CAA: St. James to lose CAA golf championship if HB2 not repealed by deadline

CAA: St. James to lose CAA golf championship if HB2 not repealed by deadline

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - If House Bill 2 is not repealed or voided by Jan. 10, 2017, the CAA will move its 2017 women's golf championship from St. James Plantation in Southport, the conference announced Friday.

According to CAA officials, the league's presidents and athletic directors of its full-member institutions held a conference call Wednesday to review the conference's stance on CAA championships to be held in North Carolina.

The CAA said it "will send a letter to the Governor of North Carolina expressing its strong opposition to the discriminatory principles of the law adopted by HB-2 and calling for its immediate repeal."

While the golf championship would be moved from St. James Plantation if the bill is not repealed by the set deadline, the conference said it still will hold the 2016 CAA volleyball championship at UNCW on Nov. 18-20 since the Seahawks earned the right to host by winning the league title last year.

UNCW officials released the following statement concerning the CAA's decision:

"Given our long-standing commitment to inclusion and non-discriminatory practices, we are very pleased that the CAA continues to support a volleyball championship on our campus. From the beginning, we have believed these events should remain in NC."

The CAA also announced that Elon and UNCW would be allowed to host any rounds of the men's or women's soccer championships on their campuses should they earn that right based on how they finish in the regular-season standings.

The conference decided not to take any formal action on championships to be held in spring of 2017, including the CAA baseball championships that are slated to be hosted by UNCW on May 24-27.

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