The Big Ten Conference has selected Baltimore Country Club as the site of its 2017 and 2018 Men’s Golf Championships, which will be played in Lutherville, Md. on the club’s Five Farms East course. In Quechee, Vt., The Quechee Club is set to host the Third Annual Quechee Collegiate Challenge, for 33 men’s and ladies teams from 29 Division I and II schools in the Northeast.
The Big Ten Conference has announced that Baltimore (Md.) Country Club’s Five Farms East Golf Course in Lutherville, Md. will serve as the host site for the 2017 and 2018 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships. The 2017 Big Ten Championships will be held from April 28-30, while the 2018 dates will be announced at a later date.
“The Baltimore Country Club Board of Governors, Golf Committee and membership are honored to be selected as the 2017 and 2018 host for the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships,” said Mark Dumler, Baltimore CC’s President. “We look forward to hosting some of the world’s greatest young championship golfers for the three days of competition on our challenging championship East Course, designed by renowned architect A.W. Tillinghast.
“In partnership with the Big Ten Conference and Baltimore County, the club is intent upon executing one of the premier amateur golf championships in the country,” Dumler added.
The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships have been played since 1920, with 10 current Big Ten institutions having won at least one conference championship. The University of Illinois claimed its 14th Big Ten title last season, its seventh championship in the past eight years.
The University of Maryland joined the Big Ten, which now has 14 member schools, in 2014.
“We are very excited to bring the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships to Baltimore Country Club in 2017 and 2018,” said Wendy Fallen, the Big Ten Conference’s Associate Commissioner for Sports Administration. “It’s a club with a rich history, and we’re confident that our students and coaches will have a great experience.”
Baltimore Country Club was founded in 1898 and is listed by the United States Golf Association as one of the first 100 clubs established in the United States. It is one of only seven clubs nationwide to operate two campuses. The club now has nearly 3,500 members and its General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Michael Stott, CCM, CCE, was named the recipient of The James H. Brewer Award as part of the 2015 Excellence in Club Management Awards co-sponsored by the McMahon Group and Club & Resort Business (http://clubandresortbusiness.com/2016/07/20/perpetual-progress/).
Baltimore CC’s rich golf history includes hosting a Men’s U.S. Open, a PGA Championship, a Men’s U.S. Amateur, a U.S. Walker Cup, a U.S. Women’s Open and a Champions Tour Major.
- In Quechee, Vt., The Quechee Club is preparing to host 33 teams from 29 of the leading Northeast universities for the 3rd Annual Quechee Collegiate Challenge, co-hosted by Dartmouth College and Southern New Hampshire University. This year’s three-part tournament, to be held on a series of dates throughout the fall, is expanding to include new and returning men’s teams from the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division One (D-1) and Division Two (D-2) classifications, as well as five D-2 ladies teams that will be playing in the challenge for the first time. Each school will send their top five players to compete in a 36-hole, stroke-play format with the top four aggregate for each day.
Men’s D-2 teams will kickoff the tournament with two days of play on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20, 2016. A total of 14 D-2 schools will compete on the Quechee Club’s Lakeland and Highland courses, up from 11 participating schools in 2015. Returning D-2 schools include Southern New Hampshire University, Bentley University, The College of St. Rose, Assumption College, St. Anselm College, St. Michael’s College, Post University, American International College and Franklin Pearce University. In addition, this year’s event will welcome five first-time D-2 men’s teams: St. Thomas Aquinas College, Adelphi University, Nyack College, Wilmington University and Dominican College.
The D-1 men’s teams will compete in the second event of the three-part challenge on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. Tournament co-host Dartmouth College will be back to defend its championship title against 13 opposing D-1 schools including Brown University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Colgate University, Fordham University, Harvard University, Holy Cross University, Penn State University, Temple University, University of Hartford and the University of Rhode Island, as well as Central Connecticut State University and Siena University, which will be competing in the Quechee D-1 tournament for the first time.
A new addition to this year’s Collegiate Challenge will be the competition between the five D-2 ladies teams that will play on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016. Matthew Arvanitis, Southern New Hampshire University’s Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach, coordinated the induction of the ladies teams to the 2016 tournament. Participating schools will in include Long Island University-Post, Assumption College, College of St. Rose, Southern New Hampshire University and Post University.