FRANKLIN, Tenn. – An array of contenders currently playing with confidence will converge on Vanderbilt Legends Club next week aiming to prevent the first repeat champion ever in NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. The reigning champion, sophomore Austin Ernst of LSU, is among 126 entrants expected to tee off Tuesday, May 22 at the 6,377-yard Legends North Course. The first pairings from 24 teams and six other top individual qualifiers will start the 72-hole championship Tuesday morning at the Tom Kite-designed layout. The final round is scheduled Friday, May 25. Numerous women currently playing at a championship level stand in the way of Ernst making NCAA golf history. According to Golfweek.com and Golfstat.com, nine of the nation’s top 10 golfers are entered, including by No. 1 Lindy Duncan of Duke, No. 2 Emily Tubert of Arkansas and No. 3 Marina Alex of Vanderbilt. The field also includes recent NCAA regional medalists Lisa McCloskey of Southern California, Catherine O’Donnell of North Carolina and Katerina Ruzickova of Texas A&M.
This feature was written by Larry Leathers of Vanderbilt University. Click the "2012 Contenders link above to read the complete story.