LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland women's golf is geared up for the 28th Annual Women's Golf National Championships held at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
"We are thrilled to be here again. It's a great opportunity to be one of thirty teams to get to play for the national championship," head coach Rich Williams said.
"I like this golf course. We played here this fall and I am super excited for them to experience a golf course like this," Williams continued. "I am proud to represent Cumberland University and the Mid-South Conference on the national level and showcase our girls."
This is the team's sixth consecutive trip to the National Championships.
The team comes into the tournament after receiving an At-Large berth to the NAIA National Championships and is ranked No. 14 in the final Top 25 Poll.
The starting five for the Phoenix at the event will be the same group that was on the course at last season’s event. All-Americans Emma Hermansson and Nathalie Nutu will be the No. 1 and No. 2. Mid-South Conference Golfer of the Year Anna Krieger is at No. 3, Ida Furuheim at No. 4, and Jasmine Sachdev at No. 5. Caitlyn Bilham and Ksenia Yakovleva will be substitutes for Cumberland.
Last year at Nationals, Cumberland posted a strong showing finishing 10th after posting a 905 as a group. Hermansson was the high-finisher for Cumberland tying for 21st after shooting a five-over. Nutu also posted a Top 30 finish tying for 28th at seven-over-par.
After 36 holes the tournament field will be cut to the Top-17 teams while the Top-40 individuals also continue to play in the third and fourth round. British Columbia is the No. 1 team in the final NAIA Women's Golf Coaches Poll.
The Phoenix will play their first two rounds with Oklahoma City and Indiana Wesleyan. The group will tee off round one on the back nine in the morning group starting at 7:20 a.m. on May 23. The second round, the group will start on Hole No. 1 and tee off starting at 12:20 p.m. in the afternoon group.
TPC Deere Run plays host to the John Deere Classic each year as a PGA Tour Event. Some of golf's greatest names have won the tour event held annually each July. The Phoenix played in the TPC Deere Run Invitational in the fall which served as the NAIA National Championship Preview with some of the best teams in the NAIA competing in the event. Cumberland finished in fourth after the event was shortened due to frigid temperatures and snow flurries.
Each day of the national championship will be captured in a video daily recap, available for free on the NAIA Facebook page. Highlights, interviews, and more can be seen by 8 p.m. CDT each day.