Get used to no NCAA finals changes
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The coaches convention - men (GCAA) and women (NGCA) - wrapped up last week in Las Vegas. And unlike the past few years, there were no fireworks. It seems college golf, at least on the men’s side, has gone through just about every possible change that one can think of - and they still are not sure if what is being done is the best way to do it.
What gets me here is the way the men arrive to the finals is not the same way the champion is determined. This is where I throw the red flag. And after strolling the convention hallways, I am not alone.
No matter what I or anyone else says, there will be no significant change to the men’s championship format in 2010 or probably the next couple of years. Some sort of team versus team format will be used. Currently it’s match play, but by the end of the convention, it appeared that coaches would like to see something that allowed each match to get to the 18th hole. Why is that important? Television.
The possibility of the NCAA Championship being televised is what forced these drastic changes to begin with. Some say the match play format was institued to make college golf more exciting, but ultimately the thought of television is what was behind the decisions.
Kent State coach Herb Page did not hesitate to let the room know what he thought: “Not going on TV folks.”
I agree, Herb.
The slow play problem also was discussed. The only real solution: More officials and volunteers, something the majority of college golf tournaments don’t have.
When it came to the women, there’s not a lot on the horizon. It has long been speculated that the NCAA women’s golf committee might be hurting in the department of bids being submitted to host postseason events. That was made obvious with a lengthy presentation on how to submit a bid to host.
It was also announced that both the GCAA & NGCA conventions will return to Las Vegas next December.