The NCAA partnered with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Palm Beach Atlantic University - PBA to host the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship at PGA National Resort & Spa from May 14-18, 2019.
The NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championships were held in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, Florida this year. The National Collegiate Athletic Association partnered with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to host the championships at PGA National Resort and Spa. The collegiate women teed it up on the Champion Course where the PGA Tour hosts the the Honda Classic.
“The good folks at Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Palm Beach Atlantic University have been such gracious hosts for us,” said Sandee Mott with the Division II Women’s Golf Committee. “We’ve got 16 golf teams and 16 individuals across the nation competing to win individual and team championships this week on one of the greatest golf courses in the United States.”
Almost 100 collegiate golfers competed for the greatest achievement in college sports – a national championship.
“This course, it’s a beautiful course, it’s in great shape however it’s kind of tough for us girls,” said golfer Tilda Larsson from Barry University. “The greens are kind of firm so in certain spots where it’s downwind, it’s very very hard to stop the ball. But it’s beautiful. It’s challenging in many ways, it has water everywhere but it’s a beautiful course so I don’t mind.”
It’s a beautiful course, but a tricky one. The biggest challenge is the Bear Trap, three holes on the Champion Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and hard to make par for even the most skilled golfer.
“I will tell you we’ve seen some players come off with some pretty frustrating looks without question just because they’re competitors,” said Mott. “But then, within time you talk to them and they’re just so excited that one, they got to play them and two, they’re going to play them different today than they did yesterday. So they’re learning a lot and they’re excited to play them even though sometimes the Bear Trap is winning.”
The fun is just beginning with this championship. The NCAA awarded the Palm Beach County Sports Commission five golf championships through 2022 at PGA National. And why wouldn’t it? With warm temperatures and sunny skies, South Florida continues to make its mark on the country as a premier golf destination.
“I think our student athletes love coming to a warm weather climate close to the beach, the palm trees,” said Mott. “It’s a wonderful place for our student athletes to come. With the exception of just a few, none of them live in this climate so it’s a great place to visit.”
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