The College of Charleston women's golf team, freshly crowned as Colonial Athletic Association champions, is looking forward to the NCAA regionals May 8-10.
"Now, our focus is on regionals and we hope to recapture some of that magic we had earlier in the fall," said head coach Jamie Futrell, whose team was ranked as high as a program-best No. 26 in September. "This is our youngest team to win a conference title which bodes well for the future."
The Cougars will learn their regional destination as the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship Selection Show will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel on Monday.
The College of Charleston continued a record-setting season Sunday to win the CAA title in Southport, N.C., at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation. The Cougars carded a two-round score of 618 (+42) after a windy first round on Friday with an average score of 81.33 and a wet and soggy final round on Sunday with an average score of 84.09. They won the team title by 15 strokes over William & Mary and Delaware, who tied for second at +57. UNCW was fourth (+58), James Madison fifth (+65), Towson sixth (+85), Dayton seventh (+94), Richmond eighth (+106) and Hofstra ninth (+110).
Freshman Laura Fuenfstueck (Frankfurt, Germany), who took home the individual CAA championship with a low score of 72-76-148 (+4), led the team's run to the title - the Cougars' first in their inaugural year as league members and only their second-ever conference title in program history.
They will return to the NCAA Division I Championship, having last received an at-large bid as members of the Southern Conference in 2010. This will be the Cougars' fifth all-time NCAA regional appearance next to 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
The average age of this year's talented and young squad was 19.6. The 19-year-old Fuenfstueck became the first freshman to win the CAA title since the conference started sponsoring the sport in 2002-03, along with sophomore Julia Neumann (Berlin, Germany), sophomore Mary Chandler Bryan (Chapin), sophomore Louise Olsson (Uddeholm, Sweden) and sophomore Morgan Webber (Moore).