Karsten Creek Regional Scouting

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STILLWATER, Okla. —- No. 1-seeded Oklahoma State Women’s Golf will host the NCAA Stillwater Regional May 9-11 at Karsten Creek Golf Club. Spectators are welcome to the three-day event and there will be no admission charge. Parking is available along the road leading to the golf course.

In November, the NCAA announced a move to a six-region format beginning with the spring championship. Each of the six regional venues will now feature 12 teams and six individuals, with the top four teams and top two individuals (not on a progressing team) qualifying for the championships, which will be held for the second consecutive year at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Raptor Course) in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 20-25.

With the move to six regional sites from the previous four-site format, 72 teams will still qualify for regional play, with the number of individuals not part of a progressing team increasing from 24 to 36.

As we gear up for regionals, here’s a better look at the 11 teams joining the Cowgirls at Karsten Creek:

ARIZONA STATE

  • Eight national championships.
  • 29and– Consecutive NCAA Regional.
  • The program has won or shared a total of five regional tag team championships, the last of which was at their national championship in 2017.
  • A season ago, the Sun Devils had an impressive performance at the Columbus Regional, finishing tied for second before reaching NCAA match play.
  • Arizona State has landed four people on Pac-12 All-Conference teams this year, tied for the second-most picks of any school.

BAYLOR

  • The Bears will enter an NCAA tournament for the ninth time out of ten possible tournaments during head coach John Goble’s tenure. BU was a No. 3 seed in the Baton Rouge area in 2021. This marks the 19and NCAA regional place in program history, all since 2000.
  • Baylor has progressed through Regionals to the NCAA Championship in four of the last six tournaments, earning Championship berths in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2021, recording top 10 national finishes in 15, 17 and 18.
  • Baylor qualified for match play and finished second national in 2015 at The Concession; the Bears advanced again in match play and finished tied for fifth in 2017 at Rich Harvest Farms; and BU fell in the playoffs for last place for the game en route to a tie for eighth place in the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek.
  • Baylor faced nine teams in the Stillwater Regional during the 2021-22 season, going a combined 10-5-1 against those opponents — OSU (1-1-1), Arizona State (0-3), Auburn (2 -1), Michigan State (1-0), Clemson (1-0), Furman (2-0), North Carolina State (1-0), California (1-0) and Tulane (1-0).
  • A tie for second place in the Big 12 Championship marked BU’s fourth straight place in the tournament’s top three and best result since a solo second place finish in 2019.

AUBURN

  • Auburn, fresh off winning an SEC championship stroke play title, is ranked No. 19 nationally on Golfstat.
  • It was the first time Auburn had finished first in stroke play since 2012.
  • The Tigers have qualified for the NCAA in each of their last three regional appearances, including last year when they finished tied for fourth at the NCAA Louisville Regional.
  • Head coach Melissa Luellen, an Oklahoma native, took her team from Auburn to Stillwater and Karsten Creek Golf Club for the 2018 NCAA Championships where the Tigers finished tied for 15th.
  • Only one current team member, Kaleigh Telfer, played in the area the last time Auburn came to Karsten Creek and as a rookie, she led the team in scoring.

MICHIGAN STATE

  • Michigan State will be making its 22nd regional NCAA appearance since 1999.
  • Michigan State is ranked No. 30 in the nation in the latest Golfstat rankings and just finished second in the Big Ten Championships.
  • The Spartans were one of six Big Ten conference schools to reach NCAA regional championships.
  • Michigan State senior women’s golfer Valery Plata was selected to the All-Big Ten first team this season. This is the third straight year that Plata has earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.
  • It’s been a busy year for Plata. She played in the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA), held March 30-April 2, at Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. While she missed the cut at ANWA, she was able to spend the weekend at the historic Augusta National Golf Club, where the finals were held.

CLEMSON

  • Clemson’s selection marks the seventh time in eight occasions that the team has won a regional selection.
  • The Tigers finished 10th out of 18 teams at the Columbus Regional in Columbus, Ohio in 2021.
  • Clemson finished in the top 10 in all of its spring events and was led by rookie Melena Barrientos, who enters the playoffs averaging 73.63 strokes.
  • Senior Callista Rice is the only Tiger to appear in all nine tournaments this season, with a 75.15 stroke average.
  • Clemson finished the ACC Championship stroke game at +26 to finish fifth after three rounds of golf at the 6,212-yard, par-72 Pawleys Island Reserve Golf Club.

