Tyson Foods Chairman John Tyson says the company and the Tyson Family will underwrite all admission charges — that means free attendance — for the upcoming NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Golf Championships at Blessings Golf Club.
University of Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek made the announcement at a media day event Tuesday (April 9) at Blessings. The UA is the host institution for the two tournaments — May 17-22 for the women and May 24-29 for the men.
Tyson is the owner of Blessings, which opened fifteen years ago in Johnson just outside Fayetteville.
“We felt it was imperative to provide people throughout Arkansas every opportunity to watch the country’s best collegiate golfers compete for the NCAA title on a course worthy of crowning a champion,” Tyson said. “We are looking forward to hosting this marquee event and welcoming fans from throughout the nation to Northwest Arkansas and the Blessings Golf Club for this premier collegiate golf event.”
At last year’s NCAA Golf Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Oklahoma, tickets were $50 for an all-session pass, $30 for a single-session pass and $10 for a daily ticket.
In addition to complimentary tickets, parking will be free and event organizers plan to offer affordable food and drink experiences onsite at the Championships.
“Our philosophy in hosting this event has been to make it the most accessible NCAA Golf Championships to date,” said Chris Pohl, tournament director of the 2019 NCAA Golf Championships and senior associate athletic director at the UA. “Through the generosity of Tyson Foods and the Tyson Family, we hope the complimentary tickets will allow for more people to come out to enjoy our first golf championships being hosted in Fayetteville.”
The 2019 NCAA Golf Championships is a 72-hole stroke play team competition that concludes with the top eight teams participating in a match play playoff. In addition to crowning a team champion, an individual champion will be determined after 72 holes.
Physical tickets will not be needed for entrance into the event. Instead, commemorative tickets will be given to attendees upon entrance into the event.
More information is at ncaagolf19.com