GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro Sports Commission, Guilford College, and the NCAA are pleased to announce that the Grandover Resort and Conference Center has been selected as the host site of the 2011 NCAA Division III Menâ€™s Golf National Championships May 10-13, 2011.
Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts of the 37-team event. â€œThe Sports Commission is grateful for Guilford Collegeâ€™s partnership in this championship. Guilford understands what events of this caliber mean to â€˜Tournament Townâ€™ and continues to enhance its stature in our community and across the country,â€ said Greensboro Sports Commission President Kim Strable.
â€œGuilford has a strong tradition in national golf tournaments and we are pleased to showcase our college and Greensboro by co-hosting this event,â€ said Guilford Athletics Director Tom Palombo.
Guilford has made 26 national tournament appearances over the past 32 years, won the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Division III Golf titles and finished second in 2001. In addition, the Quakers won the 1989 NAIA National Tournament. Guilford is coached by Jack Jensen, who earned Dave Williams National Coach of the Year recognition after all three championship seasons and led an all-star team in the 2003 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships. Jensen served as Guilfordâ€™s coach when the Quakers hosted the 1979 NAIA Menâ€™s Golf Championships at the Cardinal Golf and Country Club.
The city of Greensboro boasts two of the top seven ranked menâ€™s golf teams in Division III, Guilford College (2nd) and Greensboro College (7th). “Greensboro and North Carolinaâ€™s fine reputation as a golf destination certainly worked to our advantage [in this selection], but the fact that so many great intercollegiate golf programs are in our region practically guarantees a highly competitive event,” Strable said.
The city of Greensboro hosted the 1988 Division III Golf Championships with Greensboro College at the Greensboro Country Club Farm Course. The city also hosted the NCAA Division I Championships in menâ€™s basketball (1974 Final Four) and womenâ€™s soccer (1997, 1998) as well as several NCAA Division III soccer championships.
â€œThe Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited about the NCAA’s decision to bring the Division III menâ€™s golf championship to Greensboro. Not only will this event provide lodging opportunities for the hospitality industry, but it further solidifies Greensboro’s relationship with the NCAA,â€ said Henri Fourrier, President of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. â€œIt provides a new listing on our event resume, which creates national exposure and credibility as a sports destination and gracious host.â€
The Grandover Resort is a picturesque resort located on the south side of Greensboro among 1,500 acres of oak, pine, and dogwood covered hills. David Graham and Gary Panks designed two 18-hole golf courses, which were both ranked â€œ4 Â½ Starsâ€ by Golf Digest and is listed among â€œAmericaâ€™s Best Places to Play.â€
The 2010 NCAA Division III Menâ€™s Golf Championships will be held at Hershey Country Club and Hershey Links in Hershey, Pa.
Contacts: Kim Strable – Greensboro Sports Commission – 336-335-1583, Dave Walters – Guilford College- 336-316-2107