Local golfer competing in national championships
Owens Community College student-athlete Jimmy Bell of Rossford is competing against some of the country’s best intercollegiate golfers for a national championship title as the Express sophomore participated in the NJCAA Division II National Championships last week.
After two rounds, Bell was 64th after shoting a 78-75-153, which is nine strokes over par. Leading at that point was David Griffin of Rend Lake College (Ill.) at 66-70-136.
Bell, a 2007 Rossford High School graduate, advanced to the national championship tournament after shooting a total score of 228 (78-77-73) and finishing ninth place at the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Golf Championships.
The Owens six-member team finished sixth at the regional championships, which was held at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich., after rounds of 316-316-309 (941).
Bell (pre-business administration major) will take a 75.9 season scoring average into the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament, which will be held at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala. The four-day 72-hole NJCAA tournament will consist of four rounds beginning at 7 a.m. each day. Tee times for the no-cut event will be set prior to the tournament in accordance with NJCAA rules. Over 140 individuals will compete for the individual national title.
“I am extremely proud of Jimmy Bell and his efforts on the golf course,” said Gilbert Guerrero, Owens Head Coach of the golf program. “Jimmy has worked very hard and has served as a team leader from day one of the season. He has earned the right to compete for a national championship title and will represent Owens Community College and the golf program well at the NJCAA tournament.”
Bell’s postseason honors include selection as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player of the Year and Top Medalist with a 75.7 scoring average. He also was named to the NJCAA All-Region XII Team.
The Express golf team captured five match and invitational titles during the recently-completed season, highlighted by its third consecutive first-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Championship Invitational. The program also captured its fourth NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after rounds of 317-314 (631) at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg.