Ira Green, University of Louisville Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s golf team is making its third-consecutive NCAA Regional Championship appearance, ninth in program history, it was announced on the Golf Channel on Monday night.
Louisville was selected as one of 18 programs to play at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Bryan Regional in Texas – one of four regional sites. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Texas A&M, is taking place from May 5-7 at Traditions Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed, par-72 course that plays between 6,242 and 6,373 yards.
The Cardinals, who earned an at-large bid and the No. 10 seed, face a challenging group that includes six top-25 programs in the latest Golfstat rankings: UCLA (3), Georgia (6), Arizona (11), Kent State (14), Furman (19), and Texas A&M (23).
“We are excited to go to Texas A&M and compete against a great field,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “There is so much depth in college golf, and in order to advance, you have to play well. With finals ending this week, we’re looking forward to preparing before heading there next week.”
The top six teams of the 18 selected to play in the Bryan Regional advance to the NCAA Championships, held from May 20-25 at Eugene Golf Club in Eugene, Ore.
Through 11 scoring events this year, the Cardinals have compiled six top-five finishes that includes victories in the Cardinal Cup and Battle of the Bluegrass State dual.
Senior Laura Restrepo is pacing the team in stroke average (73.10) and top-10 finishes (5). She also boasts a team-leading 10 rounds even or below par. Classmate Katie Mitchell is second in average (73.90), logging four top-10 showings. Freshman Ellen Kehoe ranks third in stroke average at 75.53.
This year’s NCAA Championship is the second year of the revised format for women’s golf, with the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams after 54 holes playing a final round of stroke play on Monday. After 72 holes of competition, the top eight teams will square off in a match-play format to determine a national champion.
The final day of the stroke-play competition, and all three rounds of match play, are televised on the Golf Channel. The Golf Channel also plans extensive coverage and highlights of the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships on its studio shows and online at GolfChannel.com.
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NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Bryan Regional Championship (by seed)
4. Kent State
6. Texas A&M
11. Miami (Fla.)
15. Texas State