Women's Golf Travels To NCAA West Regionals

May 5, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz.- The Arizona State women's golf team travels to the NCAA Women's Golf West Regional Championships this week, held Thursday through Saturday, May 6-8 at the par 72, 6,154-yard Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The selection marks Arizona State's 12th consecutive invitation in 12 years of NCAA regional action.

Sophomore Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), freshman Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.), junior Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.), freshman Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.) and redshirt-freshman Danelle Perata will represent the Sun Devils this weekend.

The Sun Devils head into the NCAA West Regional after tying for fourth at the Pac-10 Championships where ASU had two individuals in the top five: Kuczka in fourth and Tavee in a tie for fifth. ASU is the No. 9 seed in a West Regional that features the champions of the Pacific-10 (UCLA), the Big-Ten (Ohio State) and the Big-12 (Texas) conferences. The Sun Devils begin the Regionals on Thursday, May 6, at 7:40 a.m. in a pairing with Stanford and Pepperdine. Perata begins at 7:40 a.m. with Erasmus at 7:50 a.m., Tone at 8:00 a.m., Tavee at 8:10 a.m. and Kuczka at 8:20 a.m. Tee times for days two and three of the Championships will be based on the team's place.

Last year, Arizona State finished in a tie for fifth at the NCAA West Regional held here in Tempe at Karsten Golf Course with Melanie Hunt being the team's top finisher in a tie for 25th. The Sun Devils have won an NCAA Regional three times with their last title coming in 1997.

Twenty-one teams and three individuals have qualified for each regional with the NCAA East Regional being held at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (Central Florida Sports Commission and Stetson University co-hosts) and the Central Regional being held at University Golf Course in Normal, Ill. (Illinois State University hosts).

Seven Pac-10 teams have qualified for the NCAA West Regional and account for six of the top ten seeds (No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 California, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Stanford, No. 9 ASU, and No. 10 Oregon). Washington State is the 18th seed. In the Central Regional, Arizona is the No. 3 seed while USC is the No. 4 seed

The top eight teams and two individuals from each region will qualify for the NCAA Championships to be held May 18-21 at the Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala., hosted by Auburn University.

2004 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional Information

Date: May 6-8, 2004

Course: Stanford Golf Course (par 72, 6,154 yards)

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

Participating Schools (21, listed by seed): UCLA, Ohio State, California, Georgia, Texas, Washington, Stanford, Pepperdine, Arizona State, Oregon, San Francisco, New Mexico State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Brigham Young, Texas Tech, Denver, Washington State, Portland State, Cal State Northridge, Oral Roberts.

Participating Individuals (3): Angela Won (UC-Irvine), Sara Odelius (Hawaii), Lauren Gray (Northern Arizona).

Tee Times: The first, second and final rounds will begin at 7:30 a.m. each morning from the first and 10th tees. Pairings and tee times for the first two rounds will be based on seed.

Other Regional Sites: East Regional (Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. - co-hosts Central Florida Sports Commission and Stetson University); Central Regional (Normal, Ill. - hosts Illinois State University).

2003 NCAA West Regional Winner: University of Southern California.

2003 NCAA West Regional Individual Winner: Sunny Oh (University of Nevada-Las Vegas).

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