1) 2004 at Auburn (Grand National)
2) 2003 at Purdue’s Kampen Course
3) 2008 at University of New Mexico GC
4) 2002 at Washington National GC
5) 2006 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course
6) 2001 at Howey-in-the-Hills
7) 2009 at Caves Valley Golf Club
8) 2000 at Sun River Crosswater GC
9) 2005 at Sun River Meadows GC
10) 2007 at LPGA Interanational
WILMINGTON, N.C. – This is the 10th NCAA Championship I have covered for Golfweek. It took all of about three minutes for me to decide that this year’s championship at the Country Club of Landfall was going to pass the “Ringler Championship Feel Test.”
There are many, many things they have to be considered in order to get a thumbs-up.
Sure, the golf course has some merit, but my review considers the little things: lunch menu, speed of the Internet connection, media parking, weather, comfort in the media room and the media room’s proximity to the course.
The folks here at Landfall have appeared to think a lot about the little things. Where do I start?
First off, having sweet tea in the media room this week scores big points. The deli spread for lunch on the opening day was very good, and the mustard was top-shelf. Getting access to the Web has not been a problem. The local media appear to have gotten the memo that there was a championship in their coverage area – the coverage in the Wilmington Star News has been great.
It takes less than two minutes to get from my seat in the media room to see the action on the golf course, and that’s with at least two checkpoints from volunteers asking to see my credentials. I’m not a fan of that, but hey, I understand. They are just doing their job.
On the course, there is actually a presence in the air that there’s an event going on. People (and I do mean plural) had brought lawn chairs and placed them in location where they have good views of all the action. What is this? Augusta?
Bleachers for the fans haven’t been empty, and there has been constant traffic on the cart paths going in both directions.
I need a few more days to see if the Internet connection stays strong, the sweet tea container stays full and, of course, what the lunch menu will provide. As for the golf, the course seems to be a bit on the easy side, but that’s OK. Red numbers are good once in awhile, and the worst of the weather is said to be behind us.
All of this could add up to being the top-ranked NCAA Championship on the “Ringler Championship Feel Test.”