The fields have been set for the three regional tournaments which will determine the teams to advance to the Division I Women's Golf Championship.
The NCAA Division I women's golf committee announced the selections Monday for tournaments to be played May 10-12. Twenty-four teams will participate at each site, as well as six individuals from teams that did not qualify.
The top eight schools and two solo players from each regional will move on to the finals May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Here's a brief look at the headliners in each of the three regional tournaments:
1. East Regional – Blue Course, Penn State University, State College, Pa.: Alabama, ranked second in the Sagarin ratings, tops the field as the highest seed and defending champion in this region. Arizona State and Atlantic Coast Conference champion Duke round out the top 3. Big 10 champion Michigan State is also in this stacked region as one of six schools from the conference spread through the three regionals. Big 12 Conference runner-up Texas, fourth-seeded Texas A&M and third-place finisher Oklahoma State are among the two-dozen schools.
2. Central Regional – Scarlet Course, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio: Southeastern Conference champion Auburn is the second seed in this region, just behind Southern California, who fell a shot shy of winning the Pac-12 championship. Three SEC schools in Georgia, national championship host Vanderbilt and Tennessee round out the top-5 seeds. Big East champion South Florida and Ivy League winner Harvard are in this region as well.
3. West Regional – Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colo.: The Pac-12 dominates the high seeds in the regional, including tournament champion Cal, the top-ranked UCLA Bruins and regional host Colorado. Perennial ACC powerhouse and 2012 tournament runner-up North Carolina travels out west as the third seed in this region. LSU is the second seed here, representing the SEC as one of 11 teams from the conference to advance to regionals.