May 6, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 12 South Carolina women's golf will make its 19th-straight NCAA postseason appearance when it opens play at the Columbus Regional at OSU Golf Club Monday. The 54-hole event, one of four regional tournaments, will take place May 8-10 on Scarlet Course and feature an 18-team field. The top six teams and low three individuals not on those teams will advance to the 2017 NCAA Championship, set for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Carolina, one of five SEC schools in the Columbus Regional, enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
COACH Kalen Anderson ON THE EVENT
"The group is really excited, and we've had a lot of great practices going into this weekend. The golf course should fit us very well. It's going to be very tough, and it should separate teams very well. It's going to be a very deep field, so we definitely have to be on our game. It's all about patience. You have to be very patient and very committed all week. It's about keeping your mind strong, and we've done a really good job at that the last several regionals."
BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD
Six teams listed in Golfstat's Top-25 Poll will be in action at the Scarlet Course. Fourth-ranked Florida and No. 5 Florida State mark the two top-five participants, while the No. 12 Gamecocks, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 20 Colorado and No. 21 Texas A&M will also be vying for a spot in the NCAA Championship. Carolina and the Gators, two of five schools in the Columbus Regional that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Championship, shared first-place honors at the Baton Rouge Regional last year.
HISTORY AT THE NCAA REGIONALS
This year marks Carolina's 24th NCAA Regional appearance and the eighth time it has qualified for the postseason under head coach Kalen Anderson. The Gamecocks have finished atop the leaderboard at an NCAA Regional four times in the last seven years, capturing the East title in 2010, 2012 and 2015 before winning the Baton Rouge Regional last season. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh took home medalist honors in Baton Rouge last spring after totaling a 9-under 207, while sophomore Marion Veysseyre notched her first career top-20 finish at the three-day event at University Club.
LAST TIME OUT
Gamecock senior standout Katelyn Dambaugh won the individual title at the 2017 SEC Championship in record fashion, recording the lowest 54-hole mark (204, -12) in tournament and school history. The Goose Creek, S.C., native, who began the last day two shots off the lead, carded a final-round 66 (-6) at the tournament en route to her second career victory. Carolina tied for fifth after posting its lowest three-round mark (860, -4) ever at the conference tournament. The Gamecocks have grabbed top-five finishes in each of its last five appearances at the SEC Championship.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina will advance to the NCAA Championship for the eighth-straight year with a top-six finish at the Columbus Regional. The NCAA Championship will feature a 24-team field and take place May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The six-day event includes two cuts during stroke play before the eight-team match-play bracket is determined. Carolina reached match play at the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history last season.
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