The 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships were a Huge Success!

Northern Illinois University and Rich Harvest Farms are excited to announce that we hosted the most well-attended NCAA Golf Championships in the history of the event! With eight times as many spectators as last year, the back-to-back tournaments drew spectators of all ages, from Illinois to Oklahoma. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event–we would not be able to enjoy this level of success without the dedication of our volunteers and the passion of our spectators.

Men’s Golf Championship Winners

The Men’s Championship was a beautiful display of fantastic weather and amazing golf, even in windy conditions. Braden Thornberry became the first player in Ole Miss history to win individual medalist honors, finishing with an 11-under par total of 277 to win the title by four strokes over Mason Overstreet of Arkansas. Matthias Schwab and Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt, along with Scottie Scheffler of Texas, finished in a three-way tie for third at six-under, 282. And while hometown favorite University of Illinois made a good showing, making it all the way to the Semifinals and drawing in large crowds, it was the University of Oklahoma that ended up beating out reigning champions University of Oregon for the team title on May 31.

Women’s Golf Championship Winners

The Women’s Championship wasn’t hampered by the rain as it raced to an exciting conclusion. Monica Vaughn of the Arizona State University Sun Devils won the individual title by one stroke over Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho and Duke’s Leona Maguire on May 22. The Championship team title was also taken by Arizona State University on May 24, beating out hometown favorite Northwestern University.

Kids Days

Thanks to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, over 2,200 students were able to attend the NCAA Golf Championships for free and enjoy fun activities during Kids Days. The Foundation is the sole supporter of many similar programs across the state of Illinois that are designed to introduce children between the ages of 5 and 17 to the sport of golf, its fundamentals, rules, history, etiquette, life lessons, and more. To help the Kids Golf Foundation continue their mission, sign up for their newsletter at the bottom of their website, or donate down below!

Competing Teams


May 19-24

1 Stanford
2 Alabama
3 Florida
4 Arizona State
5 South Carolina
6 Duke
7 Furman
8 Northwestern
9 Florida State
10 Pepperdine
11 Oregon
12 Michigan State
13 USC
14 Texas
15 Baylor
16 The Ohio State
17 Miami
18 California
19 Purdue
20 Texas Tech
21 Clemson
22 Kent State
23 Michigan
24 North Carolina


May 26-31

2 Oklahoma State
3 Stanford
7 Vanderbilt
8 Baylor
9 Kent State
10 Texas
11 Duke
12 Auburn
13 Oregon
14 Illinois
15 Florida State
16 Pepperdine
17 Kennesaw State
18 Iowa State
19 Clemson
20 Oklahoma
21 Virginia
22 Ole Miss
23 Alabama
24 New Mexico
25 Arizona State
26 North Carolina
27 Lipscomb
28 Purdue
29 Jacksonville
30 Penn State