From Harding University
The Great American Conference announced today that the league's inaugural men's and women's golf championship tournaments will be held at the Hot Springs Country Club in Hot Springs, Ark.
"We are thrilled to be able to host our golf championships at the Hot Springs Country Club," said GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt. "We will be providing a great tournament for our teams at a venue that has a proven track record for hosting a first-class collegiate golf tournament."
Hot Springs Country Club has hosted the Gulf South Conference golf championships for the past 10 years. The club provides a unique feature by furnishing two competitive courses that allows the men's and women's tournaments to be conducted simultaneously.
"This was a big plus in determining a location for our golf championships," added Prewitt. "Several of our league's golf teams have the same head coach for both the men's and women's programs, so it was important to us that we get a location that would cater to their needs. Add that in with the country club's proven success of hosting collegiate tournaments, and it was an easy decision. The courses are well-maintained and will provide a competitive atmosphere."
Prewitt continued, "This also allows our teams to play one practice round and 54 holes of competition with only two days of missed class."
Hot Springs CC also features a large clubhouse, which was built in 2000 as a part of $6 million club renovation. The clubhouse includes a complete pro shop, two formal ballrooms and a casual dining area.
"We are very excited to have the first GAC golf championship here at (Hot Springs CC)," said Hot Springs Country Club Director of Golf Barry Howard. "We are glad to be able to provide a venue for this event, and anytime we host tournaments like this, it helps our city."
In addition to golf tournaments, the city of Hot Springs, which currently has a population of nearly 40,000, has also hosted several other collegiate athletic events, including the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference basketball championships.
"The Hot Springs community has expressed a lot of interest in the Great American Conference," said Prewitt. "We are excited to be able to bring one of our championship events to the city."
The 2012 GAC golf championships are scheduled for Sunday-Tuesday, April 15-17. All nine men's teams and all eight women's teams will participate in the event.