The Mission Inn Resort & Club has landed two more high-profile events for its highly rated golf courses.
The Howey-in-the-Hills landmark will host the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Regional May 9-11, 2019, and the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Regional May 4-6, 2020.
The resort announced the plans this week in partnership with the Central Florida Sports Commission and Visit Lake tourism.
“We are so pleased to welcome the NCAA back to Howey-in-the-Hills in 2019 and 2020,” Jason Siegel, CEO of the sports commission, says in a news release. “Not only do these events allow us to continue our already strong relationship with the NCAA, but we are able to return to Mission Inn year after year, where we know the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators will have a fantastic experience.”
These two events will mark 24 consecutive years that Mission Inn Resort & Club has hosted an NCAA regional or national championship golf tournament. The resort’s El Campeón and Las Colinas championship courses consistently rank among the best in Florida and the nation on Golf Advisor.
“Extending our relationship with the NCAA and collegiate golf is like a winning streak for Mission Inn Resort & Club, with 2020 making it 24 years in a row,” Bud Beucher, vice president and general manager for the resort, says in the release. “The schools, the coaches, and players are like family to us, returning every year. We are proud to be part of that tradition.”
Regional tournaments consist of a 54-hole competition between the top 12 teams in each region and top six individuals not from those teams for a total of 66 participants. The top three teams from each region and the top three individuals not with a continuing team will advance to the finals in Daniels, West Virginia, for the men in 2019, and St. Louis for the women in 2020, the release states.
The Central Florida Sports Commission is a private, nonprofit organization that plays a vital role in attracting and managing sports-related events, conferences, and activities that drive economic development in Lake, Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties, as well as Orlando.
“We applaud the efforts of our partners at the Central Florida Sports Commission for their successful bids and for continuing the tradition of hosting championship events in Lake County,” Steven Clenney, sports development manager with Visit Lake, says in the release. “We look forward to welcoming the athletes and visitors to the destination and showcasing our ‘Real Florida’ hospitality.”
Founded in 1993, the sports commission has hosted or co-hosted more than 1,200 events in Central Florida with a total economic impact exceeding $1.4 billion in direct spending, according to the release. For more information, visit centralfloridasports.org.