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The NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms were a big success. in spite of some bad weather, the 2017 championships at RHF had record crowds.

The weather wasn’t always great, but with Northwestern’s Women, and the Men from Illinois playing well, the galleries were good.

But the NCAA has come up with a plan going forward on it’s Division 1 men’s and women’s golf championships. Keep them in the same place for three straight years.

A small group of clubs did make proposals to be the host of the championships in 2020-2021-2022. Clubs that could host two weeks of golf for three straight years.

This years championships were played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove and hosted by Northern Illinois University.


It was reported here first that Rich Harvest Farms owned by Jerry Rich, was one of the finalists.

But in the end the NCAA elected to stay in a very warm weather climate, by selecting the Raptor Course at Grayhawk in Tempe Arizona.

In 2018 the championships move to the Karsten Creek golf Club in Oklahoma with Oklahoma State as the host May 18-30. The University of Arkansas will be the host in 2019 at the Blessings Golf Club, May 18-30.

Then off to Grayhawk for the next three years. Three straight years at one venue is expected to help The Golf Channel and the NCAA staff. Of course maybe some players who might return from year to year, will get an advantage from having seen the course before.

Rich Harvest farms owner Jerry Rich spoke with Golfers on Golf about the decision. Rich said he was not disappointed, saying that Rich Harvest Farms got record ratings and record crowds. Rich also said that the course help up very well in spite of bad weather, and his staff and everyone at RHF got a large amount of compliments from the players, coaches, officials, and The Golf Channel staff.

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division 1 golf championships should now have a great warm weather for the next few years to come. For more information see

NCAA Golf chairman Brad Hurlbut called the decision a ” difficult one”, and the NCAA was thrilled to get the all the interest it did, from all the clubs that applied.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.