Sugar Grove, IL – With the school year underway, Rich Harvest Farms is excited to welcome another season of Northern Illinois University Huskie golf. As the home course for both the men and women’s golf teams, Rich Harvest Farms has hosted many great tournaments in the past and are continuing that trend with a host of prestigious tournaments on the schedule. Owned and built by Jerry Rich, an NIU alum, he and his family love giving NIU the opportunity to take advantage of what Rich Harvest Farms has to offer.
For the third consecutive fall, Rich Harvest Farms and the NIU men’s golf team will host the Northern Intercollegiate. The Intercollegiate began with a vision to bring the best schools in America to Rich Harvest Farms and with the success of the first two editions of the tournament, things are on track to achieve that goal. After ranking 70th in the nation among men’s collegiate tournament in its inaugural year of 2011, the Northern Intercollegiate jumped to 40th last year. With the talent in this year’s field, the tournament looks to rank even higher 2013.
One reason for the success of the event has been the generous support of the Rich Family. The Northern Intercollegiate gives players an opportunity to have an experience like no other. Not only do they have the opportunity at putting their skills to the test on a Golf Digest Top 100 rated course, but also six of the teams stay on property in one of the onsite luxurious lodging options. With unmatched facilities and the success of the tournaments like the Northern Intercollegiate, it is easy to see why Rich Harvest Farms is becoming a destination for high-profile events. One of those future events will take place in May of 2014, as top collegiate teams will be traveling to Sugar Grove to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals. This will be the second time Rich Harvest Farms has hosted a NCAA Regional, with the hopes of hosting the NCAA National Championship in the future.
Along with hosting these tournaments, Rich Harvest Farms also opens up its facility each year in order to raise money for both golf programs. On October 14, 2013 the fourth annual Harvest Invitational will take place at Rich Harvest Farms. In its first three years, the event has been able raise a significant amount of money, which goes directly to both golf programs. As part of the event, participants have the opportunity to pay to play the round with a member of the men’s or women’s team, who can provide valuable insight on how the course should be played. Those interested in participating should please contact Amy Schmidt at (815) 753-1923.
This upcoming season, the NIU women’s golf team will be presenting a new award to one of its players called the “Betty Ann Rich Award.” Betty Ann Rich, the late wife of Jerry Rich, attended Northern Illinois where she studied Business Education and excelled at shorthand and typing. As a freshman, she lived in Neptune Hall, where she met Jerry Rich. Little did they know that one day, their ten little farms would blossom into one special farm estate. Betty’s strong sense of character and optimism are an inspiration to all that knew her. No matter what endeavors she encountered, her spirit was never broken and her smile never faded. She was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed. The Betty Ann Rich Award will be awarded at the end of the season to the player who best represents Betty.