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Methodist selected to host ’09 Division III golf championships

Nov 18, 2008 11:01:28 AM

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Methodist has been selected to host the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships.

It is the first time one institution will host the men’s and women’s finals at the same location.

The four-day event will be May 13-16 at the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

The women’s championship includes 21 teams and the top six individuals not participating with their team for 111 total participants. The men’s championship features 36 teams, along with the top five individuals not participating with their team, for a total of 185 competitors.

Methodist previously hosted the Division III national championships in 1994 (the men’s tournament in Fayetteville, North Carolina) and 2005 (the women’s tournament in Pinehurst, North Carolina). 

“Together with the NCAA, the PGA Village, our coaches and other staff members, we will make the 2009 championships an outstanding and memorable experience for the participating institutions and selected student-athletes,” said Bob McEvoy, Methodist director of athletics. 

Methodist’s women’s team won its 11th consecutive national championship last year and have accumulated 21 championships in 23 years. The Monarchs’ men’s squad finished fourth last year and has won nine national titles in the last 14 years.

Port St. Lucie is a city of 166,000 on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The PGA Village course, a 54-hole layout designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, is ranked No. 30 in GolfWorld’s inaugural “Reader’s Choice Award Top 50 Golf Courses.”

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