Preview: NCAA Women's Championship 2017 quarterfinal matchups, starting times

Shannon Aubert (center) and her Stanford teammates and coaches cheer on Mariah Stackhouse during the title-clinching match at the 2015 NCAA Championship at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. Tracy Wilcox/Golfweek

Preview: NCAA Women's Championship 2017 quarterfinal matchups, starting times

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Preview: NCAA Women's Championship 2017 quarterfinal matchups, starting times

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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – It’s time for match play at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at Rich Harvest Farms. The action will begin Tuesday morning with the quarterfinals.

Here is a look at the matchups, plus insight from Golfweek college-golf expert Lance Ringler (Note: all times Eastern; Golfweek/Sagarin ranking in parentheses):

No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 7 Baylor

OFF NO. 1 TEE

  • Shannon Aubert (79) vs. Maggie Beth Byers (375), 8 a.m.
  • Albane Valenzuela (21) vs. Dylan Kim (90), 8:10 a.m.
  • Andrea Lee (2) vs. Maria Vesga (105), 8:20 a.m.
  • Casey Danielson (7) vs. Fiona Liddell (249), 8:30 a.m.
  • Madeline Chou (124) vs. Amy Lee (26), 8:40 a.m.

Ringler says: We have seen this one before and it was an instant classic. A rematch of the 2015 NCAA Championship match that saw Stanford win in extra holes. Stanford coach Anne Walker is making her third consecutive appearance in match play losing in the championship match last year in Oregon. The Cardinal have spent time at No. 1 this year and on paper appear to be the clear favorite.

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No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Florida

OFF NO. 10 TEE

  • Olivia Mehaffey (32) vs. Samantha Wagner (67), 8 a.m.
  • Monica Vaughn (11) vs. Karolina Vickova (62), 8:10 a.m.
  • Sophia Zeeb (59) vs. Taylor Tomlinson (40), 8:20 a.m.
  • Roberta Liti (115) vs. Maria Torres (8), 8:30 a.m.
  • Linnea Strom (9) vs. Kelly Grassel (27), 8:40 a.m.

Ringler says: The best match on paper in the opening round. The Sun Devils are the No. 1 team in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings while Florida is ranked fifth. Nine of the 10 players in this match are ranked in the top 70 in the college golf.

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No. 1 Northwestern vs. No. 8 Kent State

OFF NO. 1 TEE

  • Sarah Cho (73) vs. Kelly Nielsen (611), 8:50 a.m.
  • Kacie Komoto (121) vs. Michaela Finn (95), 9 a.m.
  • Hannah Kim (25) vs. Wad Phaewchimplee (100), 9:10 a.m.
  • Janet Mao (129) vs. Karoline Stormo (160), 9:20 a.m.
  • Stephanie Lau (98) vs. Pimnipa Panthong (18), 9:30 a.m.

Ringler says: Two teams making their first appearance in NCAA match play. Northwestern led wire-to-wire to claim the No. 1 seed. History tells us the top seed (stroke-play champion) in the match play era has never won the championship.

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No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5 USC

OFF NO. 10 TEE

  • Nikolette Schroeder (209) vs. Victoria Morgan (42), 8:50 a.m.
  • Jessica Porvasnik (99) vs. Muni He (35), 9 a.m.
  • Jaclyn Lee (86) vs. Gabriella Then (104), 9:10 a.m.
  • Rio Watanabe (150) vs. Robynn Ree (16), 9:20 a.m.
  • Katja Pogacar (89) vs. Tiffany Chan (91), 9:30 a.m.

Ringler says: The last two national champions have come from the No. 4 seed position. That’s good news for the Buckeyes. However, USC is a team that may be better than its ranking suggests.

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