College golf will return to TV in 2014, the NCAA and Golf Channel announced Dec. 17.
The NCAA Division I men’s championship will be televised live beginning in 2014, and the women will follow in 2015 when both championships are held in consecutive weeks at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
In 2009, the men’s championship adopted match play in hopes of gaining TV exposure. The 2014 championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., will feature three days of live coverage.
“I think it’s amazing,” said Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, who was a freshman at Georgia in 1997, the last year the women’s NCAA Championship was televised live.
The NCAA women’s tournament consists of 72 holes of stroke play. The men play 54 holes of stroke play, from which the individual champion is crowned and the top eight teams advance to match play.
With the 2015 men’s and women’s finals being played in consecutive weeks at the same course, the championship-venue model could be set for future years.