BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University will find out its post-season destination Thursday morning when the 2017 NCAA women's golf regional field is announced on Golf Channel.
The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships selections announcement will be Thursday at 11 a.m. on Golf Channel and streamed live on the Golf Channel website. Seventy-two teams and 24 individuals will be selected to compete at one of four regional championships, each featuring 18 teams and six individuals, May 8-10.
The four regional sites include Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course, in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by The Ohio State University; The Rawls Course, in Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Texas Tech University; the University of Georgia Golf Course, in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia; and the University of New Mexico Championship Course, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by the University of New Mexico.
From each of these four regionals, the low six teams and the low three individuals not on those teams (for a total of 24 teams and 12 individuals) advance to the national championships, May 19-24, 2017, hosted by Northern Illinois University at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
This year's women's championships will be broadcast for the third consecutive year by Golf Channel with more than 100 news and tournament hours planned again for the men's and women's golf championships.
Ranked No.-47 nationally by Golfstat, Campbell won the Big South Championship last week to secure the league's automatic bid and the program's 20th NCAA post-season trip in the last 25 seasons. The Camels have finished either first or second in their league tournament 24 times (including 14 titles) in 26 years under head coach John Crooks.
Last week at Ninety Six, S.C., Campbell broke the league 54-hole championship mark with a school-record 15-under-par 849 (289-280-280) and defeated runner-up Gardner-Webb (298-285-291—874) by 25 strokes at The Patriot Golf Club.
The tournament title was the 81st for Crooks on the women's side – second among Division I active coaches behind Duke's Dan Brooks (127) – and moved him into a tie for third all-time among NCAA women's golf coaches with Dale McNamara of Tulsa (1974-2000).
Senior Nadine White shot a school and Big South Championship record 7-under 65 in the final round Apr. 19 to finish second, while Desiree Andersson (third), Annelie Sjoholm (fifth) and Ayelen Irizar (10th) also recorded top-10 performances for the top-seeded Camels. Anna Svanka finished in a tie for 14th.
Sjoholm was named Big South player of the year, Andersson was tabbed Big South freshman of the year and Crooks was chosen conference coach of the year. White, Irizar and Svanka joined Sjoholm and Andersson on the all-conference team.
Crooks also guided the Campbell men to a record-breaking performance in the Big South Championship last Saturday to secure an automatic berth in the regionals as well. The Campbell men finished at CU's 26-under-par 838 to break the previous league record of 844 set by Liberty in 2012.
CU sophomore Jesper Svensson won individual honors at 14-under-par (67-66-69—202) to break the league record 204 set in 2007 by the current top-ranked player in the world Dustin Johnson of Coastal Carolina.