FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 24th, 2023
NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCES 2023 SPRING COLLEGE GOLF TOURNAMENT COVERAGE ON GOLF CHANNEL AND PEACOCK
Schedule to Feature NCAA Women’s and Men’s Championships, Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, Southwestern Invitational, and Western Intercollegiate
Nearly 150 Hours of College Golf on GOLF Channel and Peacock This Spring, Beginning Monday with the Southwestern Invitational
College Central to Surround Spring College Golf Coverage; Spring Preview Special to Air Today at 4:30 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 24, 2023 – NBC Sports has announced its men’s and women’s spring college golf tournament schedule – totaling nearly 150 hours on GOLF Channel and Peacock – featuring the 2023 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships, the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Presented by Principal Financial and PXG, the Southwestern Invitational Presented by ZipRecruiter, and the 76th Western Intercollegiate Presented by Titleist.
The Southwestern Invitational from North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., next week on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 kicks off the 2023 spring college golf tournament schedule on GOLF Channel and Peacock.
College Central will surround spring college golf and provide pre-round coverage leading into all events on GOLF Channel. A 30-minute special spring preview program will air this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel.
Below is the full schedule:
|Southwestern Invitational||Jan. 30-Feb. 1||North Ranch Country Club|
|Darius Rucker Intercollegiate||Feb. 27-March 1||Long Cove Club|
|Western Intercollegiate||April 10-12||Pasatiempo Golf Club|
|NCAA Women’s Championships||May 22-24||Grayhawk Golf Club|
|NCAA Men’s Championships||May 29-31||Grayhawk Golf Club|
All GOLF Channel coverage also streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via authentication, giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
SOUTHWESTERN INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY ZIPRECRUITER
The Southwestern Invitational Presented by ZipRecruiter is a 54-hole team and individual stroke play championship that features top Division I men’s golf programs across the country taking place annually at North Ranch Country Club (Lakes & Oaks Courses) in Westlake Village, Calif. Past individual champions of the event include Tiger Woods (1996, Stanford University), Patrick Cantlay (2011, UCLA), Sahith Theegala (2020, Pepperdine University), and Corey Pavin (1978, 1981, UCLA).
2021 national champion Pepperdine University hosts the event, which features four teams in the NCAA top 25 rankings this year, according to the final Golfstat rankings of the 2022 fall season, including defending event champion and No. 4 Arizona State. The 2023 12-team tournament field is:
- 14 Pepperdine (host)
- 4 Arizona State
- 19 San Diego State
- San José State
- 20 Texas
- Wake Forest
Live tournament coverage will be presented next week on Monday-Wednesday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel and Peacock.
|Monday, Jan. 30||4:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Jan. 31||4:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Feb. 1||4:30-7:30 p.m.|
GOLF Channel & Peacock Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Bob Papa
- Analyst: John Cook
- Holes: Steve Burkowski
- On-Course: Billy Ray Brown
DARIUS RUCKER INTERCOLLEGIATE PRESENTED BY PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL AND PXG
The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Presented by Principal Financial and PXG will return after making its television debut on GOLF Channel last year when it became the first all-women’s regular season collegiate golf tournament to be presented live on the network. The annual event, hosted by multi-platinum country artist and PXG ambassador Darius Rucker, is held at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C., and features a 54-hole stroke play competition for individual and team honors. Past individual champions of the tournament include Maria Fassi (2018, University of Arkansas), Emilia Migliaccio (2020, Wake Forest University), and Cheyenne Knight (2016, 2017, University of Alabama).
The field for the 11th edition of the tournament features No. 4 South Carolina (host) alongside 10 teams in the NCAA top 25 rankings, according to the final Golfstat rankings of the 2022 fall season, including defending event champion and No. 2 Wake Forest. The 2023 18-team tournament field is:
- 4 South Carolina (host)
- 15 Arizona State
- 25 Arkansas
- 14 Auburn
- 24 Baylor
- 17 Duke
- 9 LSU
- 5 Oregon
- 19 Vanderbilt
- 12 Virginia
- 2 Wake Forest
Live tournament coverage will be presented Monday-Wednesday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel and Peacock.
|Monday, Feb. 27||2:30-5:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Feb. 28||2:30-5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, March 1||2:30-5:30 p.m.|
WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE PRESENTED BY TITLEIST
The Western Intercollegiate Presented by Titleist takes place annually in April at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. The event is a 54-hole stroke play and team match play competition and marks the final regular season event for the men’s field prior to the start of the conference championships. The individual champion receives the coveted Blue Jacket, with past winners including Johnny Miller (1968, BYU), Ken Venturi (1953, San José State University), Peter Jacobsen (1974, Arizona State University), Arron Oberholser (1996, San José State University), and Scottie Scheffler (2015, University of Texas). Players who have competed in the Western Intercollegiate have collectively earned 531 PGA TOUR victories and 50 major championships.
