2023 NCAA Women’s D-I Golf Regional fields selected: Who’s in, who’s out?

Stanford, Wake Forest, LSU, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Texas A&M 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 2023 NCAA Women’s D-I Regionals, May 8-10.

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

For the second time, there will be six women’s regional tournaments, each scheduled for 54 holes, an increase from four in previous seasons. But new this year is the fact that five teams will advance from each regional to the NCAA Women’s Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club rather than four. The NCAA Women’s Golf Committee gained approval in January to increase the number of schools moving on to nationals, aligning it with the number of men’s teams that qualify.

“There is significant importance in providing equitable participation opportunities for our women student-athletes,” said Brad Hurlbut, director of athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson and chair of the D-I Women’s Golf Committee. “We are thrilled with the announcement by the Division I Competition Oversight Committee to move to 30 teams and 156 deserving student-athletes for the upcoming 2023 championship finals.”

Each regional 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 Grayhawk.

For the eighth 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-eight 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 seven times while USC and Duke have reached five times.

The Cardinal are the defending NCAA champions, after knocking off Oregon in the finals last May at Grayhawk G.C. Stanford sophomore Rose Zhang looks to defend her individual title as well after coming off a victory at the Pac-12 Championship in which she claimed her school record 10th career title.

This year’s NCAA Women’s Championship will be May 19-24.

ATHENS REGIONAL

University of Georgia Golf Course, Athens, Ga.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

South Carolina

San Jose State

Ohio State

Kent State (Mid-American)

Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association)

Furman (Southern)

Augusta (Southland)

Sacred Heart (Northeast)

Individuals

Carla Bernat, Tulane

Mathilde Delavallade, Penn State

Mikhaela Fortuna, Oklahoma

Catie Craig, Western Kentucky (Conference USA)

Christy Chen, Boston U (Patriot League)

Isabella Gomez, Harvard (Ivy League)

PALM BEACH GARDENS REGIONAL

PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Northwestern

Michigan State

California

South Florida

Penn (Ivy League)

Quinnipiac (MAAC)

Individuals

Christin Eisenbeiss, North Florida

Sara Byrne, Miami (Fla.)

Yanjun Liu, Princeton

Karissa Kilby, FIU

Leah Onosato, Old Dominion (Sun Belt)

Katherine Lemke, Creighton (Big East)

PULLMAN REGIONAL

Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Pullman, Wash.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Southern California (Pac-12)

Clemson (ACC)

Texas Tech

North Carolina

Sacramento State (Big Sky)

Cal Poly (Big West)

Green Bay (Horizon League)

Individuals

Camille Boyd, Washington

Tiffany Le, UC Riverside

Harriet Lynch, Fresno State

Darcy Habgood, Washington State

Stefanie Deng, Washington

Cassie Kim, Gonzaga

RALEIGH REGIONAL

Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, N.C.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Wake Forest

Arizona State

Florida State

North Texas (Conference USA)

Campbell (Big South)

Richmond (Patriot League)

Individuals

Dorota Zalewska, Chattanooga

Kendall Turner, James Madison

Mallory Fobes, UNCW

Morgan Ketchum, Virginia Tech

Becca DiNunzio, Virginia Tech

Sarah Kahn, High Point (Big South)

SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL

TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Texas A&M (SEC)

Pepperdine

Oklahoma State (Big 12)

New Mexico (Mountain West)

Denver (Summit League)

Illinois (Big Ten)

Sam Houston (Western Athletic)

ULM (Sun Belt)

Missouri State (Missouri Valley)

Individuals

Victoria Gailey, Nevada

Allysha Mae Mateo, BYU

Haley Vargas, Kansas State

Camryn Carreon, UTSA

Jasmine Leovao, Long Beach State (Big West)

Alex Giles, Incarnate Word (Southland)

WESTFIELD REGIONAL

The Club at Chatham Hills, Westfield, Ind.

Teams (listed by seed; conference champions in parenthesis)

Mississippi State

Vanderbilt

Iowa State

Oregon State

Xavier (Big East)

Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun)

Morehead State (Ohio Valley)

Individuals

Isabella McCauley, Minnesota

Carmen Griffiths, Louisville

Luisamariana Mesones, Minnesota

Sofia Torres, Colorado State

Lauren Beaudreau, Notre Dame

Sabrina Coffman, Cleveland State (Horizon League)

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