The 2015 NCAA Division I NCAA Women’s Golf Championship will be held from May 22 through May 27 in Bradenton, Florida at the Concessions Golf Club–the same place as the men. There is a new format to be used to determine this year’s champion.
Heading into the tournament, the top-5 ranked teams in the nation are Washington, UCLA, Southern California, South Carolina and Arizona.
Duke is returning to defend its crown from 2014. Dan Brooks, the Duke head coach, leads all coaches in NCAA Division I with 122 wins in the NCAA tournament. Read this profile on Brooks here from Golfweek.
The top-6 qualifying teams to emerge from the four separate regionals, plus the top-12 individual players not on an NCAA qualifying team, will field Friday’s opening round lineup. Those 24 teams and the 12 individual competitors are to play 54 holes of regular stroke play.
After 54 holes, there is a cut.
On Monday, the top-15 teams of the four rounds–plus the top-9 individual players will advance to Tuesday’s stroke play.
Tuesday’s results will determine a champion for 72-holes. The remaining 15 teams will face off in match play on Wednesday to determine the champions.
Duke enters the event seekeing a 7th NCAA title. Duke defeated Wake Forest by three shots to win the regional crown, while Arizona, the No. 5 ranked team in the nation finished in fourth in the same regional.
It is expected that Southern California (USC) will be one of the favorites. The team was the runner-up last year in Division I title chase, and arrives at the tournament as a regional champion. They’ve been ranked at the top of the women’s standings all season, highlighted by Annie Park and Gabriella Then, two of the teams’ most experienced golfers.
South Carolina, ranked No. 4 in the nation, was the winner of their regional and makes a sixth straight NCAA Final appearance. They’re team has been one of the most consistent in the nation. Their team’s homepage cites this:
South Carolina has finished in the top five in 18 of its last 19 stroke play events, a streak that dates back to September 2013.
Baylor the No. 19 ranked team in the nation won their regional by defeating No. 2 ranked UCLA, who finished second. The Bears will not enter the event as a true favorite, but as a team with confidence after beating one of the nation’s best.
The host of the tournament will be the University of South Florida. The Golf Channel will be telecasting the tournament live the final three days May 25-27.
Leona Maguire, a freshman at Duke, is currently the Division I top-ranked player. She enters the event as one of the tournament’s favorites.
Enjoy the coverage on the Golf Channel throughout the week!