Four Big 12 women’s golf teams begin play in the NCAA Championships, which start at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday.
Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas and TCU all advanced out of regional play. Two Iowa State players — Ruby Chou and Taglao Jeeravivitaporn — advanced as individuals.
Baylor will make its sixth appearance at the NCAA Championship all-time, and their fifth in the last six seasons. The Bears scored a 14-shot victory at their regional. Gurleen Kaur, Britta Snyder and Rosie Belsham all finished in a tie for second in that event, each shooting a 214. They will be joined by Addie Baggarly and Hannah Karg.
Baylor finished in 14th place at nationals last season.
Oklahoma State tied for third at its regional. Maddison Hinson-Tolchard won the individual portion of the event with a three-round total of 212, punctuated by a final-round 69.
She will be joined by Han-Hsuan Yu, Rina Tatematsu, Lianna Bailey and Hailey Jones. The Cowgirls are playing in their 23rd national championship and are coming off a runner-up finish last year.
Texas fand TCU played in the same regional, with Texas finishing second and TCU finishing fourth. The Horned Frogs finished one shot ahead of Florida to secure the final spot.
Texas’ Bentley Cotton led the way for the Longhorns to finish in a tie for sixth place overall. She will be joined by Bohyun Park, Sara Kouskova, Brigitte Thibault and Sophie Guo. Texas is playing in the NCAA Championship for the sixth straight season and the 30th time in program history.
TCU’s Sabrina Iqbal finished in a tie for third overall by shooting a 213. She will be joined by Caitlyn Macnab, Lois Lau, Valeria Pacheco and Trinity King. TCU is making its 13th appearance at the NCAA Championship and their first trip since 2010.
Chou and Jeeravivitaporn are the first pair of Cyclones in school history to earn individual invitations to the NCAA Championships. Jeeravivitaporn enters as the No. 5 seed for individuals, while Chou is seeded 11th. Chou broke the Iowa State NCAA Regional record for 54- and 18-holes during play last week.
The tournament begins Friday with 54 holes of stroke play Friday through Sunday, after which the top 15 teams out of the 24 in the field and nine individuals not on an advancing team will advance to the next stage.
On Monday, they will play a final 18 holes of stroke play and the top eight teams advance to match play. The 72-hole champion will also be crowned that day.
The team national champion is crowned through match-play format with teams seeded 1-8 based on stroke play results. The quarterfinals and semifinals take place Tuesday, while the championship match is scheduled for Wednesday.
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