Karsten Creek, Blessings GC to host upcoming NCAAs

By Ryan LavnerApril 18, 2017, 5:00 pm

Karsten Creek Golf Club and The Blessings Golf Club have been selected to host the upcoming NCAA Men’s and Women’s Championships.

Oklahoma State’s home course will stage the event in May 2018, while Arkansas will be the host school in 2019.

It’s the second time in the past seven years that Karsten Creek has hosted an NCAA. Led by Patrick Reed, Augusta State knocked off the host Cowboys in the 2011 semifinals – a match that was attended by roughly 5,000 fans – and then beat Georgia in the championship. LSU’s John Peterson won the individual title.

Karsten Creek and Blessings both have a reputation for being among the most difficult college courses. In 2011, Duke shot 25 over par in a three-round stroke-play qualifier at Karsten Creek and still advanced to match play. In last year’s men’s regional, a three-round score of 46 over par was good enough to finish fifth.

With a rating of 79.1 and a slope of 153 from the back tees, Blessings has proven to be a brutal test. When the women’s SEC Championship was held there in 2012, the winning score was 52 over par. It last hosted an NCAA men’s regional in 2013, when Illinois won at 1 under par but the fifth team qualifier shot 28 over.

The 2018 NCAA women’s finals will be played May 18-23, followed by the men at the same venue, May 25-30.

The dates for the 2019 championship are May 17-22 (women) and May 24-29 (men).

This year’s event will be held at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago. Both the men’s and women’s championships have been staged at the same venue each year since 2015.

The NCAA also released its regional host sites through 2022:

2018 NCAA women’s regionals

May 7-9

Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course

University of Texas Golf Club, Austin, Tex.

University Ridge Golf Course, Madison, Wis.

Southwood Golf Course, Tallahassee, Fla.

2018 NCAA men’s regionals

May 14-16

Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, N.C.

Traditions Club, Bryan, Texas

OSU Golf Course (Scarlet Course), Columbus, Ohio

Reunion Resort, Kissimmee, Fla.

Jimmie Austin Golf Club, Norman, Okla.

The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, Calif.


2019 NCAA women’s regionals

May 6-8

Auburn (Ala.) University Club

Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, Norman, Okla.

Forest Akers Golf Course, East Lansing, Mich.

Tumble Creek Golf Club, Cle Elum, Wash.

2019 NCAA men’s regionals

May 13-15

TPC Myrtle Beach (S.C.)

University of Georgia Golf Course, Athens, Ga.

University of Louisville (Ky.) Golf Club

Harvester Course, Rhodes, Iowa

Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course

Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Pullman, Wash.


2020 NCAA women’s regionals

May 11-13

Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, N.C.

University of Georgia Golf Course, Athens, Ga.

Warren Golf Course, Notre Dame, Ind.

Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Pullman, Wash.

2020 NCAA men’s regionals

May 18-20

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, Clemson, S.C.

Auburn (Ala.) University Club

Eagle Eye, East Lansing, Mich.

Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, Norman, Okla.

University Club, Baton Rouge, La.

The Farms Golf Club, San Diego


2021 NCAA women’s regionals

May 10-12

University Club, Baton Rouge, La.

University of Louisville (Ky.) Golf Club

OSU Golf Course (Scarlet Course), Columbus, Ohio

Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course

2021 NCAA men’s regionals

May 17-19

Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club, Tallahassee, Fla.

Golf Club of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.

The Sagamore Club, Noblesville, Ind.

Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Okla.

Championship Course at UNM, Albuquerque, N.M.

Tumble Creek Golf Club, Cle Elum, Wash.


2022 NCAA women’s regionals

May 9-11

Don Veller Seminole Golf Course, Tallahassee, Fla.

Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Okla.

University of Michigan Golf Course, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Championship Golf Course at UNM, Albuquerque, N.M.

2022 NCAA men’s regionals

May 16-18

Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

OSU Golf Club, Columbus, Ohio

Traditions Club, College Station, Texas

The Course at Yale, New Haven, Conn.

The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, Calif.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.