Doane College and Wilderness Ridge Golf Course, in conjunction with the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Holiday Inn Downtown, will bring the 2013 and 2014 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships to Lincoln. The NAIA awarded the group the host berth for the upcoming two years after a site check in early May. There were three finalists for the bid which included Doane’s. This will mark the first time that the NAIA Golf Championship, men or women, has been held in Nebraska.
With the bid, Doane will also receive a host berth to the NAIA Championship Meet for the next two years. The Tigers have made progress in the conference standings in recent years, finishing sixth this past season. Wilderness Ridge GC has been the site of several Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Tournament rounds as well as the Doane Invitational. The Tigers will host their invitational in September 2012 and the Second Round of the GPAC Tournament in October.
“It is an amazing opportunity to host a national championship and it will be a wonderful experience for our program and players,” Doane Head Coach Jeannine Foster commented. “I want to thank the NAIA for granting Wilderness Ridge, the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, Holiday Inn Downtown and Doane College the opportunity to display women’s golf at a championship level in Nebraska.”
The Tigers last qualified for the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in 1998 when the championship was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Doane placed third at regionals that year to qualify for the first and only time in school history. According to archives, 1991-92 was the first organized season for women’s golf at Doane.