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Ranked the top course in college golf, Scarlet will be a challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club has been selected to host NCAA regionals for women’s golf in 2012 and men’s golf in 2013, the NCAA Division I Golf Committees announced.

The Scarlet Course was ranked the top college course in a 2009 poll of over 160 head coaches by GolfChannel.com. It will be the site of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Central Regional, with Penn State and Colorado hosting the East and West Regionals, respectively.

“The Ohio State Athletic Department, OSU Golf Club staff and the women’s golf team are honored to play host to this prestigious event and look forward to welcoming teams to Columbus,” Therese Hession, who is entering her 20th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, said. “It is a privilege and honor to host the 2012 NCAA Central Regional.

“The Scarlet Course will be an excellent challenge for all teams and a great test to separate the top teams for advancement to the NCAA championship.”

The Central Regional returns to Ohio State after the Buckeyes last hosted it in 2009. Scarlet Course also has been the site of a record 14 women’s national championships, including the 2006 NCAA Championships.

Along with Ohio State, the men’s regional sites in 2013 include Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, LSU and Washington State. In 2009, the men’s tournament moved to a six-site regional format with the top 5 schools from each site advancing to the NCAA championship.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to host the 2013 NCAA Regional,” Donnie Darr, who is beginning his second year as head coach at Ohio State, said. “The Scarlet Course is a great test of golf. Our course superintendent, Dennis Bowsher, and his staff know how to prepare it for a championship.”

The last time the men’s program hosted an NCAA event was the 2008 Central Regional. Scarlet Course has played host to a record 10 NCAA men’s championships, most recently in 2002.

Along with NCAA tournaments, the Scarlet Course has proven a challenge at all levels. It hosts events from the AJGA to the professional ranks, including the Nationwide Tour’s annual stop of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, now in its fourth year.