DI Women's golf championship round two action has concluded. This round was a continuation of the postponed action on Saturday, May 18. Instead of the initially planned 72 holes, stroke play will now be limited to just 54 holes, and action will continue Monday, May 20. All 24 teams and 12 individuals in the tournament will play, and the pairings for that round will be based on the 36-hole scores. Individual medalists will be honored after the 54 holes. At this point, the field will be reduced to just the top eight teams, and these teams will start match play quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Teams on the cutline face a fierce battle Monday to make the eight-team match play bracket and compete for the 2019 Division I Women’s Golf Championship.
No.3 Duke can rest easier.
The Blue Devils completed a brilliant round at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. on Sunday morning, putting the finishing touch on an 11-under 281. They’re nine shots clear of second-place Southern Cal and 21 shots ahead of eighth-place Northwestern entering the final round of the stroke play tournament that will determine match play seeding.
All five Duke players were under par. The team trimmed 24 strokes off an opening round 305 on the demanding par-73, 6,397-yard layout. Duke coach Dan Brooks is trying to lead the program to its seventh national championship - all since 2002.
“I’ve talked to the players and it’s a combination of things,” Brooks said. “I think the takeaway from it is to realize that a little bit of adjustment on the course here and there can make a huge difference. The good players are going to learn day-by-day and there’s a lot of that going on as well.”
Duke and 11 other teams in the 24-team field were forced to complete the second round Sunday after severe thunderstorms halted play Saturday afternoon. That weather delay shortened the tournament to 54 holes, creating a packed leaderboard entering the final round.
After the top five, which includes top-ranked USC, No. 2 Texas, defending champion Arizona and host Arkansas, only eight shots separate the next seven teams. That should create a tight, tension-filled tournament when Golf Channel TV coverage begins at 4 p.m. EDT.
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The individual medalist will also be decided Monday and Florida’s Sierra Brooks vaulted into the lead with a tournament-low 67. She’s 4-under for the championship after making seven birdies in the second round.
“I’m really pleased with the way I’ve been playing and my course management has been good,” Brooks said. “I’m not hitting exactly the way that I would like but I know where my misses are and I’ve been able to take advantage of the opportunities I’ve had.”
Brooks holds a one-shot edge over first-round leader Bianca Pagadangan of Arizona and Arkansas star Maria Fassi, who is third in the world amateur rankings and the only player to break par in both rounds (72-71). She has thrived playing in front of Razorback fans on the team’s home course.
“I enjoy playing golf and talking with the competitors and people outside the ropes,” she said. “It’s just part of it and it’s one of the things that I enjoy the most. I think it takes some of the pressure off me so it’s my favorite part.”
Pagdanganan played a pivotal role in the Wildcats’ national title run last year, sinking a 25-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole of stroke play to keep her team alive. She followed her opening 69 with a 74.
“I’m pretty satisfied with the way I’ve played. I didn’t expect the first round to go as well as it did, but I’m just trying to stay in the zone and take it shot by shot,” she said. “I’m trying to stick to the game plan of staying patient on the greens and if I can keep that going it could end well.”
Duke 586, Southern California 595, Texas 596, Arizona 598, Arkansas 598, Stanford 604, Purdue 606, Northwestern 607, Auburn 608, Wake Forest 608, Ole Miss 611, Arizona State 612, Florida 615, Illinois 616, Florida State 619, Virginia 621, Washington 622, UCLA 623, San Jose State 626, UCF 629, Kent State 633, Vanderbilt 635, Indiana 635, Tennessee 639.
Sierra Brooks, Florida -4
Maria Fassi, Arkansas -3
Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona -3
Inez Wanamarta, Purdue -2
Ana Belac, Duke -1
Strong thunderstorms Saturday wreaked havoc on the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.
Before the lightning and heavy rain arrived in Fayetteville, Ark., No. 3 Duke marched up the leaderboard and seized the lead. The Blue Devils, seeking their seventh national title, were 11-under in the second round. All five golfers were under par and three completed the round.
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The severe weather suspended play as the first teams in the morning wave were close to completing their rounds. The teams never returned to the course, meaning those rounds remained incomplete and half the field never teed off in the second round, which resumes at 11 EDT Sunday.
CHAMPIONSHIP INFO: Second Round pairings
Because of the delay, the tournament’s stroke play portion has been shortened to 54 holes. The individual champion will be crowned Monday and the 24-team field is battling to determine the eight seeds in the match play bracket, which will decide the national championship on Tuesday and Wednesday.
As a whole, scoring was better in the second round following a difficult opening day when no team broke 300 on the 6,397-yard, par 73 Blessings Golf Club layout. USC was 5-under in the second round and is two shots ahead of Texas in a group of nine teams separated by 11 shots.
Ana Belac fired a 4-under 69 to steer Duke to a seven-shot lead over No. 1 Southern California. Belac, a junior from Slovenia, made eight birdies, finishing her day with birdies on 17 and 18.
