With a 14-year history of fond memories and greatness, the Landfall Tradition returns to the Country Club of Landfall this weekend (Oct. 23-25) to add yet another chapter to the tourney’s growing legacy.
Many of the top young women players in the world will compete over three days at CCL’s challenging Pete Dye Course that saunters along the Intracoastal Waterway. A strong field that includes both the defending team champion (Wake Forest) and medalist (Ashley Holder of UCF) should make this year’s event one of the most hotly contested ever.
“Everyone will have a chance to see some incredible golf this weekend,” said Cindy Ho, UNCW’s veteran women’s golf coach. “It’s a special event. From the golf course to the location to the hospitality, the organizing committee has worked very hard to make it one of the best events in the country.”
A total of 18 teams and 96 players arrived for Thursday’s practice round in preparation for play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The teams will play 18 holes each day on the rolling Par 72, 6,157-yard layout.
In addition to host UNCW, the field features Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Elon, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, UCF, Virginia and Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons have won the tournament three times (2007, 2008, 2014) and look to become the first team to win back-to-back titles on two occasions. Coach Dianne Dailey’s team took last year’s championship by four strokes over Alabama.
The field includes five of the last 10 NCAA champions and 13 teams inside the top-50 of the Golfstat rankings. Three teams – UCF, Ohio State and Virginia – won conference championships last year and six of the teams qualified for the NCAA finals.
Overall, the talented field hails from 28 states and 28 countries, with 25 players who earned All-Conference recognition in 2014-15. Fifty teams have competed in the Tradition over the last 13 years, while Elon and Kentucky make their first appearance in the event this weekend.
The annual College/Am tournament to raise monies for the UNCW golf scholarship fund will be held this afternoon. The Tradition has earned an outstanding national reputation as one of the year’s finest women’s college golf tournaments with many programs returning year after year.
Tournament play starts at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. Admission and parking are free. This event is open to the public.