Atlanta Athletic Club out as ’13 NCAA host
The 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship will not be played at Atlanta Athletic Club, as announced earlier this summer, Golfweek has learned.
A new site has not been selected. The tournament was moved because of concerns about the club, in suburban Johns Creek, hosting two major amateur events in consecutive years. The Atlanta Athletic Club is scheduled to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
NCAA spokesman Cameron Schuh confirmed in an e-mail to Golfweek that “unforeseen circumstances” doomed Atlanta Athletic Club as host.
“The Division I Men’s Golf Committee has permitted Georgia Tech, as the host school, to submit another golf course for consideration,” Schuh said in the e-mail. “The committee will evaluate that course, along with the other sites that were previously submitted, and select a new championship site for 2013. This decision could come as early as next week.”
The Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Woodstock, the site of this year’s NCAA Southeast Regional, reportedly has been submitted as a replacement site for the 2013 NCAA. The course had hosted the WGC-American Express.
“I am certainly disappointed that we will not be able to host the event at the Athletic Club,” Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said. “It is a wonderful facility and we were excited about sharing that experience with all of college golf.”
Atlanta Athletic has been the site of four major championships – the 1976 U.S. Open, 1981 and 2001 PGA Championships and the 1990 U.S. Women’s Open.
The AAC will be the site of the 2011 PGA Championship.