NCAA WGOLF Regionals: UO, UW qualify for NCAA Championships
The NCAA Women's Golf Regionals conclude play Saturday across the country, with nine Pac-12 teams participating. The top-six teams and top-three individuals from non-qualifying teams move on the NCAA Championships, held May 20-25 in Eugene. This page will update as teams finish their rounds.
Baton Rouge Regional
The Sun Devils will miss out on qualifying, finishing in eighth with a team score of 891 (+27). However, 2016 Pac-12 champ Linnea Strom is pretty much assured of a spot in Eugene as an individual. The rounds aren't complete yet, but Strom is currently tied for second among individuals on a non-top-six team, posting a three-day score of 215 (-1), and there isn't anyone who could realistically catch her.
The Dawgs breezed their way into a ticket to Eugene, finishing the weeeknd in third behind South Carolina and Florida following a Saturday score of even par and weekend score of -1 (six behind the Gamecocks and Gators). First team All-Pac-12 golfer Charlotte Thomas led the surge for the Huskies, carding a -5 for the weekend, which was good for third on the individual leaderboard. Also helping lead the charge on Saturday was Sarah Rhee, who shook off back-to-back 78s to shoot 2-under for the final round.
The Ducks are moving on to the NCAA Championships, finishing in fifth in Louisana with a weekend score of 882 (+18). Helping pave the way Saturday were Cathleen Santoso and Marcella Pranovia, who both shot 71 on the final round. Santoso's +1 for the weekend will give her a top-20 finish. Now the Ducks get to play on a friendly course for all the marbles, and they look pretty excited.
— Oregon Women's Golf (@OregonWGolf) May 7, 2016
Shoal Creek Regional
Here's the bad news -- the Golden Bears' team season is over. Three players shot 81 or worse on Saturday, dropping Cal from sixth (the team's spot heading into the final round) to seventh, eight strokes behind Michigan for the final qualifying spot out of Alabama.
But here's the good news -- Marianne Li isn't done yet. Not only does her +4 for the weekend qualify her as an individual competitor for the NCAA Championships, but she also finished her 54 holes tied for first with Florida State's Matilda Castren and Northwestern's Janet Mao.
One of the first teams in the clubhouse on The Farm, Colorado now has to play the waiting game. By the time its round was done, Colorado was in a tie for sixth, but unlike the Hunger Games, the odds actually are in the Buffs' favor. Everyone is over par, sixth place is only two strokes away and the other two teams Colorado is tied with for the final spot -- Virginia and Wake Forest -- are still on the course.
Helping the Buffs' hopes today again was Esther Lee, who shot her best round of the weekend with an even-par 71. That Saturday round was matched by Alexis Keating, whose 71 was the second straight three-stroke improvement over her previous round this weekend. In addition to putting together another solid round, Keating also officially graduated today, as graduation ceremonies took place in Boulder on Saturday:
— Colorado Golf (@CUBuffsWGolf) May 7, 2016