KIAWAH ISLAND - One of golf's most storied courses will welcome some of Division II's finest teams, as The Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host The Newberry College Invitational on February 16-17, 2015.
Newberry College director of golf Howard Vroon will send out invitations for the 18-team, 54-hole event to Division II's most prestigious golfing institutions.
“Newberry College is very pleased to be able to host this event at such an outstanding venue," Vroon said. "We are very thankful to our friends at the Ocean Course and at Kiawah Island Resort for accommodating us, and for their support of college golf in general. This is going to be a fantastic event.”
The Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments including the Ryder Cup in 1991, the World Cup in 1997 and 2003 and the PGA Championship in 2012. It also hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship in 2005 and the Senior PGA Championship in 2007.
The most famous course at Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course opened in 1991 and was designed by Pete and Alice Dye. The course was designed so that players have a view of the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean but also to expose golfers to the often-strong winds in the area.
The Ocean Course has been consistently named as one of the best courses in the world by several publications such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as well as being named a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by Audubon International.
The Ocean Course was named the No. 4 public golf course in America, the No. 21 golf course in the United States and No. 60 in the world by Golf Digest magazine for this year and has been in the top 100 of the U.S. ranking for 18 consecutive years. It was also ranked as the toughest course in America in 2012 by Golf Digest.