NCAA Legislative Exemption
Refining College All-America Golf Classic
EL PASO, Texas (April 1, 2008) - The 60-day
override period for NCAA legislative proposal 2007-93 has expired, giving way
to the adoption of the proposal and new life for the Western Refining College
All-America Golf Classic.
The tournament exemption was originally
approved by the NCAA Board of Directors on Jan. 15, but it had to withstand an override
period by NCAA membership.
"We are really excited about the renewal of our
exemption," said Sun Bowl Association executive director Bernie Olivas. "Now we
can move forward without having to worry if there will be another tournament.
The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining are excited to know that the
tournament will flourish in El Paso
for years to come."
Proposal 2007-93, which was sponsored by
was written in order to give the nation's top collegiate golf tournament its
exempt status back. The status was lost last year, when proposal 2006-107
eliminated the certification process for all exempt events.
"Western Refining is excited to be a part of
one of the nation's premier collegiate golf events," said Western Refining
president Paul Foster. "We are excited about the future of this event and what
that means to El Paso."
With the addition of the exemption, the Western
Refining College All-America Golf Classic can continue to exist. It is the only
individual stroke-play event in the NCAA and has been rated the No. 1 men's
collegiate golf tournament in the nation for the past five years by the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
This is not the first time that the
tournament has felt the pressure from the NCAA. In 1986, the NCAA passed
legislation limiting playing dates for men's golf that forced the tournament to
be cancelled for 1987 season. Central
University's Lowell Lukas
was instrumental in helping secure the exemption in 1987 which lasted until the
current legislation passed.
This past year, Wake Forest
University's Webb Simpson
won the 33rd edition of the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic,
putting his name on a list of champions that includes Jerry Pate, Scott
Simpson, Davis Love, David Duval, Notah Begay and Tiger Woods.
Alumni of this event have gone on to earn
just over $1 billion on the PGA Tour. The alumni list includes 17 U.S. Amateur
champions and 20 major championship winners. The field has also included Jim
Furyk, David Toms, Justin Leonard and Stewart Cink and rising stars Ryan Moore,
J.B. Holmes, Nick Watney and Nicholas Thompson.
The tournament, which is hosted by the Sun
Bowl Association, is slated for Nov. 23-25 at the par-71, 6,837-yard El Paso
125 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more
than $600,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions. Each
university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school
competes in the tournament.