May 6, 2017
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|1. Katelyn Dambaugh
Low 54: 204
Low 18: 64
|2. Ainhoa Olarra
Low 54: 213
Low 18: 69
|3. Ana Pelaez
Low 54: 208
Low 18: 67
|4. Marion Veysseyre
Low 54: 215
Low 18: 69
|5. Jia Xin Yang
Low 54: 220
Low 18: 70
COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 12 South Carolina women’s golf will make its 19th-straight NCAA postseason appearance when it opens play at the Columbus Regional at OSU Golf Club Monday. The 54-hole event, one of four regional tournaments, will take place May 8-10 on Scarlet Course and feature an 18-team field. The top six teams and low three individuals not on those teams will advance to the 2017 NCAA Championship, set for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Carolina, one of five SEC schools in the Columbus Regional, enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
COACH Kalen Anderson ON THE EVENT
“The group is really excited, and we’ve had a lot of great practices going into this weekend. The golf course should fit us very well. It’s going to be very tough, and it should separate teams very well. It’s going to be a very deep field, so we definitely have to be on our game. It’s all about patience. You have to be very patient and very committed all week. It’s about keeping your mind strong, and we’ve done a really good job at that the last several regionals.”
BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD
Six teams listed in Golfstat’s Top-25 Poll will be in action at the Scarlet Course. Fourth-ranked Florida and No. 5 Florida State mark the two top-five participants, while the No. 12 Gamecocks, No. 13 Arkansas, No. 20 Colorado and No. 21 Texas A&M will also be vying for a spot in the NCAA Championship. Carolina and the Gators, two of five schools in the Columbus Regional that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Championship, shared first-place honors at the Baton Rouge Regional last year.
HISTORY AT THE NCAA REGIONALS
This year marks Carolina’s 24th NCAA Regional appearance and the eighth time it has qualified for the postseason under head coach Kalen Anderson. The Gamecocks have finished atop the leaderboard at an NCAA Regional four times in the last seven years, capturing the East title in 2010, 2012 and 2015 before winning the Baton Rouge Regional last season. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh took home medalist honors in Baton Rouge last spring after totaling a 9-under 207, while sophomore Marion Veysseyre notched her first career top-20 finish at the three-day event at University Club.
LAST TIME OUT
Gamecock senior standout Katelyn Dambaugh won the individual title at the 2017 SEC Championship in record fashion, recording the lowest 54-hole mark (204, -12) in tournament and school history. The Goose Creek, S.C., native, who began the last day two shots off the lead, carded a final-round 66 (-6) at the tournament en route to her second career victory. Carolina tied for fifth after posting its lowest three-round mark (860, -4) ever at the conference tournament. The Gamecocks have grabbed top-five finishes in each of its last five appearances at the SEC Championship.
- South Carolina enters its 10 season under head coach Kalen Anderson, who has guided the program to nine tournament wins and eight NCAA Championship appearances.
- Carolina is one of five schools to reach the NCAA Championship in each of the last seven years.
- The Gamecocks have boasted multiple All-Americans in each of the last three years. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh enters the spring as a three-time All-American.
- Nine SEC schools earned a spot in the 72-team NCAA postseason field, giving the conference the second-most selections in Division I.
- This week marks the second time Carolina will compete at an NCAA Regional at Scarlet Course. The Gamecocks placed 12th at the Columbus Regional in 2000.
- Gamecock coach Kalen Anderson was an assistant coach at Duke when the Blue Devils captured the 2006 NCAA Championship at the Scarlet Course.
- Carolina leads Division I with a 3.06 par-3 scoring average. Dambaugh ranks sixth in the statistical category, while sophomore Marion Veysseyre is seventh.
- Dambaugh, the No. 5 ranked amateur in the world, has shot par or better in each of her last four rounds at the NCAA Regionals.
- With her medalist honors at the 2017 SEC Championship, Dambaugh became the fourth golfer in program history to notch 20 top-10 finishes for her career.
- Ainhoa Olarra has posted top-25 showings in three of her four postseason appearances. Her second-round 69 (-3) at the 2016 Baton Rouge Regional matched a career low.
- Ana Pelaez, an All-SEC Second Team selection and member of the league’s All-Freshman Team, sports the lowest stroke average (72.63) ever by a Carolina freshman.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina will advance to the NCAA Championship for the eighth-straight year with a top-six finish at the Columbus Regional. The NCAA Championship will feature a 24-team field and take place May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The six-day event includes two cuts during stroke play before the eight-team match-play bracket is determined. Carolina reached match play at the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history last season.