The No. 7 LSU women’s golf team received a bid to the NCAA regional tournament, its 21st in the 23 years of NCAA regional play.
The Lady Tigers were assigned the No. 2 seed at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina. The regional, hosted by N.C. State, is May 7-9.
After many years of three regionals, this year there are four. In the past, 72 teams were split in three regions, with the top eight teams advancing to the national championship. Now, 18 teams will go to each of the four regionals; the top six from each will advance to the national championship May 22-27 in Bradenton, Florida.
Five Southeastern Conference teams are in the top eight in Raleigh: Joining LSU are South Carolina at No. 1, Mississippi State at No. 3, Florida at No. 5 and Alabama at No. 8.
The rest of the regional field is No. 4 Northwestern, No. 6 Central Florida, No. 7 Furman, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 N.C. State, No. 12 Georgia Regents, No. 13 Coastal Carolina, No. 14 Campbell, No. 15 College of Charleston, No. 16 Seton Hall, No. 17 Wichita State and No. 18 Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Lonnie Poole Golf Course will play at 6,381 yards and a par of 72. One unique trait: For those teeing off the front nine, it will open with 500-plus-yard par-5s on the first and third hole, with a par-3 in between.