Field set for NCAA Women's Championship


With the conclusion of three regional competitions this weekend, the field is now set for the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, headlined by defending national champion Alabama.

The Crimson Tide won the East Regional by eight shots, its seventh title of the season and fifth win in a row. Other teams advancing from Auburn (Ala.) University Club were Tulane, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Texas, Northwestern, UCLA and Auburn. Playing on their home course, the Lady Tigers grabbed the final of eight qualifying spots amid news last week that head coach Kim Evans had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

The winner in the West Region was USC, who triumphed by one shot over runner-up Purdue. The six other teams advancing from Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course were Vanderbilt, South Carolina, host team Stanford, Arizona, San Jose State and Oregon.

The Central Region was won by Duke, as the Blue Devils claimed their eighth regional victory all-time and first since 2007. They were six shots clear of runner-up Oklahoma, while the other six teams to advance at the Jimmy Austin Golf Course in Norman, Okla., were Mississippi State, Florida, Arizona State, UC-Davis, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

In addition to advancing eight teams, each region also offered two spots in the national championship for individual players not otherwise qualified. Those spots went to Kelly Shon (Princeton) and Erica Popson (Tennessee) in the East, Emilie Burger (Georgia) and Jennifer Ha (Kent State) in the West, and Olafia Kristinsdottir (Wake Forest) and Ying Luo (Washington) in the Central.

The 72-hole championship will be conducted May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia.