The 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships will be played on Franklin's Vanderbilt Legends Club, officials from Williamson County, Franklin and Vanderbilt University Athletics announced Wednesday.
The tournament will be played May 22-25 over the North Course at Vanderbilt Legends Club and marks the first time that a major collegiate national championship will be held in Middle Tennessee.
Vanderbilt Head Coach Greg Allen says that 24 teams will eventually qualify for the championship, along with top individuals from teams that do not make the final cut.
"This is an outstanding event and we are absolutely thrilled to serve as the host institution," Allen says. "It is a great chance for all sports fans and those that play and love the game of golf to watch the best collegiate talent in the country. Many of those competing will eventually play on the LPGA Tour."
Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore is proud his city will also be hosting and he sees other benefits.
"The tournament will be attracting golfers and fans from all across the country so we have the opportunity to showcase historic Franklin," Moore said. "We will be rolling out the red carpet and looking forward to the tournament. One such example is country music star Vince Gill, who has agreed to perform for the golfers on the eve of the tournament at the Franklin Theatre. It adds a very special touch."
Rogers Anderson, Williamson County Mayor, is also excited about the possibilities.
"The county is going to benefit economically with the tournament being played over four days," Anderson says. "We have had an excellent record of hosting events and we will make sure that we do all we can to make sure our guests have a very favorable impression of Williamson County and Middle Tennessee."
Allen said one early point of emphasis is securing a small army of volunteers needed to help insure the tournament runs smoothly. As many as 175 volunteers are needed per day for a variety of tasks that most golf enthusiasts find enjoyable. Vanderbilt's athletic web page, www.vucommmodores.com, has information and an easy sign-up link. Potential volunteers can also telephone Lisa Webb at Vanderbilt, 615-343-6494.
(Left to right: Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore, Vanderbilt women's golf Head Coach Greg Allen, and Brentwood Vice Mayor Rod Freeman)