Friday, January 18, 2008

NCAA Exemption Keeps Storied El Paso Tourney Alive

Back in early December, we reported on what then appeared to be the bleak future of the Western Refining All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, a top independently run tournament for college men whose past winners include Tiger Woods, David Duval and Davis Love III.

The issue was that NCAA rules limit the number of "playing days" available to student-athletes, including its golfers. However, certain big events are exempted from that rule, giving those top college players the chance to play in those independently run tournaments. But the board that oversaw those exemptions for golf was disbanded, and the All-America Golf Classic was likely to lose its exemption as a result. No exemption, no players, no tournament.

Happily, there's a happy ending to pass along now. The NCAA Board of Directors took up the matter and voted to extend the All-America Golf Classic's exemption, meaning that top collegiate golfers can continue playing in El Paso without it counting against their team's "playing days."

And everyone should live happily ever after.

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