Women's Golf Qualifies For NCAA Championships
BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's golf team found out Monday afternoon that it was officially invited to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history, as the Buffaloes will participate in the Western Regional competition May 7-9 in Tempe, Ariz.
The Buffaloes are one of 21 teams that will participate in the NCAA Western Regional at the ASU Karsten golf course. Sixty-three teams and nine individuals were invited to this year's championships, which culminate in the top-eight schools from each of the three regionals advancing to the NCAA Championship Finals hosted by Georgetown at the Caves Valley Golf Club, May 19-22.
"It's a well-deserved opportunity and a nice chance for the work that this team has put in," said head coach Anne Kelly. "We've had our ups and downs this year and especially after yesterday's last round at the Big 12 Tournament, it's very nice to be able to capitalize on another tournament opportunity."
In the program's 14-year history, this season marks the first time that Colorado has advanced to NCAA's as a team. Former golfer, Erin Kerr (2000-03), advanced to regionals as an individual in 2001 where she tied for 15th individually.
"We've been close a couple of times where I thought we should make it and we didn't, so it feels great to finally have this opportunity," added Kelly.
CU is seeded No. 16 in the region and is one of five Big 12 Conference schools advancing to the postseason.
The Karsten Golf Course was the site of CU's final regular season tournament this spring, the Ping/ASU Invitational. Colorado took 15th in the prestigious event and all but one team in the field has earned a bid to the NCAA.
"I am happy that we've played this course recently," said Kelly. "It's definitely a championship course and easily one of the best that we've played in college golf. I think the experience of playing a tournament on it will definitely benefit us, both in terms of preparation and competition."
Colorado posted a 198-43 record against all other Division I opponents in 2008-09 and are currently ranked No. 45 by GolfStat and No. 47 by Golfweek.
All five Buffaloes who played in the Big 12 Conference Championships last week will represent Colorado at NCAA's. Colorado finished tied for eighth overall at Big 12's and freshman Emily Talley became just the fifth overall Buffalo to make the All-Big 12 Tournament Team with a sixth place finish. Talley will be joined by juniors Dominique Pytlewski, Julie Kim, Christine Kim, and sophomore Stephanie Simich.
1. Virginia; 2. Auburn; 3. Alabama; 4. North Carolina; 5. Duke; 6. Denver; 7. Tennessee; 8. Vanderbilt; 9. Georgia; 10. Tulane; 11. Florida; 12. East Carolina; 13. Mississippi; 14. South Carolina; 15. Furman; 16. Charleston; 17. Florida State; 18. Central Florida; 19. Coastal Carolina; 20. Stetson; 21. Jackson State
Individuals: 1. Susannah Aboff, Princeton; 2. Julia Potter, Missouri; 3. Jessica Hollandsworth, Maryland
1. UCLA; 2. Oklahoma State; 3. Purdue; 4. Wake Forest; 5. Louisville; 6. Kent State; 7. Michigan State; 8. Ohio State; 9. Stanford; 10. New Mexico; 11. Georgia State; 12. Notre Dame; 13. North Carolina State; 14. Washington; 15. Kentucky; 16. Chattanooga; 17. Michigan; 18. Murray State; 19. Illinois State; 20. Harvard; 21. Fairleigh Dickinson
Individuals: 1. Kendall Dye, Oklahoma; 2. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho; 3. Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas, Little Rock
1. Arizona State; 2. Southern California; 3. Louisiana State; 4. Pepperdine; 5. Arkansas; 6. San Jose State; 7. Arizona; 8. California; 9. UC Irvine; 10. San Francisco; 11. UNLV; 12. TCU; 13. Texas A&M; 14. Oregon; 15. Long Beach State; 16. Colorado; 17. Texas; 18. Baylor; 19. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; 20. Northern Arizona; 21. Oral Roberts;
Individuals: 1. Miki Ueoka, Santa Clara; 2. Chelsea Stelzmiller, UC Davis; 3. Alice Kim, UC Davis