Women golfers to play in Arizona after NCAA regional championships canceled


The Whirlwind Golf Club at Wildhorse Pass has volunteered to host teams whose seasons have ended with the cancellation of an NCAA Women’s Golf Regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The regional were canceled last Wednesday due to course conditions that an official described as “playable, but not playable at the championship level”.

The invitation to Arizona was facilitated by Sam Riggs Bozoian of Barstool Sports, who said he organized the event with help from Whirlwind, the Phoenix area Thunderbirds and several of the universities that lost a chance to play. In the region.

Bozoian and Barstool call it the classic LTP (Let Them Play).

Riggs tweeted on Friday that his LTP Classic event will be free for schools and will take place Thursday and Friday. Barstool worked with the NCAA to get it approved for college athletes.

Bozoian invited Oregon State, Houston, Miami, North Texas, Purdue, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Sam Houston State, Kennesaw State, Eastern State from Tennessee, Jacksonville and Quinnipiac at the event.

These are the 12 teams whose seasons ended when officials canceled the Baton Rouge area and automatically advanced the top six seeds to the NCAA Championships. Most of these teams, plus a few others, will be represented.

Tourbillon confirmed at Arizona Sports that he offered the entire course to the teams free of charge, while Barstool covered the costs of bringing the teams into the valley. Whirlwind chief executive Louie Unga said Barstool told the golf club that he was already booking rooms on Friday morning and that he would also cover the cost of food and accommodation.

The moment of the announcement of the cancellation of the NCAA regional event in Baton Rouge last week was filmed. It went viral when NCAA committee representative Brad Hurlbut said the LSU varsity club course was playable but not at the championship level.

“Again, a heartbreaking decision that we had to make,” said Hurlbut. “The course is playable, but not playable at the championship level. “

LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor, Oregon, Maryland and Alabama were the top six seeds who advanced steadily this week.

They will play at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale May 21-26 for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

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