Las Vegas news: UNLV women’s golfer takes NCAA regional top seed

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) star Toa Yokoyama will lead the charge for the Rebels at this year’s NCAA Regionals.

Yokoyama has earned the top seed amongst individuals ahead of this year’s Las Vegas Regional contest.

The Rebels missed out on a team place ahead of the competition, leaving the Japanese junior to compete as an individual at the Spanish Trail Country Club.

Yokoyama, a Junior from Tokyo, enjoyed a breakout 2023-2024 campaign, rising through the national rankings, currently placed at No. 41 as an individual.

The Rebels star has been consistently stellar throughout the season, averaging a career-best 72.25, including two top-five and five top-10 finishes. 

In February she recorded a career-low 207, finishing nine under par and picking up a sixth-place finish at the Houston Chevron Collegiate.

Most recently, she helped the Rebels place second – marking the squad’s highest conference finish since 2018 – shooting a one-under 215 at the Mountain West Championship.

Where and when will the Regionals take place?

One of six regional sites, UNLV will host the contest, scheduled for May 6-8 at the Spanish Trail Country Club.

The top performers will secure a place at the 2024 D1 championship finals from May 17-22 in Carlsbad, California.

How do the 2024 Regionals work?

The Spanish Trail Country Club will host a 54-hole contest. The top 12 teams and six individuals not on the selected teams will compete. The lowest-scoring five teams and the lowest individual will earn themselves a spot at the coveted NCAA D1 Golf Championship finals.

Who has been selected?

The following schools have been selected to compete as teams:

  1. UCLA (No. 4)
  2. Arkansas (No. 9)
  3. Arizona (No. 16)
  4. Florida State (No. 19)
  5. California
  6. Purdue
  7. Baylor
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Colorado State
  10. Kent State
  11. Xavier
  12. Dartmouth

The following players have been selected to compete as individuals:

  1. Toa Yokoyama – UNLV
  2. Lauren Lehigh – New Mexico
  3. Lauren Zaretsky – Texas Tech
  4. Myah McDonald – New Mexico
  5. Victoria Liu – Princeton
  6. Lizzie Neale – Northern Arizona

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