2010 WAC Women's Golf Tournament To Be Played In Mesa, Ariz.

DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference announced that the 2010 WAC Women’s Golf Tournament will be played at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau worked in tandem with the WAC to secure the neutral site for the event that will take place April 19-21.

“The WAC is extremely pleased to announce the move of our Women’s Golf Tournament to Mesa, Arizona and the Longbow Golf Club,” said WAC Commissioner Karl Benson. “Our coaches have stressed the importance of a neutral site in recent years and we believe Longbow and the surrounding community will provide a top-notch event for our teams.”

San Jose State will enter the tournament as the defending champions after winning the 2009 title by 19 shots and leading wire-to-wire. The Spartans have won three WAC titles – 1997, 2006 and 2009.

The tournament is the first of two WAC championships that will be played in Mesa in 2010. It was announced this past May that the city would host the WAC’s baseball tournament for the next three years.

“We are thrilled about continuing our association with the Western Athletic Conference by bringing the Women’s Golf Championships to Mesa,” said Aaron Muth, Sports Tourism & Development Manager who oversees the bureau’s sports marketing efforts. “It will be another outstanding illustration of sports serving Mesa by providing vivid examples of brilliance via the fantastic student-athletes of the WAC.”

Longbow Golf Club is home to a Ken Kavanaugh-design that was recently ranked as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses in The Country” by Golfweek Magazine for 2009.

“We are excited about bringing the Women’s WAC Championships to Longbow Golf Club,” said Jay Larscheid, General Manager of the course. “It is a great opportunity for us to showcase our facility on a national level. We are looking forward to a great event.”