About a week ago, Stanford women’s golf coach Anne Walker came to a halt when she looked down at her watch and felt an immediate connection to the May 18 date facing back at her.
Was it someone’s birthday? A doctor’s appointment? Time for an oil change?
“You know that gut feeling you get when you know you are missing something?” Walker said. “And then I realized it was national championship week.”
That empty feeling is permeating through the entire college golf community. The women’s NCAA Championship, originally scheduled to end Wednesday, and the men’s NCAA Championship, meant to conclude June 3, have been canceled for two months. The host site, Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, is open for golfers, dine-in restaurant-goers and small concerts on the clubhouse lawn, but school colors and team spirit are conspicuous in their absence. This was to be the first of three consecutive NCAA championships held at Grayhawk, making Arizona State a recurring host at the 36-hole public facility.
But long be...
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