TULSA GETS 2014 NCAA WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 1, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The NCAA announced today that Tulsa will host the 2014 Division I Golf Championships Finals to be held May 20 through 23, 2014. The Tulsa Sports Commission's bid for the event beat out 25 other host bid packages to secure the prestigious event that will be held at the Tulsa Country Club. The University of Tulsa will act as the local NCAA host school.
Today, Tulsa was one of 73 sites to be awarded championships from 2013 through 2015. Representing 18 sports, this is the largest single announcement of sites ever done by the NCAA.
"This event will bring great exposure to the Tulsa region," Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission said. "NCAA events have a level of prestige that can be appreciated across all audiences. It's a great honor that we were chosen to host the women's golf finals and we're excited to continue the successful partnership with the NCAA organization."
"We're excited to join the Tulsa Sports Commission and Tulsa Country Club as hosts for the 2014 NCAA Women's Golf Championship," said Tulsa Director of Athletics Ross Parmley. "As Tulsans, we all know about the great golf courses in this community and now we have another opportunity to showcase one of those venues to the college golf world. Just like with hosting the NCAA Tennis Championships in 2004 and 2008, and the NCAA First & Second Rounds of Basketball in 2010, I have no doubt that the Tulsa community will once again step up as spectators and volunteers to support this national championship event."
The Tulsa Country Club recently underwent renovations to the course and clubhouse last year, updating and modernizing Tulsa's oldest golf course.
This marks the second time that Tulsa will host the NCAA Women's Golf Championship. The first time came in 1999, also at the Tulsa Country Club, when the Duke Blue Devils finished eight strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State and Georgia to capture the team title.
Since hosting that first championship event, The University of Tulsa will now host its fourth national championship final. TU hosted the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship and the 2008 Division I Men's & Women's Tennis Championship, both at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the TU campus.
TU and the Tulsa Sports Commission also hosted the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship Second & Third Rounds in 2010 at the downtown BOK Center.
"This is exciting to bring the biggest event in collegiate golf back to the city of Tulsa," said Tulsa Women's Golf Coach Randy Keck. "Tulsa is a great golf city. Over the years, I've had so many coaches talk about what a great tournament it was back in 1999. The Tulsa Country Club, with the renovation, is a great place to serve as the host site. We're looking forward to an outstanding event."
"Hosting the NCAA Championship is a statement to people in golf circles that Tulsa is a great golf community. I believe being awarded this championship event says a lot about our golf facilities in Tulsa, The University of Tulsa and the history of our women's golf program," added Keck.
The 2014 NCAA Golf Championship will be the 33rd NCAA Championship event for women's golf. Tulsa, under the direction of legendary golf coach Dale McNamara, won that first NCAA Championship with a 36-stroke victory over second-place TCU on the Stanford University Golf Course in 1982.
The University of Tulsa has won four women's golf national championships, including the 1980 and 1982 AIAW national titles and the 1982 and 1988 NCAA crowns.
The competition dates for the four-day tournament in 2014 will be announced at a later time.
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