Lincoln Park to host 2022 NAIA Women’s National Championship

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has awarded the 2022 Women’s Golf National Championships to Lincoln Park Golf Course hosted by Oklahoma City University.

The 28th annual NAIA women’s golf championships will be contested at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City on May 24-27, 2022.

In 2022, the championship will return to Oklahoma City and Lincoln Park Golf Course. This is the current home for the event, which will finish its second and final year under the current agreement in Oklahoma City until it moves back for a single year in 2022.

The 26th edition of the NAIA Championships takes place May 12-15, 2020 at Lincoln Park sponsored by Paycom, OG&E and the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. For information on hole sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, please contact Chris Maxon, OCU associate athletic director for development at (405) 208-5431 or camaxon@okcu.edu. The Sooner Athletic Conference Championships will be April 20-21 at Lincoln Park.

“Oklahoma City University is excited to have the opportunity to bring the NAIA Women’s Golf Championships back to Oklahoma City in 2022,” said Jim Abbott, Oklahoma City University Director of Athletics. “We look forward to hosting the nation’s best golfers and providing them an experience that they will never forget.”

In the 2019 NAIA Championships, the top nine teams matched or broke the previous national tournament record 72-hole score on May 14-17 at Lincoln Park. British Columbia captured its fifth national title and first since 2012.

Oklahoma City finished fourth place with a 287-319-296-293–1,195, the Stars’ new 72-hole team record score. Melissa Eldredge set OCU’s individual four-round mark with a 67-82-69-71–289 and shot an individual national record 35-32–67 in the first round. The Stars have 14 top-five showings in 19 national-tournament appearances. OCU owns eight national championships won in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Lincoln Park rates as one of Oklahoma’s finest public golf courses. Oklahoma City’s oldest public golf course unveiled its new state-of-the-art $9.25 million club house in spring 2015. The course, located at 4001 NE Grand Boulevard, was designed by Art Jackson and built in 1922. It features bent grass on the greens and Bermuda grass on the fairways.

The NAIA announced the next three sites for the women’s golf national championships through 2024. Ann Arbor, Mich., Oklahoma City and Quad Cities will all host the event in the coming years beginning in 2021.

“It is a huge benefit to secure multiple hosts that have experience running large-scale athletics events,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “We’re pleased that the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship will be in good hands for the next five years.”

Ann Arbor, Mich., will play host for the event in 2021 at the Eagle Crest Golf Club. In a partnership between the Ann Arbor Sports Commission and Concordia (Mich.), the championship will be played at the home course of Eastern Michigan University.

Beginning in 2023, the championship will move to the Quad Cities and will be played at TPC Deere Run. This will be the second golf championship for the course and Visit Quad Cities, which will play host for the men’s golf championship in spring of 2022.

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