the NCGC competed in teams of two and played in one of three divisions. The divisions included: Student, Staff/Faculty and Alumni/Community. The winners of the Staff/Faculty division were David Becket and Kerry Geroux from the University of Southern Mississippi shooting a net score 73. Doo Sik Jung and Byung Huan Chun of Cal State San Bernardino won the Alumni/Community Division with a net score of 66.

The tournament was organized and facilitated by the Collegiate Golf Alliance (CGA). This year, the CGA was made up of over 800 golfers representing 90 different colleges and universities. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the NIRSA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for students through professional development, research, scholarships, and educational resources.

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