The No. 13-ranked Northeastern State women’s golf team is set to compete at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held May 18-21 at the par-72, 6,468-yard CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado.
The womenâ€™s golf event is part of the 2016 NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival, which is being held May 16-22. The festival will be home to six national championships, with NCAA titles being contested in men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse and softball. Northeastern State is the only institution from the MIAA that will send multiple teams to the festival, as the women’s tennis program will join the women’s golf team in Denver.
The 72-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes played May 18, followed by 18 holes May 19, another 18 holes May 20 and an 18-hole final round on May 21.
NSU will be paired with No. 5 Saint Leo and No. 12 Grand Valley State for the first two rounds of the tournament. The trio of teams will begin teeing off on the front nine at 10:10 a.m. (CST) May 18. They are scheduled to start their second round on the back nine at 9 a.m. (CST) May 19. Pairings for the final two rounds will be based on standings after the first two days of competition.
The event features the top three teams from four super regions across the country for a total of 12 teams. The top three individuals from each super region not with a team also qualified for a total of 72 participants.
The MIAA Champions placed second at the NCAA Central Super Regional to reach the national finals for the first time since finishing eighth in 2013. This will also be the programâ€™s eighth overall trip to the NCAA Championships in the last 17 years.
NSUâ€™s lineup will feature seniors Charter Lawson and Kayla Schroeder, junior Baylee Price and true freshmen Kelsey Lumpkin and Ebba Moberg. Price is set to become just the fourth womenâ€™s golfer in school history to appear in three NCAA Championships, as she has competed as an individual each of the last two years. Schroeder was on the 2013 team that qualified for nationals and will be making her second appearance. The other three members of the team will all be playing in their first NCAA finals.
The following teams and individuals qualified to participate in the championships.
2016 NCAA DIVISION II WOMENâ€™S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS PARTICIPANTS
CommonGround Golf Course; Aurora, Colorado; hosted by Metropolitan State University
Central Super Regional Teams:
1. #17 Augustana
2. #13 Northeastern State
3. Missouri Western State
Central Super Regional Individuals:
1. Daniela Martinez, Central Oklahoma
2. Caroline Fredensborg, Arkansas Tech
3. Rachel Gray, Concordia-St. Paul
East Super Regional Teams:
1. #10 Indianapolis
2. #12 Grand Valley State
3. #30 Findlay
East Super Regional Individuals:
1. Ali Green, Ashland
2. Kasey Frazier, Wheeling Jesuit
3. Anastasia Carter, Southern Indiana
South Super Regional Teams:
1. #4 Nova Southeastern
2. #1 Rollins
3. #5 Saint Leo
South Super Regional Individuals:
1. Felicia Leftinger, Florida Tech
2. Paloma Vaccaro, West Florida
3. Elaine Wood, Montevallo
West Regional Teams:
1. #7 Tarleton State
2. #11 Dallas Baptist
3. #28 West Texas A&M
West Super Regional Individuals:
1. Erica Wang, California Baptist
2. Audrey Meisch, Oklahoma Christian
3. Sterling Hawkins, Academy of Art