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Gamecocks earn spot in NCAA golf postseason for 21st straight year

University of South Carolina golfer Ana Pelaez
University of South Carolina golfer Ana Pelaez online@thestate.com

The No. 9 South Carolina women’s golf team earned its 21st-straight NCAA postseason berth Wednesday after being selected to the regional hosted at Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, Washington.

The Gamecocks, a No. 3 seed in their regional, joined the 72-team field that was divided among four sites.

USC will compete in the 54-hole at Tumble Creek Golf Club from May 6-8. The top six teams from each regional site advance to the NCAA Championship, set for May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Southern California is the top seed in the Cle Elum Regional, while Arkansas earned the No. 2 seed. The Gamecocks are a No. 3 seed in a regional for the second-straight season.

This season is USC’s 26th overall NCAA Regional appearance and the 10th time qualifying for the postseason under head coach Kalen Anderson. The Gamecocks have won five regional championships during Anderson’s tenure.

South Carolina finished second in both the stroke and match-play portion of the 2019 SEC Championships this past weekend

The Clemson women’s golf team will compete in the Auburn Regional at the Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Alabama, also to be held May 6-8. The Tigers are a No. 7 seed in the regional.

It is the fourth straight year Clemson has been selected for an NCAA regional.