JMU, UNCW's Adams Headed to NCAA Women's Golf Regionals
The James Madison women's golf team, which received the CAA's automatic bid, is headed to Auburn, Ala. and the Auburn University Golf Club for the NCAA East Regional. UNCW junior Lori Beth Adams was awarded an individual entry to the Central Regional, which will be hosted at the Jimmy Austin Golf Club in Norman, Okla. The NCAA Regional rounds will be held from May 9-11.
The No. 22-seeded Dukes earned the league's automatic berth after winning the CAA Tournament just over a week ago. Seventy-two teams and 18 individuals have qualified for the postseason.
JMU won the first three CAA championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005, but only appeared in the 2005 NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Fla., as the league's first automatic berth winner. Madison has also had two individual qualifiers for the Regionals, as Carol Green advanced to the 2004 NCAA East Regional and Nicole Sakamoto played in the 2010 NCAA East Regional.
Adams, who is ranked 74th nationally as an individual, fashioned a team-low 74.32 stroke average in 11 events played during the 2012-13 season. She posted five top-five finishes adn eight top-10 results on her way to earning CAA Player of the Week accolades on six occasions. Adams was most recently named to the CAA All-Tournament team at the league's Women's Golf Championship after posting a second-place finish at the event.
Adams is the fourth player in program history to be rewarded with an individual entry to an NCAA Regional as Sofia Hagsund (2010), Michelle Jarman (2006) and Nicole Flood (1990) were also selected during their respective careers.
Practice rounds will occur on May 8, followed by 18 holes on each of the following three days for all Regional locations.
A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.
The championships finals will be held May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. and will be hosted by Georgia.