By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
LINCOLN, Neb. - (Live Statistics) The 2013 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships are scheduled to get underway Tuesday from Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., at 7:30 a.m. CDT. The 19th annual event is a 72-hole stroke play tournament that will be played over the course of four days, concluding with the final round on Friday.
SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Concordia (Ore.) kick off Tuesday's morning action on No. 1, while William Woods (Mo.), Victoria (B.C.) and Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) start simultaneously on No. 10. First round afternoon play opens 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. Live scoring throughout the event will be available by clicking here.
Wilderness Ridge welcomes a field of 144 players representing 35 institutions from across the NAIA. Among those qualifying teams is 2013 national championship, British Columbia. In 2012, the Thunderbirds claimed its fourth team championship by two strokes over SCAD Savannah (Ga.) at Linnk Hills Country Club in Jackson, Tenn. British Columbia earned an automatic berth to this year’s tournament by winning the Association of Independents tournament at the Blub at Colony Creek in Victoria, Texas on April 29-30. The Thunderbirds carded a 287-289 – 576, to win the championship 12 strokes.
National runner-up SCAD Savannah returns to the field following a three stroke (312-315 – 627) victory at The Sun Conference Tournament at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C. April 21-23. The Bees have never won a national championship and will be looking for its first this season. SCAD Savannah is led by junior Alazne Urizar, who won the conference tournament by one-stroke. Urizar leads the nation in average score (74.68).
Megan Woodland of Victoria (B.C.) looks to defend her 2012 individual title. Woodland, the first individual medalist in program history, won top honors with a four-round score of 292 (73-70-76-73), which bested runner-up Anna Arrese Cortadellas of Oklahoma Christian by one stroke. Woodland will look to become the first player in the event’s history to win back-to-back individual crowns.
The field is comprised of 18 automatic qualifying teams from conferences/independents/unaffiliated group tournaments and nine at-large selections, which were determined using the final NAIA Women's Golf Top 25 Poll released May 9. Additionally, nine 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 or a 2012 All-Tournament returner.
For complete schedule and results information, click here. For the first time ever, the Women’s Golf National Championships will be video-streamed. There will be two cameras covering action at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, positioned at holes No. 9 and 18. The broadcast is made possible by the Doane College Athletic Department and the Tiger Sports Network. For more information on the video stream, click here.
For more information on the National Championships, click here.