Arizona State University has dreams of becoming the permanent home for an NCAA championship.
The Sun Devils will take the first step toward that goal in 2020, when they are set to partner with Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale to host the NCAA Golf Championships. It will be the first venue to host the men’s and women’s NCAA golf championships for three years in a row.
“Our ultimate goal, long-term, is not just to host it for that three years,” said Rocky Harris, Sun Devil athletics chief operating officer. “We want to become what Omaha is for baseball, where we make this – Grayhawk, Scottsdale, Phoenix, the Valley – the home of collegiate golf championships forever.”
Omaha, Nebraska, has been home to baseball’s College World Series since 1950 and recently hosted its 68th tournament, with the Florida Gators bringing home their first NCAA baseball championship. To approach Omaha’s longevity, ASU knows it must produce a successful product for the NCAA and Golf Channel. It also must draw support from the community.
A history of hosting big-time golf tournaments may give Grayhawk an edge. From 2007 to 2009, the club presented the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open. It also brought the Williams World Challenge and Waste Management Phoenix Open pro-ams to Scottsdale, along with others.
“We understand it’s a long road between here and there,” president and owner of Grayhawk Development Gregg Tryhus said. “We have to prove it out, the Golf Channel has to prove it out, ASU has to prove it out, and the community has to embrace it. But…
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