The second playing of the Blessings Collegiate Invitational tees off Monday at Blessings Golf Club, just outside of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Once again, all three rounds of the men's and women's event will be televised on Golf Channel as part of the network's expanding coverage of collegiate golf.
The venue, which is the home course of the Arkansas Razorbacks, was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. with a redesign recently completed by architect Kyle Phillips. The par-72 layout can stretch out to 7900 yards, but will play at approximately 7700 for the tournament. The course -- on which Johnny Tyson of Tyson Foods spared no expense -- hosted the men's and women's NCAA Championships in 2019.
Last year, Alabama won the men's team title while Arkansas was the women's winner. (The field was all SEC, due to other conferences cancelling fall golf due to Covid-19.) The individual men's win was an emotional one for Alex Goff of Kentucky
; he had lost his friend and teammate, Cullen Brown to cancer over the summer and dedicated the title to Brown while carrying his bag at Blessings en route to victory.
The Blessings Collegiate Invitational
joins three other fall collegiate events that Golf Channel boasts in its coverage arsenal. Two more events will follow in October: The Jackson T. Stephens Cup
(Oct. 18-20, 2021) and the East Lake Cup
(Oct. 25-27, 2021).
The Maridoe Collegiate Invitational
which was played Sept. 13-15, was the first of the four televised collegiate events.
BLESSINGS COLLEGIATE on GOLF Channel (All Times EST):
Monday to Wednesday Oct. 4-6 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Below is a list of teams competing in the second annual event:
ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL’S COLLEGE GOLF PLATFORM
Golf Channel is the television home for college golf, currently providing live coverage of eight college golf championships. GOLF Channel deploys its comprehensive portfolio of news, digital and social media coverage year-round in covering collegiate golf, including specials for regional and national qualifying, on-site and wraparound news from golf’s biggest college events, serving as the exclusive media partner of PGA TOUR University presented by Velocity Global and the Velocity Global Ranking, and year-end shows 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 now 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 Topgolf, one of the longest-running college tournaments in the U.S. taking place at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.; the Maridoe Collegiate Invitational at Maridoe Golf Club in Texas; the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark; the Jackson T. Stephens Cup; and the Southwestern Invitational at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif.
Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Matthew Wolff, Jennifer Kupcho, Bronte Law and Maria Fassi are just a few of the professional golfers who appeared on GOLF Channel while competing in college.
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ABOUT THE Blessings Collegiate
Started in 2020, the Blessings Collegiate Invitational
features men’s and women’s teams competing in a 54-
hole stroke play format for individual and team honors.
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