Women’s Golf Championships Pairings Announced
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the first and second round pairings for the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships on Friday. The 18th annual event will take place at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn., May 15 - 18.
First-round action will tee off on May 15 at 7:30 a.m. EDT, with Oklahoma City, Shorter (Ga.) and College of Idaho starting on No. 1, while Lee (Tenn.), Cal State San Marcos and Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) open play on No. 10. The afternoon session kicks off at 1 p.m. with Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Bethel (Ind.) and Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) setting out at No. 1 and SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Milligan (Tenn.) at No. 10.
Avila's (Mo.) No. 5 golfer, Brittany Boon of Ashford (Iowa) and Megan Miehe of Culver-Stockton (Mo.) will open the second round at 7:30 a.m. on hole one. On the back nine, Lubbock Christian (Texas), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Madonna (Mich.) will start. William Woods (Mo.), Concordia (Ore.) and Rocky Mountain (Mont.) will start at No. 1, while British Columbia, South Carolina Beaufort and Southern Nazarene (Okla.) will begin at No. 10 for the 1 p.m. tee time.
The 144-player field is comprised of 15 automatic qualifying teams from conferences/independents/unaffiliated group tournaments and 13 at-large selections, which were determined using the final NAIA Women's Golf Coaches' Top 25 Poll released on Thursday. Additionally, four individuals earned a spot in the event as either a medalist at their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments or as an individual at-large selection.
Three of last year's top-five finishers return to the field, including reigning national individual champion Kylie Barros of British Columbia. Barros, who carded a 73-74-75-75 - 297 en route to a four stroke victory a year ago, will look to defend her title amongst a field that also includes 10 2011 NAIA All-America selections.