Mountain West sends four teams, two individuals to NCAA Women's Golf Regionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West will be represented by four teams and two individuals in the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals, announced by the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee on Monday. The MW has sent multiple teams to the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals in 16 of its 17 years. The four teams representing the Conference are the most since 2012, and it is the 12th time in 13 seasons in which the league has sent at least three teams to the postseason.
UNLV earned the Mountain West’s automatic berth after capturing its fifth Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship title last week at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage, California. The Rebels will be joined in the postseason by New Mexico, San Diego State and San José State.
A total of 72 teams and 24 individuals will compete in four 54-hole regional tournament from May 5-7. Six teams and three individuals from each regional site will advance to the national championship finals, which will be held at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon, from May 20-25. The event, hosted by the University of Oregon, will consist of three days (54 holes) of stroke play for all. The top 15 teams, along with the top nine individuals, will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match play competition, as well as the 72-hole stroke play individual champion.
UNLV, which is ranked No. 17 in the latest GolfStat rankings, will participate in its 14th consecutive NCAA Regionals in the program’s 15-year history. The Rebels are seeded fifth in the Stanford Regional, hosted by Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California. UNLV is coming off a Mountain West championship, led by individual medalist Alexandra Kaui, who carded a three-day score of 3-under.
The Rebels will be joined at the Stanford Regional by San Diego State and San José State.
The Aztecs, ranked No. 23 by GolfStat, earned the six seed. This is the sixth time in seven seasons SDSU has participated in the NCAA Regionals and the 12th time overall in program history. The Aztecs are led by senior Emma Henrikson, who was named MW Player of the Year last week. Henrikson, who is the No. 11 ranked player nationally by GolfStat, led the league with a 71.24 stroke average.
The Spartans qualified for the postseason for the second straight year and 22nd time in SJSU history. They earned the No. 15 seed. SJSU is led by junior My Leander, who registered two top-3 finishes on the year, and averages 73.4 strokes per round.
New Mexico was awarded the No. 13 seed at the Baton Rouge Regional, hosted by LSU at the University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is the 22nd postseason appearance in the last 24 years for the Lobos, since regional play was introduced in 1993. The Lobos, who are ranked No. 50 by GolfStat, are led by sophomore Ingrid Gutierrez. The native of Cuautla, Mexico, led UNM with two top-10 finishes and five inside the top 20.
Two additional individuals, including Colorado State freshman Katrina Prendergast and Fresno State freshman Kristin Simonsen, have also advanced to the postseason. Prendergast and Simonsen were selected to the Stanford Regional. Prendergast, who is the first Rams women’s golfer to earn a postseason spot since Brianna Espinoza in 2012, posted three top-10 finishes on the year, including runner-up honors at the Conference tournament last week. Simonsen enters the postseason with a 73.88 stroke average and top-15 finishes in five of six tournaments she participated in this season.
Live scoring from each NCAA Regional will be available on NCAA.com and GolfStat.com.