As he stood on the steps of the clubhouse on the University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shortly earlier than 1 p.m. ET, NCAA Committee consultant Brad Hurlbut delivered a message that no person wished to listen to.
“This is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions and announcements that I’ve ever been a part of,” Hurlbut stated in a video posted to Twitter. “Even though the course is playable, it’s not playable at a championship level. … Again, heart-wrenching decision that we had to make.”
Before he might end, many individuals listening started shouting.
We can play!
It’s a championship, allow us to play!
Are you severe?!
After three days of no golf on the Baton Rouge Regional, one in every of 4 NCAA Division I ladies’s golf regionals being contested this week, the NCAA committee made the controversial resolution of advancing teams based on seeding. According to an NCAA assertion, the University Club had taken on over 7 inches of rain up to now a number of days, prompting “this unprecedented and most difficult decision” by the committee.
It’s price noting that the host college, which occurred to be top-seeded LSU, doesn’t dictate the ultimate resolution, although college staff do run the golf course and due to this fact would play a job within the course of. The Tigers had been amongst six colleges to advance to subsequent week’s NCAA Championship, together with Ole Miss, Baylor, Oregon, Maryland and Alabama. The three highest-ranked gamers in Golfstat not on advancing teams additionally made it by: Houston’s Karen Fredgaard, Miami’s Nataliya Guseva and Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto.
“Unfortunately, a lot of events happened that we couldn’t control, but now we’re focused on the next step,” LSU head coach Garrett Runion advised GolfChannel.com. “At the end of the day, everybody wanted to play, and everyone wants to let their clubs do the talking and not have it pulled from their hands. And that creates tension when you have to make a gut-wrenching decision like the NCAA did.”
Alabama head coach Mic Potter, who has been teaching for 35 years, stated he’s by no means seen something like what occurred this week. Heavy rains doused the golf course starting Monday, with the ultimate 2 inches falling in a single day earlier than Wednesday’s last spherical. While many individuals in attendance, from coaches and gamers to spectators, argued that the course was playable for intervals all three days and that course employees didn’t exhaust its assets, it additionally needs to be famous that had teams performed Wednesday, they’d’ve performed so utilizing carry, clear and place, and the bunkers, a few of which had been nonetheless having water pumped from them at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, would doubtless not have been in play. The seventh gap additionally had a small lake of standing water in its fairway.
NCAA guidelines stipulate that regional competitors can’t prolong previous Wednesday, and that if 18 holes couldn’t be accomplished then the committee would use seeding as its standards. But many coaches, even some outdoors the highest six, agreed that 18 holes in these situations wouldn’t correctly determine the teams worthy of qualifying for nationals.
One coach who wished to stay nameless referred to as it a “lose-lose” scenario.
“I know that they did everything they could do to get it in, and from what I saw, they made the right choice because at the end of the day, they couldn’t get it in good enough shape to have a championship experience,” Baylor head coach Jay Goble stated. “It’s unfortunate, obviously we’d all like to have played golf and would feel better about playing 54 holes and earning it that way. I feel so bad for the guys having to make that decision. It probably wouldn’t have been fair for the low six teams if we had played and then for the other 12 teams, they have to feel gutted, as well.”
Among the teams who had their seasons finish with out hitting a shot: No. 7 Oregon State, No. 8 Houston, No. 11 Purdue and No. 12 Mississippi State.
“I really didn’t have anything to say to my players,” stated Bulldogs head coach Charlie Ewing, whose regional lineup included fifth-year senior Clara Moyano, who determined to return for an additional 12 months after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the ultimate three months of final season. “It’s hard to be prepared for something like that, and strangely enough, you feel like you should be prepared because it’s almost déjà vu of what we went through 14 months ago with the season just abruptly ending and nobody being able to do anything about it. I just told the team that it’s not what we deserve and that I love them, and that’s really all I felt like I could say.”
LPGA participant Stacy Lewis, spouse of Houston head coach Gerrod Chadwell, had lots to say.
“There’s a lot I could say on this, but NCAA, you failed these kids,” Lewis wrote on Twitter. “Be creative, be willing to adapt, and most importantly, let their play decide who plays for a national championship.”
Added Chadwell, speaking to Golfweek: “This place has zero business hosting another regional. You find a way to get it done.”