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)