DURHAM, N.C. – The second-ranked Duke women's golf team received its 27th consecutive bid to participate in NCAA Regional action Wednesday as the Blue Devils were seeded No. 1 in the Auburn Regional and will next travel to Opelika, Ala., from May 6-8 to play for an invitation to the NCAA Championship. The regional will be played at Saugahatchee Country Club.
Duke was seeded No. 1 for the 12th time out of the last 19 years (2018, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001 and 2000.
Other teams competing in the regional are Vanderbilt, Florida State, Auburn, Virginia, Furman, Clemson, Houston, Kennesaw State, Alabama, Tennessee, California, Maryland, East Carolina, Denver, South Alabama, Albany and Murray State.
The regional will be a three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. Duke will open action on Monday, May 6.
The top four seeds in the regions were – Southern California (Cle Elum), Duke (Auburn), Texas (Norman), Stanford (East Lansing). From regional competition, 24 teams and 12 individuals from four sites will advance to the national championships to be played May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Duke has won a NCAA regional title on 10 different occasions in 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 and 2018.
The Blue Devils enter regional play with two victories and seven top three placements on the season. Duke is coming off a third place finish at the ACC Championship in Greensboro, N.C., over the weekend. Junior Ana Belac and sophomore Jaravee Boonchant carded top five finishes over 54 holes. Boonchant is currently ranked No. 10 in the Golfweek Individual rankings, while Belac is 23rd and senior Virginia Elena Carta is 33rd.
Earlier this spring, Duke competed at the Saugahatchee Country Club during the Evans Derby Experience and turned in a second place finish with rounds of 293, 289 and 292 for a three-day ledger of 874. All five Blue Devils finished in the top 30 of the individual leaderboard.
Brooks has guided the Blue Devils to a NCAA Division I record 135 career wins and 20 of Duke’s 21 ACC titles. In his 35th year at Duke, Brooks has led the Blue Devils to six NCAA Championships (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014) and has taken his squad to the NCAA Regionals every year since 1993. Last year, Duke was seeded No. 1 in the Madison Regional and went on to win the regional with a three-day ledger of 850.
This year’s women’s golf championships will be broadcast for the fifth consecutive year by Golf Channel with more than 100 news and tournament hours planned again for the men’s and women’s golf championships.