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MONTGOMERY, Ala.—When Alabama State University won the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women's Golf Tournament last week, they earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament and last night they found out they would not have to travel very far to continue their season.NCAA Women's Golf

ASU will play in the NCAA East Region Championship which is being hosted by Auburn University on May 9-11 at The Auburn University Club in Auburn. It will be the second time in the past three years ASU has advanced to the NCAA Region Championship.

The Lady Hornets are one of 72 teams that will play in the NCAA Region field with 24 teams competing at each of three sites.

The Lady Hornets will enter the East Region as the 24th seed and are one of 11 teams in the region that earned the automatic bid by winning their conference tournament. Other teams that earned a bid through their tournament championship are Alabama (SEC), Oklahoma State (Big 12), Tulane (Conference USA), Notre Dame (Big East), Northwestern (Big Ten), Florida International (Sun Belt), East Tennessee State (A-Sun), Tennessee-Chattanooga (Southern), James Madison (Colonial Athletic) and Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley).

“We are excited to play in the East Regional at The Auburn University Club,” Head Coach Gary Grandison said. “Our women's team is young, so this NCAA experience will help us in the maturation process. We will play an extremely tight course, and our players are hitting a higher percentage of fairways. So I expect our ladies to play comfortable and to represent ASU.”

A competitive field awaits the Lady Hornets as eight of the 24 teams are ranked in the latest GolfStat rankings. Alabama leads the group by being ranked second. They are followed by No. 5 Arkansas, No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 12 Virginia, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Tulane and No. 23 Texas. Eight teams and two individuals from each region will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals scheduled for May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

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