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USC and Totland advance to NCAA Finals

#2 Ranked South Carolina won the Raleigh NCAA Regional to advance to the national championship. Photo from USC

#2 Ranked South Carolina won the Raleigh NCAA Regional to advance to the national championship. Photo from USC

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Furman’s Taylor Totland will continue their season at the NCAA Finals later this month.

The Gamecocks won the Raleigh regional by 8 shots over Northwestern. N.C. State was third.

Totland finished in a tie for fifth place and as the highest finishing player, not on a team advancing to the finals, she will have the chance to play in the national championship.

Taylor Totland of Furman is on her way to the NCAA finals. Assistant coach Jeff Hull and head coach Kelly Hester join in the celebration. Photo from Furman

Taylor Totland of Furman is on her way to the NCAA finals. Assistant coach Jeff Hull and head coach Kelly Hester join in the celebration. Photo from Furman

“I am really proud of Taylor for continuing her great year with a strong finish at the regional,” said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. “I’m glad she is going to have the opportunity to play at the NCAA finals, because she is among the best players in the country, and this will be a well-deserved opportunity to play against the best in the nation,” said her coach.

The Southern Conference Player of the Year finished the tournament at even par. Madelene Sagstrom of LSU won the individual title finishing at 8-under par.

This was the third NCAA region title won by the Gamecocks since 2010. The team was led by Justine Dreher who finished in a tie for fifth. Two other USC golfers finished in the top-20. Sarah Schmelzel finished 11th and Katelyn Dambaugh tied for twelfth place.

“We had a pretty good lead coming in today,” said USC Coach Kalen Anderson. “The front was pretty close and they got within four or five. We are one to five deep and that is what got us the win,” she said.

The Gamecocks and Totland will next place at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. The national championship this year will use the same format as the men have used for several years.

The top teams will play head to head for the team title after stroke play determines the individual champion. The NCAA Finals begin on May 22.

Photos from USC and Furman

 

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