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Methodist University golf coach Steve Conley

Methodist University golf coach Steve Conley

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has been selected to host the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, host Methodist University and the NCAA announced.

The 72-hole stroke-play events will be played May 14-17, 2013, in Destin, Fla.

“Methodist University is again honored to host the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships,” said Bob McEvoy, Methodist’s athletic director. “Both our athletic staff and PGA Golf Management staff look forward to providing the student-athletes, coaches and fans from across the country a great experience at a wonderful venue in Sandestin. We will run a first-class event and provide outstanding lifelong memories for all of the participants.”

The national championship marks the fourth time that Methodist has hosted a Division III golf national championship and the second time the Fayetteville school has hosted the combined men’s and women’s championships. Methodist played host to the 1994 Division III men’s tournament at King’s Grant Golf & Country Club in Fayetteville, and the 2005 women’s tournament at Pine Needles Resort in Pinehurst, N.C., before hosting the first combined event at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in 2009.

The 2013 tournament will feature three courses at Sandestin. The men will play one round each on The Links Course and Raven Golf Club, with a 36-hole cut. The top 15 teams will play the final 36 holes at Raven, which played host to the Champions Tour’s 2006 and 2007 Boeing Championship.

The women will compete all four days at Baytowne Golf Club. Renovated by original architect Tom Jackson in 2005, Baytowne leads golfers from beach to bay, providing some of the region’s most challenging elevation changes.

Golfweek will host a preview event Oct. 14-16 for the top men’s and women’s teams in NCAA Division III.

“We are very excited we will be at Sandestin as hosts of the championship in 2013,” said Steve Conley, Methodist men’s head coach and Destin native. “Having lived and worked at Sandestin during my high school years, I know first-hand what great facilities and amenities await all of the teams.”

Conley, in his 25th season with the Monarchs, has won 10 national championships, most recently in 2010. Tom Inczauskis will host his first championship as women’s head coach next year.

“It is a tremendous honor to host the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort,” Inczauskis said. ”I look forward to continuing the providing of a unique and memorable experience for the student-athletes and their families by conducting the two championships simultaneously.”

The Monarchs women’s team has won 14 consecutive national titles and 24 championships since 1986. The event was sponsored by the National Golf Coaches Association from 1986 to 1995 and held as a joint tournament between NCAA Division II and III from 1996 to 1999.

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