By Jed Flemming, Athletic Communications and Media Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the qualifiers for the 2018 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships. The 24th annual event will take place at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., May 22-25.
First and second round pairings for the championships will be announced Friday by 1 p.m. CDT on www.NAIA.org.
The 156-player field consists of 18 automatic qualifying teams, which won their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, 11 at-large berths, seven individual qualifiers, and one host berth for Keiser (Fla.).
At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced earlier today. Click here to view the Top 25 Poll.
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) leads the pack into the 2018 Women’s Golf National Championship as the No. 1 overall seed. The Bees look to capture its first-ever national championship. SCAD Savannah has finished second overall four times in program history. In 2012 and 2014, the Bees finished second outright, while in 2015 and 2016, the Bees tied for second.
Last year’s champion Oklahoma City will start its repeat run as the No. 3 at-large team in the tournament. The Stars look to add to its NAIA-leading eight national championships.
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), after finishing second in 2017 by just eight strokes, looks to collect it’s first-ever championship. The Eagles won the California Pacific Conference Tournament to secure their bid to nationals.
The Sun Conference and Southern States Athletic Conference lead all conferences with four teams going to the national championship. Keiser, SCAD Savannah, USC-Beaufort (S.C.), and Southeastern (Fla.) will represent The Sun Conference in Palm Beach Gardens and Dalton State (Ga.), Faulkner (Ala.), Loyola (La.), and William Carey (Miss.) will represent the Southern States.
Sixteen of the top 17 teams from last year’s championship will be returning in 2018.
Only Oklahoma City, British Columbia, and Keiser have won a National Championship of the teams in this year’s field.
Three of the seven individual qualifiers this year are returning from last year. Courtney Lowery of Point (Ga.), Marina Gallegos of Wayland Baptist (Texas), and Marissa Singer of Saint Francis (Ind.) have earned individual selections for the second-straight year.
The seven individual qualifiers include four automatic selections, two 2017 All-Tournament selections, and one at-large selection. To receive an individual automatic berth, a player must win her respective conference tournament or be an All-Tournament Team honoree from the previous year's national championships that did not qualify otherwise. To earn an at-large berth, the selection is determined by the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship Committee.
Each day of the national championship will be captured in a video daily recap, available for free on the NAIA Facebook page. Highlights, interviews, and more can be seen by 8 p.m. CDT each day.
For more information on the 2018 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships, click here.
2018 Women's Golf National Championships Team Qualifiers (listed alphabetically)
|School||Qualifications||Team Titles||Individual Titles|
|British Columbia||Golden State/A.I.I. Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||4||1|
|Cumberland (Tenn.)||At-Large No. 7||0||0|
|Cumberlands (Ky.)||Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion||0||1|
|Dalton State (Ga.)||Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||1|
|Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)||California Pacific Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Faulkner (Ala.)||At-Large No. 4||0||0|
|Jamestown (N.D.)||North Star Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Kansas Wesleyan||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Keiser (Fla.)||Host Berth||2||0|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||At-Large No. 10||0||1|
|Loyola (La.)||At-Large No. 9||0||0|
|Marian (Ind.)||At-Large No. 11||0||0|
|Midway (Ky.)||River States Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Milligan (Tenn.)||At-Large No. 8||0||0|
|Morningside (Iowa)||Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Oklahoma City||At-Large No. 3||8||4|
|Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Oregon Tech||Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||Frontier Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)||Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||The Sun Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Southeastern (Fla.)||At-Large No. 5||0||0|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Crossroads League Tournament Champion||0||0|
|Texas Wesleyan||Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||1|
|University of Northwestern Ohio||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|USC Beaufort (S.C.)||At-Large No. 1||0||0|
|Victoria (B.C.)||At-Large No. 6||0||1|
|William Carey (Miss.)||At-Large No. 2||0||0|
|William Penn (Iowa)||Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
|William Woods (Mo.)||American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion||0||0|
2018 Women's Golf National Championships Individual Qualifiers (listed alphabetically)
|Aspen Bryant, Bethany (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Medalist|
|Breanna Nowak, IU-East (Ind.)||River States Athletic Conference Medalist|
|Courtney Lowery, Point (Ga.)||2017 National Championship All-Tournament Team (Top 15)|
|Kimberly Nelson, Grand View (Iowa)||2017 National Championship All-Tournament Team (Top 15)|
|Marina Gallegos, Wayland Baptist (Texas)||At-Large Selection|
|Marissa Singer, Saint Francis (Ind.)||Crossroads League Medalist|
|Natalia Campbell, Holy Cross (Ind.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Medalist|