NCAA Adjusts Championship Schedule for BYU Women’s Golf Team

May 20, 2016

The NCAA women’s golf championship kick off in Eugene, Oregon today, but the Brigham Young University women’s golf team has already played the third round.

What gives?

The championship is a six-day tournament contested from Friday to Wednesday with a cut after 54 holes, but BYU is a private university owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so the school has a policy against competing on Sundays in keeping with the Mormon faith.

According to Susie Arth at espnW, the NCAA made a scheduling adjustment to accommodate the players’ religious obligations. The BYU ladies played to Sunday pin positions to post their third-round score of 10-over 298 on Thursday and will return to competition Monday after sitting out Sunday should they advance to the later rounds.

Naturally, the move has reportedly touched off a debate about whether the adjustment gives BYU an advantage. It was sunny on Thursday, but there’s a high chance of rain in the forecast for Sunday.