The Landfall Tradition

The 16th Annual Collegiate Golf Tournament

The 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championship

May 16-21, 2010; Pete Dye Course, Country Club of Landfall

Purdue University

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Caroline Hedwall

Oklahoma State

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Bill Paris, Marketing Committee Chair

The final round is over, but the memories of what NCAA officials have called “The best women’s championship ever!” will last and last. It started with 126 players and their coaches attending a Sunday evening welcoming dinner on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina and hearing their school fight songs played one after the other leading the players to say, “No one does these kinds of things for us.” It ended five days later in a classic finish that saw Purdue defeat favorite Southern California by just one stroke on the last hole of the last match of the final day of play. On that same final day, Megan McChrystal of LSU shot a 64 to set a Dye Course record, LSU school record, and NCAA final round championship record.

But this tournament was about much more than great golf. It was about the community and Country Club of Landfall and over 400 volunteers putting on a show that led the Wilmington Star News golf editor to say he felt sorry “for the fine people of College Station, Texas who will host next year’s NCAA Championships. Following this event is like taking the stage after a performance by the Beatles, or Jimi Hendrix, or Robin Williams.” Other comments and memories tell even more: The Duke coach marveling about volunteers who often gave his elderly parents a golf cart lift from hole to hole, or the aunt of Texas player Madison Pressel (sister of LPGA star Morgan Pressel) who said she follows her two nieces all over the country, but had never attended a tournament where there was such great hospitality. The seven member crew from Golfweek commented how at most championships there would be 30 to 40 parents and friends of players following the final group down the eighteenth hole, but here there were well over 300 in the final round gallery. A Landfall resident who provided a ‘Safe House’ that was filled with players during a rain delay won’t forget those players who were competing for the biggest prize in their golf careers diving into a jigsaw puzzle on his kitchen table before heading back out to resume play. And there was the winning Purdue coach who said he had been to the last eleven championships and this one surpassed them all.

And finally, from Nancy Cross, chair of the NCAA Division I Golf Committee, “In terms of total experience, on a scale of 1 to 10, this tournament was a 15! It was the best golf event I have ever been associated with. It had the whole package-a great golf course, tremendous volunteers, and great fan support. Wilmington didn’t just knock it close to the pin with this event. They made a hole-in-one.”

But for many who were here and in that 18th hole gallery for the exciting final round finish, their memory will be of the fourteen bagpipers who, just after play ended, marched down the fairway playing ‘Amazing Grace’ as the sun set behind them and excited unbelieving players used their cell phones to send pictures and texts to their friends and families, often in foreign lands.

As someone said to Tournament Chairman Tim Meeker, “You have to be proud!”