College golf’s championship season rolls on with regionals this week, with the women first to play.
There were six regional championship sites that featured 12 teams and six individuals (72 teams and 36 individuals, total), with play beginning on Monday, May 9 and ending Wednesday, May 11. The top four teams (24 total) and the top two individuals (12 total) not on a qualifying team from each regional advanced to the national championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 20-25.
Below you’ll find a recap, as well as a breakdown of what to watch for from each regional as the final round concludes from all six sites.
Winning team: Florida State
Advancing teams: 1. Florida State, T-2. South Carolina, T-2. UCLA, 4. Mississippi State
Individual winner: Beatrice Wallin, Florida State
Advancing individuals: Letizia Bagnoli, Florida Atlantic; Chiara Tamburlini, Ole Miss
Star performance: Florida State was the lone team under par and took care of business at home, but shoutout to Mississippi State, who entered as the No. 6 team in the region and played its way into the top four to punch its ticket to the NCAA Championship. The Bulldogs did just enough to keep Miami and defending champion Ole Miss at bay, with three players inside the top 25.
Keep an eye on: Letizia Bagnoli, one of two players to advance as individuals to the NCAA Championship. The Italian was featured heavily as a freshman at Wake Forest when the Demon Deacons won the ACC Championship in 2019, but made just one start as an individual last season. After transferring to FAU, Bagnoli began the fall with three straight wins and could make some noise for medalist honors at Grayhawk. She finished second in the regional, just one shot behind the champion Seminole.
— Mississippi State Women’s Golf (@HailStateWG) May 11, 2022
Winning team: Baylor
Advancing teams: 1. Baylor, 2. Arizona State, T-3. Oklahoma State, T-3. Auburn
Individual winner: Maddison Hinson-Tolchard, Oklahoma State
Advancing individuals: Anna Morgan, Furman; Leila Raines, Michigan State
Star performance: Baylor was the class of the region all week but let’s look at Auburn, who was on the outside looking in after the first two rounds and blew away the field to jump three spots into a tie for third to punch their ticket. The Tigers shot 12 under as a team, 11 shots better than the next best in Wednesday’s final round.
Keep an eye on: Oklahoma State had the individual winner, which isn’t surprising seeing as OSU was playing at home, but its overall performance stands out. The Cowgirls lost their two best players to the transfer portal this year but still found a way to advance. If they have any shot at making the cut or even match play at the NCAAs, they’ll need everyone to elevate their game in Arizona.
YOUR 2022 STILLWATER REGIONAL CHAMPIONS❗️
— Baylor Women's Golf (@BaylorWGolf) May 11, 2022
Winning team: Vanderbilt
Advancing teams: 1. Vanderbilt, 2. Alabama, 3. Wake Forest, 4. Texas A&M
Individual winner: Polly Mack, Alabama
Advancing individuals: Camryn Carreon, UTSA; Natalia Yoko, Augusta
Star performance: The top-three spots were all but solidified with Vanderbilt, Alabama and Wake Forest all finishing under par, but the race was on for the final spot. Texas A&M jumped into contention with a 5-under final round while Duke played its way out of the NCAA Championship with a disappointing 2 over on Wednesday to finish one shot outside of the cut.
The Aggies had two players under par in the final round and were led by aptly-named Zoe Slaughter, who annihilated the course to the tune of a 7-under 65.
Keep an eye on: Vanderbilt entered as the six seed in their own regional and enjoyed the home cooking en route to the title. In the same way that a basketball play just needs to see the ball go through the hoop on a lay up or free throw, this dominant performance at home could kick the Commodores into gear at the absolute perfect time. All they need is a few solid rounds of stroke play, then anything can happen in match play.
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A COMMODORE!!! ⚓️⬇️
— Vanderbilt Women's Golf (@VandyWGolf) May 11, 2022
Ann Arbor regional
Winning team: San Jose State
Advancing teams: 1. San Jose State, 2. Virginia, T-3. Arkansas, T-3. Michigan
Individual winner: Natasha Andrea Oon, San Jose State
Advancing individuals: Emily Mahar, Virginia Tech; Jana Melichova, Old Dominion
Star performance: How good is San Jose State, which swept its regional and beat Michigan at its home course by 18. Three Spartans finished inside the top 15 to continue an impressive season that features a 24-3-1 record against the top 25 teams in the country. Senior Natasha Andrea Oon improved each day with rounds of 70-69-68 to claim medalist honors by five shots at 6 under.
Oh, and shoutout to Jana Melichova, who became the first ODU women’s golfer to advance to the NCAA Championship.
Keep an eye on: Virginia. The Cavaliers had four players inside the top 20 with Jennifer Cleary and Amanda Sambach finishing T-5. With those two and Beth Lillie leading the charge to Grayhawk, Virginia could make some noise next week.
— San Jose State Women's Golf (@SanJoseStWGOLF) May 11, 2022
Winning team: Oregon
Advancing teams: 1. Oregon, 2. Texas, 3. Georgia, 4. TCU
Individual winner: Briana Chacon, Oregon
Advancing individuals: Marina Escobar Domingo, Florida; Viera Permata Rosada, Sam Houston
Star performance: Texas made a late charge but nobody was beating Oregon this week. The Ducks had all five players inside the top 25 and were led by medalist Briana Chacon, who won the title by four shots to claim the first individual regional win in program history. There are a handful of teams that will be favored to win the NCAA Championship, and Oregon is one of them.
Keep an eye on: TCU held on to the last spot for dear life, earning its place in the championship by one shot over Florida (No. 2 seed in the region) and by two shots over Arizona (the No. 3 seed in the region). Sabrina Iqbal and Caitlyn Macnab earned top-10 finishes to lead the way for the Horned Frogs, who will once again be underdogs at Grayhawk.
This group just keeps making history.
— Oregon Women's Golf (@OregonWGolf) May 11, 2022
Winning team: USC
Advancing teams: 1. USC, T-2. LSU, T-2. Stanford, 4. Purdue (playoff)
Individual winner: Amari Avery, USC
Advancing individuals: Ruby Chou, Iowa State; Taglao Jeeravivitaporn, Iowa State
Star performance: The Trojans comprised half of the top six on the individual leaderboard, including medalist and spring-semester freshman Amari Avery. Brianna Navarrosa finished third while Michaela Morard logged another top-10 finish in sixth place, with Katherine Muzi and Cindy Kou finishing T-30. USC is hitting its stride with a young lineup comprised of two freshman, two sophomores and a senior.
Ruby Chou and Taglao Jeeravivitaporn are the first two Cyclones to advance to the NCAA Championship.
Keep an eye on: A T-2 finish is never disappointing, unless you’re the No. 1 team in the nation playing at home. Stanford, who subbed out star player Rachel Heck after a first-round 75, lost by eight shots despite four players inside the top 16 of the leaderboard. The Cardinal are still one of the best teams in the country and still finished 7 under at the regional, but without Heck at her best, they’re vulnerable.
We’re going to the NCAA Championships!
— Purdue W Golf (@PurdueWGolf) May 11, 2022