The best college teams in the country play here next week
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Looking to watch some up-close, high-caliber golf but didn’t get to Augusta? Head to Boulder Country Club April 19-22 for the Pac 12 Women’s Golf Championship, where three of the top teams in the nation will be competing.
Practice rounds will tee off Sunday morning, with each team—players and coaches—going out together. The actual tournament rounds will take place Monday through Wednesday. The entire event is free and the public is welcome.
Do you have a junior golfer in your family? This event is a wonderful opportunity for young golfers to get out and see what it’s all about. Especially considering the impressive amount of talent that will be on display.
If you don’t follow collegiate women’s golf, here’s a look at just how good the teams in the Pac 12 are.
– The women of the University of Washington are ranked #1 in the nation
– Pac 12 teams actually hold the top three spots: #1 Washington, #2 Southern California and #3 UCLA
– There are a total of six teams in the Top 20: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford (the defending PAC 12 champions
– The University of Colorado is ranked #47.
Individuals from Pac 12 teams hold 6 of the top 20 spots:
#3. Kyung Kim, USC (pictured below)
#4. Bronte Law, UCLA
#10. Erynne Lee, UCLA
#11. Monica Vaughn, Arizona St
#14. Annie Park, USC
#17. Jennifer Yang, Washington
Pictured Above: Kyung Kim of USC. Stats via golfweek.com, pulled at 11am MST 4/14/15
We caught up with Boulder Country Club PGA Director of Golf, Kevin Bolles to get some details on what’s been going on behind the scenes.
How did Boulder Country Club get the event?
We hosted the Hosted Big 12 in 1999 so Coach (Anne) Kelly approached us few years ago with the idea of hosting this. Our main purpose of getting involved is to support the golf community, the CU golf programs and to bring events like this to Colorado.
What is the length of the course for the tournament?
The women will be playing from the middle men’s tees – course length will measure about 6,400 yards.
Photo: Aerial view of Boulder Country Club's 8th hole, via bouldercc.org course tour
Will it be setup any differently?
We did a bunker renovation a few years ago. No modifications were made specifically for the tournament.
Have the CU women been practicing there for home-field advantage?
Yes they have – quite regularly. They are welcome here every week but have been by a few more times than normal in the past couple months.
Is this a step to get the Men’s Pac 12 championship – and/or NCAA regional?
We have been approached for the Pac 12 Men’s Championship, and it is definitely on the table for discussion. We’re not using the Pac 12 Women’s Championship as a steppingstone, we see it as an opportunity to support the CU community. That’s the main purpose of getting involved.
Does Boulder Country Club want – or can it accommodate – an event like that?
Absolutely. The course would play at 7,110 for the men – it’s good test of golf.
The Pac 12 Network will televise a one-hour Pac 12 Women’s Golf Championship special on Sunday, May 10th.