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NCAA sets Regional fields for Women’s championship

The Gamecocks are third in the country and the top seed in the Tallahassee Region (USC photo)

The NCAA Women’s championship will be different this year. Instead of four Regions sending six-teams to the championship, six Regions will send four-teams.

Region play begins at all locations on May 9th.

Teams and individuals who qualify will advance to Grayhawk Golf Club in Arizona for the NCAA finals starting on May 20th.

Gamecocks are the top seed in Tallahassee

South Carolina enters the championship chase as the top seeded team in the Tallahassee Region.

The Gamecocks won five tournaments during the regular season, including the Darius Rucker, but was knocked out of the SEC championship by Alabama for the second year in a row in Match Play.

Last year the Gamecocks followed up the disappointing showing in the SEC by just barely getting out of their Regional.

After the first day of the NCAA Finals USC was last. The Gamecocks never threatened the lead and finished a disappointing 13th.

The third ranked Gamecocks will attempt to avoid a repeat of last seasons finish in this year’s tournament.

“We are excited and honored to have earned the No. 1 seed at the Tallahassee Regional,” said head coach Kalen Anderson. .”Our group has been preparing extremely diligently, and we will be ready to compete,” added Anderson.

The defending NCAA Champions from Ole’ Miss are in the same regional.

The Regional will be played at the Seminole Legacy Golf Club in Tallahassee.

Clemson and Furman to play in Stillwater Regional

The Clemson women’s team celebrated their first team victory in the history of the program (Clemson photo)

Clemson is the sixth seed in the Region and Furman is seeded eighth.

Clemson will travel to Stillwater, OK after just missing Match Play with a fifth place finish at the ACC Championship played at the Reserve Club on Pawleys Island.

Last season the Tigers earned the schools first 54 hole championship with the teams win at the Clover Cup.

Clemson golf fans should have some good memories about the course. In 2003 the Tigers men’s team won the NCAA Championship at the Karsten Creek course.

The Lady Paladins are also being sent to the same Region.

Furman is coming off a win in the Southern Conference Championship at the Barefoot Landing Dye Course in Myrtle Beach.

Tuesday, the Lady Paladin’s top player, Anna Morgan, was named the Player of the Year in the SoCon. Morgan is ranked 37th in the latest GolfStat rankings,

“I am really excited to go to Oklahoma State and Karsten Creek Golf Club,” said Furman head coach Jeff Hull.  “We played there a couple of years ago for the NCAA Championship, so it is a course I know very well.  Karsten Creek is a very challenging course, which actually plays to our advantage, and with my prior knowledge of the course, I will be able to help our team prepare,” he said.

Campbell the Big South Champion is also included in the Stillwater Regional.

Furman’s Anna Morgan is the SoCon Player of the Year.

ACC Champion Wake Forest is the top seed in the Franklin, Tennessee Regional near Nashville.

The 10th seeded team in the Region is Augusta. The Jaguars won the Southland Championship by 20 shots at the Panorama Golf Club in Conroe, Texas.

Augusta’s lineup includes freshman Chloe Holder, who won a tournament this season.

The Wren High School grad finished the Conference Championship in third place to help her team win the conference title and the automatic invitation to the event.

The College of Charleston won their fourth Colonial Athletic Association title and will make the programs ninth trip to the NCAA tournament.
 

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