NEWBERG, Ore. - In only their fourth season of intercollegiate competition, the George Fox University Bruins have been chosen to participate in the NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Tournament, according to official word sent from the NCAA Selection Committee Monday afternoon.
The Bruins will join 19 other teams and six individuals to compete for team and individual honors on Tuesday-Friday, May 11-14, at the Mission Inn Resort golf course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., about 30 miles northwest of Orlando. Oglethorpe University and the Central Florida Sports Commission will serve as hosts.
Eleven conferences were granted automatic qualification, and the
remaining nine teams were selected on an at-large basis from
conferences and the remaining independent institutions. Six
individuals who were not from the selected teams also were chosen
for the championships.
Team and individual championships will be conducted concurrently. The tournament consists of 72 holes of play over 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.
“From the announcement the NCAA sent out, it looks like we may have the third seed, which would be amazing!” noted George Fox head coach MaryJo McCloskey, the only coach the Bruins’ program has ever known. “That means we would go head to head with Methodist, the premier women’s program in D-III. It also like Amherst pulled out due to finals week conflicting with the event. Too bad, as we would have liked to have played them again.”
George Fox, which is ranked sixth nationally in the latest Golf World / NGCA ratings, and Amherst, which is ranked fourth, met in the GFU Women’s Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., on Mar. 19-20, with the Bruins defeating the Lord Jeffs by four strokes.