The NCAA committee assigned each of its three highest rated teams to one of regional sites. Vanderbilt will join a field of 21 teams May 6-8 at the University Golf Course in Normal, Ill., hosted by Illinois State University. Duke, the No. 1 seed, was assigned to the East Region while No. 2 UCLA was placed in the West Regional.
Joining Vanderbilt in the Central Region field are New Mexico (#4 national seed), Arizona (9), Southern California (10), Michigan State, Tulsa, Missouri, TCU, Arkansas, Texas A&M,Kansas State, Indiana, SMU, Kent State, Purdue, Northwestern, Baylor, Notre Dame, Princeton and Illinois State.
"This is what I expected," says Vanderbilt Coach Martha Richards Freitag, the SEC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. "The committee tried to make all the regions balanced and this appears to be as even as any year as I can recall. I think committee did good work, all the regions have six or seven very strong teams."
The tournament berth marks the fifth consecutive year Vanderbilt has made the NCAA field. The Commodores, rated No. 3 nationally by golfstat.com, recently won their first SEC championship behind the winning performance of SEC Co-Player of the year May Wood.
Individually, May Wood won at Arizona in addition to her SEC victory while Chris Brady won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic and lost a play-off for the individual championship at Kentucky.
Additionally, Sarah Jacobs was voted to the SEC's first team with May Wood while Courtney Wood and Brady were second team picks.
A year ago Vanderbilt tied for second at the East Regional before finishing 14th at the National Championship.
The University Golf Course is a par 71, 6,500 yard layout designed in 1962 by golf course architect Robert Bruce Harris. During the 2000 season the course was closed for extensive renovations. All greens were rebuilt, tees and fairways converted to bentgrass and all bunkers were reconstructed to include drainage.