Mountain West to Send Three Teams, Three Individuals to NCAA Women's Golf Regionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West will be represented by three teams and three individuals in the 2015 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 15 of its 16 years. This year also marks the 11th time in 12 seasons, and 13th overall, in which the league has sent at least three teams to the postseason.
San Diego State earned the Mountain West's automatic berth after capturing its first-ever Conference title in women's golf last week at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage, California. The Aztecs will be joined in postseason play by San José State and UNLV.
A total of 72 teams and 24 individuals will compete in four 54-hole regional tournaments from May 7-9. Six teams and three individuals from each regional site will advance to the national championship finals, which will be held May 22-27 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. The University of South Florida will serve as host for the event, which 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.
San Diego State, which is 25th in the latest GolfStat.com and GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, will participate in the NCAA Regionals for the fifth time in the last six seasons and 11th time in program history. The Aztecs are seeded seventh in the St. George Regional, hosted by BYU at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, Utah. SDSU is led by junior Emma Henrikson, who recorded three top-five finishes this season, including a win at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic to open the season.
#22/24 UNLV will join San Diego State at the St. George Regional as the No. 6 seed. The Rebels will make their 13th straight NCAA Regional appearance in the program's 14-year history. UNLV is led by senior Dana Finkelstein, the three-time defending MW Golfer of the Year who has posted six top-five and seven top-10 finishes, including two individual victories.
45th-ranked San José State qualifies to the postseason for the first time since joining the Mountain West in July 2013. The Spartans, who will make their 21st appearance at an NCAA Regional, received the No. 12 seed in the South Bend Regional, hosted by Notre Dame on the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana. SJSU is led by senior Megan Osland, who finished six tournaments in the top 10, including three in the top five and two medalist honors.
Three additional individuals, including Boise State sophomore Genevieve Ling, Fresno State senior Madchen Ly and New Mexico sophomore Manon Mollé, have also advanced to the postseason. Ling was selected to the Raleigh Regional, hosted by North Carolina State at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina. She posted two top-five and four top-10 finishes in 2014-15, including her first-ever tournament victory at the Cowgirl Classic held April 6-7. Ly qualified as an individual for the second consecutive year and will join San José State at the South Bend Regional. The senior placed in the top 10 of eight tournaments this season, including five in the top five and an individual victory at the Fresno State Classic in October. Mollé returned to the course in February after suffering a broken foot, but enters the postseason with a 73.67 stroke average and two top-five finishes to her credit, including medalist honors at the 2015 MW Championship last week. She will compete in the San Antonio Regional, hosted by UTSA at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.