USCC to join Carpet Capital in fall

USCC to join Carpet Capital in fall

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USCC to join Carpet Capital in fall

As Lance Ringler reported earlier, the Carpet Capital will be played next fall after questions about its future. Another Georgia Tech-hosted event, the U.S. Collegiate Championship, will join it in fall 2010. Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said he is “more than 90 percent” certain that the USCC will be held then after not being played this year.

Next year’s USCC will be held Oct. 23-26 so it won’t interfere with the Carpet Capital. It will, however, interfere with the Isleworth Intercollegiate.

The Golf Club of Georgia decided soon after last year’s event to no longer hold the USCC around the same time as the Masters, and at that point it was too late to add another event to the fall schedule.

The course also hosts the Georgia Cup, an 18-hole match between the U.S. and British amateur champions, the week of the Masters. Heppler said it was difficult for the course to be closed for so much time around the Masters, when courses like to showcase themselves to the golf industry. Fundraising for two events will also be easier with the two events further apart, Heppler said.

The fall date means the course will play differently. The USCC became known as the “Masters of college golf” because the course could create Augusta-like conditions in the spring. With a fall date, players will likely encounter higher rough, Heppler said. There’s one thing players won’t miss, though — the snow that occassionally hits the tournament.

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