THE RAZORBACKS’ first championship recognized by the NCAA, in any sport, happened in golf. In 1963, Razorback R.H. Sikes won the individual NCAA title. Since then, the program hasn’t won a national golf championship. This year, though, the Hogs have an advantage if they qualify for the 30-team national tournament: For the first time, the University of Arkansas will host the NCAA National Championship. Here are nine things to know:
Things To Know
When’s it happening?
As always, ladies first. The NCAA Women’s Golf Championship will be May 16-22. The men follow on May 23-29.
Where is it?
The Blessings Golf Course in Johnson.
What’s the format?
The first four rounds will be stroke play. Quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds will switch to team-match play.
Notable male Razorback this season:
Mason Overstreet: Overstreet’s already made quite a splash in this event. As a freshman in 2017, he finished as the individual runner-up at the NCAA National Championship. That’s the second-best finish in program history.
Notable female Razorback this season:
Maria Fassi: This junior is the reigning SEC Player of the Year. In 2018, she won the program’s first individual NCAA Regional title and was the nation’s No. 1-ranked player heading into the NCAA National Championship.
What’s the Razorbacks’ best-ever finish as a team?
In 2009, the Hogs men team finished as the national runner-ups to Texas A&M.
What makes The Blessings so unique?
John Tyson, the chairman of Tyson Foods, founded it in 2004. Tyson sought out the world’s best golf-club architects to design the clubhouse for the Blessings Golf Club. He also got input from renowned local architect Marlon Blackwell, who had never before designed a clubhouse.
Blackwell won the job with his innovative vision. He built the two-story, bar-shaped clubhouse at the juncture of a hill and valley, taking care not to disturb an Osage Indian archaeological site discovered on site.
What are its can’t-miss holes?
Along with the Razorbacks, other top national golf programs include Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Arizona State. Each will contend to make the field here. Catch the game’s top amateur stars at their best on challenging holes like No. 7, 12 and 14. All are Par 4.
How do I go?
Ticket and parking information is forthcoming on arkansasrazorbacks.com/ncaagolf19.