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Could NCAA hoops proposal be litmus test for golf?

January 13, 2010

The NCAA Convention begins today in Atlanta and runs through Saturday. Unlike the last few years, the line-up of proposed legislation that would have have a direct impact on golf, at least at the Division I level, is minimal. (Division II, on the other hand, has a couple to follow, including a reduction is days of competition from 24 to 21 as well as its Life in the Balance legislation.)

That said, college golf fans might want to keep an eye on a proposal involving men's basketball that could have applications to golf down the road. Proposal 2009-100 would prohibit schools from sponsoring or hosting games or other events involving high school and club teams on campus or at regularly used off-campus facilities. The thought is that by hosting such events, the schools would have an edge with potential recruits who get to see the university and its facilities.

Should this pass, could a similar proposal happen that might apply to golf? Most notably, Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek GC hosts the Ping Invitational each fall, one of the AJGA's higher profile tournaments. Furman, Texas A&M and Texas Tech host other AJGA tournaments while the campus courses at Penn State and Duke hold IJGT tournaments. Does these programs gain an advantage in recruiting because of this? Some say yes, some say no.