“Basically I was really patient out there, tried to hit as many solid shots as possible and was waiting for the putts to drop,” said Belac, who has a 145 total and is tied for third in the individual tournament. “Today I finally got them to drop which was a huge difference from yesterday.”
No. 13 Auburn rebounded from an opening round 312 (20-over) to have a 1-under team score for the second round midway through the back nine when play was halted.
Auburn will now finish Round 2 on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. CT.— Auburn Women's Golf (@AuburnWGolf) May 19, 2019
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"We started off making birdies from the very first couple holes," Auburn coach Melissa Luellen said. "There was not a lot of sleep last night – a pretty short night and a very early start with the first tee times going at 7 a.m. But they were wide awake. They were very determined. They respect the golf course. The scores and the conditions were not fun, but they're taking it like champs.”
First-round leader Bianca Pagdanganan of Arizona is 4-under through 16 and holds a one-shot lead over Arkansas’s Maria Fassi, the No. 3 ranked amateur in the world.
ROUND 1 RECAP:
A difficult course and a deep, balanced field produced a congested leaderboard after the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.
Texas and host Arkansas shot 302 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. to share the lead. The 6,397-yard, par-73 layout is playing host to the national finals for the first time and posed a fierce test, yielding only four subpar rounds to the 132-player field.
Bianca Pagdanganan, a star on Arizona’s national championship team last year, fired a 4-under 69 to take a three-shot lead in the individual tournament. She made six birdies and two bogeys. Her teammate Haley Moore, Arkansas’ Maria Fassi and Emilee Hoffmann of Texas share second at 72.
The four rounds of stroke play determine a individual national champion and the eight teams (from a field of 24) who will advance to the match play bracket that determines the team national champion. The field will be cut to the low 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams after 54 holes.
REGIONAL COMPETITION: Final scores and advancing teams
Arizona defeated Alabama to win last year’s title in thrilling fashion and returns four players from that team. Moore was one of Arizona’s heroes sinking a short birdie putt in sudden death to clinch the victory. The Wildcats entered this year’s tournament ranked No. 4 in the nation and opened with 304, tying them with Stanford. Both schools are members of the Pac-12, the conference that’s produced the last four national champions.
Only eight shots separate the top eight teams after the first round. Altogether, there are 15 teams within 13 shots of the lead.
No. 1 Southern California won seven tournaments this season, including its regional and the Trojans are four shots back after a 306. Sophomore Amelia Garvey made two eagles in an opening-round 74.
Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho won the NCAA title last year and the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur this spring. She struggled to a 5-over 78 at the Blessings on Friday. Fassi, ranked No. 5 in the Golfstat college rankings, finished runner-up to Kupcho in Augusta. Florida State’s Frida Kinhult, the nation’s top-ranked player, shot 77.
Texas 302, Arkansas 302, Stanford 304, Arizona 304, Duke 305, Southern California 306, Wake Forest 309, Arizona St. 310, Washington 311, Auburn 312, Purdue 312, Northwestern 313, Virginia 314, Ole Miss 314, UCLA 315, Vanderbilt 319, Illinois 320, Florida State 321, UCF 321, Florida 321, Indiana 322, San Jose State 324, Kent State 325, Tennessee 328
Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona 69
Haley Moore, Arizona 72
Maria Fassi, Arkansas 72
Emilee Hoffman, Texas 72
Kaylee Benton, Arkansas 74
Albane Valenzuela, Stanford 74
Inez Wanamarta, Purdue 74
Aline Krauter, Stanford 74
Sarah Rhee, Washington 74
Amelia Garvey, Southern California 74
Letizia Bagnoli, Wake Forest 74
Alessandra Fanali, Arizona St. 74
Blessings GC, home course for the Arkansas men’s and women’s golf teams, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 2004. Kyle Phillips redesigned the course in 2016 and made it an easier walk, trimming 1.8 miles from the scenic, demanding layout.
Golf Channel is providing 15 hours of live TV coverage. Also, return to NCAA.com for daily recaps and live updates throughout the tournament.
2019 NCAA DI Women's Golf Championships: Schedule
Golf Channel TV schedule
- Monday, May 20 — Individual National Championship 4-8 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 21 — Quarterfinals, Team Match Play, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Semifinals, Team Match Play, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 22 — Team National Championship, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
2019 NCAA DI Women's Golf Championships: Regionals
Regional competition took place at four sites: The Auburn regional at Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Alabama; Cle Elum regional at the Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Washington; East Lansing regional at the Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan; and the Norman regional at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma. Below are the final scores and advancing participants from 2019 regionals.
