NCAA regional play began this week with Division II women. Four regional championships played out across the country to determine the 12-team national championship field that will compete May 11-15 at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan.
In the East Regional, Indianapolis’ advancement was no surprise as the No. 5-ranked team in the nation has been a familiar – and competitive – presence at recent championships, having won in 2015 and 2018.
Top-ranked Dallas Baptist advanced, but suffered an upset at the hands of St. Mary’s, the No. 7-ranked D2 team by Golfstat.
Florida Southern, No. 8 in Golfstat, was the highest-ranked team not to advance to the national championship. Florida Tech’s program has been discontinued since the Panthers won the 2019 national title, the last championship played.
A recap of each regional site is below.
Advancing teams: Arkansas Tech, Rogers State, Northeastern State
Advancing individuals: Allycia Gan, Missouri Western; Allie Bianchi, Henderson State; Rosie Klausner, Central Missouri
Arkansas Tech edged Rogers State by five shots to win the Central Regional title and secure a spot in the national championship. This is the second regional crown for the Golden Suns, and the performance will send them to a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament – their sixth overall after a 2014 debut. Arkansas Tech fought its way from third to first in the final day and placed three players in the top six.
CHAMPIONS! @ATUWomensgolf overcame a six-shot deficit and won by five shots en route to capturing their second-ever NCAA Central Regional Championship! They will be heading to their sixth-overall and fourth-straight NCAA National Championship! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/TlgHKimv5Y
— Arkansas Tech Sports (@ATU_Athletics) May 5, 2021
Advancing teams: Indianapolis, Findlay, Grand Valley State
Advancing individuals: Emma Thorngren, Missouri-St. Louis; Sydni Harding, Northwood; Alice Putoud, Tiffin
Indy winning regional titles has become somewhat expected. The Hounds finished 22 shots ahead of the field at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, to claim a sixth regional title in nine tournaments since 2012. Junior Cailyn Henderson was the individual medalist, which gave the Hounds the top player in the region for the
By: Julie Williams
Title: Indianapolis, Dallas Baptist among 12 teams to advance to NCAA Division II Women's National Championship
Sourced From: golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/05/07/college-golf-ncaa-division-ii-womens-national-championship-field-regional-play/
Published Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 14:01:24 +0000