MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach will be welcoming some of the country’s top collegiate golfers in less than two weeks.
TPC Myrtle Beach will play host to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship Regional.
Aside from the Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship, it’s the biggest tournament to come to TPC Myrtle Beach in recent years, and could bring more championship tournaments back to the Golf Capital of the World.
“Oh this is a huge event for us, we’re very excited to host this event,” said Tim Bachand, TPC Myrtle Beach First Assistant Professional.
Since its opening in 2000, TPC Myrtle Beach has hosted both professional and junior golf tournaments.
It’s now featured as one of six courses for the regionals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, which could open doors to host future championship events.
“As of right now we don’t host a lot of large scale events in Myrtle Beach and that would really put us back on the map,” said Bachand.
LPGA Professional and longtime Myrtle Beach golf ambassador, Meredith Kirk, took to the course with Bachand and said golfers will find TPC challenging.
“It’s a tour quality course so you are going to be challenged,” said Kirk.
Thirteen collegiate teams and 10 individual golfers will square off at TPC Myrtle Beach for the chance to compete in the finals, which will take place May 24 through May 29 at The Blessings Golf Club at the University of Arkansas. It’s a championship that TPC would love to host in Myrtle Beach.
“We’re hoping we can pull that event in here. It would be nationally-televised and we’d get to see the facility from different angles” said Bachand.
The tournament is free and open to the public. TPC will have free shuttles running from the Inlet Square Mall.
Officials believe the tournament will be a major draw for the Golf Capital of the World.
“Were putting it on the map for hosting these great events, so I’m so excited,” said Kirk.
To find out what schools will compete in Myrtle Beach, be sure to tune in to the NCAA Selection Show on the Golf Channel 9 p.m. Wednesday.