Teams and Individuals Announced for NCAA Super Regionals; Florida Southern Seeded Fourth in the South
LAKELAND – The field is set for the 2013 NCAA Super Regional Two Tournament, with Florida Southern serving as the host school at Lone Palm Golf Club, and the Moccasins among the nine teams selected. The 3-round tournament runs from Sunday, May 5, through Tuesday, May 7, with one round played each day. It marks the 16th year in a row the Moccasins have qualified for NCAA postseason play under head coach Robbie Davis, and the 17th time overall.
This is the fifth time Florida Southern has hosted a regional or super region tournament, more than any other Division II school since the NCAA added such tournaments to its postseason format in 2002. The Moccasins also served as a host site in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2011. It’s the third time the event has been held at Lone Palm Golf Club, but the first since 2005. The teams will compete on a par-72 course, covering 6,149 yards, with play each day beginning at 8:00 a.m. Live stats will be available through Golfstat.
Florida Southern was one of six schools selected from the Sunshine State Conference, with Nova Southeastern, Lynn, Rollins, Barry and Florida Tech the others. West Florida is in the field representing the Gulf South Conference, with Armstrong Atlantic (GA) coming from the Peach Belt Conference, and Newberry (SC) representing the South Atlantic Conference.
Six of the nine schools in the tournament are ranked in the Golf World/WGCA national top-10, and all of them are in the top-15. Four-time defending national champion Nova Southeastern is the unanimous #1, Lynn is #3, Rollins is #4, Barry is #5, Florida Southern is #6, and Florida Tech is #9. Completing the field are #12 West Florida, #14 Newberry, and #15 Armstrong Atlantic, making this once again the strongest Super Regional in the country.
In addition to the nine schools, the four individuals selected for the Super Region Two Tournament are: Meghan Moore from UNC-Pembroke, Teresa Caballer Hernani from Lander (SC), Emee Herbert from Tusculum (TN), and Clare Connolly from Saint Leo. Though an individual qualifier has finished in the top-10 of the South/Super Region Two Tournament nearly every year, no individual has ever won it. Florida Tech’s Daniela Iacobelli has the best finish for an individual qualifier in the South/Super Region Two Tournament, placing fourth in 2007 en route to winning the individual national title.
A member of the Sunshine State Conference has won this regional every year since it was first held in 2002, and in all but two years, the SSC has claimed first, second and third place. West Florida has the best finish for a team outside the SSC, placing third in 2004 and 2007. The South Region champion has also gone on to win the Division II national title in all but two of those seasons, with 2008 and 2012 the exceptions. In those years, the South Region champion finished second at the national finals to the South Region runner-up.
Overall, Nova Southeastern, Florida Southern and Rollins have combined to win every Division II national championship ever held in women’s golf, and those same three schools have also won the South or Super Region Two Tournament every year since its inception. Rollins has won five national titles, while Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern have each won four.
All players will begin each round on hole number one, with groups going off every 10 minutes. The four individuals are paired together in groups of two and begin play first, followed by groups of three that are comprised of players from the nine qualifying teams. On Sunday (May 5), those teams are grouped together based on seeding, beginning with the top three teams, but pairings for the final two rounds will be based on team scores at the end of each day. On those days, the 7th, 8th and 9th-place teams will follow the individuals, the 4th, 5th and 6th-place teams will take the course next, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place teams will go off last, all in 10-minute intervals.
Complete times and pairings will be announced on Saturday, May 4, prior to the first round of competition.
A total of four super regional tournaments will be played across the country, and each of those sites features nine teams and four additional individuals. Super Region One is being hosted by Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois; Super Region Three is being hosted by Missouri Western State in St. Joseph, Missouri; and Super Region Four is being hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. The top three teams from each Super Regional advance to the NCAA Division II National Finals in Daytona Beach, May 15-18, at LPGA International. The top three individuals not on one of the advancing teams will also qualify for the National Finals.
