INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Blugolds.com) - After winning the WIAC Championship last fall and receiving the conference's automatic bid, the UW-Eau Claire women's golf team will be one of 19 teams to compete at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship, the NCAA announced today.
The championships will be conducted May 8-11 at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind., with Trine University serving as host.
The Blugolds, ranked sixth in the nation, will make their 12th consecutive appearance at nationals. Last season, they tied for 10th out of 19 teams. Eau Claire has finished tied for 10th or better in 10 out of 11 appearances.
Eleven conferences were given automatic qualification and the remaining eight teams were selected on an at-large basis from conferences and the remaining independent schools. Six individuals, not from selected teams, also were selected for the championships.
The championships consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. The tournament will be contested across 72 holes of play during four days of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores from each team for each day will count in the team's total score.
In 2011, Methodist won its 14th consecutive and 24th overall Division III Women's Golf Championships with a combined score of 966 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The Monarchs have won the championship in 24 of the tournament's 26 years. Runner-up honors went to Gustavus Adolphus (978), and Illinois Wesleyan finished third with a score of 991.