Women's Golf Ready for NCAA Columbus Regional
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 7/10 Sun Devil Women's Golf team prepares to play at The Ohio State Golf Club May 10-12 making their 28th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, competing every year since the Regional postseason format was created in 1993.
The Sun Devils are one of just nine Division I Women's Golf teams to earn a spot at NCAA Regionals every year for the past 28 seasons. This puts the Arizona State program in elite company, as only the following teams have made an appearance in a Regional for at least 19 consecutive seasons:
- Arizona State, Arizona, Duke, Florida, USC, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Wake Forest (28)
- Purdue (23)
- Pepperdine, South Carolina (22)
- Kent State (20)
The program has claimed or shared a total of five Regional team championships, with the last two coming during the midst of National Championship runs in 2009 & 2017.
Arizona State will be the No. 2 seed in a region that features reigning National Champion and No. 1 seed Duke. Virginia received the No. 3 seed while MAC Champion Kent State claimed the No. 4 seed. In order of seed, the other Columbus Regional participants are 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, and No. 18 Youngstown State.
The Columbus Regional includes seven programs who won their respective conference championship - Duke (ACC), Kent State (MAC), New Mexico (Mountain West), Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt), Campbell (Big South), Evansville (Missouri Valley), Youngstown State (Horizon).
Tee times for the first day of the Columbus Regional site have been announced, with the Sun Devils partaking in a practice round today. Along with a pair of ACC programs Duke and Virginia, Arizona State will officially start the regional as their first round begins on the 1st hole at 7:00 a.m. MST, with a new competitor teeing-off every 10 minutes.
|PAIRING||Arizona State, Duke, Virginia|
|7:00 A.M.||Amanda Linner|
|7:10 A.M.||Olivia Mehaffey|
|7:20 A.M.||Alessandra Fanali|
|7:30 A.M.||Ashley Menne|
|7:40 A.M.||Linn Grant|
Subsequent tee times for the second and final rounds of the Columbus Regional for teams, players within teams as well as individual competitors will be re-paired based on round one scores.
The competitive Columbus Regional boasts six Golfstat Top-25 teams, including No. 2 Duke, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 11 Virginia, No. 15 Kent State, No. 18 Georgia, and No. 24 Vanderbilt. The regional also has its fair share of star power, with five of the Top-25 individuals in the Golfstat Player Rankings competing in Columbus. Arizona State's own Linn Grant, who has won individual medalist honors three times this season, leads the way as the No. 4 golfer in the most recent rankings. Duke's Erica Shepard is also a very decorated player, currently ranked No. 11 in the country.
The individual qualifiers in Columbus will be Leah Onosato (Old Dominion), Monika Hartl (NC State), Nicole Adam (North Carolina), Samantha Vodry (High Point), Rory Weinfurther (Richmond), and Maria Loza (Hartford).
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 Louisville, Kentucky, Stanford, California and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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.
Each of four regionals features 18 teams and six teams per regional (24 total) will advance to NCAA Championships May 21-26 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information on the NCAA Championships hosted by Arizona State University, visit the following link.
The Sun Devil Women's Golf program is looking to add to their record 34 appearances in the NCAA Championship. The top three individuals at each regional not from qualifying teams (12 total) will also advance to Scottsdale.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Live results for the regional will be available here. For the latest updates and information on the Sun Devil Women's Golf program, follow our Twitter/Instagram accounts (@SunDevilWGolf), like our Facebook page (facebook.com/sundevilwgolf/), and visit our website (thesundevils.com).
All-Time Arizona State Regionals Finishes
1993 – 1st
1994 – 3rd
1995 – T1st
1996 – 5th
1997 – 1st
1998 – 2nd
1999 – 3rd
2000 – 4th
2001 – 6th
2002 – T6th
2003 – 5th
2004 – 7th
2005 – 4th
2006 – T4th
2007 – 3rd
2008 – 2nd
2009 – 1st
2010 – 2nd
2011 – 3rd
2012 – T6th
2013 – 5th
2014 – 3rd
2015 – 9th
2016 – 8th
2017 – 1st
2018 – T4th
2019 – 5th
2020 – N/A
2021 – ???