The Landfall Tradition
The 14th Annual Collegiate Golf Tournament
Thursday, October 22nd - Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Supporting UNCW Scholarships and Golf Programs Since 2002
#2 Ranked Duke Blue Devils Easily Win Tournament
They were the highest ranked team in an 18 team field that included 5 teams in the top 20 nationally. Their lead was 2 shots after day one, 10 shots after day two, and 11 shots at the end of the 2015 Landfall Tradition. The Duke Blue Devils, led by Leona Maguire and Celine Boutier, both with tournament scores of 3 under par, more than lived up to their #2 national ranking coming into the tournament. While other teams including Notre Dame who finished second, Oklahoma State who was third, Michigan State who was 13 under the final day alone, and our own UNCW Seahawks who were just 3 shots back after the first day all had some time in the plentiful sun, this was simply Duke’s tournament from beginning to end.
This year’s Tradition, which had some poor weather in past years, was blessed with near perfect blue skies, slight breezes and temperatures in the 70’s each day, and probably the largest galleries since the 2010 NCAA National Championship, also held on the Landfall Dye Course.
A highlight of day one for local UNCW fans was the Seahawk’s strong 3rd place first round led by senior Annette Lyche’s blistering 69. Oklahoma State, ranked 10th nationally entering the tournament, was in second place just two shots behind Duke and a shot ahead of the Seahawks.
Day two, still pleasant but a bit breezy, seemed perfect for the Blue Devils as they were four under par as a team and safely in the lead over Oklahoma State, now by 10 shots. Alabama, ranked number eight nationally, had a great day also at two under par and moved up six places to tie Notre Dame for third with a day to play.
The star of day three, aside from Duke, was Michigan State with a tournament day low score 13 under par vaulting them into fourth place behind Duke, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. Alabama was fifth, and the Seahawks finished tied for tenth with Clemson.
Sarah Burnham from Michigan State was medalist at five under par, just one shot ahead of Ashley Holder, last year’s medalist from Central Florida, and Katelyn Dambaugh from South Carolina.
Next year will be the 15th Landfall Tradition, now considered to be one of the premier events of the college golf season. During the first 14 years, UNCW and the Country Club of Landfall have proudly hosted over 1300 players from 65 universities and 14 conferences in 32 states. Thanks to 300 plus volunteers who made it possible every year, it has been our pleasure to help make wonderful and lasting memories for all those who came to this special part of North Carolina.
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.
Play In The College-Am Tournament
The 3-day collegiate tournament will be preceded by a College-Am Tournament on Thursday, October 22nd 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.
Click here to learn more and sign up to play in the College-Am.
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.
Click here to sign up to be a Volunteer.