LPGA International again?
The NCAA has announced the 2011 postseason sites for the women.
The Central Regional will be held at the Warren Golf Course hosted by Notre Dame, the West Regional will be played at Washington National Golf Club hosted by the University of Washington and the East Regional will be played at LPGA International hosted by Stetson. The NCAA Championship will be played at the Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas and hosted by Texas A&M.
I have several thoughts regarding this announcement. The one that stands out the most to me – and judging by the phone calls and e-mails I have received in the past day, it obviously is a thought others have – is why is the NCAA going back to LPGA International? The 2007 championship was played there and I have to say, it hardly felt like an event of any kind was going on.
I have been to Washington National for several events, including a national championship, and am certain the people involved will do a tremendous job there. Their past history is very good. I have heard great things about the course at Notre Dame, and any time an event is on a campus facility (which this is) it usually is better than par.
Nothing against the people at Stetson, but these events have much better success rates when they are played on campus, or have a strong campus connection.
As for the championship at Texas A&M, I have been there as well and the people in Aggie-land don’t like to do anything that is not first class. Even though the golf course can be extremely difficult and borderline not fair at times (depending on setup), I would expect this to be up there with the best in women’s championships history as far as environment. Even if the Texas A&M women’s team is not in the field, I would still expect a great amount of support.
Even though I don’t know the number of bids that were submitted, I would expect it is still not enough to give the NCAA a lot to choose from. There are many great tournaments throughout the year. Some of these places should seriously think about taking it to the next level. The people at the Landfall have a great history and together with UNC-Wilmington, they took things to the next level and will be hosting the 2010 NCAA Championship.