NCAA Golf Championships coming soon to Rich Harvest Farms

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments are underway, and college hoops fans across the country are coming down with their yearly case of “March Madness.”

In just a couple of months, Northern Illinois University will host a collegiate national championship tournament of its own when the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships comes to Rich Harvest Farms in nearby Sugar Grove.   

Some of the nation’s best college golfers and college golf teams will compete in May for a national title at one the world’s premier golf venues, the “Home of the Huskies,” Rich Harvest Farms (RHF).

“NIU and the state of Illinois have never hosted both men’s and women’s national collegiate championships back-to-back in any sport,” says RHF developer and owner, Jerry Rich.  “It’s been a passion of mine to nurture amateur golf, and as an NIU alum, it is even more special to offer up my course for this historic event.”

May 19-24 are the dates for the women’s championships, followed by the men’s tournament, May 26-31. Daily grounds tickets start at $10, with the option to purchase a full-week or full-event grounds pass. Students under the age of 18 will receive free grounds admission to the event when attending with a paying adult.

The NCAA Experience, an upscale venue in the middle of all the action, provides ticketholders the opportunity to upgrade their tournament experience. The $55-package includes grounds tickets, VIP parking, access to a hospitality area, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, and two complimentary alcoholic beverages of their choice.

Additional information about tickets and volunteer opportunities for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships is available online. 

In conjunction with the university serving as host for the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships, NIU Athletics and NIU STEM Outreach collaborated on a “STEM of Golf” video series. The “STEM of Golf” videos feature several NIU faculty members highlighting some of the science, technology, engineering and math associated with the game of golf. The faculty members involved in the series are Jahred Adelman and Michael Eads from the Department of Physics and Nick Pohlman from the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

A “STEM of Golf” STEM Café event is planned for later this spring, in advance of the NCAA Golf Championships. A date, time and location for the upcoming STEM Café will be announced soon.

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