Henderson State University has been selected by the NCAA Division II Championships Committee as the host for the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Central/Midwest Regional.

The event will take place May 9-11, 2019 at the Hot Springs Country Club and will be played on the Arlington Course.

The Arlington Course is nestled in the Ouachita foothills. The course was built in 1927 by William Diddel and renovated by the team of Coore and Crenshaw, two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, in 1994. The course features a series of undulating Bentgrass greens and steep, narrow Bermuda fairways.

“We are very appreciative of Barry Howard, the staff and the membership of the Hot Springs Country Club for allowing us the opportunity to host this NCAA Championship event at their venue, as well as the NCAA Men's Golf and Championships Committees for entrusting us to host,” said Henderson State Director of Athletics Shawn Jones. “The Hot Springs Country Club is a spectacular and beautiful setting for this championship event and the staff run a first-class operation that will provide the student-athletes, coaches and spectators with a memorable experience.”

The 20-team tournament will include teams from the Great American Conference, the Northern Sun Conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference and the Great Midwest.

“Hot Springs Country Club is the perfect venue for the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Central/Midwest Regional Tournament. Barry Howard and his staff at HSCC are experts at hosting top-caliber golf competitions and will ensure that the tournament is a success,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “The entire Hot Springs community is excited to welcome these collegiate athletes to our city. The best young golfers from our region will be competing on a course that has hosted major golfing championships in its long and prestigious history. What a great event this is going to be, both for the competitors and for Hot Springs.”

“Our Board and membership are extremely excited to host such a prestigious event,” said Barry Howard, General Manager at the Hot Springs Country Club. “Trey Rutledge, our golf course superintendent, his assistant Trent Nuckolls, and their staff do a fabulous job in keeping the Arlington Course in superb tournament condition throughout the year.  We have been fortunate to be the site for many top caliber tournaments and are very proud to welcome these student-athletes and their families to: Visit Hot Springs!”

Henderson is the first GAC institution to host the Men’s Golf Central/Midwest Regional and it is the first time that Reddies Golf has ever hosted a NCAA postseason golf championship.

“Hot Springs is a destination location and anytime Henderson State can partner with Steve Arrison and his staff at Visit Hot Springs in hosting NCAA events in the Spa City, we are honored to do so because we know everyone will leave feeling like they had the full championship experience they have earned through their outstanding seasons,” said Jones.

Henderson has been the host institution of several NCAA postseason events. In 2005 and 2006 Henderson, in cooperation with Visit Hot Springs, was the host institution for the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships played at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena. In 2006 Henderson hosted the NCAA Women’s Basketball South Regional played at the Duke Wells Center.

In 2012, the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s National Swimming and Diving Championships took place in Mansfield, Texas with Henderson serving as the host institution.

Henderson State also hosted Division II NCAA Football Playoff games in 2012, 2013 and 2015.