USD to host NCAA Women’s Golf North Regional Tournament

USD to host NCAA Women's Golf North Regional Tournament
For the first time ever, The University of South Dakota golf program will host the NCAA Division II North Regional Women's Golf Tournament, which will be played at The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion on May 1-2.

The 54-hole event will include the top-six teams in the north region, which consists of 18 squads from the North Central Conference (NCC), the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). A practice round for the qualifying teams will be held on April 30.

The top two teams will advance to play in the NCAA Division II Championships at The Meadows in Allendale, MI, on May 11-13. The two individuals with the highest finishes and not members of the two top teams also advance to the nationals. This event is one of four tournaments held around the country to determine the field of eight teams and eight individuals that will compete in the national championships.

South Dakota, coached by Dennis Chandler, will try and make its second straight appearance at the regional. Currently, the Coyote women's team is ranked fifth in the region and must finish in the top-six to advance to the regional. A year ago, the USD women's golf team finished fifth at the regional tournament in Winona, MN.

"We look forward to the opportunity to compete for a spot in the regional," said Chandler, who is in his fourth year at South Dakota. "We have a very competitive, veteran group of young women that can make a real run at the top teams in the region. This is a great opportunity for this program; both to compete for a spot and to host a regional for the first time at one of the best golf courses in the region."

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