USC Selected NCAA West Regional No. 1 Seed
April 28, 2008
Less than a week after scorching the field en route to its first Pac-10 Championships in almost 20 years, the top-ranked USC women's golf team was rewarded with a No. 1 seed in the 2008 NCAA Women's Golf Championships West Regional, the NCAA announced on Monday (April 28).
NCAA East, Central and West Regioanls, each made up of 21 teams, will be conducted May 8-10 to determine the championship final field. The top eight teams plus two individuals from each field will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 20-23 at the University of New Mexico Championship G.C, in Albuquerque, N.M, hosted by the University of New Mexico.
The Women of Troy, the 2003 NCAA champion and the 2006 runner-up, are after the program's second NCAA team title. USC was also fourth in 2007 and have seven top 7 finishes since 1998.
USC, which moved to No. 1 this week in the Golfweek.com poll, was sent to the NCAA Central Regional the past two seasons, finishing first in both events. Troy is looking to advance out of the NCAA Regional for the 11th year in a row in its 17th consecutive NCAA appearance (the last 11 under 12th-year Head Coach Andrea Gaston).
Last week at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C., host-USC won the 2008 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship, taking the title by 26 strokes. Senior Paola Moreno won USC's third Pac-10 individual title and was joined by senior Dewi Claire Schreefel and sophomore Belen Mozo on the All-Pac-10 first team. Meanwhile, Gaston was named 2008 Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year.
Below is information on each regional. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
The East regional will be played May 8-10 at the UGA G.C., in Athens, Ga,, hosted by the University of Georgia.
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. Florida (Southeastern Conference)
5. Wake Forest
8. New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)
11. South Carolina
12. Furman (Southern Conference)
13. East Carolina
14. Georgia State
18. North Carolina-Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association)
19. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
20. Charleston Southern (Big South Conference)
21. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
1. Dori Carter, Mississippi
2. Emma Degroot, Chattanooga
3. Paula Hurtado, Florida International
The Central regional will be played May 8-10 at the University of Texas G.C., Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas.
2. Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
4. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
5. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Texas A&M
9. Notre Dame (Big East Conference)
12. Florida State
13. North Carolina State
14. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun Conference)
15. Texas Tech
18. Harvard (Ivy Group)
19. Texas State (Southland Conference)
20. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference)
21. Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast Conference)
1. Steffi Kirchmayr, College of Charleston
2. Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock
3. Araceli Felgueroso, Coastal Carolina
The West regional will be played May 8-10 at the Lincoln Hills G.C., Lincoln, Calif., hosted by Sacramento State University.
1. USC (Pacific-10 Conference)
2. Arizona State
5. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
7. Michigan State
10. Tulsa (Conference USA)
11. North Carolina
12. Ohio State
13. San Jose State
17. UC Davis
18. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
19. Fresno State (Western Athletic Conference)
20. Oral Roberts (The Summit League)
21. Portland State (Big Sky Conference)
1. Mallory Blackwelder, Kentucky
2. Danielle Cvitanov, San Francisco
3. Emily Powers, Kansas