WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Call it an even dozen for the Landfall Tradition, one of the college game’s premier women’s golf tournaments.

The tournament that has become a staple in the Wilmington community runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 25-27, at the Country Club of Landfall’s Pete Dye Course. It marks the 12th year the annual event has showcased the nation’s top talent.

“The Landfall Tradition is one of the most prestigious collegiate events in the country,” said veteran UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “The committee, CCL staff and the entire membership embrace The Tradition and take tremendous pride in putting on a great event at a first-class venue. The tournament is always a memorable one for the players and coaches and their families.”

Seventeen teams and five individuals will compete on the par-72, 6,204-yard layout that borders the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach.

In addition to host UNCW, Duke and Alabama, the field features Arizona, Clemson, Iowa State, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Tigers from the ACC are the lone newcomer to the tourney.

The tournament has moved to the Pete Dye Course, site of the 1995 and 2010 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, after playing 10 of its first 11 years at the club’s Jack Nicklaus layout. 

“The Dye course is a great test and a favorite among many of the players and coaches,” added Ho. “The course sets up very well for the women’s game. It demands accuracy off the tee since many holes have trouble on both sides.

“The course also requires the golfer to think about where to leaving their approach shot on the green because certain pins allow a better opportunity to score. Overall, scores should be lower this year on the Dye course.”

Ten of Golfstat’s top-25 teams are entered: Oklahoma State (3), Duke (6), Arizona (9), Alabama (10), N.C. State (12), Clemson (13) ,Iowa State (14), North Carolina (15), Ohio State (18), Michigan State (21).

Individually, three of the top four players in the land will tackle the rolling Dye layout at CCL. Stephanie Meadow of Alabama, Lindy Duncan of Duke and Paula Reto of Purdue are ranked 2-3-4 behind top-ranked Annie Park of Southern Cal. Fourteen of the top-50 players in the Golfstat rankings are scheduled to appear in the event.

Ho said: “We have an outstanding field with 10 of the top-25 nationally-ranked teams coming. We try to attract the best teams for this event and we’ve been very successful again.”

Oklahoma State, which has won two of the last four national titles (2010 and 2012), claimed last year’s rain-shortened event with a 292 total and returns to defend its crown. Individually, Texas Tech’s Kimberly Kauffman claimed medalist honors with a remarkable 5-under 67 under difficult conditions.

Purdue and Wake Forest are striving to become the first teams to win the event three times. Devon Brouse’s Boilermakers captured the crown in 2005 and 2011, while Dianne Dailey’s Demon Deacons went back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

The event begins Thursday with the popular College/Am Tournament that raises funds for the UNCW men’s and women’s golf programs. It has raised more than $250,000 in scholarships since its inception.

During its historic run, more than 1,100 golfers from 86 schools and 31 states have competed in the LT. This year’s field includes golfers from 24 different countries.

The tournament has also been very competitive through the years. Five different champions have been crowned over the last five years (Wake Forest in 2008, Duke in 2009, UCLA in 2010, Purdue in 2011 and Oklahoma State in 2012).