The Cardinals begin play at the three-day event on Thursday 8:28 a.m. on hole No. 10.
The University of Louisville women's golf team is set to begin competition at its eighth NCAA Regional Championship in program history, taking part in the three-day South Bend Regional in Indiana.
The 54-hole tournament begins on Thursday, with Louisville teeing off at 8:28 a.m. on hole 10 on the par-72, 6,031-yard Warren Golf Course. Live results will be available on GolfStat.com.
Teams were able to practice on holes 1-10 on Wednesday.
The format has changed from the past years. There are four regional sites, resulting in a smaller field at each regional (18 teams and 96 total participants, counting six individual competitors). The top six teams and two individuals not on an advancing team will punch their tickets for the NCAA finals May 22-27 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
The Cardinals, who earned the No. 11 seed, face six teams that are ranked in the Golfstat's top 25: No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Duke, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 20 UC Davis, and No. 23 Pepperdine. Louisville boasts the No. 41 ranking the latest poll.
Louisville's lineup of Katie Mitchell, Emily Haas, Katie Petrino, Louise Oxner, and Laura Restrepo features three student-athletes – Restrepo, Haas, and Petrino – who participated in regional play a year ago. The Cardinals finished 18th as a team, and Restrepo compiled the best finish of the group, tying for 55th with a 7-over-par 223.
Through 11 events this year, including fall competition, the Cardinals have compiled seven top-five finishes. Collectively, Louisville's four-player teams are averaging a 9-over-par 298 and have combined for 31 rounds even or below par.
Louisville is coming off a seventh-place finish behind a 20-over-par 884 in its inaugural ACC Championship. Mitchell paced the team with a 2-over-par 218 to tie for 17th place, while Haas tied for 21st after carding a 3-over-par 219.
Haas currently is first on the team with a 2-over-par 74.10-stroke average, logging a team-best six top-10 finishes. For her career, the senior has placed in the top 10 on 18 occasions. Mitchell ranks second in stroke average (2-over-par 74.27), while Restrepo, who has the third-best average (3-over-par 74.4), boasts a team-high 10 rounds even or below par.