Palm Beach County will host the nation’s best collegiate golfers when the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Championship takes place from May 7-10, 2023, at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission, in partnership with the NCAA and Florida Atlantic University, will host the event.
Regional play will take place at six regional sites, with a total of 396 student-athletes competing. All six regional sites will have 12 teams and six individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team (six individuals total) from each regional site, 156 student-athletes total, will advance to play in the national championships to be played May 19-24 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Participating teams and golfers were announced during the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Selection Show, which aired live on the Golf Channel on April 26. The teams participating in the regional championship in Palm Beach Gardens are LSU, Texas, Northwestern, UCF, Duke, Michigan State, California, Arkansas, Alabama, South Florida, Penn, and Quinnipiac. The individual golfers competing are Christin Eisenbeiss, North Florida, Sara Byrne, Miami (FL), Yanjun Liu, Princeton, Karissa Kilby, FIU, Leah Onosato, Old Dominion, and Katherine Lemke, Creighton.
The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Championship will provide a significant economic and tourism impact to Palm Beach County. Students, alumni, and golf fans will visit The Palm Beaches to enjoy the highest level of collegiate golf. The event will create a significant level of visitor spending while filling hotel rooms across the county. Moreover, hosting this NCAA Division I Women’s Championship in The Palm Beaches will further build the county’s resume as a destination for collegiate championship events.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is on an unmatched pace of hosting NCAA Golf Championship events. Palm Beach County was home to the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship in 2019 and won the rights to host the 2020 Division III Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships before pandemic-related shutdowns forced the tournament’s cancelation. In 2021, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission hosted the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship. In 2022, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission hosted the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional Championship and is now days away from organizing the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional Championship.
In future years, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission will host the 2025 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship and the 2026 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship.
The host course for this regional championship is PGA National Resort’s Champion Course. The course, featuring a famed stretch of finishing holes called the “Bear Trap,” is home to championship events at all levels of the sport including the PGA Tour’s The Honda Classic. The world-renowned course, redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2014, features five sets of tees, ensuring its playability to golfers of all levels.
Take a look into NCAA golf in The Palm Beaches by clicking below to see how the 2022 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championship transformed Palm Beach Gardens into a hub for collegiate golf.