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2024 NCAA Women's D-I Golf Regional fields selected: Who's in, who's out?

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Wake Forest is looking to become the first repeat NCAA women's team champion since Duke in 2006 and 2007.

Christian Petersen

South Carolina, Stanford, Wake Forest, LSU, USC and UCLA each earned No. 1 seeds as the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee announced its selection of 72 teams and 36 individuals to participate in the 2024 NCAA Women’s D-I Regionals, May 6-8.

Thirteen SEC schools earned spots into the regional fields (including four No. 1 seeds), the most of any conference, followed by nine from the Pac-12, eight from the ACC and seven for the Big Ten.

For the third time, there will be six women’s regional tournaments, each scheduled for 54 holes, an increase from four in previous seasons. And for the second year five teams will advance from each regional to the NCAA Women’s Championship rather than four, aligning it with the number of men’s teams that qualify.

But for the first time, the national championship will be held at Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.. The North course, newly renovated by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, will begin a three-year stint in hosting the women’s and men’s championships, with some hoping that the new venue might eventually become a permanent host for the NCAA finals.

Back to regionals: each site will have 12 teams and six individuals competing. In addition to the five teams qualifying for nationals, the low individual golfer not on one of those teams will also be moving on to La Costa.

For the ninth time, the national championship will include a stroke-play segment to determine the individual champion (72 holes) and whittle the field down to eight schools who then compete in a head-to-head match-play bracket to determine a team champion. Twenty-nine different programs have advanced to match play since the format was adopted in 2015, with Stanford being the lone school that has reached match play all eight times while USC has reached six and Duke have reached five.

Wake Forests is the defending NCAA women's champion, after knocking off USC in the finals last May at Grayhawk G.C. in Scottsdale. Stanford’s Rose Zhang became the first player to ever defend her individual title when she won to cap her sophomore season a year ago. She has since turned pro so we’re assured to have a new champions in 2024.

This year's NCAA Women's Championship will be May 17-22.

AUBURN REGIONAL

Auburn University Club, Auburn, Ala.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

South Carolina

Auburn

Oregon

Georgia

North Carolina

Michigan

Houston

Tulsa

Miami (Florida)

Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun)

East Tennessee State (Southern)

Albany (MAAC)

Individuals

Anna Morgan, Furman (Southern)

Isabella McCauley, Minnesota

Gabi Nicastro, Samford

Audrey Ryu, Furman

Lauren Thompson, Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun)

Viktoria Hund, College of Charleston

Auburn University Club: Auburn University
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Located just minutes from campus, the Auburn University Club—home to the Tigers’ men’s and women’s programs—was designed by architect Bill Bergin, an Auburn men’s team alum, opening in 1999. The layout, which can be stretched to over 7,300 yards from the back tees, is situated on 225 acres of rolling hills and woodlands surrounding Yarbrough Lake. The length of the course, combined with narrow fairways and many elevation changes make this a stern test.
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BERMUDA RUN REGIONAL

Bermuda Run Country Club, Bermuda Run, N.C.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Wake Forest (ACC)

Texas (Big 12)

Ole Miss

Mississippi State (SEC)

UCF

South Florida

Tennessee

Oregon State

North Texas

Delaware (Coastal Athletic Association)

Charleston Southern (Big South)

Navy (Patriot League)

Individuals

Lauren Olivares, N.C. State

Louise Reau, Georgia Southern

Christin Eisenbeiss, North Florida

Kendall Turner, James Madison

Isabel Amezcua, NC State

Maria Beltran, Fairfield (MAAC)

BRYAN REGIONAL

The Traditions Club, Bryan, Texas

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

LSU

Texas A&M

Clemson

Vanderbilt

SMU (American Athletic)

Ohio State

Maryland

Iowa State

Texas State (Sun Belt)

Sam Houston (Conference USA)

Sacred Heart (Northeast)

Little Rock (Ohio Valley)

Individuals

Carla Bernat, Kansas State

Camryn Carreon, UTSA

Lois Lau, TCU

Sofia Barroso Sá, TCU

Daniela Abonce, UTSA (American Athletic)

Ryann Honea, Abilene Christian (WAC)

Traditions Club at Texas A&M
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Traditions Club at Texas A&M
Bryan, TX
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Booking overnight accommodations at Traditions Club allows the public access to this 7,146-yard Jack Nicklaus design with views of Texas A&M's Kyle Field and the university in the distance. Emphasis here is on accuracy instead of distance with water on 11 holes, forced carries on 16 of them and plentiful native vegetation throughout.
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LAS VEGAS REGIONAL

Spainish Trail Country Club, Las Vegas

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

UCLA

Arkansas

Arizona

Florida State

California

Purdue

Baylor

Oklahoma

Colorado State

Kent State (Mid-American)

Xavier (Big East)

Dartmouth (Ivy League)

Individuals

Toa Yokoyama, UNLV

Lauren Lehigh, New Mexico

Lauren Zaretsky, Texas Tech

Myah McDonald, New Mexico

Victoria Liu, Princeton (Ivy League)

Lizzie Neale, Northern Arizona (Big Sky)

EAST LANSING REGIONAL

Forest Akers Golf Course, East Lansing, Mich.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Southern California

Northwestern

Florida

Pepperdine

Michigan State

Kentucky

Denver (Summit League)

Oklahoma State

Indiana (Big Ten)

Augusta (Southland)

Illinois State (Missouri Valley)

Oakland (Horizon League)

Individuals

Isabel Sy, Illinois

Catie Craig, Western Kentucky

Lauren Beaudreau, Notre Dame

Carmen Griffiths, Louisville

Hana Ryskova, Louisville

Kate Petrova, Evansville (Missouri Valley)

CLE ELUM REGIONAL

Tumble Creek Club, Cle Elum, Wash.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Stanford (Pac-12)

Duke

Arizona State

Virginia

San Jose State (Mountain West)

Washington

Alabama

Virginia Tech

Kansas

Long Beach State (Big West)

Sacramento State (Big Sky)

Seattle University (WAC)

Individuals

Emma Bunch, New Mexico State (Conference USA)

Riana Mission, San Francisco

Kelli Ann Strand, Nebraska

Morgan Miller, Colorado

Sabrina Iqbal, Colorado

Madelyn Gamble, Washington State

Tumble Creek Golf Course At Suncadia
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40 Panelists
Tumble Creek is the private member course at Suncadia Resort on the eastern slope of the Wenatchee Mountains, east of Seattle. The design is a more sublime turn for Tom Doak and his associates at Renaissance Golf. The holes lay quietly over the elevations, refusing to compete for attention with the surrounding topography and evergreen borders. The architecture exudes calmness and confidence without being showy, with elegantly contoured greens and just enough bunkering to demand players work shots into position. The exception is a hole like the bending par-5 fourth that rides up and over a steep should of land, daring players to cut the inside corner around a ravine, as well as the ninth and 18th holes that also tackle sloping terrain. The par 3s are some of the state's best, particularly the second hole that would feel at home at any course in the Heathlands outside London.
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