San José State hosts the 76th edition of one of the longest-running collegiate tournaments, which features five teams in the NCAA top 25 rankings, according to the final Golfstat rankings of the 2022 fall season. The 2023 14-team tournament field is:
- San José State (host)
- 22 Arizona
- California at Berkeley
- 21 Colorado State
- 14 Pepperdine
- 19 San Diego State
- 6 Stanford
- California at Irvine
GOLF Channel and Peacock will present live tournament coverage all three days.
|Monday, April 10||7-10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, April 11||7-10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, April 12||4-7 p.m.|
NCAA WOMEN’S & MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
GOLF Channel will present the 2023 NCAA Women’s (May 22-24) and Men’s (May 29-31) Golf Championships, totaling nearly 75 hours of comprehensive coverage presented by Stifel, over two weeks in late May. Arizona State will host both Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., marking the third consecutive championships that will be held at the club.
Last year’s champions were University of Texas (men’s team), Stanford University (women’s team), Gordon Sargent (men’s individual, Vanderbilt University), and Rose Zhang (women’s individual, Stanford University). Additional programming details for the 2023 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships will be announced in the coming months.
PGA TOUR UNIVERSITY PRESENTED BY VELOCITY GLOBAL
PGA TOUR University Presented by Velocity Global rewards elite college players with access to Tours operated under the PGA TOUR umbrella, while upholding the principles and virtues of collegiate athletics. Introduced in 2020, the program strengthens and elevates the path to the PGA TOUR through the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR international tours. The No. 1 player in the final Velocity Global Ranking will earn PGA TOUR membership, while players Nos. 2-5 (fully exempt) and Nos. 6-10 (conditional) will earn Korn Ferry Tour membership. Additionally, players finishing 11th through 20th will be exempt members on PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The Velocity Global Ranking will be featured on GOLF Channel each Wednesday on Golf Today and within weekly live tournament coverage during the spring, as well as across GOLF Channel and PGA TOUR digital platforms throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.PGATOUR.com/university and follow PGA TOUR University on Twitter and Instagram (@PGATOURU).
ANNIKA AND HASKINS AWARD PRESENTED BY STIFEL
GOLF Channel presents annual coverage of the announcements of the ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel and Haskins Award Presented by Stifel winners, which honor the nation’s most outstanding female and male Division I collegiate golfers. Throughout the year, ANNIKA and Haskins Award Watch Lists are featured and updated with top performers across GOLF Channel linear and digital platforms.
Rose Zhang of Stanford University won the ANNIKA Award in 2022 and past recipients include Zhang’s Stanford teammate Rachel Heck (2021), two-time winner Maria Fassi (2018, 2019), and Bronte Law (2016, UCLA). Chris Gotterup of The University of Oklahoma took home the Haskins Award last year. Past winners of the Haskins Award include Tiger Woods (1996), Ben Crenshaw (1971-73, University of Texas), Justin Thomas (2012, University of Alabama), and Matt Kuchar (1998, Georgia Tech).
ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL’S COLLEGE GOLF PLATFORM
GOLF Channel is the television home for college golf, currently providing live coverage of nine college golf championships. GOLF Channel deploys its comprehensive portfolio of news, digital and social media coverage year-round in covering collegiate golf, including season preview shows, signing day specials, regional and national qualifying coverage, serving as the exclusive media partner of PGA TOUR University Presented by Velocity Global and the Velocity Global Ranking, and exclusive annual coverage for the Haskins and ANNIKA Awards Presented by Stifel.
Following its announcement in 2013 as the exclusive television provider of the NCAA Golf Championships, GOLF Channel has provided live coverage of the men’s NCAA Championships since 2014 and the women’s NCAA Championships since 2015, which are hosted at the same venue in consecutive weeks at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. GOLF Channel also annually televises the three-day East Lake Cup at historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.; the Western Intercollegiate Presented by Titleist, one of the longest-running college tournaments in the U.S. taking place at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.; the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Presented by Principal Financial and PXG at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C.; the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark; the Jackson T. Stephens Cup; the Southwestern Invitational Presented by ZipRecruiter at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif.,; and the Southwest Airlines Showcase at Cedar Crest at Cedar Crest in Dallas, Texas.
Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Jennifer Kupcho, Bronte Law and Maria Fassi are just a few of the professional golfers who appeared on GOLF Channel while competing in college.