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Kate Smith shot matching 39s to post a first round score of 78 at the three-day NCAA Columbus Golf Regional in Columbus Ohio Monday. File

The Western Washington University men's golf team surged into a second-place tie heading into the final round of the 2017 NCAA Ii West/South Central Super Regional played Tuesday at Brookside Country Club.

With top-six finishes, Florida, South Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, Purdue and MI all advanced to the 2017 NCAA NCAA Championship, May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois University at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Big 12 individual champion Dylan Kim had BU's best round of the day with a 1-over 73, and she finished tied for 17th place at 3-over 219.

Southeastern Conference brethren Florida and SC tied for the top scores of the Columbus Regional at 22-over par, a testament to the difficulty of the famed Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club.

With regional play complete the field for the NCAA Women's Championship has been set.

The team's third place finish is the best in program history. The Gamecocks tied with Florida, earning their fifth regional crown since 2010, and making their ninth straight trip to the NCAA championships.

Georgia finished 9-over on the day and did not have a golfer finish under par.

Garcia had the best par-three average for the team of 2.92 (-1), a par-four average of 4.07 (+2) and a par-five average of 5.08, according to Golfstat. "It's a wonderful group that's fun to be around and we're excited to get to nationals".

In 2016-17, the Sparks, Nevada, native had six under-par rounds, including at the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate, where she posted two sub-par rounds to finish fourth in the entire field.

Duke: Boosted by a team-best even-par round of 288 Wednesday, the Blue Devils moved up to finish second overall at the NCAA Regional in Albuquerque, N.M., with a 54-hole ledger of 873.

As it happened, the Sun Devils lapped the field, finishing at 24-under par 842, a domination that included the top three finishers in the medalist race. After opening his round 6-over-par after the first five holes, Hatch played his final 13 holes at 4-under-par with four birdies and nine pars to turn in a 2-over-par 74. She finished the tournament three shots ahead of second at 8 over par.

The Cats collected four top-five finishes in tournaments throughout the season, and set a school record for lowest team score in the final round of the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate tournament, posting an 11-under par. "Today I went out there with a different mindset - more calm and relaxed and then I had the patience and waited for opportunities".

After firing a team score of 297 (+9) on Monday, the Cougars carded 301 (+13) in Tuesday's round of 18.

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