The NCAA women’s golf committee reportedly made a recent recommendation to the Sports Management Cabinet: We want match play, too.
That’s how the men’s team champion is determined, and if the latest proposal, reported Sunday by GolfDigest.com, is approved next month, the women will also use match play beginning in 2015.
This move registers as little surprise, especially with Golf Channel to begin televising the event for the men in 2014 and the women a year later. With the events being contested at the same venue (Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.) in back-to-back weeks in 2015, it makes the most logistical sense to use the same format to determine a team champion. The men have used match play since 2009.
If approved, the 24-team women’s championship would look nearly identical to the men’s: six days of competition, a 54-hole stroke-play cut to the top eight advancing teams, a fourth and final round for the low 40 individuals to determine the individual champion and then three rounds of match play.