The Landfall Tradition
The 15th Annual Collegiate Golf Tournament
Thursday, October 27th - Sunday, October 30th, 2016
Supporting UNCW Scholarships and Golf Programs Since 2002
15th Landfall Tradition Special In Many Ways
By Bill Paris, Landfall Tradition Marketing Chair
It marked an impressive milestone. It was the most exciting finish ever. And, it meant the end of an era. And all were just parts of the 15th annual Landfall Tradition. First played in 2002, the Tradition quickly became known as one of the premier women’s college golf tournaments in the country. Through this year, it has hosted teams from 66 universities in 32 states and almost 1000 players. In those 15 years, it has raised over $300,000 for the UNCW golf scholarship programs and had an economic impact benefit of some $2.75 million dollars to the local economy. All that plus projecting great images of UNCW, the Country Club of Landfall, and southeastern North Carolina to the players, coaches and fans who have attended.
Playing in spectacular weather conditions, this year’s typically strong field featured #1 Alabama and #2 Furman and six more teams in the top 25, and they did not disappoint. Oklahoma led by four shots after day one, three-time winner Wake Forest by seven shots after day two, and South Carolina and Wake Forest were tied at the end of day three thanks to a record setting eight-under-par team score by the Gamecocks on Sunday. Tradition rules break ties by comparing the team’s number five (normally non-counting) player’s scores, but that again was a tie. So, for the first time in Tradition history, that tie was broken by comparing the scores of the number five players from the previous day’s scores, leading to the South Carolina win, their first at the Tradition. Individual records were tied or broken as well by Wake Forest sophomore (also last year’s medalist) Jennifer Kupcho who tied the one day record of 66 and broke the three day tournament record by two shots with a nine-under-par 207.
The 2016 tournament marked the bittersweet end of an era as well. It was back in 2001 that Pete Hexter, local businessman and CCL member, Jan Mann, then the UNCW women’s coach, and Grant Robbins, then the UNCW men’s golf coach, conceived of the idea of having a premier women’s college golf tournament hosted by UNCW and played at the Country Club of Landfall. For the first eleven years, Hexter and Pete Dallow co-chaired the event. Dallow then retired, and Tim Meeker co-chaired with Hexter the past four years. Both of them are retiring after this year. So many people, including roughly 300 volunteers, step up every year to maintain the outstanding reputation the tournament has throughout the college golf community, but no one person has given more than Pete Hexter, first as a co-founder and then as co-chairman in leading it for the entire fifteen years. Thanks for the memories Pete, Pete, Jan, Grant, and Tim. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.
Next year's Landfall Tradition will be co-chaired by Jeff Mays and Jack Bartow.
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Play In The College-Am Tournament
The 3-day collegiate tournament is preceded by a College-Am Tournament on Thursday, October 27th and capped off with a reception, Dinner of Champions, and an award ceremony. Foursomes are invited to attend this event and play a round with a team member from one of the participating schools.
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No tournament of this size and quality can be successful without a strong volunteer base. This has been a key factor in the tournament’s success in the past.
Once again, we are looking for volunteers for the Fall tournament. We hope to welcome back volunteers from previous years but would like to extend the opportunity to anyone who may have an interest. Areas of need are diverse and schedules are flexible.
This is a fun yet important way to be a part of the tournament.
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2014 Tournament Video
Each year, a video is filmed and produced on Thursday before the College/Am by the UNCW Communications Department and embodies of the spirit of the tournament.