NIU ready for NCAA golf championships

May’s 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships are right around the corner, and the entire NIU community is invited to celebrate the university’s first opportunity to host a collegiate sports national championship.

In less than a month, some of the nation’s best college golfers and golf teams will convene at one of the world’s premier golf venues, the “Home of the Huskies,” Rich Harvest Farms in nearby Sugar Grove.

The tournament starts with the women’s championships on Thursday, May 19, through Wednesday, May 24, followed by the men’s tournament, Friday, May 26, through Wednesday, May 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 ticket holders with 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.

The NIU Alumni Association is hosting two “NIU Days” at the championships on Saturday, May 20, and Saturday, May 27. The events, located in the NIU tent adjacent the NCAA Experience hospitality area, include a meet-and-greet with NIU dignitaries and celebrities. The NIU tent will be open to all tournament patrons throughout the duration of the NCAA Golf Championships.

A special ticket promotion will be announced soon for NIU stakeholders who wish to attend the championships.

Additional information about tickets and volunteer opportunities for the 2017 NCAA Div. 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.  A STEM Café event on the topic of the “STEM of Golf” is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora.

All STEM Cafés are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Dymond at jdymond@niu.edu or 779-777-7713.

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