Rainey Makes Historic Trek To NCAA Championship
CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston junior William Rainey (Charlotte, N.C.) is the first golfer in school history to make the trek to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships as an individual.
He will look to make even more history as stroke-play competition awaits for him and 156 participants on May 27-30 at the par-70 Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. The course will play at 7,014 yards at the University of Oregon-hosted event.
Rainey, the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association individual champion and All-CAA First Team selection, was the low individual out of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional shooting 7-under par with rounds of 70, 71 and 68. He will be paired with individuals Ryan Cole of James Madison and Antoine Rozner of UMKC. The trio will tee-off the No. 1 tomorrow at 2:32 p.m. (PT) / 5:32 p.m. (ET).
Friday and Saturday will consist of 18-hole rounds on each day. The third day of stroke-play competition on Sunday will determine the Top 15 teams along with the Top 9 individuals, not on an advancing team, for the final 18 holes of stroke‐play competition to be held on Monday which will determine the Top 8 teams for match-play competition and the 72‐hole individual champion crowned.
Last year, Bryson DeChambeau of SMU claimed the individual title with a four-day total of 280 (-8).
The only other time CofC advanced to nationals was as a team in 2001, where the Cougars placed 16th – missing the 36-hole cut by one place under then head coach Mark Steelman.
“I am very excited that we will have some representation this week at the NCAA Championship,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “It is icing on the cake and has been a very good year for our program.
“William (Rainey) has really played well this year and is very excited to be playing for a national championship. The golf course looks like driving the ball in the fairway is at a premium. This is his strength and we look for him to have a great week in Eugene. He is a special player and has proven to be one of the top players in the country this season.”
In the history of College of Charleston Athletics, the Cougars have won 27 individual national championships – seven in sailing and 20 in equestrian. The school’s last individual national champion was CofC equestrian’s Eliza Hay, who was crowned the Cacchione Cup champion – awarded to the national individual hunter seat high-point rider.