June 16, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Course At Yale, recently voted the No. 1 college course in the United States, has been selected as one of six regional sites for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. The three-day event will be held on May 20-22, 2010. Yale is hosting a regional for the fourth (1991, 1995 and 2004) time.
"We are thrilled the NCAA regional is returning to the Course At Yale," said Yale Athletics Director Tom Beckett. "Yale is tremendously proud to have such a beautiful and challenging course. We look forward to hosting many of the nation's top collegiate players and teams."
The 6,749-yard, par-70 layout at the Course At Yale is recognized as one of the finest examples of early American course design. Large deeply bunkered greens and narrow rolling fairways are the core of Yale's penalizing character. Two of the holes - the 432-yard par-4 fourth and the 238-yard par 3 ninth - have been ranked among the world's 100 most difficult holes. The course, which opened for play in 1926, was designed under the supervision of Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA.
Senior Associate Athletics Director Wayne Dean and Director of Golf Operations Peter Pulaski will serve as tournament co-directors for the second (2004) time.
"We are thrilled anytime we have the opportunity to host an NCAA Championship," Dean said. "We are proud to be a part of the 2010 men's golf championships and feel that we are in very good company with the other national sites."
"The staff at the Course At Yale is excited to be hosting such a prestigious college event," Pulaski said. "We are eager to watch the best college golfers in the country tackle our legendary layout."
Several of the collegiate players who participated in the NCAA regionals at Yale went on to play on the PGA Tour, including David Duval (Georgia Tech, 1991), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004) and Camilo Villegas (Florida, 2004).
The five other 2010 sites and hosts include the Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Ga., (Georgia Institute of Technology); The Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. (Notre Dame); Carlton Oaks Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. (San Diego State); The Traditions Club in College Station, Texas (Texas A&M); and Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. (University of Washington).
"The committee was very pleased with the bids we received and the caliber of golf courses these sites represent," said Darin Spease, the Chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee and senior associate director of athletics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. "The experience for our student-athletes is of utmost importance to the committee, and we feel these courses will offer unforgettable championship events for them."
The Yale men's team participated the last time the Course at Yale hosted a regional in 2004.
"I will certainly use this as a motivational tool," said Yale head coach Colin Sheehan, who guided the Bulldogs to the ECAC Championship this season. "It would be a tremendous opportunity for our players to get a chance to play in the NCAA Regional on our home course."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity