April 22, 2024

DARCY Dreams: Habgood Earns NCAA Individual Honours

Nambucca Heads’ Darcy Habgood has earned individual selection to play in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Pullman Regional, which will take place May 8-10 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Washington. 

A fifth-year senior at Washington State University (WSU), Habgood is only the fifth female golfer in the program’s history to earn an individual selection for an NCAA Regional. 

She is also the first from the Washington State Cougars to play in an NCAA Regional since 2018 when Alivia Brown played in the San Francisco Regional.  

The twenty-three-year-old gained an extra year of eligibility to compete after the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the 2020-2021 season, and she’s been using it wisely. Habgood led the Cougars with a scoring average of 74.13 – the 11th-best season scoring average in program history.

Habgood has also collected six top-15 finishes this season, including a pair of top-fives and carded six sub-par rounds. 

She is also the first WSU women’s golfer to pick up All-Pac 12 honours since Alivia Brown also earned an honourable mention selection during the 2017-18 season.

“We are so proud of Darcy and the season of competition she put together to earn her a spot in the postseason at the NCAA Pullman regional,” said WSU women’s golf head coach Sofie Aagaard. 

“Not only a postseason showing, but we also get to have her compete here at home where she is familiar with the course and will have great support from the community. 

“Palouse Ridge will be a great site for the teams and individuals competing for the coveted spots at the NCAA national championship.”

“With the challenging green complexes and hilly fairways, Darcy has the advantage of knowing the course so well after her five years with us. 

“The familiarity with the greens will be her biggest advantage and, of course, to stay home and not travel for the week.”

The WSU student shot a season-best 4-under 68 in the first round of the Golfweek Red Sky Classic back in September, where she also recorded her best 54-hole score of the season, carding a three-under-par total of 213 to finish the tournament in a tie for fourth.

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