Division I Womens Regional Bids


The bids are out, with 63 teams and nine individuals advancing to three Regional sites. The top eight teams and two individuals from non-qualifying teams from each site will move onto the National Championships in Sunriver, Ore. The Regionals will be held May 5-7.
East Regional - Gainesville, Fla.
Teams: Duke, Pepperdine, Washington, Ohio St., Florida, Tulane, Furman, Virginia, North Carolina-Wilmington, Mississippi St., North Carolina St., South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Miami (FL), East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Princeton, James Madison, Jackson St., Jacksonville St., Campbell
Individuals: A. White (Louisville), M. Little (Louisville), B. Mangan (UAB)
My thoughts on the East:
I think this is the easiest of the three regional sites. Nine of the 21 teams are automatic qualifiers, teams who are in because of winning their conference tournament. There are six teams ranked in the top 14, and seven in the top 25 of the latest womens coaches poll. Duke is the overall No. 1 seed and heads the list of schools in Gainesville.
Central Regional - Lubbock, Tex.
Teams: Auburn, Arizona St., New Mexico, LSU, Wake Forest, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, Tulsa, TCU, SMU, Purdue, Michigan St., Kent St., Baylor, Texas A&M, South Florida, Texas A&M, South Florida, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Long Island
Individuals: L.Kenney (Iowa St.) E. Milberger (Oklahoma) M. Ito (Nebraska)
My thoughts on the Central:
Far and away, the most complete of the three regional sites. Ten of the nations top 25 teams will be in Lubbock, Texas, with just four automatic qualifiers in the field of 21 teams. Look for the most shakeup coming out of the Central, with teams seeded between 10 and 15 still having a realistic chance of advancing to Nationals.
West Regional - Las Cruces, NM
Teams: UCLA,Georgia, Oklahoma St., Tennessee, Southern Cal, Arizona, Cal-Berkeley, Washington St, Stanford, UNLV, Oregon, San Francisco, UC Irvine, BYU, Colorado St., Portland St, Northwestern, Oral Roberts, Illinois St., Georgia St., Denver
Individuals: K. Hoey (Long Beach St.) L. Luethke (Fresno St.) R. Skidmore (Idaho)
My thoughts on the West:
This is the most top heavy regional in my estimation, with four of the top nine teams in the country making a trip to Las Cruces. Eight top 25 teams will be in the field, with nine automatic qualifiers rounding out the group of 21. It will be tough for the bottom half of this field to overtake the top teams in New Mexico.
Tune into College Central presented by PING on Thursday evening at 10:30 eastern, as Steve Sands and I break down these regionals and get you up to date on all the happenings in the world of college golf. I welcome you to share your thoughts on who you think will advance from each site. I will make my selections on next weeks show.
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