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Thursday
Nov012012

Prairie Dunes Lands 2014 NCAA Championship

They just have to get past Capital City Club this year, then off to another classic in 2014 as Wichita State hosts at Perry and Press Maxwell's masterpiece. Unfortunately, the NCAA Championship is about the only significant college sporting event that goes untelevised. CBS, who brings us commercials occasionally interrupted by the PGA Championship, is the rightsholder.

Here's Ran Morrissett's course review with photos.

Anyway, Paul Suellentrop reports:

Wichita State will serve as the host institution for the event, tentatively scheduled for May 27-June 1, 2014. According to the NCAA, 27 institutions bid for host rights for the golf finals and regionals in 2014 and 2015, the most competition for any of the 54 championships announced.

Kansas will serve as the final stop for men’s golf teams and individuals for the first time since 1963, when Wichita Country Club hosted the event.

“Kudos to Prairie Dunes for being a great championship facility,” WSU athletic director Eric Sexton said. “This is exciting for our region.”

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It is not only a good event, that is frequently contested over some interesting courses... But as one Geoff Shackelford has rightly noted, the format (team match competition) has been turning out some of the most thrilling golf tournaments in the game over the past couple of years.

It is a minor crime, that it does not have some sort of plan for national television. I thought this was what ESPN2, ESPNU, and/or the Golf Channel were for...
11.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
Chuck,
By the accounts of those who saw the finish at Riviera last year, the format and conclusion would have been one of the more exciting golf events of the year. And as you note, the last few years have all been thrillers. Television claims it's a $2 million expense to televise. I'm not buying that.
11.1.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Even if it is $2 million, you're telling me they couldn't sell that ad space easily? On a 4-6 hour broadcast, I think they could recoup that cost pretty easily.
11.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjosh
There are some more good photos and some commentary at http://theitinerantgolfer.com/prairie-dunes-country-club/
11.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrook
Maybe they should consider some sort of PPV then.
11.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterViz
I haven't been to a NCAA golf championship since '82 at Pinehurst #2. Great event. Players are always looking ahead or behind to see what their teammates are doing. Watching players signal club selection to the teammate back the tee on par 3s is very entertaining.
Prairie Dunes is one of my all time favorite golf courses and it is no surprise that the members generously gave the NCAA the opportunity to host its championship there. There's something utterly suprising and awe-inspiring about driving across dead-flat Kansas and then getting within a 1/4 mile of PD and seeing the eruption of the natural dunescape. The nine original holes by Perry are among the very best holes in the land. And Press' nine aren't shabby, either.
11.1.2012 | Unregistered Commentertlavin

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