ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference on Monday announced that Rich Harvest Farms will serve as the host site for the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships. The 2020 Big Ten Championships will be held from May 1-3.
“We are thrilled to bring the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships to Rich Harvest Farms in 2020,” said Big Ten Associate Commissioner for Sports Administration Wendy Fallen. “We are confident in the club’s ability to create a high caliber championship environment, as demonstrated by their experience hosting the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, and look forward to creating a similar experience for our students and coaches.”
The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships have been played since 1920, with 10 current Big Ten institutions having won at least one conference championship. Illinois claimed its 16th Big Ten title in 2018, its ninth championship in the past 10 years.
“The Rich Harvest Farms team is extremely excited to play host to the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship,” said Owner and President of Rich Harvest Farms Jerry Rich. “During our hosting of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, seven Big Ten Universities were represented at this prestigious event. We witnessed the great support the Big Ten Universities’ fans showed to their favorite teams and I hope that we can create that type of atmosphere for the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the amazing golf played by Big Ten Universities to the Chicagoland area.”
About Rich Harvest Farms
Located less than an hour outside of Chicago, Rich Harvest Farms is an ultra-private, members-only club, consistently ranked in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” Owned and built by Jerry Rich, the course consists of 18 perfectly manicured holes and is a 1,820-acre showcase of nature and agriculture. With state-of-the-art meeting spaces, numerous lodging options and non-golf amenities that include a private car museum, miles of horseback riding trails and three fully stocked lakes for fishing, Rich Harvest Farms offers distinguished facilities in a luxurious setting.
Rich Harvest Farms, a par 72 with Professional tees at a length of 7,715 yards, has and continues to play host to numerous amateur, collegiate, and professional tournaments. These includes the Palmer Cup (2015), Solheim Cup (2009), as well as the Ryder Cup Captain’s Challenge (2012) and numerous USGA Qualifiers. This list also includes the Western Amateur (2003, 2015) and Western Junior (2003, 2019). Northern Illinois University Huskies Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams are proud to call Rich Harvest Farms their home course and so the following have also been hosted at the course: NCAA Men’s Division I Central Regional (2007, 2014), MAC Championship (2003, 2012), an annual Northern Intercollegiate (2010-Present) and most recently NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (2017).
A hidden gem at Rich Harvest Farms is the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, a nonprofit junior golf organization founded in 1998 by Jerry Rich and longtime friend Don Springer. Today, the Foundation has impacted the lives of over 150,000 youth through golf and its valuable life lessons.
About the Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,500 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.