Men's, Women's Golf Set For Inaugural East Lake Cup, Televised By Golf Channel|
Sept. 16, 2015
Golf Channel announced today that each of the semifinalist teams from the 2015 Division I NCAA Men's and Women's Golf Championships -- including USC as the only school to field both a men's and women's team -- have committed to compete in the inaugural East Lake Cup match play championship, airing live on the network Nov. 2-3 at historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.
The men's division of the East Lake Cup will feature a rematch of the National Championship semifinals. The four participating teams include: reigning National Champions Louisiana State University (LSU); the University of Southern California (USC), who lost to LSU in the championship match; University of Georgia (UGA), two-time National Champions (1999 and 2005); and the University of Illinois, which is coming off a school-record eight tournament-win season.
"We are honored to be invited to this special event," said Chris Zambri, USC men's golf coach. "We look forward to many things about the East Lake Cup. The format is fun, the competition is as tough as it gets, and we get to compete on the world famous East Lake Golf Club."
Said USC women's coach Andrea Gaston: "We are very excited and honored to have been invited to compete in the inaugural East Lake Cup, home of the legendary Bobby Jones. The history and tradition that has been established at this incredible landmark, along with the work that has transformed the East Lake neighborhood through the East Lake Foundation, will make our experience even more meaningful for both players and coaches. We are most appreciative of this opportunity and look forward to being a part of an event where the traditions and love for the game are deeply rooted."
The 2015 National Championship winning Stanford University will headline a women's division comprised of all four teams from the 2015 National Championship semifinals. That field also includes: 2015 championship runner-up Baylor University; Duke University, six-time National Champions, including 2014; and the University of Southern California (USC), which earned the No. 1 seed for both stroke and match play portions of the 2015 championships.
Teams for the East Lake Cup will compete on the championship golf course at East Lake Golf Club, home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the season-ending event of the PGA TOUR's FedExCup Playoffs. The East Lake Cup will benefit the East Lake Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach to community revitalization incorporating mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness.
The East Lake Cup also will feature the Tom Cousins Award, a new annual recognition presented to an outstanding male and female golfer who exemplify the values of the East Lake Foundation: excels in academics, engaged in his or her community and has overcome adversity. This award is named for Tom Cousins, founder of the East Lake Foundation, which transformed a community in despair into a thriving neighborhood, now a national model for community redevelopment through Purpose Built Communities.
Two match-play tournaments will be hosted simultaneously at East Lake Golf Club for the women's and men's divisions. Monday, Nov. 2 will feature the semifinals and Tuesday, Nov. 3 the finals and consolation matches. Within both the semifinals and finals, the competing teams will pair five players in singles matches.
2015 EAST LAKE CUP SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all times Eastern)
Monday, Nov. 2: 10 a.m. Semifinal Matches Begin 2-5 p.m. Golf Channel Live coverage Tuesday, Nov. 3: 10 a.m. Consolation Matches begin 11:45 a.m. Championship Matches begin 2-5 p.m. Golf Channel Live Coverage
General admission to the inaugural East Lake Cup is free on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3. Limited complimentary parking is available at East Lake Golf Club on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information about the East Lake Cup please visit the tournament website here.
About the East Lake Foundation
The East Lake model includes cradle-to-college education at Charles R. Drew Charter School and its early learning partners, mixed-income housing at The Villages of East Lake and community wellness through programs including The First Tee® of East Lake, the Resident and Community Support Program, the East Lake Community Learning Garden, Start ME: East Lake micro-entrepreneur program and East Lake Healthy Connections. This approach to building a strong community not only helps break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but creates a place where people of all ages and incomes choose to live. East Lake has become a national model for holistic community revitalization programs through its sister organization, Purpose Built Communities. Additional information is available at www.eastlakefoundation.org.
About East Lake Golf Club
Over the years, the golf course has hosted many national and regional championships, including the 1950 U.S. Women's Amateur, 1963 Ryder Cup, and 2001 U.S. Men's Amateur. It is now the permanent home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the culminating event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. Additional information may be found at www.eastlakegolfclub.com