Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma all nab No. 8 seeds for NCAA Regionals

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Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa each were slotted as No. 8 seeds as NCAA Women’s Golf Regional assignments were announced Wednesday.

Oklahoma was tabbed as the No. 8 seed in the Las Vegas Regional. The Las Vegas Regional will be held at Spanish Trail Country Club May 6-8, and UNLV will be the host institution. Oklahoma State will open its quest for nationals May 6-8 in the Great Lakes State, being named the No. 8 seed at the NCAA East Lansing Regional. The University of Tulsa will compete in the Auburn Regional, May 6-8, at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama.

The Sooners will make their third regional appearance in the last four seasons and 11th regional under Oklahoma head women’s golf coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell.

“We are excited to continue our season in Las Vegas and look forward to the competition,” said Drouin-Luttrell. “A new season starts now, and postseason golf is its own event. We must continue to believe in our system and put in the hard work that got us here.”

Oklahoma wrapped up the regular season with a tournament victory, beating seven teams at The Match Play at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. OU opened postseason competition at the Big 12 Championship, tying for 10th. Junior Reagan Chaney earned All-Big 12 Tournament Team accolades and tied for eighth.

The Sooners are joined in Nevada by No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 California, No. 6 Purdue, No. 7 Baylor, No. 9 Colorado State, No. 10 Kent State, No. 11 Xavier and No. 12 Dartmouth.

The top five teams at the six regional sites (30 total) will advance to the NCAA Championship at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The championship will be played May 17-22.

For Tulsa, it will be the school’s 20th regional appearance since the regional format began in 1993 and the third time in the last four years. The Auburn Regional also includes No. 1 seed South Carolina, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Houston, No. 9 Miami (Fla.), No. 10 Kennesaw State, No. 11 East Tennessee State and No. 12 Albany. South Carolina is ranked second nationally, while host Auburn, coached by Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Luellen (McNamara, the daughter of fellow inductee and TU Hall of Fame coach Dale McNamara) is the nation’s seventh-ranked team.

Tulsa, ranked 47th in the latest Clippd ratings, has finished among the top-five six times in 11 tournaments this season, while capturing tournament victories at the and Dale McNamara Invitational and the Nexus Cup.

The Hurricane is coming off a second-place performance at the American Athletic Conference Championship, where all five Tulsa golfers finished among the top-25. Lovisa Gunnar placed second with an 8-under par score, followed by Grace Kilcrease’s 6-under par finish for third place and Allyn Stephens in 10th place.

Tulsa has won two regional titles, both in the central region in back-to-back seasons of 2001 and 2002. The Hurricane has captured four national championships including the 1980 AIAW, 1982 AIAW, 1982 NCAA and 1988 NCAA Championships.

The Cowgirls enter Forest Akers Golf Course after a season that saw them place ninth at the Big 12 Championship and No. 43 in Scoreboard’s latest rankings. USC carries the first seed in the 12-team field after slotting sixth in the Scoreboard rankings and second at the Pac 12 Championship on Tuesday, while Northwestern (8), Florida (18) and Pepperdine (21) round out teams slotted in the Scoreboard top 25.

Earning its 30th regional appearance in program history, the Cowgirls take on the 54-hole tournament eyeing their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship while competing in its second regional in East Lansing – finishing fifth at the site in 2002.

In 2023, the Cowgirls finished third at the NCAA San Antonio Regional to punch a tournament bid, with Clemence Martin finishing tied for third individually.

Oklahoma State enters regional play with three top-five placements on the season and wins over No. 6 USC and No. 10 Texas.

Live scoring for all six regionals will be provided at GolfStat.com, while updates for the Cowgirls will be on the team’s social media as they become available.

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