May 6, 2014
WACO, Texas - The Baylor women's golf team is headed to the NCAA Division I East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event is hosted by Florida State starting Thursday at the par-72, 7,172-yard SouthWood Golf Club.
"The girls are excited to go to Florida, and excited to go to regionals," head Coach Jay Goblesaid. "I think one of the most exciting things for them is that they're playing well toward the end of the year, and they believe they have a very legitimate chance to go to nationals."
The top eight teams at each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 20-23 at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Additionally, the two lowest-scoring individuals on non-advancing teams will earn invites to the championships.
The 24-team field was seeded according the most recent national rankings: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 South Carolina, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 UCF, No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Auburn, No. 9 NC State, No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 12 Tulane, No. 13 Louisville, No. 14 Baylor, No. 15 East Tennessee State, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Campbell University, No. 18 East Carolina, No. 19 Texas State, No. 20 College of Charleston, No. 21 Troy University, No. 22 Murray State, No. 23 Ohio State and No. 24 Alabama State.
The Lady Bears are ranked No. 41 in the latest GolfStat rankings. Last year, Baylor finished in ninth place at the 2013 NCAA West Regional and was just one stroke away from advancing to the National Championship. BU has advanced to NCAA regionals in all three years under Goble.
"I think the team has been playing a lot better the last month and a half to two months," Goble said. "They work really hard and do what they're supposed to do."
Baylor's lineup for the regional includes sophomore Laura Lonardi, junior Hayley Davis and freshmen Louise Gateau-Chovelon, Hadas Libman and Maggie Beth Byers.
Eight of the 24 teams in the tournament are ranked in the top 25, including No. 2 Duke, No. 5 South Carolina, No. 8 Stanford, No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 17 UCF, No. 20 Virginia and No. 24 Auburn.
Baylor players will begin Thursday's first round at 11:15 a.m. CT from the first hole in a group with Louisville and East Tennessee State. BU players will tee off in 11-minute intervals starting with Byers at 11:15 a.m., Gateau-Chovelon at 11:26 a.m., Libman at 11:37 a.m., Davis at 11:48 a.m. and Lonardi at 11:59 a.m.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at www.GolfStat.com. Follow the official twitter feed of Baylor women's golf, @BaylorWGolf, for updates throughout the season.