May 8, 2013
Vanderbilt begins its quest for the NCAA 2013 Women's Golf Championship this May 9-11 in Stanford, Calif., at the Stanford Golf Course in the West Regional. This year's appearance marks the 14th consecutive year the Commodores have been named to an NCAA regional and the 15th time overall, and the first time Vanderbilt has been selected to go west in regional competition.
The Commodores, the number three seed in the West Regional, will be joined by USC, Arizona, Purdue, Stanford, Georgia, Baylor, Texas A&M, Pepperdine, LSU, Denver, South Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, UNLV, California, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), San Jose State, Harvard, Kent State, Northern Arizona, North Dakota State, and Long Island.
"We're excited about going to the West Regional and even more excited about having the chance to play golf with the academic school year behind us. Our team is excited because Stanford was the place that we really wanted to go," said Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen, who will be making his sixth appearance at an NCAA regional with the Commodores and his 13th overall as a head coach. "We set our schedule up each year against the best competition available to prepare us for the postseason. The West Regional is stacked with a lot of familiar opponents, and I'm very confident that our young ladies will be up for the challenge."
The Commodores will be represented by senior Lauren Stratton, junior Rene Sobolewski, sophomores Irina Gabasa and Kendall Martindale, and freshman Jenny Hahn.
The Commodores are very familiar with the Stanford Golf Course, having played there earlier this season at the Stanford Intercollegiate, where they finished fifth. In fact, Vanderbilt has played at the Stanford Golf Course in an event in every year since the 2000-01 campaign.
The Stanford Golf Course will be set up as a par-71, 6,267-yard format for the weekend.
Twenty-four teams will be selected to each of the three regionals, with the top eight teams advancing to the NCAA Championships May 21-24 at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The top two individuals not associated with the eight teams from each region will advance as individuals to the NCAA Championships.