The NCAA Central Regional will be held on May 8-10 on the par-72 Karsten Creek layout that measures 6,200 yards for the women and has hosted the 2003 and 2011 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. It is the ninth straight invitation to postseason competition for the Alabama women's team, which captured the program's first NCAA Championship in 2012 at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
The top-eight finishers at the NCAA Central Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at Tulsa Country Club on May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla., and join the teams that have advanced from the NCAA East and West Regionals. Alabama finished tied for fourth at the Fall Preview in Tulsa in September, with a 16-over total of 856.
"I was a little surprised that we were a No. 3 seed, I thought we might be on the four line," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "The committee thought highly of us and I am happy to be going to Oklahoma State. Karsten Creek is a good, difficult and fair golf course that will separate the good teams, and I think that is what you want in a qualifying situation.
"Now we have to figure out who our five players are going to be in Stillwater. We have a lot of depth and the most important thing for us right now is finding the five players who give us the best opportunity of advancing to the NCAA Championships."
Since Potter's arrival at the Capstone prior to the 2005-06 season, the Crimson Tide has qualified for the NCAA Regionals each season and advanced to the NCAA Championships eight consecutive years. The 2014 selection is the 16th NCAA appearance in school history.
For Potter, the regional berth marks the 21st consecutive appearance by a team under his direction. The Hall of Fame coach has now led a team to a regional bid in each season since the format came into existence in 1993. Joining Alabama in the NCAA Central Regional is No. 1-seed UCLA, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 4-seed Arizona, No. 5 LSU and No. 7 seed and host Oklahoma State.
Along with the Crimson Tide, Razorbacks and LSU Tigers, the 24-team NCAA Central Regional boasts two other SEC foes, including Florida (No. 6 seed and Mississippi State (No. 11 seed). The remainder of the region includes No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Miami (Fla.), No. 12 California, No. 13 Kent State, No. 14 Kansas, No. 15 Texas, No. 16 UNLV, No. 17 Colorado, No. 18 SMU, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 20 Harvard, No. 21 Lamar, No. 22 Wichita State, No. 23 LIU-Brooklyn and No. 24 Siena.
Last season Alabama won the NCAA East Regional Championship before posting a two-shot win over Southern California at the NCAA Championships.