Nagy, Volunteers to play for NCAA golf title

ESCANABA – Mike Nagy of Manistique will join his University of Tennessee golf teammates at the NCAA championship next week in Atlanta.

The Volunteers finished fourth in the recent regional at Baton Rouge, La. to join four other regional teams at the national tournament that begins

Tuesday at Capital City Club in Atlanta.

Second-ranked Alabama won the regional with a three-round total of 868. Tennessee, ranked No. 38, shot 892; Florida, LSU and Coastal Carolina also advanced to the 30-team national meet.

Nagy, a freshman, tied for 37th at the regional, shooting 76-79-74 – 229. Nagy played 19 rounds in seven tournaments this season, finishing in the top 10 in one tourney and in the top 25 in four events. He averaged 74.68.

Teammate Oliver Goss,a highly prized freshman from Australia, finished fourth.

Three rounds of stroke play begin Tuesday, with the top eight teams advancing to match play May 31-June 2.

Casey VanDamme, a former Mid Peninsula High School athlete and coach, is the assistant golf coach at Tennessee.

Three Upper Peninsula golfers at Michigan State University have ended their seasons, with twin brothers Dan and Dave Ellis of Negaunee concluding their collegiate careers.

Dan Ellis played 10 rounds and averaged 75.6 while Dave Ellis averaged 77.5 for eight rounds.

Sophomore Carley Saint-Onge of Marquette played in just one event, averaging 80.33.

Eric Johnson of Wayne State University, a senior from Marquette, has been named Player of the Year in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Johnson averaged 74.58 and three top five finishes this season.