Over 100 of the top golfers in the nation will converge upon Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN, in late May of 2012 and 2014 to compete for top team and individual honors in NJCAA Division II.
This is the first time Ancilla College has hosted a national championship in any sport and only the third time an MCCAA member has ever hosted a national championship. Delta College previously hosted the national championship for men’s basketball and Kellogg Community College previously hosted the national championship for women’s volleyball.
“The opportunity to host our first junior college national golf tournament is a sign of the growth we are making in the Charger athletic program,” said Ancilla College Athletic Director Gene Reese. “Marc Hayden – our golf coach – and the entire athletic staff are excited and anxious to introduce the rest of the United States to Ancilla College.”
The College is working side by side with Pat Bayley, General Manager and Director of Golf at Swan Lake Resort to make both editions of the tournament first rate experiences for all involved.
Swan Lake has previously hosted a national championship for the NAIA and will pull upon that experience to prepare for the 2012 and 2014 championships.
“Indiana National Golf Club and Swan Lake Resort are extremely proud to host another national collegiate event,” said Bayley. “I think the teams in the NJCAA will find the Black Course a great challenge and we look forward to providing a quality experience for the teams and players.”
For Hayden, entering his second year at the helm of the Ancilla golf team, landing the tournament may provide the very recruiting boost he needs to compete for a national title.
“As the host coach, I hope to use this major competition to draw the best high school golf talent available to attend Ancilla College for years to come,” said Hayden. “The host school automatically qualifies to play for the national championship, which is an incredible opportunity.”
Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May was excited to learn that Ancilla College would host the tournament and has invited the local community to come out in support of the event.
“We are pleased and excited about the opportunity to host a national championship in Marshall County,” said May. “The partnership with Swan Lake Resort was a major factor in getting the tournament here. The College is thankful for the efforts Pat Bailey and his staff made in applying for and getting the bid to host the tournament. It is our hope that folks from Marshall County will come out and enjoy watching world class golfers compete.”
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.