NCAA representatives have said little to explain their decision to cancel the NCAA Women’s Regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after deeming the University Club playable but “not playable at a championship level.”
Golf Twitter has filled the silence.
In the 24 hours after the championship was canceled, video footage circulated of NCAA Committee representative Brad Hurlbut, the Director of Athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson, delivering that line. When players object, Hurlbut initially tries to respond before abruptly turning, along with three other individuals, and marching back up a set of stairs.
Multiple Golfweek attempts to reach Hurlbut went unanswered. On Thursday afternoon, Julie Manning, chair of the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee, broke the NCAA’s silence when she appeared on Golf Channel.
Manning addressed, among other things, the decision to cancel and why the tournament couldn’t run into another day.
“Very difficult to ask these golf courses to give up the courses to commit further than we’ve asked of them on the front end in the bidding process,” she said on the latter topic. “In the end, we did follow our procedure and our manual that was put together decades ago and fortunately never thought this has happened. It has not happened until this year.”
Roughly an hour earlier, Miami head coach Patti Rizzo appeared on SportsCenter to discuss the events in Baton Rouge.
The commentary continues on social media. Below are some of the reactions:
Lewis, who is married to Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, had a vested interest as Houston was the No. 8 seed in Baton Rouge.
Martin Piller played college golf at Texas A&M.
Madison Kerley formerly played for Arizona State.
Beth Wu formerly played for UCLA.
Karen Stupples is an analyst for Golf Channel.
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