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No. 2 Gamecocks Headed Back to Another NCAA Championship
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No. 2 Gamecocks Headed Back to Another NCAA Championship

South Carolina Athletics

Fourth straight appearance at NCAA finals for head coach Kalen Anderson's team and the 21st appearance all-time in program history

AUBURN, Ala. – No. 2 South Carolina is headed back to the NCAA Championship for the fourth consecutive season after finishing T-4th at the NCAA Auburn Regional on Wednesday. Junior All-American Louise Rydqvist made the clinching par putt on hole 18 to send the Gamecocks to NCAA finals for the 21st time in program history.

The 2024 First Team All-SEC selection paced Carolina in the final round with a 1-under 71 as she finished T-2nd, her third straight top-10 in an NCAA Regional and her team-leading fifth top-five finish of the season. Rydqvist had clutch birdies down the stretch at holes 14 and 15 today.

The Gamecocks T-4th with Tulsa at 891 (+27). No. 23 Georgia and Houston finished T-6th at 28-over as things came down to the wire on Wednesday at the Auburn University Club. The host No. 7 Tigers won at 10-over par as a team. No. 14 Oregon was the only team to break par in the third round with a team score of 5-under.

Senior Sophia Burnett, who was subbed in yesterday, put together another great performance for Carolina with a 2-over 74. She made a short putt for birdie at hole 16 today after nearly sinking her eagle putt.

Freshman Maylis Lamoure was reinserted into the lineup today for All-SEC sophomore Mia Sandtorv Lussand and she delivered as well with an even par 72. The talented first-year player from France made three birdies with a clutch circle at the par-5 16th hole. Fellow French freshman Vairana Heck shot 76 (+4) and was the final counting score. Junior All-American Hannah Darling shot 77 (+5) in the final round as she finished just inside the top-30.

The Gamecocks will head to Carlsbad, Calif. next week as one of 30 teams competing in the 2024 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. Teams will play 72 holes with a cut to the top-15 after 54-holes. Opening round action gets underway next Friday at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the NCAA Championship host for the next three years. There will be a cut to the top-eight for match play on Monday, May 13 with the quarterfinals and semifinals taking place Tuesday and the National Championship match taking place on Wednesday, May 22.

2024 NCAA Auburn Regional Field

1. No. 7 Auburn – 874 (+10)

2. No. 14 Oregon – 878 (+14)

3. North Carolina – 885 (+21)

T4. No. 2 South Carolina – 891 (+27)

T4. Tulsa – 891 (+27)

T6. Houston – 892 (+28)

T6. No. 23 Georgia – 892 (+28)

8. Miami (Fla.) – 915 (+51)

9. Michigan – 924 (+60)

10. East Tennessee State – 932 (+68)

11. Kennesaw State – 936 (+72)

12. UAlbany – 979 (+115)

2024 NCAA Auburn Regional Gamecock Lineup

T2. Louise Rydqvist – 214 (-2)

29. Hannah Darling – 228 (+12)

T40. Vairana Heck – 232 (+16)

SUB. Sophia Burnett – 147 (+3)

SUB. Maylis Lamoure – 149 (+5)

SUB. Mia Sandtorv Lussand – 157 (+13)