The center of the universe of women's collegiate golf will shift to Purdue University this week as the NCAA Women's Golf Championships will be held at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex from May 20 to 23.
Twenty-four of the nation's top teams, along with six individuals, will be competing for the 2003 NCAA women's golf national championship.
The tournament will be played on the Kampen Course, the work of legendary course designer Pete Dye. The innovative design by Dye, who attended classes on the West Lafayette campus in the 1950s, is like no other in the Midwest. The course features tall heather rough, waste bunkers and several ponds in an environmental conservation area. Opened in June of 1998, the Kampen Course can play anywhere from 5,205 yards from front tees to 7,333 yards from back tees. The yardage for the championships will be 6,300 yards.
Purdue administrators have been planning for the championship for several years.
"It is a great honor to have the NCAA select us as host of a national championship tournament," said Devon Brouse, head coach and director of golf operations. "We have hosted a regional and a Big Ten championship in the past, so I know our well-trained Purdue staff will once again put on another first-class event. We are excited to put Purdue and the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on display for the nation's elite teams and fans to see."
The Birck complex is the result of more than $8 million in improvements and renovation to Purdue golf facilities. It includes the Kampen Course and the picturesque Ackerman Hills Course.
"This is a great opportunity for Purdue and the Greater Lafayette area," said Athletics Director Morgan Burke. "The Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex will provide a fitting challenge for the nation's best intercollegiate women's golf teams. I know (course designer) Pete and Alice Dye, along with the Bircks, Kampens and Ackermans, will take tremendous pride in our hosting this event. It was this core group who helped us transform the complex into something special."
Nearly 200 volunteers will assist Purdue and NCAA staff in staging the four-day event.
"The Kampen Course and Birck complex will be both gracious host and formidable challenge for the 2003 NCAA Women's Golf Championships," said tournament director and Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex Head Golf Professional Doug Hill. "I am sure the Pete Dye designed Kampen Course with its links style, heather rough, waste bunkers, and wetlands will prove to be a great venue for the national championship."
Ticket prices are $6 for single session students and seniors, $8 single session adults, $15 all-session student and senior and $20 all-session adults.
For all ticket information please contact the Purdue Ticket Office at 1-800-49-SPORT.