NCAA women's regional fields revealed

University flags at the 2015 Women's NCAA Championship at The Concessions golf club in Bradenton, FL. Tracy Wilcox/Golfweek

NCAA women's regional fields revealed

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NCAA women's regional fields revealed

The 2017 NCAA Division I women’s golf regional fields were revealed Thursday. In all, 72 teams and 24 individuals will compete in four regional championships, each set for May 8-10. Each regional will feature 18 teams and six individuals.

The four regional sites are Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio; The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas; the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.; and the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M.

The low six teams and low three individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms on May 19-24 in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Stanford is the top seed at the Albuquerque Regional and drew arguably the toughest field in its regional, one that includes USC, Duke, Oklahoma State, defending national champion Washington, as well as sleepers Campbell, Denver and New Mexico State. The Cardinal have advanced to the match-play final in each of the past two NCAA Championships, winning it all in 2015.

“I don’t expect it to be easy, that’s for sure,” Stanford head coach Anne Walker said.

Said Campbell head coach John Crooks: “I thinks a very competitive field.”

Alabama is the No. 1 seed in Athens, which will also includes host Georgia, and a couple of sleeper teams in AAC champion UCF and Michigan State, which won the Big Ten title with a comeback win over Northwestern, which is also in this regional.

Fresh off a rout at the Pac-12 Championship, UCLA is the top seed at the Lubbock Regional, which also includes Arizona State and Furman, as well as Big 12 champion Texas. BYU and San Diego State are two teams outside the top six seeds who are especially dangerous, and Texas Tech, of course, is playing at home.

Florida is the No. 1 seed in Columbus, which includes four SEC teams int he top six seeds. Florida State is the second seed after spending some time this season as the No. 1 team in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Colorado played well at Pac-12s and Ohio State is hosting.

Here is a look at the full fields for the four regional sites:

• • •

Athens Regional

University of Georgia Golf Course, Athens, Ga.

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. Alabama. . . 2 . . . 3

Buzz: Three wins and three seconds for Crimson Tide squad that’s been near or at No. 1 the entire season.

  1. Georgia. . . 8 . . . 8

Buzz: Host Bulldogs enter a familiar course with runner-up finishes in last two stroke-play events.

  1. Northwestern. . . 11 . . . 11

Buzz: Suffered stunning loss at Big Ten Championship, but Wildcats won their 2016 regional by 18 shots.

  1. Arizona. . . 12 . . . 14

Buzz: Led by No. 8 Haley Moore, Arizona placed fourth at Pac-12 Championship to continue solid play.

  1.  Baylor. . . 17 . . . 19

Buzz: The 2015 NCAA Championship runner-up returns to regionals after missing out in 2016. Enters off fifth at Big 12s.

  1. Wake Forest. . . 24 . . . 22

Buzz: Had to use club team player at ACC Championship due to injury issues. Demon Deacons may be postseason’s biggest wild card.

  1. UCF. . . 23 . . . 25

Buzz: Led by 39th-ranked Ashley Holder, the Knights won the AAC.

  1. Tennessee. . . 31 . . . 31

Buzz: Without a top-100 player and coming off consecutive sevenths, the Vols look for spark in Athens.

  1. North Carolina. . . 29 . . . 35

Buzz: Tar Heels qualified for last year’s NCAA Championship as a 12 seed, and hope more of that magic is in order.

  1. Clemson. . . 37 . . . 39

Buzz: Kelley Hester, in her opening year as Clemson’s head coach, has helped steady ship as Tigers seek first NCAA Championship appearance.

  1. Augusta. . . 45 . . . 43

Buzz: No conference tournament for this Independent. But Jaguars earn at-large spot for sixth regionals appearance in last seven years.

  1. Auburn. . . 43 . . . 45

Buzz: Tigers struggling thanks to last-place finish at the SEC Championship.

  1. Kansas State. . . 53 . . . 51

Buzz: Coming off consecutive eighths and without a top-150 player, the Wildcats’ hopes lay in balanced, reliable roster.

  1. Michigan State. . . 49 . . . 53

Buzz: After shocking come-from-behind Big Ten win, Spartans now hope No. 37 Sarah Burnham can help keep the mojo going.

  1. Troy. . . 88 . . . 85

Buzz: A third conference title in four years for the Trojans, who rely heavily on star senior Fatima Cano.

  1. Princeton. . . 98 . . . 109

Buzz: Tigers win the Ivy League for the first time in 12 years … doing so by 31 shots.

  1. North Florida. . . 128 . . . 134

Buzz: Led by Megan Wilshire, Ospreys make it regionals for second straight year.

  1. Quinnipiac. . . 216 . . . 210

Buzz: Also making its second straight regionals appearance, Bobcats do so with zero players ranked in the top 1000.

