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NCAA cancels Baton Rouge Regional amidst controversy

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The NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was abruptly canceled Wednesday after being ruled “not playable at a championship level” after the course received seven inches of rain over the past several days.

The tournament hadn’t even started. Golfer Sara Byrne shared a video of the announcement on Twitter.

Because of the tournament being canceled, the top six seeded teams will automatically advance and play May 21-26 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. These teams include host LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor, Oregon, Maryland and Alabama. Houston’s Karen Fredgaard, Miami’s Nataliya Guseva and Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto will all advance as individuals. 

Among the golfers who expressed their disappointment on social media was Miami junior Kristyna Frydlova, who posted pictures of the course with sunny skies and some standing water.

Tulsa assistant coach Mikayla Tatman then shared a video walking the course, saying that aside from one hole needing to be changed “the course is playable.”

Former UCLA golfer Beth Wu pointed out that at the 2019 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge there was enough rain that golfers were squeegeeing the course during their round in order to continue play.

“Cup was half full of water, didn’t stop play,” she said. “NCAA make it make sense!!”

Arizona State golf alum Madison Kerley then showcased her own experience at a regional tournament in Norma, Oklahoma her senior year.

While the women were not allowed to practice on Monday, it appears as though the LSU men’s golf team was able to use the practice facilities. 

Vanderbilt goalkeeper and former football kicker Sarah Fuller also took to Twitter to express her disappointment.

Michelle Wie spoke out via Instagram story Wednesday evening, stating that at times course conditions on the LPGA tour were so bad that the groundskeeper had to squeegee the greens.

“Were these conditions “championship level”? Heck no,” Wie wrote. “But were they playable? YES. You just have to find a way to make it happen.”

“No one can control the weather, but if there’s even a CHANCE that you can play, you HAVE TO let these girls compete,” she added. “You should only cancel an event after you try EVERYTHING.”

It’s not the first time that the NCAA has come under fire this year for their lack of support surrounding women’s tournaments. The NCAA women’s basketball tournament showed us the power of social media in showcasing these issues, as the discrepancies in treatment — including the respective weight rooms — between the men’s and women’s tournaments came under fire. Then, less than a month later the NCAA was in the spotlight once again, this time over their lack of coverage and unsafe practice courts at the women’s volleyball tournament.