Gold Mountain to host '09 Ping/Golfweek Invitational

Nov. 12, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 2009 Ping/Golfweek Invitational men's college tournament will be hosted by the University of Washington at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. on Sept. 26-28.

This prestigious tournament will feature 15 collegiate teams by invite only, starting with the host team, the top five teams in the final 2008-'09 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and the top four finishing teams from the 2008 NCAA Championship that are not among the first six. The remaining spots will be at-large invitations.

'Ping and Golfweek have hosted this most prestigious of collegiate events for many years,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'They could have gone anywhere in the country and they chose to come to Washington and Gold Mountain. We hope to have a great event, and to show what a great NCAA Championship we'll host if we are given the bid. It will be great to have so many top-notch teams in our own backyard.'

Gold Mountain was the venue for last spring's NCAA West Region, and in 2006 hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

'Gold Mountain is a first-class facility and offers a great test of golf,' said Scott Sullivan of Ping. 'Everyone at Golf Mountain, as well as at Washington, are excited about hosting the tournament. We all feel we can make this an exceptional event, just as we have with the Preview in the past.'

The '09 event replaces the Ping/Golfweek Preview. Dropping the actual Preview title was brought about when the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., which will host the 2010 NCAA finals, decided not to stage the event next fall.

Last month, the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, which will host the 2009 NCAA Championship, held the Preview. Only one other time in the past 20 years has the event not been played at the NCAA site, that coming in 1995, prior to the 1996 championship, also at the Honors Course. That year the tournament was staged at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon where Arizona State won the team title and then went on to capture the NCAA crown at Honors in the spring.

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