STARKVILLE, Miss. With the selections announced on Monday afternoon, the Mississippi State women's golf team received word that it will make its fifth appearance in an NCAA Regional in the past seven years. The Lady Bulldogs will compete as the 17th seed in the East Regional, which will be held May 11-13 at the Bryan Park Golf Course in Bryan Park, North Carolina, hosted by Wake Forest University.
"We set our goals high at the beginning of the year and making it to regionals is the only avenue to nationals," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "It is gratifying to step that much closer to the finals after all the hard work this season. The team has fought all season long and I could not be more proud of our players, especially my seniors Ashleigh (Korzack) and Stephanie (Godare)."
State joins 10 other Southeastern Conference teams in NCAA Regional play, including six SEC schools in the East Regional. Auburn, the defending SEC Champions, is the #2 seed followed by Tennessee who is the #3 seed. Vaderbilt is the #6 seed, followed by eighth-seed South Carolina, ninth-seeded LSU and 11th-seeded Alabama. Other participating schools in the East Regional include: top-seed Arizona State, host Wake Forest, California, Virginia, Florida State, North Carolina State, Augusta State, Maryland, Furman, North Carolina, Campbell, College of Charleston, East Carolina and Yale.
MSU is led by junior Amanda Mathis who has been State's top finisher in every event this season. The Picayune, Miss. native was recently named to the all-SEC second team for the second consecutive year.
The top eight teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship finals, held May 23-26 at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State University.