INDIVIDUALS: Chieh Jessica Peng, Mississippi State; Laura Fuenfstueck, College of Charleston; Lisa Pettersson, East Carolina; Vanessa Ha, San Francisco; Alexandra Farnsworth, Vanderbilt; Anna Redding, Virginia

• • •

Columbus Regional

Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course, Columbus, Ohio

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. Florida. . . 6 . . . 4

Buzz: Gators dominated in 13-shot win at the SEC Championship – their third victory in last four starts.

  1. Florida State. . . 5 . . . 5

Buzz: After six-win season, Seminoles in prime spot for consecutive NCAA Championship appearances.

  1. South Carolina. . . 14 . . . 12

Buzz: Led by star senior Katelyn Dambaugh, who medaled at SEC Championship, Gamecocks eye back-to-back trips to match play at NCAA Championship.

  1. Arkansas. . . 13 . . . 13

Buzz: Razorbacks boast three top-80 players and have passed through regionals five of last six years.

  1. Colorado. . . 21 . . . 20

Buzz: A strong runner-up showing at the Pac-12 Championship for Buffaloes.

  1. Texas A&M. . . 20 . . . 21

Buzz: Aggies boast four players ranked in the top 55 and have finished second or better in two of last four starts.

  1. Purdue. . . 38 . . . 27

Buzz: After a sixth at the Big Ten Championship, August Kim and Co. look to get Purdue 16th NCAA Championship spot in last 18 seasons.

  1. Ohio State. . . 26 . . . 29

Buzz: A deep Buckeyes roster enters regionals fresh off consecutive third-place finishes.

  1. Michigan. . . 36 . . . 33

Buzz: Big Ten medalist Elodie Van Dievoet carries the load for Wolverines, who made it to nationals last year as a 13 seed.

  1. San Jose State. . . 34 . . . 37

Buzz: Boasting a ringer in No. 20 My Leander, Spartans enter regionals after third at Mountain West Championship.

  1. Houston. . . 44 . . . 44

Buzz: Cougars have now made regionals all three years of the program’s existence as a team.

  1. Louisville. . . 47 . . . 46

Buzz: A seventh at ACCs for Cardinals, who have a steady Nos. 1-4.

  1. Wisconsin. . . 48 . . . 52

Buzz: Led by No. 52 Brooke Ferrell, Badgers enter postseason off back-to-back top-4 finishes.

  1. Kentucky. . . 52 . . . 54

Buzz: Wildcats haven’t finished better than ninth in last three starts but boasts a solid top two players.

  1. Old Dominion. . . 64 . . . 62

Buzz: Conference USA champions are a small roster but hold two players in the top 250.

  1. Delaware. . . 118 . . . 116

Buzz: A comfortable win at the CAA Championship means back-to-back regional trips for Blue Hens.

  1. Missouri State. . . 166 . . . 168

Buzz: Bears crushed three-time defending champion Wichita State to win MVC and reach regional stage.

  1. Cleveland State. . . 219 . . . 214

Buzz: Vikings weren’t all that inspiring most of the spring, but they enter regionals fresh off first conference title in program history.

INDIVIDUALS: Loy Hee Ying, East Tennessee State; Camila Serrano, Florida International; Michaela Fletcher, Memphis; Emma Albrecht, Notre Dame; Kate Smith, Nebraska; Emie Peronnin, Minnesota

• • •

Lubbock Regional

The Rawls Course, Lubbock, Texas

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. UCLA . . . 1 . . . 2

Buzz: Led by sophomore Lilia Vu, Bruins rolled to the Pac-12 title by 21 shots.

  1. Arizona State . . . 4 . . . 7

Buzz: Sun Devils have four players ranked 58th or better by Golfweek, including No. 11 Linnea Strom.

  1. Furman . . . 9 . . . 10

Buzz: Paladins won the SoCon title by 28 shots and have all five players ranked in Golfweek’s top 100.

  1. Kent State . . . 16 . . . 15

Buzz: Golden Flashes coming off a 19th straight MAC Championship victory.

  1. Texas . . . 22 . . . 18

Buzz: Led by Sophia Schubert, the Longhorns won first Big 12 title since 2011.

  1. Oklahoma . . . 23 . . . 25

Buzz: Sooners, led by 49th-ranked Julienne Soo, struggled at Big 12s, finishing last.

  1. BYU . . . 39 . . . 28

Buzz: Cougars beat Pepperdine by 11 shots to win the West Coast title.

  1. San Diego State . . . 30 . . . 30

Buzz: The Sirene Blair-led Aztecs finished second by three shots at the Mountain West Championship.

  1. Texas Tech . . . 27 . . . 34

Buzz: Tournament hosts placed third at Big 12s.

