May 20, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The second practice round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf National Championships took place on Monday at the University of Georgia golf course. Championship play will begin on Tuesday with the first tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. ET. Twelve teams and six individuals will hit the course in the morning and the remaining 12 teams will tee off beginning at noon.
The top three ranked teams in the nation, No. 1 Southern California, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Duke, also were the winners of each of the NCAA Regional Tournaments.
No. 1-ranked USC concluded its season with a Pac-12 Championship win, and for the third consecutive year, a Woman of Troy freshman won the individual title. Southern Cal won the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.
"I think the course setup is favorable for our team because we do have some long hitters, and the course is quite long," said Southern Cal head coach Andrea Gaston. "It was little bit wet yesterday for out first practice round. I think as long as we can keep our drives in play and keep all five players in it throughout the week, we'll have a chance. We're looking forward to the challenge. There's a lot of great teams out there, and we certainly respect our competition. I know its been a great season for us, but we still have to go out there and play some our best golf to have a chance at the championship."
Defending National Champions Alabama enters the NCAA Championships having won six of its seven spring tournaments, including the SEC Championships. The Crimson Tide earned their top spot by winning the NCAA East Regional at the Auburn University Golf Course in Auburn, Ala.
"We have to realize, and everybody has to realize, last year was last year and that really has no bearing on this year," said Alabama head coach Mic Potter. "The fact that we're defending champions gave us experience in that situation to build on, but that's really the extent of it. The fact is we've played here a lot, we love this golf course and all of our girls really enjoy the UGA Golf course, so we're looking forward to playing. The bottom line is, we just have to play our best, do the best we can and let the cards where they may after that."
Third-ranked Duke also won its conference championship, capturing ACC team title honors for the second straight year and the 18th time in school history. The Blue Devils traveled to Norman, Okla. and won the NCAA Central Regional at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.
"The golf course is great," said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. "We've been here many times and it's always in good shape, but this is probably the best I've ever seen it. The greens are fantastic. It's a Robert Trent Jones course that challenges you in every way. It's a great course to have a championship on."
The 72-hole NCAAs will be contested on Tuesday-Friday. The 2013 NCAAs will represent the fifth time the UGA Golf Course has hosted women's golf's intercollegiate championships, following 1971, 1981, 1983 and 1993. Tickets for the Championships are on sale at the UGA Golf Course. A four-day pass with tickets for each round is $40 for adults and $25 for senior citizens and students, college aged and younger. and daily tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students, college aged and younger.