NCAA Women's Golf Regionals: Five Pac-12 teams advance
Lubbock, Texas Regional
The Sun Devils are headed to the next round for the first time since 2014 and claimed their first regional title since 2009, finishing in first after carding an astounding 22-under performance as a team. Monica Vaughn shot a 3-under-69 in the final round to solidify herself as the individual medalist (8-under, overall) in Lubbock. Vaughn wasn't the only star out of ASU: her teammates Olivia Mehaffey (6-under) and Linnea Strom (5-under), placed second and third overall, respectively, in the individual race.
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The Ducks' third place finish will advance them to the NCAA Championships for a second straight year. Cathleen Santoso, who once sat at the top individual spot, moved to 12th place despite three solid rounds. Santoso and team-leader Marchella Pranovia carded a par score in the third round to pace the Ducks. Kelsey Ulep gave the team a much-needed boost with a 3-under score, her best round of the regional.
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The Beavs missed out on a trip to the championship tournament in Sugar Grove, Illinois by two strokes, edged out of the sixth and final spot by Kent State in the end. Good news for the Beavs, though: their seventh place, 13-over finish is the program's best. The team went 10-under in the final round and Susie Cavenaugh's 4-under third round solidified her spot in the NCAA Championships, where she will represent Oregon State as an individual.
The top-seeded, Pac-12 Champion Bruins fell short in Lubbock, falling to eighth place after all three rounds were complete. Lilia Vu struggled a bit in the third round, triple-bogeying and double-bogeying consecutive holes and finished with a 3-over score. The Bruins finished 1-over as a team in the third round and 17-over overall.
Alivia Brown finished tied for 25th individually with a 220 score. She went 1-under in the final round, wrapping the Cougars' NCAA representation.
Albuquerque, New Mexico Regional
The wind in New Mexico didn't bother the Cardinal, who claimed the Albuquerque regional title – its first outright in program history – with a 2-over score for the week, seven strokes ahead of Duke. Freshman Albane Valenzuela went 1-under in the first round, 3-under in round two and 2-under on Wednesday to solidify her first career individual win (6-under). Andrea Lee finished second for the Card and 18th overall with a 1-over third round.
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The Trojans will advance to Sugar Grove with a fourth place finish in New Mexico. Victoria Morgan, who finished the first two rounds at par and 1-under, respectively, posted a 2-over score in the third to lead her team. She posted three birdies in her final four holes. The fourth place finish breaks the Trojans' seven-year streak of regional titles.
USC's streak of 7 straight NCAA Regional first-place finishes ends, but the pursuit of a fourth national title is alive and well. #FightOn
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The Bears finished in fifth, four strokes behind the Trojans and two strokes above the qualification line. Marthe Wold leads her Cal team, finishing 4-over in the third round. This is Cal's third trip to the NCAA Championships over the last four seasons.
The reigning national champs missed the cut this year, falling three strokes short of qualifying. Wenyung Keh led the Huskies with three solid rounds of golf (1-over, 2-over, par), but she and her team couldn't get over the hump to defend their title.
Athens, Georgia Regional
The 'Cats season came to a close in Georgia. They finished in 10th overall with a 30-over score. Junior Krystal Quihuis shined through all three rounds, posting an even par score in the third round to top her 1-under and 2-over scores on the first two days. Alabama claimed the regional title in Athens.
Columbus, Ohio Regional
The Buffs' season ended in Ohio despite a valiant surge in the late rounds. Colorado finished 45-over as a team to finish seventh overall, just one stroke behind Michigan and a NCAA Championships berth. The Buffs went 9-over as a team in the final round to push themselves two spots up from their second-round finish, but it wasn't quite enough. Brittany Fan and Kirsty Hodges carded 1-over rounds on Wednesday.