W. Golf Prepares for NCAA San Francisco Regional

May 4, 2018

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SAN DIEGO -- The 46th-ranked San Diego State women's golf team begins its quest for postseason glory when it travels to the Bay Area to compete in the NCAA San Francisco Regional, May 7-9, in San Francisco, Calif. The Aztecs, who are making their fifth consecutive regional appearance and eighth in the last nine years, will be among the field vying for a spot in the NCAA championship series, scheduled for May 18-23 in Stillwater, Okla.

SDSU earned the 12th seed out of 18 teams in the San Francisco Regional, earning one of 43 at-large bids to the NCAA tournament after finishing second at the Mountain West Championship on April 18. A total of 72 NCAA Division I schools received invitations to play in one of four regionals that will be held concurrently next week in San Francisco (Stanford); Austin, Texas (Texas); Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin) and Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State).

Joining the Aztecs on the par-72, 6,369-yard TPC Harding Park Golf Course will be 17 other teams, including 12 opponents ranked in the top 50, along with six individual competitors (96 golfers overall). The top six squads and the three highest finishing individuals not on those teams will move on to nationals from each of the four regionals.

The field will complete 18 holes (54 total) of stroke play each of the three days following a practice round on Sunday, May 6. SDSU will tee off with Ole Miss and California for Monday's opening round, which is set to get underway at 8:55 a.m. PT on hole No. 10, while pairings for Tuesday and Wednesday will be based on team scores.

Live hole-by-hole results courtesy of Golfstat will be available for all three rounds on GoAztecs.com.

Aztec Regional Lineup
Seventh-year San Diego State head coach Leslie Spalding will accompany five golfers to the Bay Area, led by 2018 Mountain West individual champion Mila Chaves (Asunción, Paraguay), fellow seniors Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.) and Georgia Lacey (Del Mar, Calif.), along with freshmen Sara Kjellker (Hollviken, Sweden) and Gioia Carpinelli (Boppelsen, Switzerland).

The Aztec lineup features a blend of experience and youth, with Chaves and Lacey making their fourth consecutive appearances in regional competition for the Scarlet and Black, joining first-time participants Krause, Carpinelli and Kjellker.

Lacey (T-45th, +9) and Chaves (69th, +14) are the lone returners from last season's regional squad, with SDSU landing in the 11th spot out of 18 schools in Lubbock, Texas.

Carpinelli is the only Aztec to compete in all 10 medal-play events for the Aztecs this season, posting a 75.75 scoring average, which ranks third behind Kjellker (75.28) and Chaves (75.68). All five SDSU starters remain within one shot of each other for this year's stroke averages, including Krause (76.26) and Lacey (76.28).

SDSU At NCAA Regionals
The Aztecs will embark on their fifth straight trip to NCAA regionals and 11th overall as a team. SDSU earned team bids in 1999 (19th), 2001 (15th), 2004 (15th), 2010 (t-15th), 2011 (17th), 2012 (t-20th), 2014 (t-21st), 2015 (11th), 2016 (12th) and 2017 (11th). The program was also represented by individual golfers in 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2013.

This week marks the seventh time the Aztecs are participating in a western-based regional as a team, following the 1999, 2004, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 squads. SDSU has twice competed in the Bay Area for regional play at Stanford Golf Course, finishing 15th out of 21 schools in 2004 to go along with a 12th-place standing out of 18 squads in 2016. Including this season, SDSU will have played in 14 different cities and 10 different states in its NCAA regional history.

Heather MacRae boasts SDSU's best individual regional finish when she tied for 11th place at Stanford in 2004; Malin Enarsson is second with her 12th-place performance in 2010; Sirene Blair sits in third with an 17th-place effort in 2016, while Mila Chaves ranks fourth after tying for 18th in 2016.

The Competition
The Aztecs are one of 13 teams in the San Francisco Regional ranked among the top 50 in the latest Golfstat rankings released May 1. Of those squads, seven reside in the top 30, including No. 1 UCLA, followed by Stanford (5), South Carolina (9), Kent State (16), Oklahoma State (18), North Carolina (24) and Colorado (26).

The Aztecs own a 10-15-2 record in head-to-head results against 10 of their 17 regional foes during the 2017-18 campaign, maintaining the upper hand against Pepperdine (3-1), California (3-1) and Grand Canyon (1-0) while splitting four encounters vs. Colorado (2-2).

A Look At The Course
The host site of the 2018 NCAA San Francisco Regional is the par-72, 6,369-yard TPC Harding Park Golf Course, which opened on July 18, 1925 on a gently rolling peninsula along the shores of Lake Merced in San Francisco's southwest corner. The initial 18-hole, 163-acre layout was designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, who also designed the nearby Olympic Club Lake Course.

By the 1940s, Harding Park established itself as one of the top golf courses on the West Coast, where it became a regular stop for PGA Tour events up until the end of the decade, when budgetary cuts caused the course to fall into poor conditions. The course further deteriorated, reaching its lowest point in 1998, when it was used as a parking lot during the U.S. Open at Olympic Club.

In an effort to restore Harding Park to its former glory, Frank "Sandy" Tatum, a respected lawyer, accomplished golfer and former USGA President, rallied together local businesses and political leaders, the USGA, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and the PGA Tour's Tim Finchem. Combined efforts resulted in a $16 million restoration in 2002-2003, featuring a complete re-design to the course. The result was a highly acclaimed championship course that maintains the character and integrity of the original layout, but incorporates design elements and infrastructure to accommodate today's players.

Harding Park Golf Course officially reopened on August 22, 2003, culminating its remarkable rebound with its addition to the PGA Tour's prestigious TPC Network of clubs in November 2010. Since its renovations, TPC Harding Park is championship-worthy once again, hosting several PGA Tour events such as the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship, the 2009 President's Cup, the Charles Schwab Cup (2010, 2011, 2013) and the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play. Harding Park is also scheduled to host the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2025 President's Cup.

Harding Park is lined with towering Monterey Cypress trees and has contoured green complexes, soft bunkers, and graceful undulating fairways. There are four sets of tees that challenge every golfer from beginner to the most skilled player.

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