Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbey Hartsell has been selected as an individual to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf South Super Regional. The regional takes play at The Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, S.C., from May 8-10. Newberry College is serving as the host institution.
Hartsell, a sophomore from Taylorsville, N.C., is the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golfer Of The Year and a first-team all-league honoree who led the Bears to their first conference championship in 13 seasons earlier this month in Greeneville, Tenn.
Hartsell won two tournaments this year – Tusculum Fall Classic (Sept. 26-27 in Greeneville, Tenn.) and Patsy Rendleman Invitational (Oct. 10-11 in Salisbury, N.C.) – and fell in a playoff at the Hilton Head Lakes Invitational on March 6-7 in Hardeeville, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne last qualified either a player or a team to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2003.
Each super regional will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently with 12 teams and six individuals from non-qualifying teams at each site. All participants will compete through the 54 holes of competition. The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships.
The 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships will be held May 17-20 at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio. The number of participants that qualify for the finals is 72.