Six Pac-12 Women's Golf teams advance to 2021 NCAA Championships
SAN FRANCISCO - Six Pac-12 Women's Golf programs advanced through four regional competitions and onto the 2021 NCAA Championships hosted by ARIZONA STATE, highlighted by STANFORD's runaway victory on its home course and individual victories by the Cardinal's Rachel Heck and UCLA's Emma Spitz.
It marks the ninth time since 2010 that the Conference has sent at least six teams to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, including the fifth time since the event's format switch in 2015. The Pac-12's six 2021 qualifiers trail only the SEC's seven.
The top six teams and three individuals from each of the four regional sites advanced to the 2021 NCAA Women's Golf Championships hosted by Arizona State at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 21-26.
2021 NCAA Women's Golf Championships - Pac-12 Qualifiers
ARIZONA - 5th at Stanford Regional
ARIZONA STATE - T-2nd at Columbus Regional
OREGON - advanced as No. 4 seed out of canceled Baton Rouge Regional
STANFORD - 1st at Stanford Regional
UCLA - T-2nd at Louisville Regional
USC - 6th at Stanford Regional
Three Pac-12 teams emerged from the NCAA Stanford Regional with the host Cardinal recording a dominant 30-shot victory with program-record 18-, 36- and 54-hole scoring totals. Stanford freshman and Pac-12 individual champion Rachel Heck won her fourth consecutive tournament, and program-record fifth of her rookie campaign, to lead the hosts.
ARIZONA recorded the best final round to move into the top six, while Pac-12 champion USC edged Florida by one shot - thanks to senior Amelia Garvey's 11-foot par putt on the 18th hole - for the final spot to nationals from the Stanford Regional. The Trojans have now reached the NCAA Championships every season since 1998, a streak of 23 consecutive events.
Buoyed by Spitz's five-shot individual victory, UCLA climbed five spots on the team leaderboard the final day to tie for second at the NCAA Louisville Regional. ARIZONA STATE also closed strong, jumping three spots over the final round to also tie for second at the NCAA Columbus Regional to earn the right to compete as nationals host.
The NCAA Baton Rouge Regional was canceled due to heavy rain and poor course conditions. By virtue of its No. 4 seeding for the event, OREGON was advanced to nationals.
The 24 NCAA Championships qualifying teams will compete in 72 holes of stroke play, with the top eight teams advancing to a match-play tournament.
In the five stagings since adjusting format in 2015, the Pac-12 has had 19 team match-play participants - more than double the next closest league (ACC 7) - and four different NCAA team national champions (Stanford 2015, Washington 2016, Arizona State 2017, Arizona 2018).