“Having two individuals represent ETSU at the regional just shows the caliber of player we have here,” head coach Stefanie Shelton said. “Tereza and Loy have both had great years, they deserve to go to the regionals and have the chance to advance and play for the national championship.”
Loy, who was named all-conference for the fourth straight season, the first in program history to accomplish that feat, is ranked No. 69 in the Golfweek Individual Rankings. The senior, who will set the all-time ETSU record in career stroke average following the completion of her season, finished second at the Southern Conference Championship last week and was the winner of the River Landing Classic in March, her third collegiate victory.
“This (being selected) has been on my mind, I didn’t sleep well last night,” said Loy from Japan, where she tees off at 9 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday in the first round of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific. “It’s amazing to have another chance to get to the NCAA Championship.”
Melecka, who joined Loy on the all-conference team this season after earning all-freshman honors, makes her first regional appearance after a pair of top-five finishes this year and four more top-20s that helped bolster her at-large resume. Melecka, able to play with the vast majority of collegiate competitors on any given day, shot 8 par-or-better rounds throughout the 2018-19 season.
Both Loy and Melecka will be headed to the East Lansing Regional at Forest Akers West Golf Course in Michigan with Notre Dame’s Emma Albrecht, Colorado’s Kirsty Hodgkins, Charlotte’s Cecilie Finne-Ipsen, and Michigan’s Ashley Lau rounding out the six individual competitors, part of the 24 selected across all regionals. The teams headlining Forest Akers West are Stanford, Arizona and Kent State, the top three seeds in the 18-team regional, while the lone Southern Conference team selected, Furman, stays close to home at the Auburn Regional as the six-seed.
The regional competitions will narrow the NCAA field to 24 teams and 12 individual golfers for mid-May’s NCAA Championship, of which Loy and Melecka now have the chance to join.