For the North Carolina women’s golf team, this postseason will be a time of personal growth.
Whether it's focusing on the finer aspects of the game or playing on every course possible, head coach Aimee Neff said each player has a distinct preparation strategy entering the NCAA Regionals, which will begin May 8.
Seventy-two teams make NCAA Regionals each year, and those selections will be announced on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on the Golf Channel. The top five teams in each of the six regionals advance to the NCAA Championship. Yahoo! Sports' latest bracketology has North Carolina as a No. 9 seed in the Pullman Regional.
For Megan Streicher, a first-year out of Boland, South Africa, “keeping everything in check” will be her recipe for success.
Heading into the postseason stretch, Streicher is coming off of a recent top-15 finish at the ACC Championship, where she tied for 12th place and finished just two strokes over par.
“Building off that momentum going forward, I'm excited to see what happens,” Streicher said.
Junior Crista Izuzquiza shares Streicher’s excitement for the postseason. In the ACC Championship, Izuzquiza added to her resume with two eagles to finish the third round six strokes under par, which tied a UNC single-round record set by Meaghan Francella and Allie White in 2004 and 2011, respectively.
One strategy that worked for Izuzquiza during the tournament was keeping focus on the task right in front of her. Looking forward, she said she thinks this will be a good strategy for when the competition heats up next month.
“I just kept hitting shot by shot and just concentrating on the shot at hand,” Izuzquiza said.