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NCAA's Championships Coming To Golf Channel!

Let's face it, college golf has been largely irrelevant because its championships aren't on television. Sad, but true.

That's finally changing, as the television-friendly team-match play format (mens) will finally be coming to Golf Channel in 2014, and the women will start in 2015. Too late to have seen Riviera and University of Texas' thrilling win, but Prairie Dunes will be hosting in 2014.

For Immediate Release...

Men’s Golf Championships Coverage Begins in 2014, Followed by Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships in 2015
Golf Channel to Complement Tournament Action with Ancillary Programming and Comprehensive News Coverage On-air and Online
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2012) – Golf Channel and the NCAA jointly announced today the return of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships to television beginning in 2014 with the Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kan. The announcement was made today by Mark Lewis, NCAA Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances and Mike McCarley, President of Golf Channel. As the fastest growing network in television in the U.S. with distribution to 140 million homes across 83 countries and territories around the world, Golf Channel will present these marquee NCAA golf championships to a worldwide audience via all its media platforms.
“This is the culmination of a collaborative effort between a lot of individuals over a long period of time, including the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Committees,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances. “We are excited for our men’s and women’s golf student-athletes to gain additional exposure and for the fans of the sport to be able to see up close what makes these championships so special. Partnering with the Golf Channel made perfect sense for us and we appreciate their commitment in helping to grow the audience for the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships.”
“We are committed to covering all facets of the game of golf and this new partnership with the NCAA will be the centerpiece of our broader commitment to covering the collegiate game,” said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. “We look forward to introducing our viewers to the future stars of the game and tapping into the tremendous passion collegiate fans have for their schools.”
Golf Channel is scheduled to air three days of action from the 2014 men’s championship. Hosted by Wichita State University, the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will feature the top collegiate golfers in America and the game’s future stars. Beginning with 30 teams and six student-athletes competing over 54 holes, an individual champion will be crowned before the top eight teams advance to the final three rounds of match play competition for the team championship.
Through a multi-year partnership with the NCAA, Golf Channel will air tournament action from both the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships beginning in 2015. The 2015 championships are scheduled to be contested at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., and hosted by the University of South Florida. The 2015 championships will mark the first time since 1997 the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship will air live on television.

Who won that year? Oh right, Pepperdine!

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Reader Comments (18)

Great! Can't wait. A helluva lot better programing then those awful, staged, "Big Break" shows. Why can't they start next year????
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
This is good news. I'm a big fan of collegiate golf and it is way under covered both in print and television.
12.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
What's next, the AJGA 10-and under championships? Okay... I'm halfway kidding; watching the NCAA and its future stars will probably be a LOT more interesting than a steady diet of minor-league stuff. I'm a big fan of watching college golf, especially in person. No ropes, walk the fairway, joke with coaches and players. Way more fun that a PGA Tour event from miles behind the ropes.
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
Getting to see Prairie Dunes is worth the wait!
12.17.2012 | Unregistered Commentertaffy
What's the over under on belly / anchored use by these elite players in 14 and 15?
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim
This is great! I wish they could start 2013.
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
How long does it take to play a round of golf in this tourney?
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
"What's the over under on belly / anchored use by these elite players in 14 and 15?"

I scored for the 2011 Championship in Stillwater, and can't recall seeing one anchored putter. I am sure there were some, but not many.

That fall I also scored the AJGA Ping Invitational there, and there were a handful of them.

Personally I think the concern that they are going to take over golf is silly.

12.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkenoneputt
"How long does it take to play a round of golf in this tourney?"

Too damned long, if you ask me. As noted above, I scored the weekend iin 2011, and the variation between players was amazing.

BO Hoag from Ohio State may have been the slowest player I ever saw... and he was paired with Cameron Peck from Texas A&M... who is fast enough to be welcome in my group any day.

If I'd been Peck I would have wanted to strangle Bo, despite the fact that he was a nice kid.

12.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkenoneputt
So NCAA sells another sport to tv.

But kids, make sure your Starbucks or Bag Room job doesn't make too much!!!!
12.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
Good info Ken. I remember your previous post on the % of junior and college players who actually using a longer putter being very very low, considerably less than 10% if I remember correctly?

Contrast that with Brandt Snedeker's comment: "This rule has not been made because three guys won majors; this rule has been made because there's a generation of golfers who have never had a short putter and is that the way the game of golf is supposed to go?"

So who the heck is Brandt talking about?
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

Brandt is talking about rug rats.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
More slooow golf.

12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Rug rats? digger, I don't know what that means.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
If NCAA Golf gets rid if the Big Break mess I will watch. Only thing worse than Big Break is Joe Theisman prostate ads.
12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D know reallly young kids---under 5 years od, with their cute videos years from now of them swinging a club in a tee shirt and undies, and staning in front of the TV with their lttle miniature ''broom'' putter tucked under their chin. These are te people who are going to learn to putt from day one copying what they see on TV, and their favorite players.

We already see a sea of orange coated flat brimmed hatted toddlers being all cute like their Ken dress up guy- Ricky Fowler. By the time these ruf rats are 7-10, the serous ones will have over half their life with a broom putter and never have hit a real putting stroke. This is why the broombellybrigade must be curfewed, to restore a stroke to the game on all the clubs.

Pitchers mounds have been lowered, 3 point rings have been added and adjusted, and th games go on. Golf need to stay pure to the fundamental activity: hitting a ball with a stroke, not a physics/geometry movement.
12.19.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Not buying it digger ;-)).

USGA never once mentioned rug rats and Brandt Snedeker just is not that much of a forward thinker! Shoot, not sure he's a thinker in any way shape or form....
12.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Del, he thinks real fast; probably real, real fast.
12.20.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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