Pac-12 will win 200th women's team NCAA title when Stanford faces Oregon in golf final on Wednesday
The Pac-12 will secure its 200th women's NCAA team title on Wednesday when Stanford and Oregon compete in the 2022 NCAA Women's Golf Final at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. With 543 all-time NCAA team titles from Pac-12 schools, the most of any conference and soon to be 544, the league's feat on Wednesday will make it the first conference to achieve 200 all-time team NCAA titles among women's sports programs.
Match play begins at 1:35 p.m. PT, with coverage beginning on Golf Channel at 2 p.m. PT.
The two programs finished first and second, respectively, among 24 teams that competed over four days in stroke-play competition and were the top two seeds in the match-play portion of the event.
Led by individual national champion Rose Zhang, Stanford beat Auburn in the semifinals. Oregon took down Texas A&M.
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It's no surprise to see the Pac-12 winning another women's golf national title. With Wednesday’s result, the Pac-12 will have claimed 20 of the 40 championships, 12 more than the second-place ACC.
Only 16 women's golf programs have won NCAA titles and six of them come from the Pac-12 — Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington. Oregon, which won the Pac-12 title earlier in the month, can join the list with a win Wednesday.
If Stanford wins, it would secure its second women's golf title in school history. The Cardinal took home the trophy in 2015 when Mariah Stackhouse birdied her last two holes to force a sudden death playoff in her match after the teams split the first four. She then won it with a two-putt par on the 19th hole. That was the first time the women's tournament used match play to crown a national champion.
Stanford can also capture its NCAA-best 131st team national championship. It won No. 130 two weeks ago with women's water polo. The Cardinal has won a nation-best 61 women's NCAA titles.
Oregon currently has 34 NCAA team national championships, including 15 in women's sports.
A win Wednesday would lock down Oregon's first women's national title since the Ducks pulled the triple crown in 2016-17, winning cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field national titles in the same season.
The Pac-12's 200th women's national championship comes just one month before the landmark 50th anniversary of Title IX. Enacted by Congress and signed into law on June 23, 1972, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. In the 50 years since, the historic legislation has been essential in advancing opportunities for women in collegiate athletics and positively influenced the pursuit of gender equity in sport.
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The Pac-12 also has a strong chance to capture its 201st women's team title later this month at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships on May 27-29. Stanford, California, Oregon State, USC and Washington are among the 22 teams that will be competing at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.
The Pac-12 is heavily in the mix for the 2022 NCAA Softball Championship as well, with five of the 16 remaining teams in the field coming from the Conference.