USC Tabbed No. 2 Seed In NCAA Albuquerque Regional|
April 27, 2017
The No. 6 USC women's golf team, a three-time winner this year and a three-time NCAA champion, will pursue the program’s fourth national crown as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional, the NCAA announced Thursday (April 27).
The Trojans, who have won seven straight NCAA regionals and 12 overall (which includes a tie last season) – both NCAA bests – as well as posting a national-leading 12 straight NCAA top 5 finishes, will look for their eighth consecutive regional win at on the University of New Mexico Championship Course, the same site of their 2008 NCAA title and their first visit back since the win.
“The most important thing is to qualify for the final,” USC 21st-year head coach Andrea Gaston said, something her Trojans have done 19 years in a row. “You’re not playing for a trophy. We take nothing for granted. We need to show up and play well, compete hard and qualify.”
USC’s streak of six NCAA Regional top seeds came to end this year. The last time Troy was not a regional top seed was in 2010, when it was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Central Regional, which the Trojans won.
There are 72 teams in four NCAA regionals with 18 schools at each site, set for three rounds of competition, May 8-10. The other sites include Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course, in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by The Ohio State University; The Rawls Course, in Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Texas Tech University; and the University of Georgia Golf Course, in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia.
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The top six teams plus the top three individuals from each field will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois. After three rounds, the cut will be made to the top 15 teams and nine individuals. An individual champion will be named after the fourth round while the top eight teams will advance to match play quarterfinals and semifinals on May 23. The final is on May 24.
Ten of the 11 Pac-12 schools with women’s golf teams earned NCAA bids today (with Washington State qualifying an individual), including Stanford, the top seed in the Albuquerque regional. Cal and defending NCAA champion Washington are also in the regional.
“Obviously I have incredible memories of winning the championship there, and going into the final round with a 3-shot lead. It was like the ultimate competition and the girls played with a lot of confidence.
“It’s a challenging course and we have to be prepared for all conditions. The greens are large and putting will be key.”
The Trojans have won an NCAA-best 12 regional titles, including seven in a row and in 10 of the past 11 seasons. The past 10 came in 2006 (Central), 2007 (Central), 2008 (West), 2010 (Central), 2011 (West), 2012 (Central), 2013 (West) and 2014 (West), 2015 (St. George Regional) and 2016 (Stanford Regional, tied for first). USC is looking to advance out of the NCAA Regional not only for the 20th year in a row but in its 26th consecutive NCAA appearance (the last 20 under Gaston).