Women's Golf Prepares For NCAA West Regional

May 8, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's golf team heads to Auburn, Washington, for the 2006 NCAA Division I West Regionals, May 11-13 at the Washington National Golf Club.

The 2006 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional is free and open to the public. Parking is available at Washington National Golf Club and in designated areas along the streets adjacent to the golf course.

A total of 21 teams and three individuals from across the country have qualified for the 2006 NCAA West Regional. In order of seeding, the field includes: 1. UCLA, 2. Georgia, 3. Purdue, 4. Arkansas, 5. UNLV, 6. Arizona, 7. Stanford, 8. New Mexico, 9. Washington, 10. Long Beach State, 11. Brigham Young, 12. UC Irvine, 13. San Jose State, 14. Denver, 15. Oregon State, 16. Washington State, 17. New Mexico State, 18. Georgia State, 19. Oral Roberts, 20. Bradley and 21. Montana. Individual qualifiers are Jessica Potter of San Francisco, Renee Skidmore of Idaho, and Chelsea Benton of Colorado State.

Fifty-four holes of stroke play golf over three days of competition shall decide the team and individual champions. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each date starting at 8:30 a.m. PT. The final group tees off at 2:20 p.m.. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition.

Teams participating in the NCAA regionals shall consist of a maximum of five players (with four scores counting each day toward the team total). First and second round team pairings are determined by seeding. Following the second round of competition, team scores shall determine the pairings. Split tees (#1 and #10) will be used during each round. Team and individual ties shall be broken in accordance with NCAA rules.

Live scoring of the NCAA West Regional Championship will be available atgolfstat.com. Results will also be available on Washington's official athletic website: gohuskies.com.

The 2006 NCAA West Regional features 16 teams ranked in the top-50 in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. That list includes: No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Georgia, No. 8 Purdue, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 15 UNLV, No. 19 Arizona, No. 20 Stanford, No. 23 New Mexico, No. 24 Washington, No. 28 BYU, No. 29 UC Irvine, No. 31 Long Beach State, No. 41 San Jose State, No. 42 Washington State, No. 47 Oregon State and No. 50 Denver. Seven of the teams at the West Regional will be attempting to return to the NCAA Championships. Last year's qualifiers included Arkansas, Brigham Young,Purdue, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA, and Washington.

A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region. The championship finals will be hosted by Ohio State University at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, May 23-26.

Last year, the Stanford women's golf squad, led by Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana and Kelly Husted, qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing eighth after the final round of the 2005 NCAA West Regional at the University Golf Course in La Cruces, N.M. The Cardinal shot a three-round score of 908, including a 301 in the final round.

Two Stanford golfers received all-conference honors last week as Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana and Kelly Husted were named honorable mentions on the 2006 Pacific-10 All-Conference team.