Gamecocks Attempt To Qualify for 8 Team Match Play Tournament to Decide National Champion.
The tournament, which begins on Friday and runs until Wednesday, May 28, hosts two separate championship tournaments: team and individual play. Teams will play 54-holes of stroke-play in the opening days of the tournament to qualify for the eight team championship playoff, where the tournament switches to match play. The lowest eight teams from qualifying will face off starting Tuesday and the championship match is played the next day.
Conditions of the Prairie could have an impact on teams and players unfamiliar with the environment, Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer said in a conference call. The region’s golf is known for its windy conditions, which is expected to hover between 10 and 15 mph throughout the tournament. The weather may bring rain with it, with forecasts for Saturday through Monday call for at least a 40 percent chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel. Golf Channel analyst Lanny Wadkins said he expects teams to spend the opening days feeling their way around the course.
The event returns to television after a 14-year absence. The Golf Channel carries live coverage from Monday through Wednesday, nightly from 5-8 p.m. Monday night’s coverage will show the championship round of the individual’s tournament. Tuesday and Wednesday’s broadcast will show the semifinals and finals of the match-play for the team championship playoff.