By Mike DeVader, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that the 2015 and 2016 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships will be hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Ga., and will take place at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. This marks the first time the national championships will be hosted in the state of Georgia, with the initial event being played on May 12-15, 2015, and the players hitting the links in 2016 on May 17-20.
The 2014 NAIA Women's Golf Fall Preview will also be held on the course from Oct. 27-28.
The event consists of one (1) practice round and four (4) Championship rounds with a maximum of 144 players, which includes approximately 27-28 teams and 5-10 individual qualifiers.
“We are excited to take the Women's Golf National Championships for the first time to the state of Georgia,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “We know that SCAD Savannah will offer a first-class experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. The course at Savannah Quarters is a challenging one and will really highlight the competition level of NAIA golfers.”
Throughout the 11-year history of the women’s golf program at SCAD Savannah, the university has accumulated 13 NAIA All-Americans, 12 NAIA Scholar Athletes, 19 all-conference golfers and 11 NAIA National Championship All-Tournament team golfers.
"SCAD Athletics is pleased to partner with Savannah Quarters Country Club to host the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship," said Doug Wollenburg, SCAD Savannah director of athletics. “Our city of Savannah is a historic treasure for this country and will serve as one of the finest locations for this competition. We know firsthand that the student athletes of SCAD thrive in this rich and diverse community. We are confident that all the student-athletes will benefit from this prestigious and competitive championship on the course and in the classroom.”
Savannah Quarters, founded in 2001 and located within the Westbrook community, is primed to test the competitors’ skills as soon as they set foot on the history-rich fairways of this 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, managed by Troon Golf. With tall trees, multiple ponds and ominous hazards, danger lurks at every corner as the players make their way towards the pristine Mini-verde greens.
The NAIA has sponsored women’s golf since 1995, when its inaugural championship was held in Dakota Dunes, S.D. Oklahoma City won the 2014 National Championship in Lincoln, Neb., claiming its second-straight national title in a one-hole playoff against No.1 ranked SCAD Savannah. Oklahoma City was the first team since 2009 to win back-to-back championships, when the Stars finished up a five-year string of titles (’05-’09). For a complete list of participating schools, click here.
Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through the Champions of Character program, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
To learn more about NAIA Women’s Golf, click here.
To learn more about Savannah Quarters Country Club, click here.
To learn more about SCAD, click here.