FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
ADVISORY: ROSTERS SET FOR INAUGURAL EAST LAKE CUP COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP, NOV. 2-3
Semifinalists from the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships in May to Reconvene, Airing Live on Golf Channel
Defending National Champions
Stanford (Women) and LSU (Men) Headline Field
Women’s Field: Stanford, Baylor, USC and Duke
Men’s Field: LSU, USC, Illinois and Georgia
Website: East Lake Cup
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 29, 2015 – The final rosters have been announced for the inaugural East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Ga., as the four semifinalists from the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will reconvene at East Lake Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 2-3 for a collegiate match play championship, airing live on Golf Channel each day from 2-5 p.m. ET.
The participating universities include:
Stanford University (2015 NCAA Women’s National Champions); Baylor University (2015 Women’s National Championship runner-up); the University of Southern California (USC), currently the top-ranked team in the country in both the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and Golfstat Relative Ranking; and six-time National Champions Duke University. The women’s division features three programs currently ranked in the top-six in the Golfstat Relative Ranking.
Louisiana State University (LSU), the reigning 2015 NCAA Men’s National Champions; USC, who lost to LSU in the championship match; the University of Illinois, who has won three of their last four fall collegiate events and is currently the top-ranked team in the country according to the GCAA Coaches Rankings, and the University of Georgia, two-time national champions.
EAST LAKE CUP WOMEN’S DIVISION ROSTERS
(click on player names for full bios)
EAST LAKE CUP MEN’S DIVISION ROSTERS
Two match-play tournaments will be contested simultaneously at East Lake Golf Club for the women’s and men’s divisions, with five players competing for each team. Monday, Nov. 2 will feature the semifinals:
Stanford vs. Duke
Baylor vs. USC
LSU vs. Georgia
USC vs. Illinois
The finals and consolation matches will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Stanford claimed their first NCAA Women’s Team National Championship in May over Baylor 3 to 2 when Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse defeated Baylor’s Hayley Davis on the first playoff hole in the fifth and final match. In the semifinal matches, Baylor defeated Duke 3 to 2 and Stanford defeated USC 3 to 2.
LSU won its first men’s golf NCAA Men’s Team National Championship in 50 years this past June, defeating USC 4 to 1 after senior All-American Ben Taylor earned the deciding point by rolling in a nine-foot par putt to claim a 1-up victory. In the semifinal matches, LSU defeated Georgia 3-1-1 and USC defeated Illinois, also 3-1-1.
EAST LAKE GOLF CLUB
The historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA is the home course of legendary golfer Bobby Jones and is the oldest golf course in the city of Atlanta. Over the years, the golf course has hosted many national and regional championships, including the 1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur, 1963 Ryder Cup, and 2001 U.S. Men’s Amateur. It is now the permanent home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the culminating event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. Additional information may be found at www.eastlakegolfclub.com.
The East Lake Cup is designed to highlight the best of college golf as well as draw attention to the work of the East Lake Foundation. The Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to helping families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach to community revitalization incorporating mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness.
The East Lake Cup, benefitting the East Lake Foundation, also will present the Tom Cousins Award, a new annual recognition of an outstanding male and female golfer who exemplify the values of the East Lake Foundation: excels in academics, engaged in his or her community and has overcome adversity. This award is named for Tom Cousins, founder of the East Lake Foundation, which transformed a community in despair into a thriving neighborhood, now a national model for community redevelopment through Purpose Built Communities.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday, Nov. 2
10 a.m. Semifinal Matches Begin
2-5 p.m. Golf Channel Live Coverage
Tuesday, Nov. 3
10 a.m. Consolation Matches Begin
11:45 a.m. Championship Matches Begin
2-5 p.m. Golf Channel Live Coverage
General Admission and public parking to the East Lake Cup November 2-3 is FREE
Each of the Mascots for the respective schools also will be in attendance at East Lake Golf Club on Monday, Nov. 2, interacting with fans and participating in Golf Channel’s news and tournament coverage. In addition, Georgia Tech’s mascot and the University of Oregon’s mascot – Oregon is the host school for the 2016 NCAA Division I Golf Championships – will be on-site at East Lake Golf Club.
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