Golf Championships Put NIU in the Spotlight
Few sporting events better showcase the passion, intensity, and exuberance of athletes and fans than the NCAA championships. Next May, Huskie alumni, fans, and visitors from across the country will experience the excitement and pageantry of a national championship tournament up close and in person when Northern Illinois University and Rich Harvest Farms host the 2017 NCAA golf championships.
For two weeks – May 19 -24 for the women’s championships and May 26-31 for the men’s – the best NCAA Division I collegiate golfers in the country will convene in Sugar Grove for one of the most prestigious and important collegiate athletic events ever held in the state of Illinois.
Designed, built, and owned by NIU alumnus Jerry Rich, ’61, Rich Harvest Farms serves as the home to the NIU men’s and women’s golf programs and is ranked by Golf Digest magazine as one of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Rich Harvest Farms has become one of the world’s premier golf venues, having hosted the hugely successful Solheim Cup in 2009 and the Palmer Cup and Western Amateur in 2015.
“We are honored and excited to have the 2017 NCAA championships at Rich Harvest Farms,” Rich says. “Having the
championships at Rich Harvest has been a longtime dream of mine, and our RHF team is looking forward to providing spectators and participants the best possible golf experience in the country.”
The 2017 NCAA golf championships will be the first time NIU has hosted a national championship in any sport since becoming a major college athletic program in 1969. The event will be televised live on the Golf Channel, focusing a national spotlight on NIU, Rich Harvest Farms, and the northern Illinois region.
Huskie fans and alumni can get involved in a variety of ways. Tickets for the both the women’s and men’s national championships will go on sale later this month. Ticket pricing will be very affordable, with daily general admission and several tournament ticket packages available.
Volunteers will also play a big role in the success of the event. The size and scope of the NCAA championships provide numerous volunteer opportunities to help manage the tournaments and assist competitors, teams, coaches, and fans from across the nation as they visit the area.