FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTINUE ON GOLF CHANNEL MAY 29-31 WITH NEARLY 30 HOURS OF COVERAGE OF THE MEN’S COMPETITION, MOST EVER
Two National Championships to be Decided Over a Three-Day Span – Individual (May 29) and Team (May 31)
Live Action of the Individual National Championship on Monday, May 29
Three Rounds of Team Match Play Tuesday-Wednesday, May 30-31
Haskins and ANNIKA Awards Winners to be Announced on Golf Central Wednesday, June 7
Live Scoring and Information: College Central
ORLANDO, Fla., May 25, 2017 – Coming on the heels of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships that saw Arizona State defeat Northwestern for its eighth national championship in school history on Wednesday, Golf Channel returns to Rich Harvest Farms next week to shine a spotlight on the top men’s college programs and the PGA TOUR’s future stars. The 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships will take place Monday-Wednesday, May 29-31 with nearly 30 hours of live tournament and wraparound news coverage, the most ever for the event.
Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage of the men’s championships begins on Monday, May 29 to crown the individual national champion, as well as tracking the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match play championship. Golf Channel’s coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30-31 will include all three rounds of team match play, ultimately crowning a team national champion. In addition, Golf Central will surround live tournament coverage with pre-and post-event news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online via Golf Channel Digital. News and tournament coverage also will be streamed on Golf Channel Digital.
Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)
|Monday, May 29||Individual National Championship||4-8 p.m. (Live)|
|Tuesday, May 30||Quarterfinals, Team Match Play||11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)|
|Tuesday, May 30||Semifinals, Team Match Play||4-8 p.m. (Live)|
|Wednesday, May 31||Team Match Play National Championship||4-8 p.m. (Live)|
Format: The championship format consists of 30 teams and six individuals (not on those teams competing) in 54 holes of stroke play, beginning Friday, May 26. Following Sunday’s third round, the top-15 teams along with nine individuals not on an advancing team will compete on Monday, May 30 to crown the individual national champion. The top eight teams from Monday’s stroke play will advance to the team match play championship on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30-31.
Teams (30): Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, University of Central Florida, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Lipscomb, LSU, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pepperdine, Purdue, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Individuals (6): Trent Wallace (Illinois State), Travis Trace (North Florida), Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M), Cam Norman (Troy), Mason Overstreet (Arkansas) and Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest).
Men’s Golf Championships On-Air Team: Golf Channel’s on-air team for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships will feature Hall-of-Famer Lanny Wadkins as lead analyst and Bob Papa as play-by-play host. Curt Byrum will serve as hole announcer, with Billy Ray Brown, John Cook and Notah Begay reporting from the course. Golf Channel’s college insider Steve Burkowski will join the broadcast booth as co-analyst and hole announcer. George Savaricas will host Golf Central, joined by Arron Oberholser, Charlie Rymer, Chantel McCabe and GolfChannel.com senior writer Ryan Lavner.
College Central – Golf Channel Digital Coverage: Golf Channel will provide comprehensive coverage via College Central, Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Lavner and Burkowski, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.
Haskins Award presented by Stifel Winner to be Announced on Golf Central Tuesday, June 7: Golf Channel will announce the winner of one of the most prestigious awards in college golf –the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel – following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, on a live edition of Golf Central, Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will include profiles on the top candidates for the award and live interviews with the winner, who also will receive an exemption to compete in the 2017 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR. The Haskins Award honors the nation’s most outstanding male Division I collegiate golfer as selected by her peers, coaches and the golf media.
Semifinal Teams in Match Play to Receive Invitations to Compete in East Lake Cup Presented by Hewlett Packard Enterprise: The East Lake Cup, taking place in late October at historic East Lake Golf Club and featuring the top-performing teams from the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. Invitations for the field will be extended to the semifinalists of team match play tournaments at both the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the East Lake Cup Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
ABOUT THE NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly a half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes.
ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available to nearly 500 million viewers in 78 countries and nine languages around the world. Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, including tournament action from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, The Open, Olympics, and Ryder Cup, as well as high-quality news, instruction and original programming. Delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Channel Digital and the NBC Sports App, powered by Playmaker Media. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, the world’s largest golf course ratings and review resource for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.
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