Sun Devil Women's Golf Qualifies for NCAA Tournament
TEMPE, Ariz. – The eight-time national champion Sun Devil Women's Golf team will head to The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio after being selected to the Columbus NCAA Regional, hosted by Ohio State running May 10-12.
Golf Channel announced the Regionals during their selection show earlier today. Each regional will feature 18 teams and six individuals, with a total of 24 teams and 12 individuals advancing to the National Championships to be played May 21-26 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The top three individuals from non-qualifying teams from each regional will also advance to the Championship.
This is the 28th consecutive year that Sun Devil Women's Golf has qualified for a regional. The program has claimed or shared a total of five Regional team championships, with the last coming during their National Championship run in 2017. ASU needs to finish in the Top-6 of the Columbus Regional in order to clinch a berth in the NCAA Championship.
Arizona State will be the No. 2 seed in a region that features defending National Champion and No. 1 seed Duke. The regional also includes No. 3 seed Virginia, No. 4 Kent State, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Vanderbilt, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Clemson, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 11 Illinois, No. 12 New Mexico, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 14 Washington, No. 15 Coastal Carolina, No. 16 Campbell, No. 17 Evansville, No. 18 Youngstown State.
"We are excited to be the 2nd seed at the Columbus NCAA Women's Golf Regional in two weeks," Coach Farr-Kaye remarked. "We are coming off of a solid finish at the Pac-12 Championship last week and I still think we haven't played our best golf. The team has been working hard and I am looking forward to seeing the results."
The Columbus Regional features 10 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings Top-35 teams, including No. 3 Duke, No. 12 Kent State, No. 14 Virginia, No. 18 Michigan, and No. 21 Vanderbilt. The regional also has its fair share of star power, with four of the Top-25 individuals in the Golfstat Player Rankings competing in Columbus. Arizona State's own Linn Grant is the top-ranked player in the region, coming in at No. 5.
"Right now, we are focused on finals and will get to travel to Ohio when the spring semester is finished," Coach Farr-Kaye added. "The Scarlet Course is one of my favorites to compete at, but also the toughest of any of the four regional courses. We will be tested and have to be ready to overcome adversity in order to advance."
Located in central Columbus, The Ohio State University Golf Club is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation by Golf Channel. Being called home to the University's men and women's golf teams, The Ohio State University Golf Club hosts numerous events such as the Kepler, Lady Buckeye, AJGA, OHSAA Division I state high school championship and, most notably, the Korn Ferry Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. The Ohio State University Golf Club has two 18-hole courses; the ever-popular Gray course and the renowned Scarlet course, which was recently renovated by Jack Nicklaus in 2006. The Scarlet Course will be used for this event.
The other three regional sites are Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Stanford, California, and Louisville, Kentucky. Eight of 11 Pac-12 teams made NCAA Regionals, a testament to the strength of the best conference in women's golf, with four teams receiving Top-6 seeds led by No. 2 seed Arizona State.
Golf Channel will provide highlights from regional play of both championships leading up to coverage of the 2021 championships to be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State and The Thunderbirds.
The women's championship will be held May 21-26, with GOLF Channel providing live coverage of the final day of individual championship play on May 24 as well as the team match play on May 25-26. See GOLF Channel full programming schedule.
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