NCAA Nationals – Illinois, USA

After their sensational showing in Austin the Cyclones headed to the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove which is just outside Chicago.

The team went into the Nationals as the 29th seed out of 30 teams.  The format of the competition is three rounds of stroke play with the top 15 teams advancing to the match play.  Unfortunately the team finished in a tie for 18th and missed the cut.  

Nick had rounds of 76, 72 and 75 finishing in a tie for 95th.

On a positive note, Nick’s team mate and fellow countrymen, Denzel Ieremia advanced to the individual medalist race.  After the strokeplay he was tied for 31st.  He ended up finishing in a tie for 47th after the fourth and final round.

In Nick’s own words…..

It was a disappointing finish to my career as a Cyclone.  The boys needed to fire in the final round but unfortunately we just couldn’t get things going.  I’m really proud of the boys and how we operated, the coolest thing was that we belonged there and we all know it.  It was the big stage and our program fit right in.  We all played pretty average and nearly squeezed in that cut for the final round and then anything could have happened. 

In terms of how I played – it was really frustrating.  I hit the ball pretty well but shot myself in the foot too many times. There were a few too many sloppy swings at the wrong times and as a result I made quite a few bogeys. My putter was pretty cold this week (through all putting numbers) and therefore I couldn’t capitalize on the birdies or make the momentum building par putts. I wasted a few shots off the tee per round (around 2) which you just can’t do at an event like this. It was an inefficient type of effort – I played decent but scored poorly. 

Rich Harvest Farms

In 1987, Jerry Rich began o develop Rich Harvest Farms, the now 18 hole ultra private golf course that winds through the tranquil and picturesque landscape,

After 10 years of perfecting each hole, all 18 were complete and Rich Harvest Farms was rated the 5th Best New Private Golf Course by Golf Digest.  Three years later, Golf Digest placed the course on “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”, where it remains today.

The course has held many prestigious events including the Solheim Cup, the Palmer Cup and the Western Amateur.


This blog was originally set up to share our 9 month adventure around Europe and the USA with friends and family in 2014. On returning to NZ in January 2015 I decided to carry it on so I could continue to share any future travel adventures - it has become my electronic travel diary. I hope you enjoy and get inspired to visit some of the wonderful places we have visited.
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