Record Five ACC Teams Advance to 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship


Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina & Virginia qualify with Top 6 berths in regional play; three individuals qualify

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A record five ACC teams earned berths to the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship following third round play in Regional competition Saturday.

Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia will participate in the championship finals scheduled for the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon, May 20-25. The top six teams in the final standings from each of the four regionals earned berths in the field of 24.

The ACC previously had four teams in the NCAA Championship on five occasions, including a year ago when Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia and NC State earned finals berths.

In addition to the record-setting five teams, three student-athletes were individual qualifiers for the NCAA Championship. Clemson’s Lauren Stephenson tied for fifth at the Shoal Creek Regional, Louisville's Olivia Cason tied for sixth at the Bryan Regional and Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho tied for sixth at the Stanford Regional to claim spots as individuals.

Florida State’s Matilda Castren and Virginia’s Elizabeth Szokol tied for individual medalist honors in their respective regionals. Castren shot a four-over 220 to finish in a three way tie for first at the Shoal Creek Regional while Szokol, on the strength of a third round 67, carded a four-under 209 to tie UC-Davis’ Andrea Wong for first place at the Stanford Regional.

Duke with a fourth-place finish at the Baton Rouge Regional, is advancing to the NCAA Championship for the fifth-straight year and the 28th time in program history. 

With a second-place finish at Shoal Creek Regional, Florida State earned the program’s eighth NCAA Championship appearance and the first since 2010.

Two ACC teams - North Carolina and Virginia - emerged from the Stanford Regional with Top Six finishes. The fourth-place Tar Heels will be making their 15th NCAA Championship appearance and the first since 2012, while the ACC champion Cavaliers are making their third straight appearance, and ninth overall, following a sixth place finish.

With a sixth-place finish at the Bryan Regional in Texas, Miami’s Hurricanes will be making their first NCAA Championship since 1992, and ninth overall.

NCAA WOMEN’S GOLF RESULTS – Day 3
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Stanford Regional, Stanford Golf Course
    T1.      Stanford                         289-280-287         856          +4
    T1.      USC                                287-284-285         856          +4
     4.      North Carolina               302-289-287         878        +23
     6.      Virginia                          288-296-299         883        +26
     8.      Wake Forest                   295-299-293         887        +31
Top ACC Individual: 1st-Elizabeth Szokol, Virginia (73-69-67-209, -4)
Individual Qualifier: T6-Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest (-1)

Baton Rouge Regional, The University Club
    t1.      Florida                            293-287-277         857           -7
    t1.      South Carolina               290-277-290         857           -7
     4.      Duke                               298-287-285         870          +6
   12.      NC State                         307-307-293         907        +43
Top ACC Individual: t4th-Sandy Choi, Duke (73-69-71-213, -2)

Bryan Regional, Traditions Golf Club
     1.      Georgia                          285-284-289         858           -6
     6.      Miami                            290-288-299         877        +13
   11.      Louisville                        296-290-299         885        +21
Top ACC Individual: 3rd-Dewi Weber, Miami (70-69-71-210, -6)
Individual Qualifier: T6-Olivia Cason  Louisville  (-3)

Shoal Creek Regional, Shoal Creek Country Club
     1.      Northwestern                 296-294-297         887        +23
     2.      Florida State                   299-297-309         905        +41
     8.      Clemson                         308-310-311         929        +65
  t13.      Notre Dame                   309-314-321         944        +80
Top ACC Indivdual: t1st-Matilda Castren, FSU (74-71-75-220, +4)
Individual Qualifier: T5-Lauren Stephenson, Clemson (+7)