On the surface, the NCAA D-I Men’s Golf Championships being held at the Capital City Club – Crabapple in Milton Ga. this week may seem like golf in its purest form.
A perfectly manicured course, young golfers carrying their own bags and galleries made up mainly of the golfers family and friends.
What you don’t see without taking a deeper look, is the technology that is now in play bringing these championships to those who won’t be present at Capital City Club.
Golf fans these days love and depend on real-time scoring.
The NCAA realizes that and have made a few options available.
Follow along online at: http://www.ncaa.com/content/di-mens-golf-leaderboard
Get real-time scoring updates, tee times, and information on the players.
If you are on the course or not in front of a computer you can get results on your mobile device at: www.golfstat.com/d1m
NCAA.com will be providing online coverage starting on Thursday and going through the weekend. Brian Katrek will be at the helm.
And the Golf Channel will have some coverage, but they will really ramp up their presence starting in 2014.
The Golf Channel will cover three days of the 2014 men’s championship from Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
It then also carry the men’s and women’s championships in 2015 when South Florida plays host to both at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
It’s big news, says Mark Lewis, the NCAA’s executive vice president of championships and alliances, as he called the deal “the culmination of a collaborative effort between a lot of individuals over a long period of time.”
“We are excited for our men’s and women’s golf student-athletes to gain additional exposure and for the fans of the sport to be able to see up close what makes these championships so special,” Lewis said. “Partnering with the Golf Channel made perfect sense for us and we appreciate their commitment in helping to grow the audience” for the championships.
2013 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Where: Capital City Club – Crabapple Course, Milton, Ga.
When: May 27-June 2, 2013
Who: 30 teams advancing from six regional tournaments held around the country May 16-18
Format: Three rounds of stroke play May 28-30 (18 holes each day), top eight teams advance to match play championship May 31-June 2
Course information: 7,319 yards, par 70, bermuda fairways and rough, bentgrass greens
Tickets: Tournament book $50 adults/$35 youths and seniors; daily ticket $15 adult/$10 youths and seniors