NCAA Women's Golf Regionals coming to OSU
May 1, 2001
Corvallis, Ore. -
THE TOURNAMENT: The NCAA West Regional Women's Golf Championship will be held May 10-12 at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. The is the first NCAA Championship event at the course, the NCAA West Regional Men's Championship will be held May 17-19 at the same locale. The West Regional will consist of 21 teams, plus two individuals. Tournament headquarters are at the Shanico Inn, located at 1113 NW 9th Street in Corvallis.
THE COURSE: Trysting Tree Golf Club has been a part of the Corvallis community since 1988. The course will play to 6,089 yards for this tournament, and carry a par of 72. Golfweek Magazine rated the course the third best collegiate facility on the West Coast in 1998.
THE FORMAT: The teams will play a total of 54 holes, 18 each day. All three rounds begin at 7:30 a.m. PDT from the first and tenth tees. The final groups will begin play at 1:20 p.m. PDT each round.
THE NEXT STEP: The top eight teams from each of the three Regionals, plus an additional two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Championships are scheduled for May 22-25 at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
THE FIELD: Of the 21 teams competing, seven are their conference champions, and nine are ranked in the Golfweek Top-25 (as of April 30). Here is a closer look at the West Regional Field (team-by-team).
Arizona Wildcats -- The Wildcats are No. 2 in the nation and are the defending NCAA and NCAA West Regional Champions...the team won the Pac-10 Conference title for the second consecutive season, edging Stanford by three shots...freshman Lorena Ochoa is the nation's top-ranked individual...Ochoa won in a playoff over teammate Natalie Gulbis to capture medalist honors at the Pac-10s, both finished -3 in regulation...Gulbis is ranked No. 3 in the nation...Ochoa has won four individual titles for the season, Gulbis has two titles...Ochoa and Gulbis were Pac-10 Conference First Team members.
USC Trojans -- USC is ranked No. 3 in the nation after finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Conference Championships...sophomore Candie Kung (1st team All-Pac-10) won last year's Pac-10 title and finished second at the NCAA West Regional...junior Leila Chartrand is No. 33 in the nation...freshman Anna Rawson led USC at the Pac-10s with a tie for 10th place, which included a tournament low final round 67...the team finished third at last year's West Regional.
Stanford Cardinal -- The Cardinal are No. 4 in the nation...Stanford finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, led by the 5th-place tie by Stephanie Keever and Kim Kouwabunpat. Keever is the 12th-ranked individual in the nation, and has won two individual titles this season...the team has finished in the top five in all but one event, and has two team titles...Stanford placed second at last year's NCAA Championships.
Tennessee Volunteers -- The Lady Vols are No. 7 in the nation...junior Young-A Yang is ranked No. 5 in the nation, and was named to the All-Southeastern Conference First Team...Yang tied for 10th at last year's NCAA Championships...Yang has two individual titles this season.
Ohio State Buckeyes -- The Buckeyes are No. 17 in the nation, and are coming off a sixth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships...sophomore Mollie Fankhauser won the conference's title at +13 301, and earned the league's MVP honor...Fankhauser has been the medalist at four tournaments this season...freshman Allison Hanna of David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., was selected the conference's Freshman of the Year.
Arizona State Sun Devils -- Arizona State is one of eight teams from the Pac-10 Conference in the Regional...ASU finished third at the Pac-10s and were led by freshman Jimin Kang (5th-tie) at +2 218...Kang was the 1999 U.S. Amateur runner-up...former Sun Devil Mirian Magle won last year's Regional.
UCLA Bruins -- The Bruins enter the Regional No. 21 in the country...UCLA won two team titles this season.
Michigan State Spartans -- The Spartans won the Big Ten Title last week, the first time for the school since 1982...head coach Stacy Slobodnik was named Big Ten Coach of the Year...senior Kasey Gant, and juniors Stacy Snider and Emily Bastel were named to the All-Big Ten Team...Gant is a four-time all-conference honoree...the Spartans are ranked No. 23 in the nation, and have won four team titles this season.
