Men's golf group focuses on administration of regionals

Aug. 27, 2001

The Division I Men's Golf Committee reviewed procedures for determining course conditions and regional administration at its annual meeting June 26-29 in Monterey, California.

The group focused on the importance of the administration of the three regional tournaments. The committee determined that the head rules official appointed by the group should conduct site visits to each future regional site to ensure consistency in course conditions at all three regional sites. The committee emphasized the need to communicate clearly with regional hosts that the NCAA, through its committee and rules officials, oversees.

The committee also noted that the NCAA provides travel expenses for up to six rules officials and per diem for the number of rules officials required to ensure the proper running of the regional. All future communication, the committee decided, should include specific language that defines facility requirements (that is, length of rough, width of fairways and speed of greens).

Regional committees also are expected to provide starters and scorers who are knowledgeable about the rules of golf.

In other actions, the committee discussed regional allocations and voted that the number of teams guaranteed of staying in their geographical region will be reduced to 50 percent of those allocated. This will provide the needed flexibility to move teams out of region, if necessary, to balance the three regional fields.

The committee also forwarded recommendations to the Division I Championships/ Competition Cabinet about the 2006 championships site and regional sites for 2003.

Other highlights
Division I Men's Golf Committee
June 26-29/Monterey, California

  • Reinforced that the one-ball rule will remain and be applied to practice-round play, as well as in NCAA regional and finals competition.

  • Reviewed district allocations and decided not to make any alterations, but to revisit the allocations in the future.

  • Voted to move the national selection call to Monday instead of Tuesday. This will allow teams traveling to regional tournaments more time to secure reduced air travel.

  • Implemented a fine of $200 for institutions failing to properly notify Golfstat, per the procedures set out in the handbook, of junior-varsity competition in an event.

  • Noted that championship seeding would continue to be based on regional tournament finish.

  • Voted to use scores of those teams completing the afternoon wave of the second round if a cut becomes necessary due to adverse weather. The tiebreaker formula in the handbook will be used if necessary.

  • Discussed the need for live scoring at the regional tournaments.

  • Recognized Bob Livingstone, Long Beach State University, for his work as chair of the committee. Livingstone's term expires September 1. Mike Carter, Oral Roberts University, will replace Livingstone as chair.