DENVER (denverpioneers.com) – The University of Denver women's golf team is headed back to Albuquerque for a second time this season for the NCAA Regionals on May 8 in an announcement by the NCAA on Thursday in its selection show that aired on the Golf Channel.
The Pioneers enter as the No. 13 seed in the field that consists of six teams ranked in the top 25 in the most recent rankings of Golfstat.
The University of New Mexico's Championship Course is where the 54-hole tournament will be played at.
"We are so thrilled to be going back to New Mexico," head coach Lindsay Kuhle said. "We have played that course many times and have had great success there. We finished sixth at the national championship there in 2008 and absolutely love the course. We're familiar with the elevation since it is similar to here and it rewards long hitters and players with strong short games.
"There are a lot of birdies out there and we're excited to compete. Sticking with the same lineup from the Summit League Championship and feel we have depth there and can go low."
That lineup will consist of Jessica Carty, Mariell Bruun, Lauren Whyte, Jessica Dreesbeimdieke and Sophie Newlove. The five-player unit held off South Dakota State to capture their fourth straight Summit League Championship earlier this week in Nebraska City, Neb.
All five players finished in the top eight at the Summit League Championship.
The regional consists of 18 teams from around the nation and the top six advance to the championship after three rounds of play.
First-round action gets underway on May 8.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.