No. 1 USC Selected As Top Seed In NCAA West Regional
April 29, 2013
The No. 1 USC women's golf team, coming off of a 24-stroke win at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships for its fifth win of the season, will begin its quest for the program's third NCAA team title as the No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf Championships West Regional, the NCAA announced Monday (April 29).
NCAA East, Central and West Regionals, each made up of 24 teams, will be conducted May 9-11 to determine the championship final field. The top eight teams plus two individuals from each field will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 21-24 at the University of Georgia C.C. in Athens, Ga. A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals.
The Women of Troy have finished in the top 5 seven years in a row at the NCAA Championships - the longest such active streak. USC also has seven top 4 finishes in the past eight years and 12 in the top 7 since 1998.
The Trojans, the NCAA title winners in 2003 and 2008 and the runner-up in 2010 and 2012, have won an NCAA-best eight regional titles, including three in a row and in six of the past seven seasons. The past six came in 2006 (Central), 2007 (Central), 2008 (West), 2010 (Central), 2011 (West) and 2012 (Central). USC is looking to advance out of the NCAA Regional for the 16th year in a row in its 22nd consecutive NCAA appearance (the last 16 under 17th-year Head Coach Andrea Gaston).
In addition to USC's five wins this year, Trojan golfers have posted four individual titles, including freshman Annie Park's title at the 2013 Pac-12s, her second win this year. Junior Sophia Popov and freshman Kyung Kim have also won individual crowns this year.
The Pac-12, arguably the top conference in the country, received eight bids, including No. 1 seed USC (West), No. 2 seed Arizona (West), No. 3 seed UCLA (East), No. 4 seed Washington (Central), No. 5 seeds Arizona State (Central) and Stanford (West), No. 14 Oregon (West) and No. 16 California (West). Colorado's Jennifer Coleman also qualified as an individual out west.
Stanford is hosting the West Regional at its Stanford G.C. Live Results will be available here. Auburn is hosting the East Regional at its Auburn University Club, while Oklahoma is hosting the Central Regional at the Jimmie Austin OU G.C.
Click here for the full NCAA release and a list of all the teams that qualified for the NCAA Championships.