PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C., August 31, 2015 – A year after seeing a record-setting performance, GolfWeek Magazine’s Program Challenge Tournament returns to Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club for a fifth-straight year on Sept. 6-8, 2015. The tournament features 18 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s squads from 10 different states, including the defending overall team champion, Old Dominion.
The men and women will be broken up into two different divisions, with the men competing at True Blue and the women teeing off at Caledonia. The Program Challenge Tournament will hand out titles to the top men’s and women’s team, along with an overall team title to one collegiate program, which is determined by the program’s men’s and women’s combined total score.
The 18 schools slated to participate include: Austin Peay State (Clarksville, Tenn.), Bethune-Cookman (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Cambell (Buies Creek, N.C.), Elon (Elon, N.C.), Gardner-Webb (Gardner Webb, N.C.), Houston Baptist (Houston, Texas), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.), Jacksonville State (Jacksonville, Ala.), James Madison (Harrisonburg, Va.), Marshall (Huntington, W.Va.), Mercer (Macon, Ga.), Morehead State (Morehead, Ky.), Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.), Radford (Radford, Va.), Stetson (DeLand, Fla.), Tennessee Tech (Cookeville, Tenn.) and Valparaiso (Valparaiso, Ind.).
Last year, Old Dominion was the winner on the men’s side and claimed the program title, while Furman won the women’s title. The 2014 Program Challenge Tournament also featured a record-breaking performance from Jacksonville State’s then-senior Tomasz Anderson, who fired a 12-under 60 on the final day of competition. Anderson’s score not only set the True Blue course record from any tee, but also bested the previous top mark by three strokes.
“This tournament has become one of the highlights of the year at our courses, and always features a competitive field,” said Bob Seganti, director of golf operations of Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club. “We are proud to host these outstanding young golfers and provide them with a one-of-a-kind experience to play with their peers in the ‘golf capitol of the world.’”
The Golfweek Program Challenge is free and open to the public at Caledonia and True Blue. For more information about Caledonia and True Blue, call 800-483-6800 or visit www.FishClub.com.
About Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Built upon the site of a historic 18th century rice plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is routed around majestic oaks and meandering streams. The picturesque, par-4 18th borders a rice field and requires a precise tee shot that sets up a thrilling second shot to a green overlooked by a famous back porch and an appreciative gallery anticipating your successful navigation over the water and onto the putting surface.
The 6,526-yard, par-70 course, which celebrates 20 years of operation in 2014, has been included in “Top 25 Courses in South Carolina” and “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” by Golf Digest; “Top 100 You Can Play” by Golf Magazine; “Top 100 Modern Courses” and “Best Resort Courses” by Golfweek; “Best 50 Courses” by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel; and “Top 100 Best Courses for Women” by Golf For Women. For more information, call Caledonia at (800) 483-6800 or visit www.FishClub.com.
About True Blue Golf Club
True Blue Golf Club, 7,126 yards, par 72 is located on the site of a historic 18th century plantation of the same name producing indigo. Also Designed by Mike Strantz and opened in 1998, the course showcases the natural beauty of the area and utilizes native grasses and vegetation, maintaining the character of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
True Blue has received countless awards, including selection as one of “America’s Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest. It also is one of the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel’s list of “50 Best Courses” and is one of Golf Magazine’s “Top Ten Places to Play” and “Top 25 Courses in the South.” Golfweek has included True Blue on its “Best In State: South Carolina” list.