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Oklahoma State has been selected as a host site for several upcoming NCAA Division I Championships and regionals, it was announced today.
OSU will host the 2018 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club, the 2020 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Tennis Championships and the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center and the 2020 NCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at the OSU Cross Country Course.
Additionally, OSU will host NCAA regional championships in men’s and women’s cross country in 2019, men’s golf in 2021 and women’s golf in 2022.
“We’re thankful to everyone who was involved in bringing these championship events to Oklahoma State and this opportunity means a lot to us.” OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder said. “We are committed to providing every student-athlete who comes here with a memorable championship experience. The people at OSU and in the community make Stillwater a great destination for events as prestigious as these. There are so few opportunities for an NCAA championship event to be played on or near a campus, so we don’t take this lightly.”
More on each sport that will host:
· 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships – May 18-23, 2018
· 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional – May 16-19, 2021
· 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional – May 9-11, 2022
Karsten Creek Golf Club, home of the Oklahoma State golf programs, will serve as the host site for the 2018 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Championships as well as the NCAA Men’s Division I Regional in 2021 and the NCAA Women’s Division I Regional in 2022.
The event will mark the second time the Cowgirl program has hosted NCAA competition after the 2014 Central Regional was contested at Karsten Creek.
The Tom Fazio design also hosted the Big 12 Invitational in 2001 and the Big 12 Women's Championship in 2008.
On the men's side, Karsten Creek has hosted the NCAA Championship twice, holding the event in 2003 and 2011.
Additionally, the course served as the home to the Karsten Creek Collegiate in 1996, the NCAA Central Regional in 2001, the Ping/Golfweek Preview in 2002 and 2010 and the NCAA South Central Regional in 2009 as well as the NCAA Stillwater Regional in 2016.
“We built Karsten Creek to help our players achieve their dreams, prepare them for championships and to host championships ourselves,” OSU head coach Alan Bratton said. “We are grateful to the NCAA for trusting us to host such a great event and now it is up to us to put on a good show.”
· 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships – May 14-23, 2020
The Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center will host the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships from May 14-23, 2020.
The event will be the first NCAA Tennis Championship to be hosted in Stillwater, though the facility hosted men’s and women’s NCAA regionals in 2016.
Additionally, the Greenwood Tennis Center hosted the 2016 Big 12 Championships, the 2014 ITA Women’s Central Region Championships and the 2016 Men’s ITA Central Region Championships. Last fall, the facility hosted the inaugural USTA Stillwater Pro Tennis Classic, which was the first USTA Pro Circuit event to be held in the state of Oklahoma in over a decade.
Since the facility was opened in January of 2014, Oklahoma State tennis has enjoyed outstanding success. Both the Cowboys and the Cowgirls advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2016, with the women’s team advancing to the national championship match. Both teams are currently ranked in the top 10 in the country.
Once the news broke, Robert Allen spoke with Director of Tennis and head OSU women's coach about getting the bid to host national championship here at Oklahoma State, "I think it starts back to when we sat down with the Greenwood’s and talked about building a facility here we wanted from day one to build it with the specifications to host an NCAA championship.” said Oklahoma State tennis director and head OSU women’s tennis coach Chris Young. “And that was really one of our primary goals, was making sure that everything met all the specifications. So, once we got it completed, last year, as you know, we got to host two of the matches at the national championships. Because of rain, two matches were moved indoors. So, the committee and everybody involved got to come over and check it out. Then this fall, it just so happened that it was a bid cycle for the next four years, 2019-2022, of NCAA championship host sites."
“So, for us to be able to put in a bid and compete with over 30 schools that bid, there was 15 finalists, for the four years, and three sites were selected over those four years." said Young. "The national USTA new facility got it two of those years, then we got it in 2020 and Illinois got it in 2022. So, it’s a big accomplishment for Stillwater. I know that we also were awarded a golf championship and a cross country national championship. So, in the next three years, we’re going to have three national championships here in Stillwater. It’s pretty amazing.”
"It's quite an honor for both of our programs to be selected to host such a prestigious event,” men’s tennis coach Jay Udwadia said. “We're excited to be able to showcase the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center, as well as Oklahoma State, to the rest of the country. We wouldn't have this opportunity without Michael and Anne Greenwood and we would also like to thank our athletic department for their tremendous support of tennis here at OSU. We look forward to making it an excellent event for everyone involved in the 2020 NCAA Championships."
After a tour of the Greenwood Tennis Center, a tweet by the United States Tennis Association pronounced OSU's new complex as one of the top two collegiate facilities in the country. The organization later recognized the Greenwood Center at the 2016 United States Tennis Association Outstanding Facility Awards. It was the only collegiate facility to receive the honor for 2016.
· 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional
· 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championship
Oklahoma State will host the 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater. Additionally, OSU was selected as an NCAA cross country regional host in 2019.
“We’re excited about hosting. It’s a recognition of the success we’ve had in cross country and a recognition of a historic cross country course that has been used for major meets for a long time,” said Oklahoma State director of cross country and track and field Dave Smith. “I’m excited that our student-athletes will get to run for something meaningful – a national championship – in front of a home crowd. Oklahoma State has won a lot of NCAA championships and knows how to host major events. Everyone involved will do an incredible job. Our goal is to have it be the best NCAA Cross Country Championships ever held.”
Oklahoma State has never previously hosted the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, but the Cowboys have risen to national prominence during Smith’s tenure as head coach, winning NCAA men’s team titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and winning the Big 12 team title each of the last eight years. The OSU women’s cross country program is also surging, as the Cowgirls earned a seventh-place NCAA finish in 2015.
Situated on the north end of the Oklahoma State campus, the OSU Cross Country Course hosts the nation’s longest consecutively run cross country meet – the Cowboy Jamboree - which has been contested every year since 1945. The course hosted NCAA men’s and women’s regionals in 2003 and 2008 and hosted the Big 12 Championships in 1997, 2010 and 2015.