On behalf of The University of New Mexico and city of Albuquerque, I would like to welcome you to the 2022 NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Championships. Participation in postseason tournament play is one of the great experiences that student-athletes and coaches can have. We hope that your visit to New Mexico is both enjoyable and successful.
To ensure a care-free experience this manual is provided and contains information on everything involved with the championships. Please feel free to contact anyone listed in the directory with questions at any time.
Our staff has worked hard to put together a great championship and we are excited to have some of the best collegiate women’s golfers here in the Duke City. You should be proud of your accomplishments, and I wish you the best of luck during your time in Albuquerque.
We look forward to having you, and hosting a great championship.
Director of Athletics
The University of New Mexico
Since it was officially opened in 1967, The Championship Golf Course has been one of the finest facilities of its kind nationwide. It has been nationally recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top-25 public courses in the country, and in January of 1991 Golfweek Magazine rated all public and private courses in the country by state, and dubbed The Championship Course the number one course to play in New Mexico. The Course is still holding strong in the rankings seven years later, and in 1998, Golfweek tabbed The Championship Course No. 2 in the West, behind only the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The Championship Course is no stranger to major tournaments. It was the site of the 1950, 1976 and 1992 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships as well as the 1998 NCAA Championships. In 1987 the course was the sight of the women’s NCAA tourney.
The Championship Course has been home to the William H. Tucker Invitational for the past 43 years (2nd longest running college tournament), and in 2015 it hosted the 61st incarnation of the event. The course has also been home to three Western Athletic Conference Men’s Championships (1979, 1982, 1989).
Since 1979, The Championship Course has also been home to the prestigious Dick McGuire Intercollegiate, a major tournament in women’s college golf.
Like most class layouts, The Championship Course flashes a personality all its own. The 7,248-yard, par 72 course boasts fairways that stretch out long and wide, bobbing up and down, both right and left – all factors that make it difficult to reach the rolling, well-manicured greens. Stray shots often land in the rough, loose desert sand, water or sagebrush.
The paradise-like climate of Albuquerque makes The Championship Golf Course at The University of New Mexico a perfect oasis for golf, be it January or June!
Come visit The Championship Golf Course at The University of New Mexico!
Home of the Lobos.
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert (Red) Lawrence FAIRWAY GRASS: Blue and Rye GREENS: Bent and Poa Annua ALTITUDE: 5300 ft. COURSE RECORD: 61 (women-Esther Lee, Colorado 2016), 62 (men-Tim Herron, UNM 1992)