NCAA women’s golf regional off, sparking outcry

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The women’s golf NCAA regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was abruptly canceled Wednesday before the tournament even started.

NCAA committee representative Brad Hurlbut walked down the stairs at LSU’s University Club and announced to players and coaches that the golf course was playable, but was not championship-level playable due to rain and standing water on the course.

“Therefore, the top six teams that were seeded will advance along with the top three individuals that were not on those teams,” said Hurlbut, who is also the Fairleigh Dickinson athletic director. “Again, heart-wrenching decision that we had to make. The course is playable, but not playable at a championship level.”

In video of the announcement posted by Miami freshman Sara Byrne, golfers could be heard yelling back to Hurlbut, one exclaiming that he should be ashamed of himself for the decision.

The top six teams that will advance are LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor, Oregon, Maryland and Alabama. Those teams will play May 21-26 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Miami junior Kristyna Frydlova was among the golfers who expressed their disappointment on social media. She posted pictures of the course under sunny skies with some standing water, saying, “After 18 years of playing golf I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

The course had received seven inches of rain over the past several days.

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