Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships at The Fort, 2015/2016
By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
The Big Ten Conference recently announced that The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis will be the site for the 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships. The 2015 championships will be held April 24-26, while the 2016 event will take place April 22-24.
Michigan State and Ohio State shared the 2014 Big Ten title with the championships being played at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Five Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals field with three of those teams – Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State – advancing to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.
The Fort: As part of the former Ft. Benjamin Harrison military base that was decommissioned in the early 1990s, the state of Indiana took over the facility as well as the surrounding 1,700 acres. The wooded acreage was transformed into a state park. The golf course was redesigned by renowned architect Pete Dye and reopened in 1997. The Fort is consistently ranked by numerous national golf publications as one of the top facilities in Indiana. In 2014, GolfWeek magazine said that The Fort was the top ranked public golf course in the Indianapolis area and the highest ranked course not associated with an accompanying casino in the entire state. More information is available at TheFortGolfCourse.com.
About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Beginning July 1, the broad-based athletic programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide nearly $200 million in direct financial aid to almost 9,500 student-athletes on 350 teams in 43 different sports. The Big Ten will sponsor 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as official sports for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.