Complete selections for all four Division II Super Regionals can be found at NCAA.com.
Nova Southeastern has won the last four Division II national championships, with Florida Southern finishing as last year’s national runner-up. The Moccasins have finished in the top-three of the national finals 10 times, with their most recent championship coming in 2007.
|TOP STROKE AVERAGE|
|Sharks have won 4 straight national titles and have three All-Americans back from last year. 2012 National Player-of-the-Year Abbey Gittings won last year's individual national title, and defending region champ Lilliana Cammisa was third. Nova has won six tournaments this year.||Linnea Johansson (Fr.), 74.08|
|Knights return four starters from last year plus one other who redshirted, and have no seniors. Top three players are separated by only one stroke in their season totals. Lynn has four tournament wins this year and was second to Nova in four other tournaments.||Jessica Bradley (So.), 76.19|
|Tars have 4 national championships in their history, but missed the national finals last year for the first time in 10 years. Four starters return, but two freshmen have been in the regular lineup, led by Annie Dulman, the top rookie in this year's SSC Tournament.||Annie Dulman (Fr.), 74.67|
|Moccasins are in the NCAA postseason for the 16th year in a row as a team, looking for their fifth national title. Four members of last year's national runner-up team are back and helped Florida Southern win this year's SSC championship in a playoff over Nova Southeastern||Megan Kiley (Sr.), 75.42|
|Buccaneers were third in last year's super regional and placed fourth at nationals. All five players from last year's national finals are back, but Bucs have had two freshmen in their regular five this year, and only one senior. Nancy Vergara was fourth at last year's regional.||Taylor Babcock (Sr.), 77.33|
|Panthers are making their first ever trip to the NCAA postseason, but Jessica Hook was an individual qualifier in 2011, and former Panther Daniela Iacobelli was a 3-time individual qualifier (2007-09). Top two golfers (Leftinger and Hook) separated by only one stroke this year.||Felicia Leftinger (Fr.), 77.35|
|Argonauts are back in the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2009. All but four of their rounds this year have come from freshmen or sophomores, as they won the Gulf South Conference Tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years, and won by 31 strokes.||Camila Sevillano (So.), 76.86|
|Pirates are in the NCAA playoffs for first time ever after finishing as Peach Belt Conference runner-up, and finished first or second in their last three tournaments of the season. Jenna Birch has finished top-10 in every tournament this year and went to nationals as individual in 2012.||Jenna Birch (Jr.), 74.00|
|Wolves are making their fourth straight trip to the Super Regional after winning the South Atlantic Conference for the second year in a row. Newberry is led by four seniors, and three have played in the regional tournament the last three years, including SAC medalist Barbara Castro.||Lisa Brandl (Sr.), 77.32|
|Meghan Moore (Sr.)|
|Peach Belt Conference co-Player-of-the-Year has 75.38 stroke average, and was runner-up at both the Super Region 2 and National Championship Tournaments last year, two strokes behind Nova's Abbey Gittings. Won three of her last four tournaments this season, including Peach Belt.|
|Teresa C. Hernani (Fr.)|
|73.26 stroke average is the best in GolfStat individual rankings and helped her win Peach Belt Conference co-Player-of-the-Year and Freshman-of-the-Year. Helped 2nd-year program win the Peach Belt Conference with six individual wins, and was top-five in all but one tournament this year.|
|Emee Herbert (So.)|
|South Atlantic Conference Player-of-the-Year has five top-five finishes, with three runner-ups, and was fourth in the SAC Tournament. Has a 76.25 stroke average, and helped the Pioneers finish as conference runner-up to Newberry.|
|Clare Connolly (So.)|
|Leads Saint Leo in stroke average for the second year in a row at 77.50, and was the Lions' top golfer or number two in all but one of their nine tournaments. Has a total of three top-10 finishes, and was 18th at last year's Super Region Two Tournament.|