The NCAA canceled the women's golf regional in Baton Rouge, La. on Wednesday as a result of what was deemed to be poor conditions on the course. However, as seen in videos of the announcement circulating on social media, the decision sparked immediate outcry from competitors.
The responsibility of telling the players fell to NCAA committee representative Brad Hurlbut. After he proceeded partway down the steps of clubhouse, he gave a rather interesting justification for why the competition would be scrapped as a result of weather:
"Therefore, the top six teams that were seeded will advance along with the top three individuals that were not on those teams," said Hurlbut. "Again, heart-wrenching decision that we had to make. The course is playable, but not playable at a championship level."
It's not entirely clear what the minimum standard a course needs to surmount in order to qualify as "championship level," but such concerns did not immediately cross the minds of the players gathered in front of the LSU building as they shouted back at Hurlburt that he should be ashamed of himself.
As the NCAA associate turned his back to the golfers, some began to cry as they realized their collegiate careers were over at that very moment.
So here it is, the LSU regionals at Baton Rouge has been cancelled due to the course being “PLAYABLE BUT NOT AT A CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL”!!!!! Disgraceful how this whole week has been handled!!!! Every player worked so hard for this week and this is how we are treated!!! SHAMEFUL!!! pic.twitter.com/Z8FGrfYKLN— Sara Byrne (@sarabyrne01) May 12, 2021
Some began to wonder the aforementioned question of what exactly a "championship level" course is. Miami junior Kristyna Frydlova was among those who had such inquiries, and posted photos of what the course looked like after a recent bit of heavy rain. She also noted that, even though the women were not allowed to practice on the course as a decision on whether the competition would move forward was made, a group that appeared to be LSU men's team was practicing on that very course.
This is what an unplayable course looks like according to @NCAA @USGA at the Baton Rouge regional. No water on the greens, looked even nicer yesterday when we couldn't play either. After 18 years of playing golf I've never experienced anything like this pic.twitter.com/Oub1pJdACP— Kristyna Frydlova (@frydlins) May 12, 2021
As for the logistics the teams that will advance are:
- Ole Miss
The three players that will go on are:
- Houston's Karen Fredgaard
- Miami's Nataliya Guseva
- Sam Houston State's Hanna Alberto