Last week was a fun week for golf, as some of the best schools in the nation duked it out for a chance at capturing the NCAA Golf Championships.
I had the chance to go check out the men’s final between the Oklahoma Sooners and defending champion Oregon Ducks. Early on, it was a great back and forth dance of fate between the two legendary colleges.
What made both of these teams so extraordinary, is the situations they were both in. Oklahoma had one of the youngest teams in the country trying to win their first golf title since 1989. On the other side, the Oregon Ducks were in what was supposed been a “rebuilding year” after their magical run last year that ended with a title at their home course.
Then, here they are, yet again, trying to win another title, this time, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, IL. So both teams had interesting backgrounds behind them.
As the back and forth duel continued on, it was Oklahoma who would grab the first point. They never looked back after that, and would go on to grab their first NCAA golf title since 1989.
The cool thing about college sports is the spirit that’s involved with it. After capturing the title, Oklahoma fans everywhere can be found saying “Boomer Sooner!” all over social media. It’s the one thing you don’t see often in golf, besides at the Ryder Cup where American and European fans spray the golf course with their team colors.
Because of the team spirit that’s involved, college golf is great for fans, and for the sport in general. Almost anyone and everyone loves their alma maters, and would root for their team any chance they can get.
Then there’s the fans who grew liking a college team and represent their team. I’m one of those fans, growing up being a DePaul and Northwestern fan.
The school I went to didn’t have sports, but our radio station covers the UIC Flames, so I also have adopted them as well, thanks to my alma maters coverage of the squad. Not too long ago, they added a women’s golf team, so I was certainly excited about that.
But the joys that college golf provides is unmatched in the sport. Nobody gets more emotionally attached to their team like their high schools and colleges, especially college.
One of the things that also stood out was the cool polos the players were wearing. They each were multicolored with their school color and either white or gray. Then, one of the dopest things I noticed was the jersey numbers that were on the sleeves on the polos, giving the players the since that they are truly apart of something, that they have their uniform that makes them stand out.
Vanderbilt and USC, who were within the final group of teams, also had the multicolored polos with the numbers on the sleeves. Some schools have yet to adopt this, such as Illinois, which made it to the final four, ultimately losing to the eventual champion, Oklahoma.
Rich Harvest Farms proved to be good host course for the title. The home of the Northern Illinois Huskies had a beautiful blend of tree lined and open land holes.
One hole in particular was stunning, featuring some seclusion with all of the trees surrounding it. There was even a tree in the fiariway, so even if you thought you were safe, you may not be if you get caught right behind it.
Overall, the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship was a great experience and will continue to grow as a main event in the world of golf. The team atmosphere combined with young, hungry talent and a ton of school spirit from fans and great drama, makes this a must watch event for golf fans every year.
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