November 22, 2002
Golden Horseshoe to host 2007 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship
The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club will host the 2007 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, scheduled to tee off May 29 to June 1. The announcement comes after a yearlong Colonial Williamsburg pursuit targeting the NCAA.
“It has been a long process bringing the tournament here. Many people from many different departments have poured significant time and effort into making this a reality,” said Lloyd Williams, general manager of golf and recreation.
This is not the first time that the Golden Horseshoe has caught the eye of the NCAA. The May 2001 NCAA Eastern Regional Championship, held at the golf club, was a marked success for the club and triggered its enthusiasm to pursue the 2007 tournament.
“After jumping on the opportunity to host in 2001, we began focusing on the next available national championship,” said Williams.
Competitors for the event included top golf site Crooked Stick in Indiana, former site of the PGA Championship, and other strong locations around the country. The quality of its golf courses, service and energetic volunteers demonstrated at the 2001 event helped propel the Golden Horseshoe to the top of the selection committee’s list.
“We felt that we were ideal partners because we have great golf, excellent hotels, a wide array of restaurants and a mission based in education,” said Williams.
To turn this idea into a reality, the Golden Horseshoe partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University, submitted the paperwork, and flew to Orlando, Fla., to present to the committee. Last month the championship committee announced its final decision to choose the Gold Course, which recently was ranked No. 40 in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”
Williams notes that the timing is most advantageous for the Colonial Williamsburg community, since the event coincides with the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown Settlement. “The event will enhance our visibility as a golf destination and broadens our appeal, while attracting a high level of student athletes. There is a great opportunity here to piggyback on the Jamestown Commemoration and expose an entirely new group to all we have to offer at Colonial Williamsburg,” said Williams.
Although the tournament is five years away, the Golden Horseshoe will continue to pursue other prestigious golf events while working hard to improve playing conditions and service. “We are certainly proud of our rankings but we remain focused on improving the guest experience every day,” Williams added.
One hundred and fifty-six collegiate golfers (30 teams and six individuals) are expected to be in attendance.