124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Punching their tickets to Athens

Here is a look at the 24 teams that advanced to the next week's NCAA Women's Championship, to be held May 21-24 at the University of Georgia GC in Athens, Ga. I got 15 of my 24 picks right, a solid but hardly spectacular result. Where I was correct, however, was my advice on looking for lower seeds to rise to the occasion at regionals. Eight schools outside the top eight seeds at the three Regionals played their way to nationals.

__East:__No. 10 Northwestern, No. 14 Auburn

Central: No. 9 Michigan State, No. 19 Mississippi State and No. 20 Wisconsin

West: No. 12 South Carolina, No. 14 Oregon, No. 19 San Jose State

Here's a look at all 24 qualifiers:

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