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The defending national champion Stanford women's golf team has been invited to compete in the inaugural East Lake Cup Collegiate Match Play Championship (Nov. 2-3) at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., the Golf Channel announced Wednesday.

The tournament will feature the 2015 NCAA men's and women's semifinalists and will be televised live on the Golf Channel.

Baylor, the runner-up to Stanford last season, will join the Cardinal, Duke and USC in the women's division. The men's division will include 2015 NCAA champion LSU, USC, Georgia and Illinois.

"We are very excited to partake in the first ever East Lake Cup," said Stanford coach Anne Walker. "Golf Channel has invested a lot of time and energy into college golf; we feel very fortunate to benefit from its commitment. The four participating teams are all very experienced, and the competition will no doubt make for great viewing."

Historic East Lake Golf Club is host of the TOUR Championship, the final event of the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs.

Two match-play tournaments will be hosted simultaneously for the women's and men's division. The semifinals will be played on Nov. 2, with the finals and consolation matches set for Nov. 3. All teams will pair five players in singles matches.

Golf Channel will air live coverage both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT.

Stanford, ranked second in last week's Golfweek preseason poll, opened the 2015-16 season earlier this week by scoring a 10-stroke victory in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

— Stanford Athletics

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