AUBURN - The Auburn women's golf team got word Monday that it will in the field on its home course for the NCAA East Regional.
Auburn head golf coach Kim Evans
Auburn made the field for the tournament at The Auburn University Club as the No. 14 seed. Alabama is the No. 1 seed. The tournament is set for May 9-11.
The Tigers were one of 72 teams that were selected to the NCAA regional field with 24 competing at each site.
The Tigers are one of six SEC teams in the field, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ole Miss. In all, 13 of the 14 SEC teams made the NCAA Regional field, with Florida and Mississippi State in the Central and Vanderbilt, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU and South Carolina in the West.
“We are so excited to get to play in the NCAA Regional, but even more excited to showcase our great golf course and university to the other 23 teams in the field,” Auburn coach Kim Evans said. “In our field, we have eight teams ranked in the top 25 in the GolfStat rankings and 11 teams that won their conference championships. So, there are a lot of competitors and should be a tough three days of golf.”
Teams ranked in the top 25 in the GolfStat rankings are No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 12 Virginia, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Tulane and No. 23 Texas.
Making up the rest of the field are Notre Dame, Northwestern, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas State, Auburn, Central Florida, Penn State, East Carolina, Florida International, Ole Miss, East Tennessee State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, James Madison, Eastern Kentucky and Alabama State.
Auburn advanced to its 20th NCAA regional and 18th consecutive regional under Evans.
“We had a pretty rough stretch there earlier in the spring, but I really liked the way we finished the season,” Evans said. “We had a good tournament to finish out the regular season and outside of a difficult first round, I thought we played a great SEC Championship. I like where our team is right now, and playing on our home course is an even bigger plus.”