The NCAA Division I women’s regionals wrapped up Saturday at three sites across the country. The low eight teams from each regional after today’s final round advanced to the 24-team NCAA Championship, which begins May 20 at Tulsa Country Club.
Here are the final results (follow live scoring on Golfstat.com here):
East Regional, at Southwood GC in Tallahassee, Fla.:
Team champion: Vanderbilt (-24)
Runner-up: South Carolina (-10)
Medalist: Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt (-9)
Rest of the top 8: N.C. State and Duke (-4); Stanford (+2); Virginia (+5); Tulane (+7); Campbell (+15)
Just missed: Pepperdine (+16); Baylor (+17); Florida State (+18)
Skinny: The team winner at regionals is rarely the most intriguing part of the day, but Vanderbilt shot a sensational 14-under 274 to win the team title by 14 shots. The 274 was the lowest score in program history. Good timing. … After missing the NCAA Championship by one shot a year ago, N.C. State shot 8-under 280 in the final round to surge up the leaderboard and secure a finals berth. … Campbell held on to the eighth and final spot, its first time advancing through regionals since 1997, but it wasn’t without some drama. Baylor, East Carolina and UCF all had chances to steal that final spot on their back nine, but were able to get the job done. UCF’s fall was particularly nasty – four of the five Knights players shot 39 or worse on their final nine holes. … Pepperdine is the 14th-ranked team in the country. The Waves finished in ninth, one shot back. … Vanderbilt’s Jenny Hahn claimed medalist honors by three shots over teammate Kendall Martindale, her victory sealed with a back-nine 31.
Central Regional, at Karsten Creek GC in Stillwater, Okla.:
Team champion: UCLA (+11)
Runner-up: Alabama (+28)
Medalist: Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State (-7)
Rest of the top 8: Mississippi State (+29); California (+30); Ohio State and Kansas (+35); Arizona (+37); Florida (+38)
Just missed: Oklahoma State (+38); Kent State (+39); Minnesota and Arkansas (+40)
Skinny: Playing head-to-head against a team that was teeing it up on its home course, Florida defeated Oklahoma State in a team playoff to clinch the eighth and final qualifying spot. The Gators were well inside the top 8 bubble heading into the final round, but they shot 22-over 310 Saturday to tumble down the leaderboard. … UCLA, No. 3 in the country and the top seed in the regional, ran away with the team title, shooting 289 Saturday to win by 17 shots. … Kansas advanced through regionals for the first time since 1990. … At one point in the final round, fourth-ranked Arkansas had moved its way inside the top 8 bubble, but the Razorbacks couldn’t sustain the momentum, ultimately finishing two shots out of the playoff. … Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State earned medalist honors, going wire-to-wire to win by five shots. UCLA’s Alison Lee, the top-ranked player in the country, tied for fifth.
West Regional, at Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash.:
Team champion: USC (+12)
Runner-up: Washington (+13)
Medalist: Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (-3)
Rest of the top 8: Arizona State (+25); Oklahoma (+31); Michigan State (+39); Iowa State and Texas A&M (+45); Northwestern (+50)
Just missed: Wake Forest and Wisconsin (+57); GRU Augusta (+58)
Skinny: No surprise, top-ranked USC extended its victory total to a school-record nine at regionals. It also was the Trojans’ fifth regional title in a row. … All four of the region’s top four seeds – USC, Washington, Arizona State and Oklahoma – advanced to the NCAA Championship. … No. 13 Clemson had a chance to steal the eighth and final spot, only to stumble on the back nine, shooting 27-over 315 to complete a disappointing regional performance. All three of the Tigers' rounds were 302 or worse. … This was the least dramatic regional of the three – Northwestern, which earned the No. 8 spot, had an eight-shot cushion. … Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez earned medalist honors after a final-round 72, winning by two shots over Washington’s SooBin Kim, who closed with 75. Overnight leader Kyung Kim of USC shot 76 in the final round to tie for fourth.