Mission Accomplished: Husky Golfers Rally for NCAA Berth
May 7, 2005
Gainesville, FL - Needing to advance four spots on the leaderboard to have a top-eight finish and advance to the NCAA Championships, the Washington women's golf team did just that during the final round of the East Regional Championship. Washington shot 16-over 296, its best round of the 54-hole tournament, to finish eighth at 900 and grab the final qualifying spot.
Heading into the final round, the Huskies were one of five teams with a realistic chance at eighth. Vanderbilt, which was eighth after two rounds, shot 305 to fall back to 10th at 904. South Carolina posted a 303 and was ninth, three shots behind the Huskies. Campbell shot 308 and slid to 11th at 908 and Princeton finished with a 309 to drop to 12th at 911.
Ohio State won the tournament by eight stokes over top-ranked Duke. The Buckeyes finished at 16-over 856. Furman was third at 871 followed by Pepperdine (874) in fourth place, Virginia (881) was fifth, Tulane (885) was sixth and Florida (886) placed seventh.
The Huskies were led during the final round by solid outings from sophomores Amber Prange and Courtney McCracken. Playing in her first NCAA regional, McCracken shot 1-over 71 Saturday to top the Husky scoring. That equaled her best single-round score of the season. MaCracken finished 33rd overall at 15-over 225, which bettered her previous best tournament score by two strokes.
Prange posted a 2-over 72 during the final round and was UW's top finisher in 19th place at 11-over 221. Prange's performance was the second straight tournament she has led the Huskies in scoring. She led UW at the Pac-10s with a ninth-place finish.
Duke's Anna Grzebien used a final round 67 to wrap up medalist honors at 1-under 209. Furman's Jenny Suh and Virginia's Leah Wigger tied for second at even-par 210.
The Huskies advance to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last five years. It is the program's seventh NCAA Championship appearance. The NCAA East Regional marked the 13th consecutive season the Huskies have appeared in an NCAA regional championship.
The NCAA Championships will take place May 17-20 at the Sunriver Resort on the Meadows Course in Sunriver, Ore. The host school is Oregon State. Washington opened its season there, finishing second to Duke at the Fall Preview.
The Huskies are one of six Pac-10 teams that qualified for the championship. Also representing the conference will be West Regional Champion UCLA, California, USC, Stanford and Arizona State.
NCAA East Regional Championship
University of Florida Golf Course
Par-70, 6,023 yards
Team Results 1. Ohio State 285-280-291-856 2. Duke 292-283-287-862 3. Furman 291-291-287-871 4. Pepperdine 294-291-289-874 5. Virginia 292-297-292-881 6. Tulane 293-292-300-885 7. Florida 287-301-298-886 8. Washington 306-298-296-900 9. South Carolina 293-307-303-90310. Vanderbilt 307-292-305-90411. Campbell 297-303-308-90812. Princeton 302-300-300-91113. Miami 303-304-305-91214. North Carolina State 319-299-297-91515. UNC-Wilmington 306-308-306-92016. Mississippi State 306-308-311-92517. East Carolina 309-305-315-92918. James Madison 309-317-306-93219. Coastal Carolina 323-317-322-95220. Jacksonville St. 325-315-320-96021. Jackson State 328-332-330-990
Top Individuals 1. Anna Grzebien, Duke 73-69-67-209 2. Jenny Suh, Furman 69-69-72-210 2. Leah Wigger, Virginia 70-67-73-210 4. Alison Walshe, Tulane 70-73-69-212 5. Brittany Lang, Duke 74-68-71-213 5. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 70-72-71-213 7. Dana Je, Ohio State 71-71-72-214 7. Kristen White, Ohio State 73-69-72-214 9. Kristen Svicarovich, Vanderbilt 77-69-70-21610. Sandra Gal, Florida 71-74-72-21710. Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke 72-71-74-21710. Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State 79-68-70-21710. Theresa Paik, Furman 71-76-70-217
NCAA West Regional (at Stanford)1. UCLA 304-299-286-889 (+25)1. Tennessee 291-310-288-8893. California 296-307-288-8914. Southern California 293-302-297-8925. Oklahoma State 304-301-293-8986. UC Irvine 308-300-298-9066. BYU 298-305-303-9068. Stanford 306-301-301-908
Individual ChampionSophia Sheridan, California 69-73-70-212 (-4)
NCAA Central Regional (at Texas Tech)1. Auburn 294-309-293-896 (+32)2. Texas A&M 293-310-300-9033. Missouri 291-312-302-9054. Arizona State 296-310-300-9065. Tulsa 298-310-300-9085. Purdue 295-309-304-9087. Michigan State 300-307-302-9098. Arkansas 300-311-304-915
Individual ChampionDiana Ramage, Auburn 68-77-67-212 (-4)