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2013 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships Qualifiers Announced

May 09, 2013
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the qualifiers for the 2013 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships on Thursday. The 19th annual event will take place at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., May 21 – 24. First and second round pairings for the event will be announced Friday by 3 p.m. CDT.

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.

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.

Nine individuals qualified including five automatics and four at-larges. To receive an individual automatic berth a player must win her respective conference tournament or regular-season individual title. The last automatic bid went to Jessica MacPhee, who is a 2012 All-Tournament Team returner. Teammates Christian Liggin and Sarah Gilliard of Coastal Georgia, Ava Lourenco of Biola (Calif.) and Trish Gibbons of College of Idaho, were selected by the national championships tournament committee.

2013 Women’s Golf National Championships Team Qualifiers


School Qualification
Baker (Kan.) Heart of America Athletic Tournament Champion
Bellevue (Neb.) At-Large No. 8
Bethel (Ind.) Crossroads League Tournament Champion
Bethel (Tenn.) Unaffiliated Group No. 2 (GCAC/KIAC/TranSouth) Tournament Champion
British Columbia Association of Indepndent Institutions Tournament Champion
Cal State San Marcos At-Large No. 2
Concordia (Ore.) Unaffiliated Group No. 1 (CalPac/Cascade/GSAC) Tournament Champion
Cumberlands (Ky.) Mid-South Tournament Champion
Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion
Doane (Neb.) Host Berth
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) At-Large No. 3
Grand View (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Tournament Champion
Lee (Tenn.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Frontier Tournament Champion
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) At-Large No. 9
Lubbock Christian (Texas) At-Large No. 1
Madonna (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Champion
Northwood (Fla.) At-Large No. 7
Northwood (Texas) Unaffiliated Group No. 3 (KCAC/RRAC) Tournament Champion
Oklahoma City Sooner Athletic Tournament Champion
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Unaffilated Group No. 4 (A.I.I./CCAC) Tournament Champion
SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) Appalachian Athletic Tournament Champion
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) The Sun Tournament Champion
USC Beaufort At-Large No. 5
Victoria (B.C.) At-Large No. 6
Wayland Baptist (Texas) At-Large No. 4
William Woods (Mo.) American Midwest Tournament Champion

2013 Women’s Golf National Championships Individual Qualifiers
School Qualification
Katie Legge, Cumberland (Tenn.) Individual At-Large Selection
Christian Liggin, Coastal Georgia Individual At-Large Selection
Hannah Griffin, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Unaffiliated Group No. 2 (GCAC/KIAC/TranSouth) Tournament Individual Medalist
Jackie Mee, Carroll (Mont.) Frontier Tournament Individual Medalist
Jessica MacPhee, Thomas (Ga.) 2012 All-Tournament Team Returner
Jordan Schaardt, Peru State (Neb.) Heart of America Athletic Tournament Individual Medalist
Megan Garrison, Indiana Tech Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Individual Medalist
Sarah Gilliard, Coastal Georgia Individual At-Large Selection
Trish Gibbens, College of Idaho Individual At-Large Selection