April 4, 2014
The Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta will host the inaugural College Match Play Championship on Saturday, April 19. The field for the event will be the men's golf teams from host Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida State and Georgia.
"We are excited to play in this inaugural event and I would like to thank coach (Bruce) Heppler from Georgia Tech and Bob Covington at the Crabapple Course for the opportunity," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "Match play is a unique and exciting format, so it should be a fun day competing with some of the best teams and coaches in the nation. We are familiar with the course after competing in the 2013 NCAA Championships there last May and it's a fantastic test for all the players."
The one-day event features the four teams playing each other at match play with semifinal matches beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by the consolation and championship matches at 1:30 p.m. The matches are structured similar to those at the NCAA Championship, with each team's No. 5 player facing each other, followed by their No. 4 players and so on. Scoring will also be the same, with each individual match counting one point toward the team score.
A trophy will be presented to the team champion following the championship match, and each match in the event will count toward the teams' head-to-head records for NCAA Championship qualification. Admission for the event is free.
"We're thrilled to have four of the best teams in the country coming to the Capital City Club for this inaugural event," said Covington of the Capital City Club, who served as tournament chairman for the 2013 NCAA Championship and is organizing this event. "We hope this will become an annual event."
The semifinal matches will feature the team ranked highest among the four in that week's Golfstat rankings against the team ranked lowest. The other semifinal would pit the team ranked second-highest against the team ranked third-highest. Current rankings (as of April 1) would pit Georgia Tech (No. 4) against Auburn (No. 26). No. 5 Georgia would face No. 12 Florida State in the other semifinal, but the semifinal matchups are subject to change.
Eighteen players on the four teams are currently ranked among the nation's top 200 individuals by Golfstat, nine of those in the top 100.
The Capital City Club Crabapple Course hosted last year's NCAA Division I Championship, the 2007 NCAA East Regional and the 2012 PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational. The course plays to a par of 72 and is 7,319 yards long.