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A look at the NCAA Women’s Championship field


Lance Ringler’s Women’s NCAA primer

May 22-25, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Nashville, Tenn.

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The field of 24

The NCAA Championship field, in order of Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking:

  • 1. UCLA
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. USC
  • 4. Arizona State
  • 5. LSU
  • 6. North Carolina
  • 8. Duke
  • 9. Vanderbilt
  • 10. Colorado
  • 12. Florida
  • 15. Tennessee
  • 16. Texas AM
  • 17. Baylor
  • 19. South Carolina
  • 20. Ohio State
  • 21. Michigan State
  • 23. Pepperdine
  • 24. North Carolina State
  • 25. Virginia
  • 26. Texas
  • 28. Oklahoma
  • 29. Purdue
  • 31. Arkansas
  • 34. Stanford

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Ringler’s Fab 5

1. UCLA: Bruins have placed first or second in 10 of 11 events, including a six-shot Fall Preview victory. Clearly the favorite.

2. USC: Trojans dominated the Central Regional and have played very well this spring, with five top-2 finishes in seven starts.

3. Alabama: Being an NCAA favorite is starting to become a trend for the Crimson Tide, but does ’Bama believe it can win?

4. LSU: The nation’s fifth-ranked team has momentum after sharing the crown with UCLA at the West Regional.

5. Vanderbilt: Commodores get this spot because they are playing on their home course. Stranger things have happened.

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Overachiever

Baylor: Not many people expected the Bears to accomplish what they have – three victories and six other top-5 finishes – under first-year head coach Jay Goble. They finished last season ranked No. 70.

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Underachiever

North Carolina: Hard to say about a team ranked No. 6, but the Tar Heels were regarded before the season as a national-title contender. Instead, UNC failed to post a tournament victory and squeaked into the field with a seventh-place regional finish.

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Number crunching

Baylor and North Carolina State are the only teams of the 24 in the field that did not earn a bid to regionals last year.

Arkansas was one of eight at-large teams to be invited to regionals with a head-to-head record below .500. And the Razorbacks were the only one to move on to the NCAA Championship. Arkansas’ average finish in 10 starts this year: 9.7.

Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school to advance to the NCAA Championship.

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