Duke, UCLA, USC draw women's D-I top seeds
The NCAA announced its Division I women's regional lineups April 28, and while the No. 1 seeds are familiar – Duke (East), UCLA (Central) and USC (West) – parity tells us there should be plenty of excitement around the cutline.
Twenty-four teams and six individuals were selected for each regional, to be played May 8-10. The top eight teams plus the top two players not on a qualifying team at each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Look for the Central Regional to provide the biggest challenge May 8-10 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Sixth-seeded Oklahoma State carries a sizable advantage at its difficult home track, where teams get only one Wednesday practice round to prepare.
Ohio State, seeded ninth, is a threat to move into the top 8 along with Miami, Mississippi State and and Cal-Berkeley.
And don’t count out Texas, a team that has made a habit of rising to the occasion at regional play. Its No. 15 seeding actually might play to Texas' advantage if the Longhorns can get a good weather draw. The field will be cut in half at each regional, potentially giving teams vastly different weather conditions.
Beginning in 2015, there will be four regional fields with 18 teams apiece, all playing in the same wave.
The East Regional will be held at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., with host school Florida State seeded 10th.
Sixteenth-seeded Georgia has the potential to sneak in from the outside along with Baylor and Tulane.
Duke, fresh off a dominating performance at the ACC Championship, looks to tune up for a potential showdown in Tulsa against defending-champion USC.
“We know a lot of other teams are going to be coming after us this year,” Trojans coach Andrea Gaston said in a Golf Channel interview.
USC won’t have far to travel, heading north to Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.
In the West, Clemson, led by freshman Ashlan Ramsey in the Tigers' inaugural season, will make the school’s first NCAA regional appearance as a fifth seed.
The team with the biggest outside chance: 17th-seeded Gonzaga. The Zags played in their first NCAA regional in 2013 and finished 19th. They are led by Alice Kim, a junior from Honolulu who won the West Coast Conference.
The NCAA Championship will be held May 20-23 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.
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Complete fields for the three Division I Women’s Golf Regionals on May 8-10 (conference automatic qualifiers listed in parentheses):
• SouthWood Golf Club, Tallahassee, Fla.
- 1. Duke University (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- 2. University of South Carolina, Columbia
- 3. Stanford University (Pac-12 Conference)
- 4. Vanderbilt University (Southeastern Conference)
- 5. Pepperdine University (West Coast Conference)
- 6. University of Central Florida
- 7. University of Virginia
- 8. Auburn University
- 9. North Carolina State University
- 10. Florida State University
- 11. University of Kentucky
- 12. Tulane University (Conference USA)
- 13. University of Louisville (American Athletic Conference)
- 14. Baylor University
- 15. East Tennessee State University (Atlantic Sun Conference)
- 16. University of Georgia
- 17. Campbell University (Big South Conference)
- 18. East Carolina University
- 19. Texas State University-San Marcos
- 20. College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association)
- 21. Troy University (Sun Belt Conference)
- 22. Murray State University (Ohio Valley Conference)
- 23. Seton Hall University (Big East Conference)
- 24. Alabama State University (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
- 1. Lori Beth Adams, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
- 2. Ellen Ceresko, Pennsylvania State University
- 3. Lacey Fears, Mercer University
- 4. Kaew Premuchuen, Kennesaw State University
- 5. Abby Newton, University of Mississippi
- 6. Christina Vosters, Pennsylvania State University
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• Karsten Creek GC, Stillwater, Okla
- 1. University of California, Los Angeles
- 2. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
- 3. University of Alabama
- 4. University of Arizona
- 5. Louisiana State University
- 6. Oklahoma State University
- 7. University of Florida
- 8. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- 9. The Ohio State University
- 10. University of Miami (Florida)
- 11. Mississippi State University
- 12. University of California, Berkeley
- 13. Kent State University (Mid-American Conference)
- 14. University of Kansas
- 15. University of Texas at Austin
- 16. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- 17. University of Colorado, Boulder
- 18. Southern Methodist University
- 19. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- 20. Harvard University (Ivy Group)
- 21. Lamar University (Southland Conference)
- 22. Wichita State University (Missouri Valley Conference)
- 23. Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus (Northeast Conference)
- 24. Siena College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
- 1. Aurora Kan, Purdue University
- 2. Sanna Nuutinen, Texas Christian University
- 3. Jenna Hague, Ball State University
- 4. Ember Schuldt, University of Illinois, Champaign
- 5. Kimmie Hill, Texas Tech University
- 6. Stephanie Miller, University of Illinois, Champaign
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• Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Wash.
- 1. University of Southern California
- 2. Arizona State University
- 3. University of Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference)
- 4. University of Washington
- 5. Clemson University
- 6. Wake Forest University
- 7. Northwestern University
- 8. Michigan State University (Big Ten Conference)
- 9. Iowa State University
- 10. Georgia Regents University Augusta
- 11. University of Oregon
- 12. Texas A&M University, College Station
- 13. University of California, Davis (Big West Conference)
- 14. University of Denver
- 15. San Diego State University
- 16. University of Wisconsin, Madison
- 17. Gonzaga University
- 18. University of Notre Dame
- 19. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- 20. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
- 21. University of New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)
- 22. New Mexico State University (Western Athletic Conference)
- 23. Portland State University (Big Sky Conference)
- 24. University of Detroit Mercy (Horizon League)
- 1. Alison Knowles (University of Louisiana, Monroe)
- 2. Regan De Guzman (San Jose State University)
- 3. Clariss Guce (California State University Northridge)
- 4. Fabiola Arriaga (University of Texas, San Antonio)
- 5. Madchen Ly (Fresno State University)
- 6. Alexandra White (Brigham Young University)