Florida women's golf selected to NCAA East Regional field
The No. 14 Florida women's golf team has been selected to the field of 24 teams competing in the NCAA East Women's Golf Regional tournament, which will be held May 10-12 in State College, Pa.
The Gators will be attempting to advance to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006. Florida has now received a bid to participate in a regional 19 of 20 years since the regional format began in 1993, only missing out in 1999.
The tournament will be hosted by Penn State University and held on the par-72, 6,253-yard Penn State Blue Course.
"No matter where you get placed, the NCAA Regionals always have tough fields," UF coach Jan Dowling said. "As a team, we have become very good at focusing on our own games and what we need to accomplish, having a lot of success. On top of that, we have had some tremendous tests throughout the year to prepare us for post season. "Penn State will be a great experience, and we are really looking forward next week. It's an exciting time of year."
The East Regional includes eight teams that won their conference championships and eight teams ranked in the Top 25 of the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll as of April 23: No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 8 Duke, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 14 Florida, No. 16 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Arizona and No. 25 South Carolina. Alabama, Florida and South Carolina represent the SEC in the East.
Three regional tournaments will be conducted to determine the championships field: the East Regional, the Central Regional at Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, and the West Regional at Colorado Nation Golf Club in Erie, Colo.
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