October 2017 Around Town 1

NAIA women’s golf championships come to Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City University will host the 2019 and 2020 Women’s Golf National Championships, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced.

The 25th and 26th annual championships will be played May 14-17, 2019, and May 12-15, 2020, at Lincoln Park Golf Course, 4001 NE Grand Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

This will be Oklahoma City and Lincoln Park’s first time hosting the Women’s Golf National Championships. While OCU has not hosted the event, it is no stranger to women’s golf. OCU captured its eighth NAIA women’s golf national championship in 2017, more championships than any other women’s golf program in NAIA history.

“It is a privilege for our program to be selected to host the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in 2019 and 2020. It is an honor, not just for our program, but also for Oklahoma City University to be associated with such a prestigious collegiate championship,” Marty McCauley, Oklahoma City University women’s golf coach, says. “We are certainly looking forward to working with Lincoln Park to help promote this championship and ensure that it is memorable for all coaches and student-athletes. Hosting this championship is very meaningful as golf in the state of Oklahoma is very popular, and this is a testament to the support golf receives in the Oklahoma City community and throughout the entire state.”

Lincoln Park rates as one of Oklahoma’s finest public golf courses. Oklahoma City’s oldest public golf course unveiled its new state-of-the-art $9.25 million club house in spring 2015. The course was designed by Art Jackson and built in 1922. It features bent grass on the greens and Bermuda grass on the fairways.

Downtown Discovery Adds Fare

In September, the Downtown Discovery began charging 50 cents per ride. Formerly the EMBARK fare was 25 cents but was offset by an advertising sponsorship that has since expired. Based on current ridership data, EMBARK expects to generate approximately $24,000 in additional revenue as a result of the fare increase.

“EMBARK has worked to balance our budget with the least impact to our riders,” Jason Ferbrache, EMBARK administrator, says. “Downtown Discovery has operated since 2011 at no cost to customers. Incorporating a small fare now helps offset the cost to operate the service.”

Originally, the Oklahoma Spirit Trolley service, the route was created to circulate tourists and downtown workers traveling between destinations, events and restaurants in the downtown area. More than 46,000 trips were taken on the service in 2016.

Downtown Discovery, also known as EMBARK route 050, serves the central business district, Bricktown, the Arts District, downtown transit center, Chesapeake Arena, Myriad Gardens and the Boathouse District. The Downtown Discovery operates until 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and until 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For a route map and trip planning, visit EmbarkOK.com.

Oklahoma City recognized for 
encouraging solar energy growth

Oklahoma City has earned national recognition for its efforts to promote solar energy.

SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative, awarded the city a bronze designation for making it easier for people to choose solar energy options.

To earn the bronze designation, local governments take steps to reduce soft costs involved in installing a solar energy system. The city’s Sustainability Office added permitting information to OKC.gov to clarify the process for a solar installation, reviewed City code affecting solar energy, led discussions on smart rate design and potential legislation, and provided staff training.