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NCAA | July 10, 2023

Spikemark Golf LLC named to manage NCAA golf scoring and ranking services beginning with 2023-24 season

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced that Spikemark Golf LLC will become the provider for all golf scoring and ranking services utilized by the Association beginning with the 2023-24 season. Spikemark will transition into the service role previously provided by Golfstat.

“We are pleased to announce Spikemark as manager for NCAA golf scoring and ranking services,” said Joni Comstock, NCAA senior vice president of championships. “Spikemark’s effective use of current technologies, including the implementation of a transparent ranking system with daily updates, will provide a statistical approach that has been widely adopted throughout the golf community, and one that will positively impact the user experience for our membership and the championships. 

“On behalf of the collegiate golf community, we want to express our sincere gratitude to Golfstat and specifically to the late Mark Laesch and the Laesch family for their many years of partnership and dedication to collegiate golf.”

Spikemark, created and founded by former collegiate player and coach, Derek Freeman, provides a modern new website and mobile app that was designed to meet the needs of collegiate golf at every level. Spikemark provides tournament scoring, real-time leaderboards, detailed statistics, in-depth analytics, and media through a platform that includes easy-to-navigate screens allowing users to keep track of their favorite teams and players. Spikemark also provides real-time access to team schedules, up-to-date results and the latest rankings for the college golf community.

Spikemark’s ranking system was developed in collaboration with Mark Broadie, Ph.D., the  Carson Family Professor of Business at Columbia. Broadie is widely known throughout the golf community for his development of the Official World Golf Rankings algorithm that ranks professional golfers and the modern statistical approach using “Strokes Gained” statistics. Broadie, author of The New York Times bestselling book “Every Shot Counts,” is also a 20-year member of the USGA’s handicap research team. 

“We're incredibly excited and deeply honored at Spikemark to join the NCAA family as the new golf scoring and ranking provider. Spikemark’s platform is designed to foster a robust and vibrant community around collegiate golf by utilizing modern technology that incorporates an engaging user experience for coaches, players, and fans,” Freeman said. 

“We are committed to bringing transformative change to collegiate golf providing real-time scoring, detailed analytics, transparent rankings, comprehensive player profiles, and live tournament updates. It is a priority at Spikemark to bridge the gap between teams, players, and those who love the sport, offering an enriched way to interact. Spikemark is a gateway to a reimagined collegiate golf journey.”

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