WACO, Texas – The 18th-ranked Baylor women’s golf team earned the No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA West Regional, securing its 11th NCAA postseason appearance in program history.
All 11 of the Lady Bears’ NCAA Regional appearances have occurred in the last 13 seasons. Baylor will be making its first postseason appearance since finishing 16th at the 2010 NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ind.
Baylor, ranked No. 18 in the latest Golfstat standings, is one of 24 teams tabbed to the NCAA West Regional, which will be held May 10-12 at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., and hosted by former Big 12 Conference rival Colorado. The Lady Bears are one of four Big 12 schools in the NCAA West Regional, joining Big 12 champion Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Iowa State.
“We’re really happy with the draw and excited to go to Boulder,” first-year head coach Jay Goble said. “Every regional site is difficult, but I think as far as traveling and feeling comfortable, I feel as though Colorado will be a good fit for us.”
The NCAA West Regional field will also include 12 automatic qualifiers that won their respective conference championships – Cal (Pac-12), Pepperdine (West Coast), UC Davis (Big West), Oklahoma (Big 12), Tulsa (Conference USA), TCU (Mountain West), Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun), San Jose State (WAC), Missouri State (Missouri Valley), Northern Colorado (Big Sky) and Jackson State (SWAC).
“We played against a lot of the teams in the West Regional,” Goble said, “We know these teams and we’ve been successful against them which will help us prepare.”
Prior to Monday’s announcement, the Lady Bears finished third at the 2012 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship in Lawrence, Kan. Freshman Hayley Davis notched her fifth top-five and eighth top-10 finish of the season, tying for second overall.
“Making the NCAA postseason has been one of our big goals all year,” Goble said. “With the way things ended at the Big 12 Championship, we will have a bit of a chip on our shoulders. We didn’t like how things ended in Kansas. We’re ready to go and continue towards our ultimate goal.”
Three 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 10-12 to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies apply. A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals; eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.
The 31st annual NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship will be held May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., and will be hosted by Vanderbilt University.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL – ERIE, COLO. (COLORADO NATIONAL GOLF CLUB)
Hosted by the University of Colorado
3. North Carolina
5. Cal (Pac-12)
7. Pepperdine (West Coast)
8. UC Davis (Big West)
9. Oklahoma (Big 12)
10. Texas Tech
11. Tulsa (Conference USA)
12. TCU (Mountain West)
13. Iowa State
15. Denver (Sun Belt)
17. New Mexico
18. Oregon State
20. Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun)
21. San Jose State (WAC)
22. Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
23. Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
24. Jackson State (SWAC)
1. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho
2. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State
3. Amy Anderson, North Dakota State
4. Maggie Yuan, BYU
5. Brianna Espinoza, Colorado State
6. Demi Mak, New Mexico State