MW to Send Three Teams, Two Individuals to NCAA Women's Golf Regionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West will be represented by three teams and two individuals in the 2014 NCAA Women's Golf Regionals, announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee. The MW has sent multiple teams to the NCAA Women's Golf Regionals in 14 of its 15 years. This year also marks the 10th time in 11 seasons, and 12th overall, in which the league has sent at least three teams to the postseason.
New Mexico earned the Mountain West's automatic berth after capturing its first Conference title since 2010 and eighth overall last week at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Lobos will be joined in postseason play by San Diego State and UNLV.
A total of 72 teams and 18 individuals will compete in three 54-hole regional tournaments from May 8-10. Eight teams and two individuals from each regional site will advance to the national championship finals, which will be held May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts for this year's national championship.
New Mexico will participate in the NCAA Regionals for the 21st time in the past 22 years (since regional play was introduced in 1993). The Lobos are seeded 21st in the West Regional, hosted by Washington at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. UNM, which is 67th in the current GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, is seeking its 18th trip to the national championship tournament and is led by first-team All-Conference selection Sammi Stevens and second-team honorees Manon DeRoey and Manon Mollé.
53rd-ranked San Diego State will join New Mexico at the West Regional as the No. 15 seed. The Aztecs will make their fourth postseason appearance in the last five seasons and 10th in program history. SDSU is led by 2014 MW Freshman of the Year Sirene Blair, who has recorded four top-10 finishes this season, including two in the top-five and one medalist honor.
No. 48 UNLV will make its 12th straight NCAA Regional appearance in the program's 13-year history. The Rebels will participate as a No. 16 seed in the Central Regional, hosted by Oklahoma State at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. UNLV is led by junior Dana Finkelstein, a two-time MW Golfer of the Year who has posted five top-five and six top-10 finishes this season, including two individual victories.
Two additional All-Conference selections, including Fresno State junior Madchen Ly and San José State sophomore Regan De Guzman, have also advanced to the postseason. The duo will join New Mexico and San Diego State in the West Regional. Ly, who will be making the Bulldogs' first individual appearance in the NCAA Regionals since 2007, posted three top-10 and two top-five finishes in 2013-14, while De Guzman placed in the top-five in three of the six tournaments she participated in this season.