NCAA Championship tees off Friday
22 May 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: NCAA Division I National Golf Championship, Karsten Creek Golf Club

It's a wonderful time to be a golf fan and with the NCAA Championship starting Friday, there's even more reason for excitement.

The Golf Channel is broadcasting live from Prairie Dunes Country Clib in Hutchison, Kansas and there's an additional excitement in the air given terrific play seen from across the country during the season and in last weekend's regional play.

According to the Golf Channel's panel of experts who'll be covering the event throughout the week, there's major interest in the weather.

"Myself, I'm hoping for winds about 10-20 (miles per hour) but good weather," said analyst and former collegiate star Lanny Wadkins. "That will challenge the kids."

The typical swiriling winds go to lengthen and otherwise defend Prairie Dunes, which at approximately 6,800 yards, isn't as long the longest course the NCAA's bombers will play -- by a long shot.

"In the end, it'll come down to the team that shows a lot of patience. There will be an importance on putting."

The event includes 54 holes of stroke play with the top eight teams moving on to the event's match play portion. During the 54-hole stroke-play portion, an overall individual champion will be crowned.

"Another factor is how these kids handle nerves while trying to win a national championship," said Billy Ray Brown, an on-course reporter for Golf Channel who was an All-American and three-time national champion at Houston. "It sticks with you a long time.

"The individual play will be great but how five players come together to try to win a national championship is exciting."

The first round of stroke-play begins Friday from Prairie Dunes. AmateurGolf.com will have full coverage of the event including post-round recaps and results.

Results For NCAA Division I National Golf Championship
1CTCameron WilsonRowayton, CT150071-63-70-204
2GAOliver SchniederjansPowder Springs, GA100071-65-68-204
T3WalesDavid BooteWales70073-67-65-205
T3ScotlandJames RossScotland70070-69-66-205
T3ALRobby SheltonWilmer, AL70072-65-68-205

View full results for NCAA Division I National Golf Championship

ABOUT THE NCAA Division I Championship

30 teams and 6 individuals not on a qualifying team make up the field for the championship of NCAA Division I women's golf.

After 72 holes of stroke play, the individual champion is crowned, and the low 8 teams advance to match play to determine the team champion.

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