The 2016 Sun Belt Men's Golf Championship will be contested at the Raven from Sunday, April 24 through Tuesday, April 26 with Saturday, April 23 serving as a practice round for the teams.
The Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Golf Championships will feature players from men's teams and women's teams. They will compete over three-days and 54 holes at the award-winning Raven Golf Club. The team champion will earn the conference's automatic selection into the NCAA Championship.
For the first time since 2013 the Sun Belt Conference men's and women's golf teams will be competing at the same course. The 2016 Sun Belt Men's and Women's Golf Championships will both be contested at the prestigious Raven Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Sun Belt Women's Golf Championship: April 16-19
Sun Belt Men's Golf Championship: April 23-26
"We are excited to have our women's golf student-athletes join our men's golf student-athletes for back-to-back weeks of Championship golf and the opportunity to play at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Emerald Coast is home to some of the finest golf in the country and we are looking forward to another great event," said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson.
"Adding the Sun Belt women's golf championships will make for two great weeks of collegiate competition at Sandestin," said Rick Hileman, director of golf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. "After last year, we knew the men's teams and the Sun Belt were absolutely thrilled with the course conditions and play on the Raven (course).This simply adds to our history of producing quality and competitive golf events at Sandestin. We appreciate the commitment of the Sun Belt to bring both golf championships to our facility."
Georgia Southern claimed the 2015 Sun Belt men's golf title at the Raven. Troy has won back-to-back women's golf championships.
The Raven Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed layout carved through the marshes and tall pine trees ofSandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The 6,900-yard, par 71 course is no stranger to hosting major golf events. In the past, the Raven has hosted the Boeing Championship, a stop on the PGA Champions Tour, in 2006 and 2007. It has also played host to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Golf Championship. Voted "Best new Course in Florida," in 2000, the Raven has garnered numerous golf awards over the years from major national golf publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. It is currently listed as one of the "Best Courses You Can Play" by Golfweek.
The 2015 Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Golf Championships will feature 55 players from the 11 men's teams and the nine women's teams. They will compete over three-days and 54 holes at the award-winning Raven Golf Club. The team champion will earn the conference's automatic selection into the NCAA Championship.
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For more information on the Raven Golf Club at Sandestin and the three other courses at the #1 Resort on Florida's Emerald Coast, visit Sandestin.com, or call 1-866-91-BEACH.
The Raven Golf Club is located on Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, a unique and charming destination on Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. In 2014, U.S. News and World Report proclaimed Sandestin as the “#1 Resort in Destin, Florida.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
There is something for everyone at this magnificent 2,400 acre property including a variety of vacation rental accommodations, sugar white sand beaches, emerald green waters, full service beach services, golf for every level of play, a top rated tennis club, water sports, marina, fitness center, spa, biking and walking trails. Plus, enjoy the Village at Baytowne Wharf, a family-friendly and fun location with shopping, dining, endless events and live entertainment.