Coastal Carolina junior Malene Krolboll Hansen was selected Thursday to participate in an NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships regional, where she’ll have an opportunity to qualify for the 2017 national championship.
Krolboll Hansen will be one of six players who were selected as individuals competing in a regional hosted by Texas Tech at The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas. Each of four regionals being played from May 8-10 features 18 teams and an additional six individuals.
Six teams and the top three players who are not on those teams will advance to the national finals from May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The CCU women’s team ended its season with a ninth-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on April 19.
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Krolboll Hansen finished fourth individually at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals course in Muscle Shoals, Ala., at even-par 216 with rounds of 73, 72 and 71, which was six strokes behind winner Sasikarn Somboonsup of Texas State and just two strokes behind runner-up Fatima Cano of Troy.
The junior from Denmark is ranked 47th in the country by Golfstat.com with a Sun Belt-best 72.41 scoring average over nine tournaments, which is the best in CCU women’s single-season history.
She has four top-four finishes this season, including a win at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Colorado with a 9-under 207 total, runner-up at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and third at the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic.
She finished 48th in the NCAA Raleigh Regional as a freshman in 2015 when the Chants qualified as a team.
“Overall she’s had a great year,” CCU women’s golf coach Katie Quinney said. “She has a great high ball flight, likes to work the ball left to right and hits it plenty far for what we’ll need. If she gets off to a good start and stays confident I think she’ll have great week.”