CAMPBELL

  • For the 24th time in 29 seasons, Campbell University is heading into postseason play in women’s golf. The Big South Conference champion received an automatic spot to play in the Stillwater Regional.
  • The postseason spot is the 10th in a row for head coach John Crooks.
  • Although the Campbell women did not compete at Karsten Creek, Crooks has experience on the course since 2018, when he coached Pontus Nyholm as an individual NCAA Championship qualifier.
  • Campbell secured the Big South’s automatic spot in the NCAA Regionals with a 14-stroke victory in the league championship in stroke play, followed by match play victories on April 16 over UNC Asheville and USC Upstate to win a sixth straight title.
  • The victory was the sixth of the season for the Camels, who won the Golfweek Fall Challenge and the White Sands Bahamas Invitational last half. CU has won four times in the 2022 Spring campaign, at the Sea Best Intercollegiate, Briar’s Creek Invitational and Babs Steffens Invitational in addition to the Big South tournament.

FOURMAN

  • Furman, who earned the Southern Conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament by winning his 19th SoCon Championship last week at Barefoot Landing Resort’s Dye Course in North Myrtle Beach, SC, will be making his 23rd regional NCAA appearance.
  • The Paladins appeared in 17 consecutive regionals from 1993, when the regional format began, until 2010.
  • Furman finished ninth at the NCAA Auburn Regional in 2019 in Opelika, Ala., and last season three Paladins qualified as individuals for the NCAA Simpsonville Regional in Simpsonville, Ky. Anna Morgan finished in 16th place for lead Furman to the event.
  • The Paladins roster for regional will include seniors Kyra Cox and Sarah-Eve Rhéaume, junior Anna Morgan, second-year Sophia Burnett and freshman Savannah Hylton.
  • Morgan was named Southern Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year, and the Paladins placed three players on the All-Southern Conference team.

NC STATUS

  • Selection in the NCAA Tournament marks NC State’s 10th straight year of representation in a region, and its 19th time in the last 20 seasons. Each of the Pack’s tournament appearances has been under longtime head coach Page Marsh.
  • A potential NCAA championship appearance would be the fifth in program history, with 2015 being the most recent.
  • An impressive year for NC State was marked by a third-place finish at Wolfpack Match Play, the final competition of the regular season, as well as the team’s best performance in the ACC Championship since 2017.
  • NC State wrapped up the final round of ACC Championship stroke play by ending the week tied for seventh place alongside Virginia Tech.
  • Individually, the emergence of underclassmen Lauren Olivares Leon and Isabelle Amezcua were a major storyline for the Pack, along with the continued leadership of veterans of Lea Klimentova, Natalie Armbruester and Inja Money.

CALIFORNIA

  • This year marks 21 years of Calst NCAA regional appearance. The Bears have qualified for a regional every year since 2000 except 2021.
  • Cal has made the NCAA Finals in four of the last eight years.
  • The Bears have been hampered by injuries this season, but appear to be at full strength heading into regionals. Senior Catherine Zhu and second Mika Jin tied for the team lead with an average of 74.1 points. Both have three top-20 finishes this season.
  • Zhu and his senior colleague Elena Arias are the only two players on the roster with NCAA experience. They both competed in the Auburn Regional in 2019
  • Cal finished the Pac-12 championships in 11and place at the Eugene Country Club.

TULANE

  • This year is the wave’s first regional appearance in the NCAA since 2016.
  • Carla Bernat, Sandra Vazquez and Cleo Liu were named to the American Athletic Conference All-League Team on Tuesday.
  • The head coach Burke’s Stew was also named AAC Coach of the Year.
  • This is the first time a team member has won this honor since Jennifer Rosenberg in 2019.
  • This is the first time in the history of Tulane’s women’s golf program that a coach has won Coach of the Year. In her third season at the helm of the program, Burke guided Tulane to its first women’s golf league championship as an American member and first place in the NCAA region since 2016.

ILLINOIS STATE

  • This season was the first ISU MVC Championship since the 2013 season and the eighth time in program history.
  • In 2013, the team competed at OU’s Jimmie Austin Golf Course in Norman, Okla., and the ISU placed 22nd out of 24 schools.
  • Illinois State’s best finish at an NCAA Regional came in 2004 when the Redbirds finished ninth out of 21 teams, as the three-day championship was held at the University of the state of Illinois.
  • It was a close battle on the stretch, but the Illinois State women’s golf team captured the program’s first MVC championship since the 2013 season with a one-shot win at the 2022 MVC Championships. .
  • Junior Ali Schrock was named MVC Golfer of the Year and ranked second on the course, as a head coach Breanne Hall was named MVC Coach of the Year. Schrock, Kehler Kossand Avalon Woodward were all named to the All-Conference team.
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