The NCAA has decided that Lee University and Cleveland Country Club will host the 2019 Division II South/Southeast women’s golf super regional. That approval from the national body came this week.
The super regional will be held May 6-8, 2019, with 12 teams and six individuals from other schools participating. Members of the Gulf South, Sunshine State and Peach Belt conferences will be included. Lee will host the Regional Preview at the same site Oct. 1-2, 2018.
“Every year the strength of the schedule in this regional rates out higher than the actual national tournament because of the depth and quality of teams” in the South and Southeast, Lee coach John Maupin said in a school release Wednesday. “The super region is contested over three days — 18 holes each day — and at the end of the 54 holes the top individual finisher and the top three teams will advance to the final-site NCAA Championship.”
Maupin’s Lady Flames tied for third in the 2017 super regional and moved on with a playoff victory to the national event, where they finished seventh.
“Having participated in (the super regional) the past two seasons, we have really come to understand what a special event it is and how exciting it can be for everyone involved: coaches, players and spectators,” Maupin said. “We are proud members of NCAA Division II, and we look forward to doing our part in helping make sure this is a well-run championship.
“I feel strongly that Cleveland Country Club will make an excellent facility to host this championship,” he said of the Lee teams’ home course. “They have a tremendous staff and the golf course is always in great shape, plus they have played host to several big championships over the years and have plenty of experience with hosting high-level tournaments.”
The club was established in 1924.