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NCAA Golf Championships Hosted by NIU

April 4th, 2017

Next month, Northern Illinois University has the honor of hosting the 2017 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s golf championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

Some of the nation’s best college golfers and golf teams will compete in May for a national title at one the world’s premier golf venues, Rich Harvest Farms, the home of our Huskie golf teams.

“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 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, 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 of 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.

Learn why golf balls have dimples and how Newton’s laws impact your drive off the first tee at “Driving Ambition: the STEM of Golf.” This is a free NIU STEM Café event that will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway in Aurora.