Canes Set To Host White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS – The University of Miami golf team is set to host the prestigious White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island beginning Oct. 22. The Canes will host a field of seven women’s teams including Campbell, Florida International, Iowa, Mercer, Nebraska and Northern Illinois.
“We’re all excited to go to the Bahamas for the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational,” Miami head golf coach Patti Rizzo said. “It’s a beautiful place and we can’t wait to be at Atlantis and play the course. We are very fortunate to be able to host the tournament this year and will hopefully have more opportunities to do so in the future.”
The White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational features 54 holes of women’s competition starting on October 22 at the acclaimed Ocean Club Golf Course, which has hosted several premier events, most recently the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
The tournament provides an overall experience for players and coaches that is unmatched in college golf, thanks to the quality of the Ocean Club Golf Course, the luxury accommodations and amenities of Atlantis Paradise Island, the incredible tropical weather and genuine Bahamian hospitality.
“On behalf of the Ocean Club Golf Course and Atlantis Paradise Island, we welcome all the athletes competing in the 2021 White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational, along with their coaches, alumni and fans. The Invitational is an excellent opportunity to showcase our course to the top golfers in the amateur ranks. Our Director of Agronomy, Jeff Hood, and his team have done a fantastic job prepping the golf course for the tournament. We are looking forward to the competition and showcasing our beautiful destination,” said Robbie Leming, General Manager, Ocean Club Golf Course.
“The Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island will be sure to provide a breathtaking backdrop throughout the week-long competition,” said Joy Jibrilu, Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. “Athletes, coaches, and spectators participating in this highly anticipated tournament are in for a wonderful treat as they experience the beauty of our country on and off the golf course. From the white sand beaches and pristine turquoise waters to the local restaurants and historical landmarks, we look forward to welcoming visitors to our shores to see just why ‘It’s Better in The Bahamas.’”
The women’s tournament is 54 holes contested on the par-72 Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island, designed by former major champion Tom Weiskopf. The women will compete on a course set up at 6,415 yards.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
NCAA Women’s Invitational
- Wednesday, October 20: Team Practice Rounds
- Thursday, October 21: College-Am Event 8:30 a.m.
- Team Practice Rounds
- Friday, October 22: Round 1 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start
- Saturday, October 23: Round 2 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start
- Sunday, October 24: Round 3 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start
- Trophy Presentation (Individual and Team Champions)
ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
With over 700 islands and cays and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy fly-away escape that transports travelers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating, and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and beaches waiting for families, couples, and adventurers. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram to see why It’s Better in The Bahamas.
ABOUT OCEAN CLUB GOLF COURSE
Atlantis Paradise Island’s Ocean Club Golf Course offers a challenging and beautiful course for golfers desiring championship play. Masterfully conceived, the Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, par 72 championship course stretches over 7,100 yards on Atlantis’ peninsula. The course has been host to iconic sporting events such as the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, and the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.