Six colleges, as deliberate, superior out of the Baton Rouge Regional on Wednesday to earn a spot within the NCAA Division I girls’s golf championships.
Yet over the three day event on the University Club, not a single shot was performed.
Naturally, gamers and groups are furious.
Rain prompts ‘unprecedented’ cancelation
Over seven inches of rain battered the University Club course in latest days, the NCAA mentioned Monday, which led to their “unprecedented and most difficult decision” to cancel the occasion fully.
NCAA guidelines state that if 18 holes couldn’t be accomplished — the occasion is meant to be 54 holes — then the committee will flip to seeding to find out who strikes on.
So, LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor, Oregon, Maryland and Alabama all superior to the NCAA championship later this month primarily based on seeding. The different groups had been despatched dwelling. While it’s the host college, LSU was not concerned within the choice to cancel play.
Officials broke the information to gamers and coaches on Wednesday morning, and mentioned that whereas the course was playable, it wasn’t “playable at a championship level.” That rationalization, clearly, didn’t sit effectively.
It additionally was not raining on Wednesday.
What did organizers attempt to do to play?
According to a number of coaches, nothing.
Multiple coaches have mentioned that there have been home windows of time the place golfers might have performed on the course. Miami coach Patti Rizzo told Golfweek that she walked the whole course on Tuesday afternoon, however solely seen a handful of bunkers filled with water.
She additionally mentioned that she didn’t see any upkeep staff out on the course.
When she was strolling the course on Tuesday, it was not raining and the solar was shining.
The NCAA issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon, but didn’t offer much of an explanation to coaches and players’ complaints.
“The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee regrets that the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships regional in Baton Rouge could not be conducted as scheduled this week,” the assertion learn, . “The University Club has taken on over 7 inches of rain in the past several days. The Division I Women’s Golf Committee, NCAA staff and the Games Committee in Baton Rouge have been in constant communication throughout the past several days about the course conditions that have led to this unprecedented and most difficult decision.”
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