Greensboro, NC – This weekend Nextgengolf is proud to present the 10th running of the NCCGA National Championship. The much anticipated Nationals Week is finally here, and we will be returning to Bryan Park Golf Course from April 24th-26th. Bryan Park hosted our National Championship four and half years ago, but now the field is bigger and better than ever. This will be the NCCGA’s biggest tournament to date with 304 players (37 teams and 18 individuals) competing in the 36-hole event. The golfers will compete on the two courses at Bryan Park, the Players course and Champions course. Both courses are top-notch public courses according to Golfweek and North Carolina Magazine, and have hosted nationally recognized events in the past.
The Players Course is the original 18 at Bryan Park. Renovated by Rees Jones in the 80s, the course now features 79 bunkers and 8 ponds. Beautifully designed and surrounded by nature, the Players course is designed for pure golf enjoyment. NCCGA Commissioner Matt Weinberger said this about the Players, ”The Players course, the easier of the two tracks, requires players to hit solid approach shots on the front nine and accurate drives on the back nine.” The course will be set to play 6774/5609yds for men/women competitors.
After modifying the Players Course, Jones came back to Bryan Park in 1990 to build the second course we will be playing, the Champions Course. The year the course was built Golf Digest ranked it runner up as the Best New US Public Golf Course, and it has received high accolades ever since. The Champions course was the host to the prestigious 2010 US Public Links Championship and was labeled Best Courses You can Play in 2010 by Golfweek. This scenic course borders Lake Townsend and will be set up to play 6730/5457yds for men/women.
The NCCGA National Championship is the crown jewel of the club golf season for several reasons. First, it brings together hundreds of the best club players in the country. This season our 304 competitors represent more than 50 schools. Not only is the competition great, the National Championship is hosted at some of the top courses in the country. These tremendous layouts add a majestic feel to an already special tournament. Another fun aspect to Nationals is the sponsorship presence. There will be various opportunities for players to interact with NCCGA sponsors like Srixon and Cleveland as well as win gear. Lastly, the NCCGA is starting new traditions for its winners.
For the first time ever the individual winner will be donned a Red Jacket, similar in style and significance to the Masters jacket. The medalist will also receive the course flag, a NCCGA National Championship mug, and 3 dozen customized Srixon Z-star golf balls. Our individual winner will also receive a bid to compete in the Championship next season. The team champions will win customized NCCGA National Championship Ogio backpacks, flags for each team member, a crystal trophy to keep, and the historic traveling trophy to keep for the semester.
Now that the field is set and final preparations are being made, it looks as if this National Championship will be the most extravagant yet. I know the NCCGA staff and student leaders cannot wait for the events to kickoff Friday with practice rounds and contests. Be on the lookout for more posts this week highlighting the teams competing and their journey's to the #Battle4Bryan.
**Jack Stephens is the NCCGA Director of Communications. Contact him for media related questions regarding the National Championship.