Tide Women's Golf Headed To NCAA Tourney

The University of Alabama women's golf team was awarded the No. 8 seed at the 2015 NCAA Raleigh Regional Championship at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C., the NCAA announced Monday evening.

The NCAA Raleigh Regional will be held on May 7-9 on the par-72 layout. It is the 10th straight invitation to postseason competition for Alabama, which captured the program's first NCAA Championship in 2012 at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. The top-six finishers at the NCAA Raleigh Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at The Concession Golf Club on May 22-27 in Bradenton, Fla., and join the teams that have advanced from the NCAA South Bend (Ind.), San Antonio (Texas) and St. George (Utah) Regionals. “I really know nothing about golf course,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. I’m going to call one of our former players who is from the area to fill me in on the details. We can’t worry about the field or what our seed is, but we have to go out there trying to win the golf tournament or get as close as we can. If we do that, the talent on our team will take care of qualifying. If we spent time worrying about qualifying, that becomes a slippery slope.” 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 nine consecutive years. The 2015 selection is the 17th NCAA appearance in school history. For Potter, the regional berth marks the 22nd 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 Raleigh Regional is No. 1-seed South Carolina, No. 2 LSU, No. 3-seed Mississippi State, No. 4 Northwestern and No. 5 Florida. The 18-team NCAA Raleigh Regional boasts a total of five Southeastern Conference teams along with the No. 8 Crimson Tide. Central Florida earned the No. 6 seed with Furman seventh, Iowa State ninth, Ohio State 10th, North Carolina State 11th, Georgia Regents University 12th, Coastal Carolina 13th, Campbell 14th, College of Charleston 15th, Seton Hall 16th, Wichita State 17th and Fairleigh Dickinson 18th. Alabama finished second at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla., last season before posting its fifth straight top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships.

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