Catching up on news from last week: the Virginia Tech Women’s Golf team has made the NCAA Regionals in just the program’s third year of competition. The Hokies will be competing in the Austin (TX) Regional, one of four regionals that will feed into the NCAA Championships.
Virginia Tech is seeded 14th in their regional. Virginia Tech will begin play in the Austin Regional on Monday, May 7. The teams will play 54 total holes, 18 holes per day Monday-Wednesday, May 7-9.
There are 18 teams in each of the four regionals, with the top six teams from each regional, plus the top three individuals not on an advancing team, moving on to the NCAA Championships May 18-23 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
There are 265 teams competing in women’s NCAA Division 1 golf, and the Hokies are ranked No. 54 in the country, per GolfStat.com, an impressive achievement for a program that didn’t exist five years ago.
Carol Robertson was hired in July of 2013 to coach the newly-formed women’s golf team at Virginia Tech, with the task of building the program from the ground up. She signed her first recruiting class in November of 2013, and they enrolled for the 2014-15 academic year. The team did not compete for their first year of existence, entering competition in 2015-16.
“It was a long day waiting to see if this young team got a chance,” Robertson said in a hokiesports.com press release. “It was a goal of Russell (Abbott, assistant coach) and me to have the inaugural team get the glory. They laid the groundwork for this program in every facet and it’s only fitting for them to get the glory. I hope to be a coach for many years, but I know this will be the proudest moment.”