By Travis Rae, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the first and second round pairings for the 2013 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships on Friday. The 19th annual event will take place at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., May 21– 24.
First-round action will tee off May 21 at 7:30 a.m. CDT, with SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Concordia (Ore.) starting on No. 1, while William Woods (Mo.), Victoria (B.C.) and Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) open on No. 10. The afternoon session kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with Lubbock Christian (Texas), Northwood (Fla.) and SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) setting out at No. 1 and Lee (Tenn.), Bellevue (Neb.) and Baker (Kan.) at No. 10.
Lee, Bellevue and Baker’s No. 5 golfers will open the second round at 7:30 a.m. on hole one. On the back nine, Lubbock Christian, Northwood and SCAD Atlanta will start. William Woods, Victoria and Dakota Wesleyan starts the afternoon session on No. 1, while SCAD Savannah, Wayland Baptist and Concordia start play on No. 10.
Seventeen automatic qualifying teams punched their ticket with a team title in one of the NAIA’s conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments, while nine at-large selections, plus one host berth– determined using the final NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – and nine individual qualifiers make up the 144-player field at this year’s National Championships.
There has been one change to the individual qualifiers as Ava Lourenco of Biola (Calif.) has turned pro. Katie Legge of Cumberland (Tenn.) will take her spot in the field of 144. For more information on the qualifiers please click here.
Among the qualifying teams is last year’s national champion British Columbia. In 2012, the Thunderbirds defeated SCAD Savannah (Ga.) by two strokes. SCAD Savannah returns after earning an automatic berth by winning The Sun Conference Tournament. SCAD Savannah has been the top ranked team in the NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 in each of the past four polls.