Numbers breakdown at NCAA Championship
WILMINGTON, N.C. – After flying through turbulence, I arrived in a wet Wilmington, N.C., for the NCAA Women’s Championship, which starts Tuesday. Weather forecasters call for rain and scattered thunderstorms for the next three or four days.
The women played in the rain on the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall. Every player in the field had her umbrella out.
Before the opening round of the national championship, here are some numbers to ponder for the most important week of the season.
1 – Number of times the NCAA Women’s Championship has been held in Wilmington, N.C. In 1995, Arizona State won its third straight national title, on the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall. The Sun Devils were led by Wendy Ward, who won the 1994 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and her first LPGA event at the 1997 Fieldcrest Cannon Classic.
4 – Number of billboards around the city promoting the tournament.
17 – Number of players in the field from California. With 126 players here this week, the Golden State is followed by Florida, which has six players. The coolest nickname for a state is Alabama, which is known as The Yellowhammer State.
33 – Number of years Purdue coach Devon Brouse has been a college coach. Brouse also coached at North Carolina.
75 – Number of banners dangling from streetlights on the road that leads to the clubhouse at the Country Club of Landfall. The main “strip” for the banners is Landfall and Arboretum Drive. To get to the course, don’t follow the Yellow Brick Road; follow the championship banners.
88 – Number of ball spotters allocated for the event. It’s good to know that with rain and the rough, which is currently at 2 inches, there will be plenty of ball spotters to help players locate their balls and more importantly keep them moving smoothly. Saving time is a very good thing.
408 – Number of new boxes of golf balls that will be driven, smacked, chipped and punched from Landfall’s driving range. Now, because I am a math guy . . . 408 dozen golf balls equals a total of 4,896 individual balls for the range.
500 – Number of volunteers at the championship. What will the over/under on spectators be then? Do volunteers count for that over/under number?
6,368 – Length, in yards, of the Pete Dye Course at the CC of Landfall.