Women’s golf is up for a challenge at NCAA Super Regional

Women’s golf is up for a challenge at NCAA Super Regional

SAINT LEO, Fla. – When asked to compare the Members Club at Woodcreek course – which his Saint Leo women's golf team would play during the 2017 NCAA Division II South Super Regional – to a similar course the Lions have played over the past two seasons, Head Coach Tommy Baker had no immediate response.

The par 72, 6215-yard Members Creek course offers wide and open fairways with large greens.

"It's a type of course we don't see much in Florida – it's a true Carolinas course," said Baker. "The course plays longer, which plays to our favor; other players will be playing long irons or hybrids, while we will be hitting mid irons. You have to put your approach shots in the middle of the green; otherwise the ball simply rolls off." 

After a minute or so of his gaze moving from the ceiling to the walls to the floor as he racked his memory, Baker still didn't have a comparison.

"I don't think we've played one in the past two or three seasons that would be similar to this Woodcreek course … in any capacity," he concluded.

"It's a very 'old school' layout that you just don't see much anymore with modern design," said Baker about the Tom Fazio-designed course, which also serves as one of the home courses for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. "It'll be an interesting course for us."

So add that to the list of challenges that Saint Leo women's golf will contend with as they make their seventh appearance in the South Super Regional, and fourth straight under Baker's guidance.

Apparently it wasn't enough that the Lions will play in the toughest of the four Super Regionals - all 12 teams in the South Super Regional are ranked among the top 20 in the GolfStat relative rankings – although this veteran-laden Saint Leo women's golf team is getting used to such circumstances.

Four of the Saint Leo five – senior Marie Coors, and juniors Amanda Jakobsson, Vilde Eriksen, and Margine Arguello – have previously played in at least one South Super Regional. Coors, who won the South Super Regional title in 2014 as a freshman, is one of two returning champions in this year's event in Elgin, S.C., along with 2016 champion Jamie Freedman from Nova Southeastern.

That overall experience may be the thing that separates the Lions from the rest of the pack, in search of the top three finish that would send Saint Leo to the national championship for the second year in a row. Advancing would also make the Lions one of the favorites at the national championship, with 16 of the 17 past Division II women's golf national champions coming from the South Super Regional.

"I don't think the women are too stressed about it," said Baker. "It's pretty much 'old hat' for them at this point."

2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf South Super Regional
Location: Members Club of Woodcreek – Elgin, S.C. (par 72, 6215 yards)

Schedule
Sunday, May 7 – practice round – 8:45 a.m.
Monday, May 8 – Round 1 – 9:30 a.m. (1st tee)
Tuesday, May 9 – Round 2 – based on results after round 1
Wednesday, May 10 – Round 3 – based on results after round 2

Live scoring
South Super Regional website

Saint Leo lineup
1. Marie Coors
2. Amanda Jakobsson
3. Vilde Eriksen
4. Izzy Lawrence
5. Margine Arguello

Previous Division II South Super Regional results

YEAR

TEAM RESULT

TOP INDIVIDUAL

2016

3rd of 12 teams – 902

8. Marie Coors, 224 (+8)

2015

5th of 9 teams – 911

T-7. Clare Connolly, 221 (+5)

2014

6th of 9 teams – 926

T-1. Marie Coors, 218 (+2)

2013

-- individual only --

T-10. Clare Connolly, 227 (+11)

2012

4th of 9 teams – 924

6. Goeun Lee, 222 (+6)

2011

6th of 9 teams – 930

20. Goeun Lee, 230 (+14)

2010

6th of 9 teams – 943

17. Goeun Lee, 232 (+16)