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2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship Qualifiers Announced

May 11, 2017
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By Spencer Scheve, Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the qualifiers for the 2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships. The 23rd annual event will take place at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., May 23-26.

First and second round pairings for the championships will be announced Friday by 3 p.m. CDT on www.NAIA.org.

The 161-player field consists of 18 automatic qualifying teams, which won their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, 12 at-large berths and 11 individual qualifiers.

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.

After winning back-to-back titles and its third overall championship last year, Keiser highlights the field with three returning first team All-Americans Elsa Westin, Rebecka Holmstrom and Caroline Retabi. Holmstrom ranks in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories this season including – average score (75.81), par-three scoring (3.18) and par-five scoring (5.05).

William Woods (Mo.) and SCAD Savannah (Ga.), the 2016 national co-runners-up, are back in the field after the Owls earned their 14th-straight American Midwest Conference title and SCAD Savannah claimed the No. 1 at-large bid.

The competition includes every team that finished in the top 10 at last year's championships: Keiser (Fla.) (No. 1), SCAD Savannah (No. 2), William Woods (No. 2), SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) (No. 4), Cumberlands (Ky.) (No. 4), Texas Wesleyan (No. 4), Oklahoma City (No. 7), Bellevue (Neb.) (No. 8), USC Beaufort (S.C.) (No. 8) and Dalton State (Ga.) (No. 10).

In addition to Keiser's three national titles, two other qualifying teams have claimed at least one red banner, including Oklahoma City's seven championships and British Columbia with four titles.

The 11 individual qualifiers include seven automatic selections and four at-large selections. 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.

For more information on the 2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships, click here.

2017 Women's Golf National Championships Team Qualifiers (listed alphabetically)

School Qualification
Bellevue (Neb.) North Star Athletic Association Tournament Champion
Briar Cliff (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
British Columbia Association of Independents Tournament Champion
Campbellsville (Ky.) At-Large No. 4
Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Cumberlands (Ky.) Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion
Cumberland (Tenn.) At-Large No. 11
Dalton State (Ga.) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Unaffiliated Group – (California Pacific/ Golden State) Tournament Champion
Faulkner (Ala.) At-Large No. 9
Indiana Tech Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Keiser (Fla.) The Sun Conference Tournament Champion
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Frontier Conference Tournament Champion
Midway (Ky.) River States Conference Tournament Champion
Milligan (Tenn.) Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Northwestern Ohio At-Large No. 10
Oklahoma City Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Oklahoma Wesleyan Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
Oregon Tech Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion
SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) At-Large No. 7
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) At-Large No. 1
Southeastern (Fla.) At-Large No. 6
Taylor (Ind.) Crossroads League Tournament Champion
Texas Wesleyan At-Large No. 3
Thomas (Ga.) At-Large No. 8
USC Beaufort (S.C.) At-Large No. 2
Victoria (B.C.) At-Large No. 12
William Carey (Miss.) At-Large No. 5
William Penn (Iowa) Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion
William Woods (Mo.) American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion


2017 Women's Golf National Championships Individual Qualifiers (listed alphabetically by conference)

Lydia Randell, St. Andrews (N.C.) Appalachian Athletic Conference Medalist
Morgan Reimier, Columbia (Mo.) American Midwest Conference Medalist
Marissa Singer, St. Francis (Ind.) Crossroads League Medalist
Gina Kowolchuk, Great Falls (Mont.) Frontier Conference Medalist
Amy Ahlers, Concordia (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Conference Medalist
Kimberly Nelson, Grand View (Iowa) Heart of America Athletic Conference Medalist
Aspen Bryant, Bethany (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Medalist
Natalie Ugdale, Wayland Baptist (Texas) At-Large Selction
Courtney Lowery, Point (Ga.) At-Large Selection
Julchen Narwark, Loyola-New Orleans (La.) At-Large Selection
Marina Gallegos, Wayland Baptist (Texas) At-Large Selction