BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University women's golfer Elizabeth Swallow has had an incredible sophomore campaign, which will continue for at least one more week. On Monday, the NCAA announced its field of the upcoming NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships, and Swallow earned one of four individual spots in the South Region. With the selection, she becomes the first King women's golfer to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament since the school became NCAA Division II members in 2010-11.
During her sophomore campaign, the Berkshire, England native has won four of the nine tournaments she has entered, including the Conference Carolinas Championships two weeks ago. Swallow won her first two tournaments of the season before taking sixth in the third tournament of the fall. She then posted two more top-five finishes before winning her third tournament of the season.
Swallow capped the season by winning the Conference Carolinas individual championship with a stroke total of 149, winning the event by two strokes. She finished in the top-10 in all nine tournaments this season, and her best performance may have come in the King University Invitational where she carded an even-par score of 142 (71-71) to win the event by 10 strokes.
Based on her performance this season, she was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year earlier in April. Swallow also becomes the first King women's golfer to earn a spot in the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, and is just the second golfer in school history to qualify for the national tournament as an individual. Last year Richard Powell earned an individual spot in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
The 2014 NCAA South Regional Tournament will take place at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City, Fla., and will be hosted by Saint Leo University. Regional play will consist of three rounds, starting on Sunday, May 4, and concluding on Tuesday, May 6. Swallow will tee off at 8:30 a.m., on Sunday, and will either tee off at 8:30 a.m., or 8:40 a.m., the following two days depending on the standings after the first two rounds.