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White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational returns

The prestigious White Sands Bahamas NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Invitational, featuring some of the top collegiate golf teams in the United States, returns to the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island with 19 teams, led by the host schools the University of Miami and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Touted by 2019 attendees as one of golf’s finest collegiate events, the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational features 54 holes of women’s competition followed by 54 holes of men’s competition starting on October 22 at the acclaimed Ocean Club Golf Course, which has hosted several premier events, most recently the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Classic.

The tournament week begins with practice rounds for seven women’s teams on October 20. Soon after, on October 27, 12 men’s teams convene to start their tournament week with practice rounds. A welcome reception also is planned for the participants on those respective dates.

The White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational provides an overall experience for players and coaches that is unmatched in college golf, thanks to the quality of the Ocean Club Golf Course, the luxury accommodations and amenities of Atlantis Paradise Island, the incredible tropical weather, and genuine Bahamian hospitality.

“On behalf of the Ocean Club Golf Course and Atlantis Paradise Island, we welcome all the athletes competing in the 2021 White Sands Bahamas NCAA 

Invitational, along with their coaches, alumni and fans. The Invitational is an excellent opportunity to showcase our course to the top golfers in the amateur ranks. Our Director of Agronomy Jeff Hood and his team have done a fantastic job prepping the golf course for the tournament. We are looking forward to the competition and showcasing our 

beautiful destination,” said Ocean Club Golf Course General Manager Robbie Leming.

“The Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island will be sure to provide a breathtaking backdrop throughout the week-long competition,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu. “Athletes, coaches, and spectators participating in this highly anticipated tournament are in for a wonderful treat as they experience the beauty of our country on and off the golf course. From the white sand beaches and pristine turquoise waters to the local restaurants and historical landmarks, we look forward to welcoming visitors to our shores to see just why ‘It’s Better in The Bahamas.’”

Both tournaments are 54 holes contested on the par-72 Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island, designed by former major champion Tom Weiskopf. The women will compete on a course set up at 6,415 yards, while the men will play it at 7,159 yards.

For the inaugural competition in 2019, the University of Texas won the women’s competition with a score of 828 and the University of Houston won the men’s event by posting 833.

“In 19 years of NCAA college golf, this is the most memorable experience,” said University of Houston Director of Golf and Head Men’s Golf Coach Jonathan Dismuke.

Georgia State University Men’s Golf Coach Chad Wilson said: “The experience my guys received is one that will never be matched in college golf.”

Women’s teams from the University of Miami (host), Campbell University, Florida International University (FIU), the University of Iowa, Mercer University, the University of Nebraska and Northern Illinois University will compete. The men’s teams will come from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (host), Bowling Green State University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Lamar University, Lipscomb University, the University of Michigan, the University of Mississippi, the University of San Francisco and the University of South Florida.

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