Hosts with the most for the NCAA title
The NCAA men's and women's Division I golf committees announced a few site selections today for future national championship.
On the women's side, the University of Georgia GC in Athens, Ga., will play host to the 2013 NCAA Championship. It's the fourth time the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course will hold a college women's national championship, having been the site for the 1981 AIAW championship and the 1983 and 1993 NCAAs.
"Hosting a National Championship is something I have always wanted to do as a coach," Georgia women's coach Kelley Hester said. "I think we did a great job with the NCAA Regional in 2008, and the University of Georgia Athletic Association is always willing to show off our facilities at a national level. I was fortunate enough to compete in the 1993 Championships here at UGA, and I want my players to have the opportunity to play for a National Championship at home like did. It was one of my collegiate highlights."
The event is scheduled to be held May 21-24.
As for the men's side, the 2012 and 2013 championships will be held at Riviera CC in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga. The sites follow up Inverness Club's stint hosting the 2009 NCAAs and the Honors Course earlier this month as off-campus facilities that have held major championships or USGA events offering to have the top college players compete on their layouts. (AAC will hold the 2011 PGA Championship.)
"Over the last several years, the sites have improved, and they're going to places that have hosted majors and have a lot of history," said Georgia Tech men's coach Bruce Heppler. "That's a big deal for the players. Now we have an opportunity to do that. It's a great club that has hosted a U.S. Open and a PGA Championship, and is set to host another PGA next year. It has a lot of history, and it's a place where the best players in the world play."
USC will be the host institution at Riviera and Georgia Tech at AAC.
__Future NCAA D-I golf sites:
__2011—Traditions Club, Bryan, Texas (Host school: Texas A&M)
2012—Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn. (Host school: Vanderbilt)
2013—University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. (Host school: Georgia)
__2011—Karsten Creek GC, Stillwater, Okla. (Host school: Oklahoma State)
2012—Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Host school: USC)
2013—Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth, Ga. (Host school: Georgia Tech)