College golf stuck in Internet traffic jam
Friday, May 21, 2010
Editor's note: Golfstat leaderboards for the NCAA Women’s Championship were working as of late Friday afternoon. As of Saturday morning, full functionality remained intermittent.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Perhaps the most pressure-packed week in college golf history is causing a lot of frustration for college golf fans, players, coaches, media and tournament staff alike.
Golfstat.com, the sport’s live scoring capital, has been experiencing overwhelming technical problems since Thursday afternoon, due to an unprecedented increase in traffic and operations, according to Golfstat owner Mark Laesch.
This week, the NCAA is hosting six Division I Men’s regionals for the second season. At the same time, the Division I NCAA Women’s Championship is being played, along with the NCAA Division II Men’s Championship, the NJCAA Men’s (Junior College) Championship and the NAIA Men’s Championship. All of these tournaments’ live scoring leaderboards are being hosted by Golfstat.
Last year, the men’s regionals and women’s championship were played on different weeks.
On top of that, the NCAA asked Golfstat to provide the six men’s regionals sites with live scoring for every hole this year instead of the customary every three holes, because of their smaller fields.
Laesch says that change alone has “tripled the operational resources needed”
Plain and simple, he said, “the system is just overloaded.”
Lasch said the small leaderboards on the front page of Golfstat.com are working correctly, but users are still unable to click to the full, detailed leaderboards. At the men’s regional at Yale, teams are able to view the full team leaderboards on two TV screens in the clubhouse.
There have been scattered reports of people accessing the Golfstat leaderboards from their mobile phones, but others are still having trouble.
Thursday afternoon, UCLA freshman Pontus Widegren, playing at the NCAA men's regional at Yale, said that “the traffic is unbelievable.”
Widegren, who came to UCLA this year from Sweden, was talking about traffic in Los Angeles.
Who knew college golf's traffic jam this week would feel the same way?
– Lance Ringler contributed.