|Regional||ADVANCING SCHOOLS||Advancing individuals||Scoring|
|Auburn regional||Vanderbilt, Florida State, Duke, Virginia, Auburn, Tennessee||Linette Holmslykke (Murray State), Virunpat Olankitkunchai (Maryland), Angelica Moresco (Alabama)||Final scores|
|Cle Elum regional||USC, Washington, Northwestern, Arkansas, San Jose State, UCF||Kathleen Scavo (Oregon), Aneka Seumanutafa (Ohio State), Ellie Slama (Oregon State)||Final scores|
|East Lansing regional||Kent State, Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Illinois, Indiana||Haylin Harris (Michigan State), Mikayla Fitzpatrick (Xavier), Allyson Geer-Park (Michigan State)||Final scores|
|Norman regional||Texas, Florida, Wake Forest, Purdue, Arizona State, Ole Miss||Kaitlin Milligan (Oklahoma), Michaela Fletcher (Memphis), Amanda Hollandsworth (Virginia Tech)||Final scores|
For the full list of regional qualifiers, click here.
Pac-12 conference schools have won the last four national championships. No. 4 Arizona is the defending champion, Arizona State won in 2017, Washington won an all-Pac 12 final in 2016 and Stanford claimed the title in 2015. Each team advanced to Fayetteville this year. The 2018 title was Arizona's third NCAA Division I women's golf national Championship, the first since 2000. The Wildcats took home the title after defeating Alabama 3-2-0 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Duke has won six national titles under coach Dan Brooks and was the last non-Pac 12 team to win, defeating USC by two shots in 2014. The championship format switched to match play the next year and the Pac-12’s dominance began.
|YEAR||CHAMPION||COACH||SCORE^||RUNNER-UP||SCORE||HOST OR SITE|
|2018||Arizona||Laura Ianello||3-2||Alabama||Stillwater, Okla.|
|2017||Arizona State||Missy Farr-Kaye||3-1-1||Northwestern||Sugar Grove, Ill.|
|2016||Washington||Mary Lou Mulflur||3-2||Stanford||Eugene, Ore.|
|2015||Stanford||Anne Walker||3-2||Baylor||Bradenton, Fla.|
|2014||Duke||Dan Brooks||1,130||Southern California||1,132||Tulsa, Okla.|
|2013||Southern California||Andrea Gaston||1,133||Duke||1,154||Georgia|
|2011||UCLA||Carrie Forsyth||1,173||Purdue||1,177||Texas A&M|
|2010||Purdue||Devon Brouse||1,153||Southern California||1,154||Wilmington, N.C.|
|2009||Arizona State||Melissa Luellen||1,182||UCLA||1,190||Owings Mills, Md.|
|2008||Southern California||Andrea Gaston||1,168||UCLA||1,174||New Mexico|
|2007||Duke||Dan Brooks||1,170||Purdue||1,185||Daytona Beach, Fla.|
|2006||Duke||Dan Brooks||1,167||Southern California||1,177||Ohio State|
|2005||Duke||Dan Brooks||1,170||UCLA||1,175||Oregon State|
|2004||UCLA||Carrie Forsyth||1,148||Oklahoma State||1,151||Auburn|
|2003||Southern California||Andrea Gaston||1,197||Pepperdine||1,213||Purdue|
|2002||Duke||Dan Brooks||1,164||Arizona, Auburn, Texas||1,170||Washington|
|2000||Arizona||Todd McCorkle||1,175||Stanford||1,196||Oregon State|
|1999||$Duke||Dan Brooks||895||Arizona State/Georgia||903||Tulsa|
|1998||Arizona State||Linda Vollstedt||1,155||Florida||1,173||Wisconsin|
|1997||Arizona State||Linda Vollstedt||1,178||San Jose State||1,180||Ohio State|
|1996||*Arizona||Rick LaRose||1,240||San Jose State||1,240||UCLA|
|1995||Arizona State||Linda Vollstedt||1,155||San Jose State||1,181||UNC-Wilmington|
|1994||Arizona State||Linda Vollstedt||1,189||Southern California||1,205||Oregon State|
|1993||Arizona State||Linda Vollstedt||1,187||Texas||1,189||Georgia|
|1992||San Jose State||Mark Gale||1,171||Arizona||1,175||Arizona State|
|1991||*UCLA||Jackie Steinmann||1,197||San Jose State||1,197||Ohio State|
|1990||Arizona State||Linda Vollstedt||1,206||UCLA||1,222||South Carolina|
|1989||San Jose State||Mark Gale||1,208||Tulsa||1,209||Stanford|
|1988||#Tulsa||Dale McNamara||1,175||Georgia/Arizona State||1,182||New Mexico State|
|1987||San Jose State||Mark Gale||1,187||Furman||1,188||New Mexico|
|1986||Florida||Mimi Ryan||1,180||Miamia (Fla.)||1,188||Ohio State|
|1984||Miami (Fla.)||Lela Cannon||1,214||Arizona State||1,221||Georgia|
*Won in sudden death
$Fourth Round canceled due to rain
#Tulsa's participation in 1988 championships vacated
^Format switched to match play in 2015 season