NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and it oversees the sporting activities of more than 1,200 North American educational institutions, organizing the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

As of 2020, nearly half a million college athletes make up the 20,000 teams that send over 55,000 participants to compete each year in the NCAA’s ninety championships in twenty-four sports across three divisions.

Intercollegiate sports can be traced back to 1852 when crews from Harvard and Yale first engaged in a rowing race challenge. Forty-five years later, the Intercollegiate Golf Association (later named the National Intercollegiate Golf Association) began organizing an annual golf tournament and awarding titles from 1897 through to 1938.

Nearly two thirds of these competitions were held in New York (at the likes of Apawamis, Garden City and Nassau), Pennsylvania (Merion and Oakmont) or at Greenwich Country Club in Connecticut. Yale dominated these events with twenty wins, followed by Princeton with ten.

In 1939, the NCAA assumed governance and began organizing championship titles so Division I for the sport has been running since then, with Division II following in 1963 and Division III in 1975.

Thirty 5-man teams compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship to determine the national champions, five teams from each of six regional tournaments. An individual “wildcard” is also given to the student with the lowest score at each qualifying event who is not on one of the successful teams, allowing these players to take part in the individual national competition.

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NCAA host courses

Birck Boilermaker (Ackerman-Allen)

32nd Indiana - Best in Area

The Ackerman-Allen course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex was known as the South course at Purdue University when Bill Diddel laid it out in 1934. Remodeled in the 1960s by Larry Packard and rebuilt by Pete Dye in 1997, the course staged the 1961 NCAA Men's Championships, won by Jack Nicklaus.

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Birck Boilermaker (Kampen)

11th Indiana - Best in Area

The Kampen course at the 36-hole Purdue University Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is a Pete Dye design named in honor of Purdue supporter, Emerson Kampen, and it's one of the nation’s top collegiate courses.

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Blessings

1st Arkansas - Best in Area

Funded by John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, the largest meat producing company in the world, Blessings Golf Club is a private golf facility where the University of Arkansas's student golf teams (the Razorbacks) play their home ties.

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BraeBurn

100th Texas - Best in Area

BraeBurn Country Club was formed in 1931 and John Bredimus originally designed the club’s course. Sixty years later, Carlton Gipson redesigned the layout to fashion the eighteen holes that are in play today.

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Broadmoor (East)

6th Colorado - Best in Area

Golf arrived at the Broadmoor Resort in 1918 when Donald Ross created an 18-holer which was split in two when Robert Trent Jones Snr added two 9-hole loops, forming the East course in 1952 and the West in 1964.

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Capital City (Crabapple)

18th Georgia - Best in Area

Located 22 miles to the north of Capital City Club’s old Brookhaven golf course on the outskirts of Atlanta, the 18 holes of the Crabapple layout comprise a demanding new millennium Tom Fazio design.

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Caves Valley

3rd Maryland - Best in Area

Venue for the US Senior Open in 2002, the Tom Fazio-designed course at Caves Valley Golf Club sits amidst the rolling hills of Baltimore County with many of the fairways routed through attractive areas of woodland.

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Conway Farms

16th Illinois - Best in Area

Laid out on a 209-acre tract of gently undulating land, the course at Conway Farms Golf Club is a recently lengthened Tom Fazio design from 1991 and host venue for the 2013 BMW Championship.

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Crosswater

15th Oregon - Best in Area

One of the main sporting attractions at Sunriver Resort is the Crosswater golf course which lies 15 miles south of Bend in central Oregon...

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NCAA Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 33
2 David Harak Courses Played 31
3 James VanArsdall Courses Played 30
4 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 27
5 Joshua Asher Courses Played 24
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 24
7 Steve Starika Courses Played 23
8 Mark White Courses Played 21
= Billy Satterfield Courses Played 21
10 James Gold Courses Played 19