U of L Selected to Compete at Stanford Regional Championship

From U of L SID

Following one of the most successful regular-season campaigns in school history, the University of Louisville women’s golf team is heading to its fifth-consecutive NCAA Regional Championship, 11th in school history.

Louisville is one of 18 programs selected to compete at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Stanford Regional in San Francisco, Calif., one of four regional sites, it was announced Wednesday afternoon on the Golf Channel. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Stanford, is taking place from May 7-9 at TPC Harding Park.

The Cardinals, whose fifth-straight appearance is tied for the longest streak in program history, earned an at-large bid and the No. 8 seed in the region. Louisville faces a challenging group that includes seven top-25 program in Golfstat’s latest rankings: No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 16 Kent State, No. 17 Oklahoma State, No. 21 North Carolina, and No. 25 Colorado.

“We’re excited to go to San Francisco,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “TPC Harding Park is a championship-level course that’s hosted The Presidents Cup. We know it’ll be a tough test. We’re coming off two tough golf courses that we’ve played the last couple of weeks, and we feel like that’s prepared us.

“We’ve not been out west for a regional since I’ve been here, so it’s something different, but you have to play well no matter where you go and that’s the bottom line.”

Through 11 tournaments this year, the Cardinals secured three team titles and three additional top-five finishes. Most recently, Louisville is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. The Cardinals boast a 293.35 stroke average, currently the best single-season mark in school history.

A league-record 11 ACC schools earned NCAA Regional Championship bids.

Lauren Hartlage, one of the top golfers in the ACC and No. 50 in Golfstat’s latest ranking, owns a 72.06-stroke average. She has seven top-10 finishes this year, tied for second most in program history, and tallied 17 rounds even or below par.

Molly Skapik has produced her best season thus far. The senior has four top-10 showings, with a 73.48 stroke average. The Miamisburg, Ohio, native has accumulated 13 rounds even or below par.

A junior, Olivia Cason is third on the team in stroke average at 74.39. She has two top-10 showings, with nine rounds even or below par.

The top six teams and three individuals (not on advancing teams) in each of the four regionals will advance and make up the 24-team field for the NCAA Championships, held from May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

Finals play for both championships consists of three days of stroke play on Friday through Sunday (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined.

The final day of 18 holes of stroke play (Monday) will be used to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on Tuesday, followed by the finals on Wednesday.

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NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Stanford Regional Championship (by seed)
2. Stanford
3. South Carolina
4. Kent State
5. Oklahoma State
6. North Carolina
7. Colorado
8. Louisville
9. NC State
10. Mississippi
11. California
12. San Diego State
13. Pepperdine
14. Oregon
15. Long Beach State
16. Grand Canyon
17. Princeton
18. Fairleigh Dickinson