The USC Beaufort women's golf team will tee off for the fifth consecutive year in the NAIA National Championships.
Sand Sharks received an at-large bid into the 27-team field competing for the national championship Tuesday through Saturday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
No. 9 USCB is led by first-year coach Alexis Bennett, whose team jumped three spots in n the final regular-season poll after a runner-up finish at the Sun Conference Championships.
USC Beaufort is led by All-Sun Conference junior Samantha O'Donnell, a Hilton Head Island product. She is joined in the lineup by senior Kendra Collins, a Bluffton product, junior Tori DeGroodt, sophomore Hayley Miller and sophomore Lina Sekerkova. Junior Lindsey Mapes rounds out the team.
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The Sand Sharks failed to qualify for nationals in their inaugural season in 2009 but have made it every year since. Their best finish was a seventh-place showing in 2010.
NAIA Women's Golf National Championships
Who: 27 teams (18 automatic qualifiers, 10 at-large teams and Doane, the host school) and 10 individual qualifiers.
What: 72 holes of stroke play over four days.
When: Play begins at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Where: Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, Lincoln Neb.
Live scoring: http://goo.gl/u59egw