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May 18, 2007

Golden Horseshoe joins VCU to welcome 156 top college golfers for NCAA Men's Championship

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Gold Course is the site of the 110th annual NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University May 30 to June 2. Practice rounds are Monday and Tuesday, May 28 and 29. Tee times for championship rounds begin at 7 a.m.

Spectators are welcome throughout the tournament. Tickets for rounds one, two and three are $10 and for Saturday’s final round $12. An all-session tournament pass may be purchased for $30. Parking is included in the price of all admission tickets and will be located on the Spotswood Course directly adjacent to the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, 401 S. England St. in Williamsburg. Tickets are available on site or in advance by calling the VCU ticket office at (804) 828-7267 or purchased online at www.vcuathletics.com. Admission to the practice rounds is free, and spectators are welcome. Practice rounds begin at 8 a.m., and teams will tee off in order of their seed.

Scoring for the championship is the college format of five players on each team, with the four lowest scores on the team counted for each round. Complimentary pairing sheets and course maps are available daily. The Gold Course’s spectator-friendly “amphitheater” style offers views overlooking the signature16th island green as well as the 2nd and 12th greens. The course facilities include bleacher seating, electronic score boards, food and beverage concessions and more than 180 volunteers working as marshals, spotters and scorers.

The championship will include 30 teams – 10 each from the East, Central and West regions – plus six individual players who are not members of the qualifying teams. The first NCAA National Champion was Yale University in 1897, and last year’s champion was Oklahoma State University, expected to qualify for this year’s tournament. Past NCAA men’s golf individual champions have included such names as Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Curtis Strange, Scott Verplank, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and Tiger Woods.

“Virginia Commonwealth University is proud to host the top college players in the nation for the final round of the NCAA championships,” said Tom Shupe, VCU’s associate athletic director and tournament manager. “The Golden Horseshoe groundskeepers have the course in excellent condition and the golf staff has put together a terrific team of volunteers to make the tournament run smoothly for both players and spectators. This is a wonderful opportunity for fans and supporters of college athletics to turn out to watch these outstanding players.”

“It’s exciting for us to showcase the Golden Horseshoe to such a talented field of young golfers who will be part of the next generation of the PGA Tour,” said Glen Byrnes, director of golf for the Golden Horseshoe. “This will be a great opportunity for the players to experience the timeless challenges of the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. course.”

Opened in 1963, the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course combines panoramic views with intriguing and often-difficult shot demands; or as designer Jones called it “a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built. The overall result is perfection!” At 6,817 yards from the back tees, the Gold Course is an enduring example of traditional golf course architecture – walkable and free of surrounding real estate development. The course will be played as a par 70 for the Championship.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a resort that includes more than 1,000 guest rooms, 10 restaurants and 66,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com or www.GoldenHorseshoeGolf.com.

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Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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