Washington Huskies -- Washington is ranked No. 24...the team shot a school record 288 in the final round of the Pac-10 Championships, and in the process finished fifth...junior Kelli Kamimura placed third at -1 215, the highest finish ever for a Husky...Kamimura captured her second All-Pac-10 Conference honor of her career.
Furman Paladins -- Furman makes its eighth consecutive appearance in a Regional...the Paladins won their eighth consecutive Southern Conference title...Jennifer Perri, Brandi Jackson, and Leigh Turner earned all-league honors...Mic Potter was named the conference's Coach of the Year for the seventh time.
Indiana Hoosiers -- The Hoosiers won two team titles for the season...seniors Natalie Tucker and Inga Snyder earned All-Big Ten Conference honors, the second consecutive season for Tucker...junior Tiffany Fisher was the team's top finisher at the Big Ten Tournament, placing fifth at +17 305.
Oregon Ducks -- Oregon won one team title this year...senior Jerilyn White was named to the Pac-10 Conference second team after placing ninth at the conference championships.
Memphis Tigers -- The Tigers won the Conference USA title by two shots over South Florida...freshman Meaghan Francella won the conference title at +5 221, and was named the league's Freshman of the Year...Sophomore Marianne Ruud and freshman Jennifer Jaszek also received all-conference honors.
Missouri Tigers -- Missouri finished fourth at the Big 12 Tournament...this is the fourth consecutive year the Tigers have advanced to Regional competition...senior Amelia Moses lost in a playoff at the conference championships...Moses was named to the all-conference first team.
Colorado State Rams -- This is CSU's first-ever postseason action...freshman Stephanie Linnell won the OSU Shanico Invitational held at Trysting Tree Golf Club last fall with a three-round total of 219 (71-73-75)...Mayumi Motoyama placed third at the conference tournament, and earned first team honors.
Nevada Wolfpack -- Nevada is making its first-ever appearance in postseason play...senior Angie Yoon is making her third appearance in the Regional, after competing as an individual the past two seasons...Yoon has won numerous tournaments during her career.
Oregon State Beavers -- This is OSU's eighth consecutive trip to the Regionals...the Beavers finished eighth at the Pac-10 Championships, shooting a season-low 296 in the final round...sophomore Stacie Ferguson tied for 13th at the Pac-10s.
BYU Cougars -- Junior Carrie Summerhays has won back-to-back Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors...Summerhays has won six individual titles during her career...BYU shot a school record low 292 in the second round of the MWC Tournament.
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils -- CCSU won the Northeast Conference title...Blue Devil Head Coach Dennis Coscina was voted NEC Coach-of-the-Year...sophomore Colleen McDonnell won the conference title.
Southwest Missouri State Bears -- The Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference title, edging Illinois State by one shot...sophomore Jessica Polus won the MVC crown at 235, two shots better than teammate freshman Keeley Dolan.
Weber State Wildcats -- The Wildcats won their first-ever Big Sky Conference title, after placing second in four other championships since 1993...seniors Tenille Howe and Sally Bingham Estepp tied for third to lead WSU with three round totals of 232.
THE INDIVIDUALS: Two individuals have been selected to compete in the Regional, junior Tasha Browner of Washington State, and Taya Battistella of Portland State. Browner led WSU with a 76.8 scoring average, which included a school record 67 in a regular season tournament. Battistella was the Big Sky Conference medalist at 219, which included a final round 69. The junior tied for second at October's OSU Shanico Invitational at the Trysting Tree Golf Club with a three-round total of 221, including a -1 71 the final round.
RESULTS: Results from each round will be available at www.osubeavers.com, and ncaachampionships.com. Results will not be posted before 8:00 p.m. PDT. Results will also be faxed to the participating schools.