The Mill Creek Golf Course will host the 2023 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Spring Golf Championships for the first time in history. The event will take place on Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22, 2023, with the women playing on the North Course and the men playing on the South Course. The two rounds will get underway at 10:00 a.m. each day.
This year’s PAC Championships will feature a 72-hole stroke play event, with 36 holes contested this fall and another 36 holes played in April. From 2017-18 to 2021-22, the PAC Championships featured a 54-hole championship format for both the men and women, with 36 holes contested at the Fall Championships and another 18 holes played at the Spring Championships.
The combined 72-hole team totals will determine PAC team champions and winners of the league’s automatic qualifying bids to the 2023 NCAA Division III Championships. The All-PAC teams, as well the PAC Players of the Year and PAC Newcomers of the Year, are determined by the combined 72-hole scores from the PAC’s Fall and Spring Championships.
The event will showcase 10 collegiate institutions between Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia which include: Allegheny College, Bethany College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Geneva College, Grove City College, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University and Westminster College.
Last year, the men’s spring event was held at the world-renowned Oglebay Resort in West Virginia. The women’s spring event was played at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
“We’re excited to host this prestigious event in the Mahoning Valley for 2023. Events like the PAC Championships really exemplify what Mill Creek MetroParks are all about in its mission to provide park, recreational, educational, and open space facilities of regional significance. In addition, the opportunity to fill area hotels and restaurants as well as showcase the MetroParks, makes this another great golf tournament for our community,” said Brian Tolnar, PGA Director of Golf.
“The PAC is excited to bring its spring tournaments to Mill Creek MetroParks and its two outstanding Donald Ross courses. This gives us the opportunity to host both our men’s and women’s championship at the same site, which has been a goal for our league coaches over the past several years,” said PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko. “I am looking forward to working with Bryan Tolnar and the rest of the staff at Mill Creek to provide our student-athletes with an outstanding championship experience in the spring of 2023.”
In addition to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Notah BeGay III East Coast Regional, Junior Optimist Eastern Regional Tournament, Roseanne Schwartz NCAA Invitation, Youngstown State Kick-Off Classic, PGA Hope Program, U.S. Kids Cleveland Tour and Northern Ohio PGA Sections Junior Tour, the PAC event will be the 8th national and/or regional golf event in which Mill Creek serves as host. Spectators are welcome to attend the 2023 PAC Men’s & Women’s Championships and a small number of volunteers will be needed for the event. Details on volunteering opportunities will be announced in the Spring of 2023.