Yesterday, the NCAA released complete selections of teams and individuals for the Division I Women’s Golf Regionals and quite a few IJGA Alumni and their schools made the list.
In the East Regional, IJGA Alumna Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Georgia and her Georgia Regents University squad will tee off against Ayaka Nakayama of Kanagawa, Japan and her University of Central Florida teammates, as well as sixteen other schools. Georgia Regents University qualified as the 12 seed while UCF is the six following their win at the American Athletic Conference tournament. At the ASC Tournament, Nakayama enjoyed her best finish in competition this season when the sophomore carded a 224 to come in at 17th finishing the tournament with her 1-over 73 in the final round.
In the South Bend Regional, Laura Restrepo of Panama City, Panama and her University of Louisville team will face off against a field that includes winner of the Pac-12 conference, The University of Arizona, as the 11 seed. Louisville finished in seventh at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament where the junior carded an even par 72 in the first round.
The San Antonio Regional will have alumna Phyllis Tang and her Boston University teammates as the 17 seed following a win at the Patriot League Championship. Tang was named outstanding freshman and will look to continue her strong first season as she tees off against golfers from 17 other programs including one seed, UCLA.
In the fourth and final regional, the St. George Regional, the IJGA will be represented by alumna Rika Park, a senior at the University of Miami who hails from Fujieda Shi-Shizouka, Japan. The hurricanes finished tenth in the ACC championships but took home two first place trophies this year for their performances at the Web.com Intercollegiate and the Florida Challenge.
All four Division I Women’s Golf Regionals represent a chance for collegiate golfers to move on to Division I Women’s Golf Championships. A total of 384 golfers have been selected for the regionals and of these 132 will advance. Six teams and three individuals from each regional will advance to championship finals.
The IJGA would like to wish the best of luck to all of our alumni playing at the Division I Women’s Golf Regionals!