They’re accustomed to tests. You don’t make it through four years as a student at Wake Forest or Duke (or Auburn or Arizona for that matter) without being challenged. But Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., home of the 2019 men’s and women’s NCAA Championships, might be the toughest and truest test these student-athletes have ever seen.
Before we talk about NCAA champion Duke defeating Wake Forest Wednesday evening in a nail-biter of a final in which the decisive match went 2o holes, let’s revisit the stroke-play portion of the women’s championship.
“This golf course played as tough as I’ve seen it in a very long time, maybe ever, with 30-mile-an-hour winds ... ” Arkansas Coach Shauna Taylor
The three rounds of stroke play (it was shortened from four rounds to three after one severe thunderstorm delay after another swept through Arkansas) were, to put it mildly, quite the test for the 24 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships. The scoring average for each round on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design were 79.93, 76.23 ...
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