NCAA Announces Additional Women’s Regional Venues for 2023 and Beyond | Golf News and Tour Information
Following controversy last spring, the NCAA announced in November that it would add two regional Division I women’s golf championships to the schedule beginning in 2022, and it has now identified venues for next year and beyond. . The PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and TPC San Antonio will be among six regional host venues in 2023.
Michigan State’s Forest Akers Golf Course and Tumblecreek Club (Cle Elum, Wash.) will host in 2024; Rawls Course (Lubbock, Texas) and Birdwood Golf Club (Charlottesville, Va.) are 2025 venues; and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove (Huntsville, Ala.) and host of the University of Michigan Golf Course (Ann Arbor) in 2026.
The six-region format begins this year, with Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, Calif.) and Vanderbilt Legends (Franklin, Tenn.) having been announced as additional host sites.
Each of the six regionals will feature 12 teams and six individuals, with the top four teams and top two individuals (not on a progressing team) qualifying for the championships.
The NCAA decided to make the change after having to cancel the 2021 region at the University Club in Louisiana when bad weather didn’t allow players to hit a single shot on LSU’s home course. The expansion to six regionals reduces each field to 12 teams of 18 with the hope that fewer schools will allow regionals to be completed even if there are weather delays.