For the first time, the Big Ten Conference women’s golf championship is being held at The Fort Golf Course at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The tournament involves more than a dozen teams and is scheduled to return in 2016.

April 24, 2015

News Release

The Big Ten Conference women’s golf championship will take place Friday through Sunday at The Fort Golf Course at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

It is the first time the tournament will be played at The Fort, which is owned and managed by the Department of Natural Resources. The tournament is scheduled to return in 2016.

The original golf course was built in the 1930s when it was part of Fort Benjamin Harrison, a U.S. Army post. The course was later redesigned by Indianapolis golf architect W.H. Diddle.

After the DNR acquired 1,700 acres of the decommissioned military operation in the 1990s to develop a state park, famed golf course designer Pete Dye was hired to create the current layout.

The par-72 course is noted for its rolling terrain and tree-lined fairways. The Fort consistently is ranked among the top public golf courses in Indiana.

Northwestern is the top seed entering the tournament. The Wildcats are ranked No. 13 nationally by Golf Week.

Ohio State is the tournament’s No. 2 seed, followed by Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Indiana is seeded ninth in the 14-team field that will play 54 holes with the top four individual scores accounting for each team’s final score.

It will be the first 14-team event in the history of the conference championships. The No. 1-4 seeds and No. 5-8 seeds will play foursomes on Friday, teeing off on the front nine. The No. 9-11 and No. 12-14 threesomes start on the back nine.

Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will play in the first group. Michigan State, Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana make up the second group. The third group will be Michigan, defending champion Iowa and Nebraska, with Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers forming the final grouping.

Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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