Charlottesville, Va. – The Virginia women’s golf team is the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Regional site that will be held at the Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala.
The field at the site includes (in seed order) 1. Duke, 2. Vanderbilt, 3. Florida State, 4. Auburn, 5. Virginia, 6. Furman, 7. Clemson, 8. Houston, 9. Kennesaw State, 10. Alabama, 11. Tennessee, 12. California, 13. Maryland, 14. East Carolina, 15. Denver, 16. South Alabama, 17. Albany and 18. Murray State.
The 54-hole regional championship takes place May 6-8. It marks the 14th time Virginia has received a bid to the NCAA Championships. Virginia will be looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 11th time in the program’s 16-year history. Last season the Cavaliers placed 22nd at the NCAA Championships.
“This team lives for postseason play,” said first-year coach Ria Scott. “We have three seniors and they are all very excited for this part of the season. They’ve experienced it. They know what to expect and they know how to advance.
“We’ve noticed a very different energy and motivation around this squad. They continue to strive for more out of themselves and each other daily and that’s really all we can ask for.”
The top six schools from each of four 18-team regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships along with the top three individuals not advancing from a team from each site. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for May 17-22 at The Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark.
Virginia is one of 10 ACC teams to receive an invitation to this year’s national championship. Also qualifying were Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, NC State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The Auburn Regional will be played at Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala.
Auburn will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Duke, 2. Vanderbilt, 3. Florida State, 4. Auburn, 5. Virginia, 6. Furman, 7. Clemson, 8. Houston, 9. Kennesaw State, 10. Alabama, 11. Tennessee, 12. California, 13. Maryland, 14. East Carolina, 15. Denver, 16. South Alabama, 17. Albany, 18. Murray State
Cle Elum Regional
The Cle Elum Regional will be played at Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, Wash. Washington will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. USC, 2. Arkansas, 3. South Carolina, 4. Northwestern, 5. Washington, 6. Miami (Fla.), 7. Oregon, 8. San Jose State, 9. Oregon State, 10. Old Dominion, 11. Iowa State, 12. San Diego State, 13. UCF, 14. Ohio State, 15. Sacramento State, 16. New Mexico State, 17. Boston University, 18. Southern Illinois
The Norman Regional will be played at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Texas, 2. Wake Forest, 3. Florida, 4. Arizona State, 5. Oklahoma, 6. TCU, 7. Pepperdine, 8. Purdue, 9. Ole Miss, 10. Texas Tech, 11. Mississippi State, 12. Virginia Tech, 13. NC State, 14. Texas A&M, 15. UTSA, 16. UNC Wilmington, 17. Sam Houston State, 18. Fairleigh Dickinson.
East Lansing Regional
The East Lansing Regional will be played at Forest Akers Golf Course – West in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State will serve as the host institution.
Participating Schools: 1. Stanford, 2. Arizona, 3. Kent State, 4. UCLA, 5. Michigan State, 6. Campbell, 7. Illinois, 8. Baylor, 9. North Carolina, 10. Georgia, 11. Louisville, 12. Augusta, 13. LSU, 14. Indiana, 15. Long Beach State, 16. Xavier, 17. Harvard, 18. IUPUI