Cal State Northridge’s Clariss Guce has her sights set on an individual national title in women’s golf as she heads to the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship scheduled for May 20-23. She becomes the first Matador women’s golfer to advance to the championship in 10 years.
Guce, competing as an individual, advanced to the championship after a strong showing in the NCAA West Regional where she finished the three-day event in eighth place with a 5-over-par 221 (68-77-76). She was able to secure one of the two individual berths into the championship as each of the players that finished above her were on an advancing team.
The 2014 Big West Women’s Golfer of the Year paces the conference with a 73.4 stroke average and has placed in the top 10 in nine of the 10 tournaments she competed in this year. The senior from Artesia, Calif., finished first in four events, including the Big West Conference Women’s Golf Championship where she tied with Edberg but lost the one-hole playoff.
The NCAA Women’s Golf Championship begins Tuesday at the same site as the 1999 Division I women’s tournament. The University of Tulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts of the championships. A total of 24 teams from three regions — east, central and west — will play the par-70, 6,194-yard course. Tuesday’s first round begins at 5:30 a.m. (Pacific).
Three regional competitions were held May 8-10. Of the 378 regional participants, 126 advanced to the finals. Eight teams and two individuals not on a team that qualified, advanced from each regional. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of championship stroke-play competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day’s total score.