  1. TCU . . . 35 . . . 38

Buzz: Horned Frogs led by two top-75 players, Emmy Martin and Brooke Graebe.

  1. UNLV . . . 33 . . . 42

Buzz: Balanced Rebels are Mountain West champs for the second straight year.

  1. Oregon . . . 42 . . . 47

Buzz: Ducks were ninth out of 11 teams at Pac-12s, 57 shots back of UCLA.

  1. Iowa State . . . 46 . . . 50

Buzz: Big 12 runner-up has played just five golfers all season, including No. 92 Chayani Wangmahaporn.

  1. Oregon State . . . 58 . . . 55

Buzz: Beavers received the last at-large bid into regionals.

  1. Murray State . . . 77 . . . 84

Buzz: Ohio Valley Conference champions led by No. 243 Moa Folke.

  1. Georgetown . . . 117 . . . 112

Buzz: Hoyas coming off program’s first win at the Big East Championship.

  1. Richmond . . . 152 . . . 144

Buzz: Spiders held off Boston to capture Patriot League title.

  1. Sacred Heart . . . 186 . . . 184

Buzz: Dominated at the Northeast Conference Championship, winning by 32 shots.

INDIVIDUALS:

    Caroline Nistrup, LSU; Malene Krolnoll Hansen, Coastal Carolina; Lois Kaye Go, Boston College; Alivia Brown, Washington State; Jakeishya Le, UC Riverside; Katrina Prendergast, Colorado State.

• • •

Albuquerque Regional

UNM Championship Course, Albuquerque, N.M.

TEAMS . . . GOLFWEEK RANK . . . GOLFSTAT RANK

  1. Stanford . . . 3 . . . 1

Buzz: Led by top-10 players Andrea Lee (2) and Casey Danielson (7), Cardinal were third at the Pac-12 Championship.

  1. USC . . . 10 . . . 6

Buzz: USC was fifth at Pac-12s but talented lineup includes freshman Muni He, who arrived in spring after departure of Karen Chung.

  1. Duke . . . 7 . . . 9

Buzz: Won ACC Championship by nine shots and are led by Golfweek’s top-ranked player, junior Leona Maguire.

  1. Miami . . . 15 . . . 16

Buzz: Hurricanes placed third at ACCs, 15 shots back of Duke, and rely heavily on Dewi Weber after midseason departure of Daniela Darquea.

  1. Oklahoma State . . . 18 . . . 17

Buzz: Cowboys were fourth at Big 12s and boast three players ranked 71st or better by Golfweek.

  1. North Carolina State . . . 19 . . . 24

Buzz: Led by 29th-ranked India Clyburn, Wolfpack were sixth at ACCs.

  1. Cal . . . 28 . . . 26

Buzz: Beat just one team at Pac-12s and need someone to step up as no Bears’ player is ranked in Golfweek’s top 100.

  1. Illinois . . . 40 . . . 32

Buzz: Illini coming off disappointing T-7 finish at Big Ten Championship.

  1. Pepperdine . . . 32 . . . 36

Buzz: The West Coast runners-up, Waves have a different look this year with no top-100 players on their roster.

  1. Washington . . . 50 . . . 40

Buzz: Defending national champs had falloff this season and were seventh at Pac-12s.

  1. SMU . . . 41 . . . 41

Buzz: Lindsey McCurdy leads the Mustangs, who were runners-up by three shots at the AAC Championship.

  1. Campbell . . . 51 . . . 48

Buzz: Coached by veteran John Crooks, the Camels dominated again at the Big South Championship.

  1. Denver . . . 54 . . . 49

Buzz: Pioneers rallied to win Summit League but played well enough this season that they would’ve made regional anyways.

  1. New Mexico State . . . 66 . . . 57

Buzz: WAC champs benefitting from play of freshman Suthavee Chanachai and midseason addition of Texas transfer Dominique Galloway.

  1. Cal Poly . . . 81 . . . 86

Buzz: Mustangs won their first Big West title by a shot over UC Riverside.

  1. Sacramento State . . . 99 . . . 99

Buzz: Needed a playoff to win Big Sky title and earn regional bid.

  1. Houston Baptist . . . 130 . . . 139

Buzz: Held off Central Arkansas to win the Southland Conference title by a shot.

  1. Texas Southern . . . 257 . . . N/A

Buzz: Won SWAC title by 51 shots but hasn’t played enough events to be ranked by Golfstat.

INDIVIDUALS: Martina Edberg, Cal State-Fullerton; Bianca Pagdanganan, Gonzaga; Jess Yuen, Missouri; Gudrun Bjorgvinsfottir, Fresno State; Paige Lee, UC Davis; Kristin Le, Santa Clara.

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