April 29, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama women's golf team was awarded the No. 1 seed at the 2013 NCAA East Regional at the Auburn University Club at Yarbrough Farms in Auburn, Ala., the NCAA announced Monday evening.
The NCAA East Regional will be held on May 9-11 at the par-72 Auburn University Club hosted by the Tigers. It is the eighth straight invitation to postseason competition for the Crimson Tide, which captured the program's first NCAA Championship in 2012 at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
The top-eight finishers at the NCAA East Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course on May 21-24 in Athens, Ga., and join the teams that have advanced from the NCAA East and West Regionals. Alabama finished second at the Fall Preview in Athens, with a 16-over total of 880.
"It is time for us to put the SEC Championship behind us and focus on the next shot," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. "For our season to continue we have to play well at regionals, nothing is promised us, so it is important that we go out and play as well as we possibly can."
Since Potter's arrival at the Capstone prior to the 2005-06 season, the Crimson Tide has qualified for the NCAA Regionals each season and advanced to the NCAA Championships seven consecutive years. The 2013 selection is the 15th NCAA appearance in school history.
For Potter, the regional berth marks the 20th consecutive appearance by a team under his direction. The Hall of Fame coach has now led a team to a regional bid in each season since the format came into existence in 1993. Joining Alabama in the NCAA East Regional is No. 2 seed Arkansas, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 seed North Carolina, No. 5 Virginia and Big 12 Champion and No. 6 seed Oklahoma State.
Along with the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks, the 24-team NCAA East Regional boasts four other SEC foes, including Tennessee (11 seed), Kentucky (12 seed), host Auburn (14 seed) and Mississippi (19 seed).
Last season Alabama finished fourth at the NCAA East Regional before posting a two-shot win over Southern California at the NCAA Championships.
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