Notre Dame, Ind. – Tuesday afternoon at 1:40pm Joey Medora will represent Holy Cross College and the men's golf team at the NAIA Men's National Golf Championship. The course for the National Championship will be unfamiliar to most participants next week, but not Medora. The junior from Bishop, California dominated the TPC Deere Run course in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Tournament.
"Joey has worked extremely hard this past season and has been focused on one goal: leading our team to a National Championship. His mindset was so team oriented that even when he qualified for nationals as an individual medalist, he was more disappointed that we weren't going as a team," Coach T.J. Mannen stated earlier this week. "Very unselfish as an individual that he wants nothing more than to have the team achieve greatness more than himself. Very proud of his improvement over the last two years and we look forward to the challenge ahead of us. He is playing some of his best golf right now so I'm excited to see what he can do at TPC Deere Run next week."
Follow @hocrosaints on Twitter and Instagram to get live updates of Medora's first two rounds at the National Tournament. There will be live updates, pictures, and video as he takes on the NAIA's best.
For round one, individual qualifiers Laren Rowe of Victoria (B.C.), Rasmus Lind of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Sergio Garcia of Mount Mercy (Iowa), Ben Kendrick of Cumberlands (Ky.), Montana Frame of Oregon Tech and Brian Peck of Southwestern (Kan.) tee off No. 10 at 9:30 and 9:40 a.m. on day one and 2:10 p.m. on the second day on hole one. Matt McCurry of Asbury (Ky.), Corey Matthey of Morningside (Iowa), Joey Medora of Holy Cross (Ind.), Jake Coffey of Indiana Wesleyan and Joe Hurn of St. Andrews (N.C.) tee of No. 10 at 1:20, 1:30, 1:40, 1:50 and 2:00 p.m. on day one.
The 156-player field consists of 21 automatic qualifying teams, which won or finished runner-up in their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, eight at-large berths and eleven individual qualifiers.