SCU Golf heads to NCCAA Championship Tournament

October 8, 2013

Bethany – Southwestern Christian University Men’s Golf team has qualified for the 2013 National Christian College Athletic Association Championship Tournament.  Women’s Golfer Danielle Rhodes has also earned a spot at the NCCAA Invitational as an individual competitor.

"It is a great honor to be invited to such a great championship with a strong field,” said Mark Arthur, Southwestern Christian University Athletic Director and Golf Coach. “Even though we're young we have a strong team and look forward to the challenge."

According to the NCCAA, this will be the 18th Men’s Championship and third and final year of the Women’s Invitational as it progresses toward becoming a National Championship in 2014. The events will begin on Sunday, October 20 with practice rounds and the Tee-Off Banquet sponsored by the Panama City CVB & Sports Commission. Competition begins on Monday, October 21, with the 54-hole Men’s Championship/Women’s Invitational concluding on Thursday.  This will be the sixth consecutive year that the NCCAA events have been conducted at The Hombre Golf Club and the ninth since 2004.

This is SCU Men’s Golf team’s sixth year to compete in the NCCAA Championship, but it is the first year a SCU Women’s golfer has represented the University.

“Danielle is a very good player and has put in the work to contend for the individual championship,” Arthur said.

According to NCCAA, in addition to the competition, participates will partner with the Panama City Men’s Rescue Mission & Bethel Village for Women to provide a Christian Service Project.  Mission residents will be invited to attend the Tee-Off banquet and sit with a team that will become their adopted favorite for the week.  Each resident will receive a gift bag from the school including school apparel and various items requested by the mission, such as toiletries, devotional books, and snacks.  Residents will be invited to come support their teams on the final round of each team’s competition.  The NCCAA will also provide a cash gift to the missions to help support their ongoing ministries.

Teams competing in this year’s Championship and Invitational include:

Women’s Invitational Teams
Bethel College (IN)
Campbellsville University (KY)
Dallas Baptist University (TX)
Lee University (TN)
McMurry University (TX)
North Greenville University (SC)
Oklahoma Christian University
Point Loma Nazarene University (CA)
Shorter University (GA)

Individual Competitors
Hope Giordano, Emmanuel College (GA)
Kaycee Lindbert, Union University (TN)
Lindsey McRee, Union University (TN)
Jessica Meloche, Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
Danielle Rhodes, Southwestern Christian University (OK)
Cyndi Smith, Southern Wesleyan University (SC)
Kalan Smith, Trinity Lutheran College (WA)

Men’s Championship Teams
Bethel College (IN)
Cedarville University (OH)
Central Baptist College (AR)
Colorado Christian University (CO)
Covenant College (GA)
Dallas Baptist University (TX)
Emmanuel College (GA)
Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
Lee University (TN)
McMurry University (TX)
Mid-America Christian University (OK)
North Greenville University (SC)
Oklahoma Christian University (OK)
Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OK)
Shorter University (GA)
Southern Wesleyan University (SC)
Southwestern Christian University (OK)
Union University (TN)

Individual Competitors
Morgan Brewster, Bluefield College (VA)
Treg Fawl, Central Christian College (KS)
Mark Gayer, Central Christian College (KS)
Cody Lysher, Spring Arbor University (MI)
Skye Meija, Mississippi College (MS)
Michael Newton, Campbellsville University (KY)
Nick Maddalena, Simpson University (CA)

Southwestern Christian University is a private Christian liberal-arts university accredited by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.  The University is located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Since its founding in 1946, SCU’s primary mission has been to provide students with a Christ-centered education, equipping them for a life of learning, leadership and service.