The headliner of a 21-team field that includes fellow SEC members Arkansas and LSU, the Tigers go into the regional on a roll following a win at the SEC Tournament two weeks ago. Coach Kim Evans said this is a big honor for her team and also a relief to know where her team will be heading for regionals.
"We are glad to finally know where we are going for Regionals," Evans said. "We are happy to be the number one seed in the Central Regional. We will work hard to prepare for the Texas Tech golf course this week and we will work towards laying out our plan to achieve everything we are looking to accomplish at the tournament."
Senior Diana Ramage leads the way for the Tigers.
Seeded behind Auburn in the field are fourth-ranked Arizona State, 14th-ranked New Mexico, 12th-ranked LSU, 15th-ranked Wake Forest, number 21 Texas, 18th-ranked Missouri, 20th-ranked Arkansas, 27th-rated Michigan and number 22 Tulsa round out the first 10 teams, TCU, SMU, Purdue, Michigan State, Kent State, Baylor, Texas A&M, South Florida, Texas Tech, Notre Dame and Long Island comprise the rest of the field. Evans says that despite being the top seed it doesn't mean anything with a field as strong as the one her team must contend with.
"This is an incredible field," Evans said. "Arizona State has had an amazing year. New Mexico is a very strong squad while LSU and Wake Forest have both had banner years. Texas came on strong at the end of the season and Arkansas is as good of a team as we have played this year. We have our work cut out for us."
Auburn joins fellow number one seeds Duke (East Regional) and defending National Champion UCLA (West Regional) in the 64-team field. The Tigers have amassed a record of 122-17-1 this year, winning the Lad Puerto Rico Classic in addition to the SEC Tournament.