Sooners, Cowgirls receive regional destinations

INDIANAPOLIS — Oklahoma State’s women’s golf team will participate in the South Bend Regional it was announced today by the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee.

The Cowgirls will be the No. 3 seed in the 18-team field and will compete at Warren Golf Course. The regional is one of four which will be conducted May 7-9 with six teams and three individuals advancing from each site.

OSU, which is currently ranked 11th nationally, will be competing in regional action for the 23rd consecutive season. Joining the Cowgirls in South Bend will be top-seeded Arizona and No. 2 seed Duke. Wake Forest will be the No. 4 seed, while UC Davis rounds out the top five.

The national championship will be conducted May 22-27 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The final three days of the event will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

Oklahoma was selected as the No. 14 seed in the San Antonio, Texas, Regional, which will be held May 7-9 at the par-72, 6,428-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Club. It will mark OU’s fifth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance.

The Briggs Ranch Golf Club is host to the Alamo Invitational, where the Sooners have had great success. In 2012, OU won the tournament by eight shots and registered what was then the best 54-hole score in school history (848; -16). In 2013, the Sooners shattered their previous record at the event, carding an 840 (-24) and again winning the tournament by eight shots. Then-freshman Alexandra Kaui broke the OU 18-hole record, logging a 65 (-7) in the final round of the tournament for a three-round 10-under, the best 54-hole score in relation to par in school history.

Sixth-year OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said her youthful squad is excited to continue its season in San Antonio.

"This is a great opportunity for us to get back out on the course and play in the regional tournament," Drouin-Luttrell said. "We are very young and have a lot of talent, so qualifying is very exciting for us as a team. I look forward to returning to a place we love playing."

Last season, OU tied for fourth place in the NCAA West Regional at the Tumble Creek Golf Course at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. The performance qualified the team for the NCAA Championships at the Tulsa Country Club, where it finished in a program-best fourth place. 

The University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University did not receive invitations to compete in a regional.

 

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